Partnerships for strong democracies
September 24, 2020; 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm EEST
24 Sept. 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm EEST
Jenn Carson, Canada: The Whole-Person Library: Meeting Lifelong Needs through Community Partnerships
As mounting fears and realities around climate change, pandemics, economic recession, and political corruption overwhelm our citizens they are increasingly turning to their libraries for information, shelter, and support. Overwork is a systemic and learned cultural issue, not the fault of any one librarian. This talk will show how we can lead with compassion, for our patrons, and most importantly, for ourselves, and discuss positive steps we can take towards healing, while also acknowledging the grief, trauma, and guilt librarians experience every day on the front lines.
24 Sept. 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm EEST
Lidija Sajatovic, Miroslav Katic, Croatia: Libraries and democracy - How do libraries encourage deliberation, civic activism, and strengthen social capital: case study of Karlovac Public Library
"The connection between public libraries and democracy is obviously very strong; public libraries are a product of democracy. They appear as an extended arm of the public education system in most European countries in the 19th century. If libraries are a product of democracy, the question arises whether they can be the initiators of democracy in terms of encouraging citizens to active social engagement, deliberation and the creation of social capital? In this talk, we will try to show how Public Library "Ivan Goran Kovacic" Karlovac, with its activities, encourages deliberation and civic activism."
24 Sept. 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm EEST
Maria Gonța, Margarita Ursu, Moldova: Library – the old-new community change promoter
The presentation will include the specific case-study of the project “I am the change promoter” implemented in the Republic of Moldova within 15 local/ rural libraries. The project aimed to develop and empower the participatory civic spirit at the local level by mobilizing active members of communities in civic action groups (GAC) in three districts of the Republic of Moldova - Ungheni, Causeni and Telenesti, by involving 15 local libraries as the main initiators and knowledge-sharers.
Emerging tech trends ro empower communities
September 24, 2020; 3:30 pm - 5.00 pm EEST
24 Sept. 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm EEST
Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard, Denmark: The best of both worlds. Makerspaces and Libraries.
Welcome to the world of Copenhagen Fablab, a library flavored FabLab! Through several projects such as “Hack YOUR library” and “New services, new skills” , we’ve been looking at the makerspace as an agent of change in libraries and vice versa. The oscillating effect has changed both our libraries and makerspaces. Join us on a journey of both best and worst practices, empowering and ignoring staff, scavenging and making. As we say: “The makerspace must not become a gimmick a tag-on to the library but rather an integral part of it, being an obvious point of contact and conduit for letting the local patrons shape their library and services.”
24 Sept. 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm EEST
Anton Purnik, Russia: How to build digital competencies of librarians in rural areas using distance learning technologies
In 2019, Russian State Library for Young Adults (RSLYA) launched the educational project Library School of Digital Literacy with the support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. RSLYA is one of the most advanced libraries in the country in terms of implementation of modern digital technologies, means of remote communication with regional libraries and different categories of library users. The aim of the project is to help library specialists to acquire skills of working with new digital resources and technologies, to widen their understanding of a variety of instruments and ways for raising the quality and efficiency in serving users. Training programs were free of charge and based on distance learning technologies. Learn more about it from the project coordinator, Anton Purnik.
24 Sept. 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm EEST
Răzvan-Victor Sassu, Marilena Chiriță, Romania: Emerging Trends in Digital Education for Empowering Communities
“Building on the experience collected in the past years at the Young Initiative Association and in the YMCA Movement, we would like to engage librarians and NGO representatives in a new conversation around the emerging trends and tips&tricks that they should be aware of when aiming to offer educational experiences to their users in an online format.” They are happy to explore and share with the participants some of the insights and trends which are shaping up the online education perspective especially in the context of the pandemic, which could be useful for public libraries and NGO representatives who are engaging in educational activities with their communities.
24 Sept. 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm EEST
Liviu Pop, Romania: Digital Barns in Smart & Sensitive Villages
“Over the past few months, due to the forced closure inside our apartments, we enjoyed more than expected our little plot of land outside the city. We imagined how our life would be in the village and what we would miss the most. We quickly realised our good fortune and privilege of being able to work remotely and to travel back into the city for cultural experiences, grocery shopping or simply for personal delight. What if we could share with the youth in the area the same privilege? What would it take to empower them enough to dream about a good life in the village, one that doesn't seem like an inevitable deadend, but a mature choice?” Let us hear more about the huge untapped potential in the villages of Europe from uzinaduzina association.
24 Sept. 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm EEST
Stela Timofty, Moldova: Robotic Cavalcade
Every child has a great inventive potential, and Robotics is an ideal way to develop this potential. In this context, libraries create digital inclusion services. The Robotics program, implemented by the Chisinau Municipal Library develops children’s practical skill, imagination and creativity, courage to try new things.