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