European Ministers of Education agreed on three major goals to be achieved in 2010 for the benefit of citizens and the EU as a whole:
- to improve the quality and effectiveness of EU education and training systems.
- to ensure that they are accessible to all to open up education.
- training to the wider world.
The ENTITLE project was designed to support and extend the progress made to date by Europe's public libraries in supporting learning for all age groups and sections of society, by disseminating, consolidating and enhancing the work of key existing networks, projects and initiatives in this area. It focused on the contribution to be made through informal learning settings in libraries to lifelong learning, combating digital illiteracy and social exclusion, paying special attention to gains achieved through the applications of ICT (Information Communications Technology).
The main objectives of the project were to:
- identify, describe and disseminate the many instances of good practice, specific services, tools and approaches used for learning in public library settings, in order to support the multiplication and mainstreaming of these activities and to enable a fuller understanding of their contribution to Europe's learning agendas.
- provide an evidence-based framework for further and wider comparison and exploitation of these results within and between countries.
The ENTITLE consortium aimed to achieve these objectives through inclusion of:
- Two national agencies
- Five major municipal public library services
- Three national professional library associations
- Two NGOs (Non-governmental organisations)
MDR's role included the co-ordination and management of the project overall. It was responsible for creation and maintenance of the ENTITLE web environment during the period of the project.