Serving communities in times of crisis
September 23, 2020; 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Susanne Teichmann, Romania: The Future is Now - Goethe-Institute as partner of libraries in South-East Europe.
The Library departments of the Goethe-Institutes promote cooperation and professional training of librarians worldwide. In times of Corona there is a danger of isolation, but connection and networking are more important than ever. A few examples of projects and activities from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania and Turkey. before and during Corona times.
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Jarkko Rikkilä, Salla Hyökki, Finland: Virtual Colleague Support and Better Digital Skills as a Way to Cope with the Changing World
"When the virus outbreak hit Finland in early March, many libraries were closed. The normal library work disappeared immediately or changed to something yet indefinable. However, we made a choice to transform all our professional training and colleague support to various digital platforms. Training sessions and days were organized in different applications, for example Skype, Teams, Google Hangouts and Zoom. The realization was that this was an opportunity to learn and collaborate using new tools while adjusting to the crisis."
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Monika Straupytė, Lithuania: Library Against COVID19 - Innovative Solutions and Services for Community
During the quarantine, Kaunas Municipal Vincas Kudirka Public Library was using its two 3D printers to help prevent the spread of Corona virus. The Library started printing hands-free door openers that eliminate direct contact with door handles, and attached them to the doors of local small shops, drug stores and a Police precinct. Learn more about how the library got involved in fighting COVID-19!
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Mariana Harjevschi, Moldova: Take A Summer Challenge With The Municipal Library From Chisinau
Since 2019 the Municipal Library of Chisinau started to implement The Summer Challenge. that encourages children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun, enjoyment, and discovery in all 27 library branches. 1st edition was focused mainly on reading, discovery and creativity, but 2nd edition, delivered online via ZOOM, focused on creating digital content useful for parents and educators.
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Maedhbh Rogan-McGann, Ireland: Laptops for Loan Scheme-Meath County Council Library Service
Thanks to a very generous donation from Facebook, Meath County Council Library Service set up a Laptops for Loan Scheme during COVID-19 pandemic, to address the digital divide compounded by the Corona virus outbreak which caused disproportionate hardship on those students who are disadvantaged or marginalised. For students to actively engage in remote learning they need access to a suitable device, such as a laptop, and good quality Internet access in their homes.
Public spaces and community engagement
September 23, 2020; 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Jana Beckmann, Janna Nikoleit, Germany: #biblio:polis – spaces of #knowledge, #memory and #encounter
The concept ‚biblio:polis‘ forms an active, public and modifiable place, a framework for the negotiation of socially relevant questions is made possible, and the basic functions of the public library are expanded. Four architectural elements form the spatial infrastructure for the physical and digital access to knowledge. Through their particular functions and the interplay between them, they generate different settings for the reorganization and negotiation of knowledge. A concept by flex, studio for spatial strategies based in Hamburg, founded by Jana Beckmann & Janna Nikoleit in 2019.
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Mariana Marian, Romania: Friends of the Library Association - How can we develop services in a Public Library?
The Friends of the Library Association (FOL) was established in 2002 at the initiative of librarians, with the financial support of the US Peace Corps, to provide financial support for the Sălaj Co unty Library, and the public libraries in the county. The members of the Association are librarians, but also members of the community, and City Hall employees. Year after year, FOL managed to attract new local partners, who were involved in the activities organized in the Library. Since 2002, FOL has received more than 150.000 € in grants from different sources, and has provided the library with new programs and upgraded services.
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Natalia Ghimpu, Moldova: The library as a space for the social inclusion of the community in the consolidation of democracy
Libraries are constantly changing. In order to become a friendly and educational space it is necessary to provide services to the community in order to participate in the consolidation of democracy. The National Library of the Republic of Moldova (BNRM) offers a multitude of programs targeting all members of the community: students in primary school, secondary school and high school, youth, seniors.
