Born in Calella, Mr Terricabras was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Girona prior to his election to the European Parliament in May 2014.
He is a graduate of the University of Barcelona and the University of Münster, and has been a visiting research fellow at the University of Münster, St John’s College, Cambridge, and the University of California, Berkeley.
He is also a member of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), a civil society based grass-roots movement which draws together people who want to see Catalonia become a new European state.
A few years ago, Biblioteques de Barcelona launched a digital training programme that we run in about 15 libraries in Barcelona. Besides our hardware capacity, we also provide an extensive network covering the whole city.
It helps us reach people in a number of areas where there were no other cultural centres. This above all else made us an interesting partner for Barcelona’s economic promotion agency.
We basically train people older than 55 years how to use computers and smartphones. In addition, we offer advanced training sessions. We have classroom-like sessions with IT experts, but also fixed hours throughout the week when the experts are just walking around the library. People are welcome to come in, ask any questions they might have and expand their knowledge.
From the sense of self-worth people feel to their improved chances in the job market, the impact is huge. We are dedicated to helping out in every way we can, without asking visitors for anything besides bringing their ID for the registration. I’d say that is invaluable.