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The social responsability in the Library
In the preliminary considerations of the Code of Ethics of the University of Cádiz, known as the “Peñalver Code”, a wide range of values and proposals are summarized, and there is a special emphasis on respect for the recognition of diversity, the respect that is wanted to the environment and the feeling of belonging to a project. All these aspects prefigure what will later be the concept of Social Responsibility.
“The University of Cádiz aspires to be creative, dynamic, innovative, entrepreneurial, proactive, with the idea of a team and a vocation for public service and involvement in a common project.”
University Social Responsibility details a new way of functioning of the university, a new mode of training and behavior based on a more fluid and direct relationship between the university and its social environment, for which the effects, repercussions and expectations are taken into consideration that the activity of the university generates both in the members of the university community itself and in society.
That is why, in order to improve the perception that society has of the university and its library, this one, in addition to strictly complying with current legislation on labor and tax matters, safety and the environment, and being sensitive to energy savings and recycling of materials, must be involved and show commitment to society through participation in charitable, leisure or cultural activities, either economically or by giving up their premises or resources. You can do it, also through activities related to training: visits to your facilities, lectures or talks by your staff in institutes or organizations, etc. Therefore, the university and its library must be conceived as a place of meeting, debate and coexistence of the university community and its environment for the development of democratic culture and as a center of proposals where free and critical citizens are formed.
Under this idea and diverse areas, in a coordinated manner and from an integral and global perspective, the Library, Archive and Publications Area of the UCA, based on the objectives included in the II Strategic Plan of the University of Cádiz (PEUCA II) and as a development of its strategic planning, through the University Plan for the Promotion of Books, Reading and Writing, and the set of programs and activities, it develops a broad deployment in the following lines of action:
- 5.3 Contribute to social and humanistic development with the knowledge generated in the University.
- 8.1 Promote the participation of students and our graduates in the University.
- 9.1 Reinforce the integral formation of the students.
Under this idea and diverse areas, in a coordinated manner and from an integral and global perspective, the Library, Archive and Publications Area of the UCA has elaborated its strategic planning with a view to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), in which promotes a series of improvements in the educational systems of the European Union states.
As part of this strategic planning, specifically within the operational objectives of strategic line 4, is the University Plan for the Promotion of Books, Reading and Writing, with which we want to address a set of programs and activities aimed at all the students, regardless of their age and the lessons they teach, and all the teachers and the rest of the university community, as well as society in general.
The main objective of the University Plan in Foment of the Book, the Reading and the Writing is:
Promote and energize the Library of the UCA, its bibliographic collection and services as a space for literary work and research of the university community and society in general, which are structured in the following basic lines of action:
- . Development and dynamization of reading competence.
- . Development and dynamization of the proper management of written composition.
- . Recognition and promotion of literary and research work carried out by members of the university community of the UCA.
- . Settlement of the UCA Library as a space for reading and promoting books, reading and writing.
- . Promotion and revitalization of the Library of the UCA, its bibliographic collection and services.
Through the University Plan for the Promotion of Books, Reading and Writing, we intend to explore a comprehensive solution to increase reading habits and increase reading comprehension, seeking to strengthen all efforts in order to facilitate access to readings; of recognition and promotion to the author and his work; to stimulate literary creation, generating experiences in readings and writings, as well as preserve and value the bibliographic heritage.
Program and Activities
The main programs and activities included in the Plan for the Promotion of Books, Reading and Writing are the following: