This study aims to report on a bilateral project including Polish and Norwegian library institutions which intended to produce new strategic plans for the 18 regional libraries in Poland, while at the same time build fruitful cultural connections between the two countries.
The project was based on workshops in Poland for strategy development and exchange of experience, on a study visit to Norway for Polish library staff, and consultations on draft strategies.
Whereas the Norwegian partners benefited mostly by the project experience itself, by insight into Polish society and culture, and by observing their own libraries through the eyes of their counterparts, the Polish participants have a more tangible result in the shape of new strategic documents and with a closer network of regional libraries.
The paper presents an example of how several major library institutions in two countries can benefit from each other through project cooperation.
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