LEAP From Pilot to Scale: Embedding Digital Reading within the Kenya National Library Service

HEAVNER, Rachel and LOWE, Zev and MWACHI-AMOLO, Joan (2018) LEAP From Pilot to Scale: Embedding Digital Reading within the Kenya National Library Service. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2018 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Transform Libraries, Transform Societies in Session 137 - Africa.

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Abstract

LEAP From Pilot to Scale: Embedding Digital Reading within the Kenya National Library Service

Mobile technologies have become more normalized for data collection, education for displaced communities and interventions at a distance. Yet, questions remain around how to effectively bring these technology interventions from pilot efforts to broad scale adoption. Worldreader is demonstrating operational success in its digital reading programs in Kenya. In 2014, Worldreader, in partnership with the Kenyan National Library Service (knls), launched its digital reading program, called LEAP (Libraries E-reading Activities Partnership) in eight libraries. By December 2017, LEAP had successfully scaled to all 61 public libraries in the country. This paper outlines five key insights for moving from pilot to country-level scale: 1. Start slow, start smart 2. Leverage economies of scale 3. Step by step: Implement in phases 4. Manage change: Creating a unified vision of success 5. Implement sustainability from the start. These learnings can inform others leveraging technology to improve education around the world and contribute to strengthening an effective, responsible and efficient ecosystem of technology-enriched educational programs.

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