What is GSR Foundation?

What is Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez?

The Spanish publisher Germán Sánchez Ruipérez had the same intuition when created ANAYA in 1959 -which became one of the majors in Spanish publishing sector- and later the GSR Foundation in 1981: let’s focus on the subject (reader) instead of the object (book). GSR Foundation is a non profit and independent organization devoted to the promotion of reading.

What have we done?

  • Focus on first readers
  • Deliver the best first book for everyone
  • Children and young libraries 
  • Implement an innovative libraries scheme of action within community
  • Undertake a general strategy for users training throughout all the town
  • Experiment with reading and ICT relationship
  • Create a new pattern of reading at school based on ICT and design new methodologies for teachers in this new environment

 

Who do we work with?

  • The team: commitment is not enough, we are professionals
  • Independence, collaboration and loyalty with Public Administration (we have a close relationship with Spain's Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education, we also collaborate with some regonal and local governments such as Castilla y León, Extremadura, Castilla- La Mancha and Andalucía)
  • The partnership: collaboration with publishing industry (the Spanish Publishers Association in projects as SOL or the last joint udertaking: DILVE) and ICT companies (Intel, IBM...)

 

Where do we work?

We work mainly in Spain. We have centres in Madrid, Salamanca and Peñaranda de Bracamonte.


 
How do we work?

  • We study the situation of reading in society
  • We select a key challenge
  • We build a model of action and we implement and learn from the performance phase
  • We evaluate and disseminate through demonstration by example  
     

What did we learned?

  • Reading is an innovation and development element
  • Reading doesn’t finish only with the text: the reader builds the reading, it’s an  activity shared with author, school, family and community and some publishers might have the same open view
  • Reading is the key to informing society
  • People love reading more than ever

 

Where are we going now?

  • Reading skills, the art of reading in the 21st century
  • A new device, La Casa del Lector (Reader's house)  (Madrid): Creative learning is learning to do new things, acquire skills we didn’t have.
  • A new scope: RESEARCH + DEVELOPMENT + INNOVATION FOR THE READING

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