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Ioana Crihana, Romania: Public libraries - territories of transformational learning germination
With an evolution constantly oriented to humanity, in terms of focusing on the individual and on the microuniverse of collective knowledge, library best corresponds with the „agora” model of the fortress, where ideas are produced and refined. From the perspective of transformational learning, library plays an essential role in cultivating the sense of belonging to a co-creative community of value, based on identifying, enhancing and stimulating the creativity of those who learn and facilitate learning.
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Svetlana Gumeni, Doina Vicol, Moldova: Kinetic Games At The Library „A. Mickiewicz"
Games are part of the cultural and economic landscape around the world. Libraries support games by providing access to spaces, accessories and software to its community. The Chisinau Municipal Library has expanded its range of services by offering inclusive spaces for tablet games and recently kinetic games, adding different types of leisure activities to the library, including the ability to play using the gadgets as consoles.
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Aurelia Mircescu, Romania: Book-a-Book: a collaborative project
The Book-a-Book project, launched in 2016 by the National Library of Romania (NLR), aims to bring together the library’s staff and community in order to create a virtual catalog of the documents published before 1993 and held by the NLR. The Book-a-Book project is available at http://bookathon.bibnat.ro.
23 Sept. 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm EEST
Diana Drozdovschi, Moldova: Birdwatching - How to Take Care of Urban Nature
Chisinau’s Municipal Library program "Birdwarching" aims at involving the community in the ecology of the public spaces. It is a collaboration with the Society for Protection of Birds and Nature, where the leader of this NGO is the guide for a group of children in the process of nature discovery. What do we do together? We organize training, workshops and a kind of expeditions, in order to find out more about local environment and how to take care of it.
Active cizitenship in analog and digital format
September 23, 2020; 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
23 Sept. 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
Hranchak Tetiana, Ukraine: Library In The Formation Of Civic Identity
Civic identity is interpreted as identification with the community of citizens of national-state formation; the phenomenon of conscious and active citizenship, self-awareness as a member of civil society. The participation of libraries in the formation of civic identity is considered through the library institutions' assistance for the creation of communities of practice and the implementation of the politics of memory as the basis of collective identity.
23 Sept. 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
Denis Vincek, Croatia: The school library as the building block of active citizenship
The prerequisite for students to become active citizens is being media literate. Information on liability, competence of the author/compiler, being up-to-date, topic of the website, its users, availability, simplicity of navigation, design, accuracy, and objectivity – all of these are the criteria which students can use as a guideline in this process. Denis Vincek, a school librarian mentor at the Ante Kovačić Elementary in Zlatar, Croatia, started the media literacy program three years ago. The program used the example of a four-leaf clover to motivate students to become active citizens. This program encompasses media access, analysis of media messages, developing critical thinking about them, and sending them via media.
23 Sept. 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
Diana Lacatusu, Elena-Mariana Angheluta, Lucian Dobroiu, Romania: Forming citizens – Pro-active EU!
Pro-active EU! is the project through which Europe Direct Center operating in the “Christian Tell” Gorj County Library will create in 3 years a body of multipliers of active citizenship by training skills in selecting and delivering locally relevant information on current European issues, for 30 public librarians from the communities of Gorj county. Through workshops and interactive exercises the librarians will help with identifying community problems, and empower communities to become part of the decision-making process
23 Sept. 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
Taisia Foiu, Cristina Dicusar, Moldova: Bibliotur – Discover Chisinau Differently
"B.P. Hasdeu" Municipal Library has a long tradition in researching and promoting cultural heritage of Chisinau. Various projects are delivered annually for Chisinau residents. BiblioTur – discover Chisinau differently is a social tourism project and an opportunity to learn about the history of the city through free walking tours in the center of the capital.
23 Sept. 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
Maria Melente, Romania: Stories of Citizenship and Solidarity - by Young Initiative Association Romania
Believe and do not doubt was the fundamental principle of a communist Romanian educational system not until long ago. Times have miraculously changed and we, as a society, were forced to adapt to the new times fast and brutal in order to align with the European values. All of these years’ hard work has led to a single conclusion – education is the key to evolution. The Young Initiative Association has built its vision on this very belief that every person, especially the under-served communities, can be empowered through education.