[ February 8, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Women can succeed from home

“Dimitrie Cantemir” Public Library, Ungheni city, Republic of Moldova

Why?

Covid-19 has particularly negative effects on women. The state of emergency and quarantine forced more and more women to be released from work, to stay at home with children, at the same time it also created impediments, they are becoming much more psychologically affected and confused.

What?

The library got into partnership with NGO “ProFemeia” to carry out the Community Awareness Campaign which addresses perceptions and psychological barriers related to prejudice about women who stay at home. The Campaign is aimed at achieving a mentality change, reduction of psychological barriers related to prejudice, and increasing self-confidence, rediscover, recognise and empathise, and creating a democratic and friendly space for women.

The meetings were organized to women roles, opportunities to use new media for personal and professional development and even for earning some income. The closing activity of the campaign took place in the Library and was attended by successful women who will show-up their works, information materials, leaflets through an exhibition, thus urging women who are also in a difficult situation to follow them.

So what?

Over 45 women participated in the project activities – training, information, and communication campaigns. These women learned about the importance of involving women in decision-making, using new media as an opportunity in personal and professional development, how the hobby can bring income using new media and why successful women are role models.

Sinighin Lidia, a project participant, says: “Each of us can consider ourselves a successful woman, depending on how we perceive the concept of “success “. Lidia Petriciuc from Buciumeni shared: “I don’t consider myself a successful woman, but after today’s event I am more confident in myself and I can certainly say that I am a successful woman”.

In future, we will promote successful women from Ungheni district by hosting monthly exhibitions created by them. At the activity of the public Café “Successful women, models to follow” a schedule of exhibitions was drawn up and it was agreed that the librarian from the territorial libraries should also be directly involved by encouraging and supporting the ladies. The works will be exhibited in the exhibition showcases that will be created by the end of 2020 within the given project.

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[ February 4, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Pro-active EU

Europe Direct Gorj Center from ”Christian Tell” Gorj County Library

Why?

Citizens were not fully aware of their power as active citizens to change their society, the future of their communities.

What?

30 public librarians were trained and later organized 30 workshops with 300 citizens from Gorj county. 

By building a network of 30 European information multipliers at the county level, public librarians became a bridge to the citizens. These multipliers were involved in the exercise of rights, simulation of voting process and recognition of the result in order to encourage the citizens in their communities to get involved in the voting process of the Elections for the European Parliament Members. They also learned how to deliver quality information about the EU and its communication policies and priorities and how to contribute to the promotion, protection and consolidation of democracy in their communities.

So what?

By the contribution of Gorj county public libraries, the turnout for the 2019 MEPs was higher than in the past. The project encouraged citizens to participate in the Elections for the European Parliament, to be part of the process of shaping the future of Europe and of our own country and the future of their communities, thus becoming active citizens who know that partnerships are the best way of achieving sustainable communities.

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[ February 4, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Physical activity – medicine for health

Public library of the territorial community” of Katerynopil Village Council

Why?

With the help of the project “Physical activity-medicine for health it was necessary to solve the problem of rehabilitation of the elderly community.

What?

Elderly people received Nordic walking sticks to walk and recuperate.

Nordic walking greatly improves physical and mental well-being, increases the release of endorphins 5 times, normalizes the central nervous system: improves sleep, well-being, improves performance, helps to overcome depression; affects posture, improves the feeling of balance and coordination, strengthens the vestibular apparatus; up to 90% of all muscles of the torso are trained at the same time (all muscle groups of the leg, thigh, arms and shoulder girdle, abdomen work; muscles of the neck, back and chest muscles additionally develop), the body’s defenses are stimulated, immunity is increased ; pressure and load on the knee joints and spine decreases. Nordic walking strengthens the musculoskeletal system, does not require special training and has virtually no contraindications.

So what?

38 seniors aged from 50 to 83 years actively engaged in Nordic walking, and gained material support with appropriate equipment. In addition to walking, the group is engaged in breathing exercises, which is relevant during a pandemic. The activities encourage communication of group members, leading to dissemination of relevant information about life in the community and promotion of a healthy lifestyle in the community.

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Occupy Library Innovators HUBWebinarWorkshop
[ February 2, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Recordings of Libraries are great? Prove it! Data and evidence-based storytelling workshop

On the 29th of January,   Ugne Lipeikaite, EIFL-PLIP Impact Manager, and Kristine Paberza-Ramiresa, IFLA Member Engagement Officer  gave us a general overview of  data about services or programs libraries should collect and how to use the data in telling compelling stories. The rules, tools, and tips of evidence-based storytelling showcased in this workshop will help us all be more efficient in making the case for our libraries value.

 

Libraries are great? Prove it! Data and evidence-based storytelling workshop by EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Public Library Innovation Programme and IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

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[ January 22, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Libraries are great? Prove it! Data and evidence-based storytelling workshop

Progress Foundation is inviting all CSO professionals from Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Black Sea, and Caspian Sea regions to join the Occupy Library Innovators Hub’s events! The series of free, online, share & learn events for CSOs and public libraries continues with Libraries are great? Prove it! Data and evidence-based storytelling, led by Ugne Lipeikaite, EIFL-PLIP Impact Manager, and Kristine Paberza-Ramiresa, IFLA Member Engagement Officer.  

The workshop is conducted by EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Public Library Innovation Programme and IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), and will focus on what data about services or programs libraries should collect and how to use the data in telling compelling stories.

Join us on 29th of January, 15:00 EET and let’s shape together the story of our communities!

Register here: ➡️https://forms.gle/PkdvdW9JULzxmHbYA 

For details: Anca Râpeanu, Project Manager occupylibrary@progressfoundation.ro

About Occupy Library Innovators Hub

 

The Occupy Library Innovators Hub project is implemented by Progress Foundation Romania, in partnership with Сentre for Cultural Management (Ukraine), Library Association of Ukraine (Ukraine), EduAct (Greece), Library Association of Moldova (Moldova), National Library of Moldova (Moldova), Ashoka România (Romania) and National Library of Romania (Romania) in the framework of the "Black Sea NGO Forum Sub-granting Scheme For Activities That Support The Development Of CSO Regional Networks", within the project „Building CSO Capacity for Regional Cooperation within the Black Sea Region”, implemented by the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND with the financial support of the European Union. The network establishment will organize online webinars and sharing events (October 2020 - March 2021). During the project, case studies and best practices will be documented and compiled in a comprehensive collection to be made available online to all interested stakeholders.  The goal of this endeavor is to provide support for public libraries to contribute to active citizenship and life-long learning in their communities. Moreover, by implementing the project in 5 countries and creating a community of practice among library and CSO professionals, this project aims at learning about the best ways to bring libraries from the region into a professional network through which they can implement shared projects.

 

About Progress Foundation

 

Established in 1996, Progress Foundation is an experienced Romanian NGO that pilots local initiatives in the field of education/training, (e-)inclusion and community development, and then scales it up, at national level - as innovative and impactful best practices. Progress Foundation’s projects are developed using county and local libraries as lifelong learning hubs and social innovation centers, to reach out to any social group and/or citizen, especially the most marginalized ones. Starting with March 2016, Progress Foundation is privileged to be a member of FOND – the Federation of Romanian Non Governmental Organizations for Development.

Occupy Library Innovators HUBSharing Cafe
[ January 20, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Recordings of Welcome to Moldova! Sharing Café, hosted by Asociația Bibliotecarilor din Republica Moldova

“Welcome to Moldova! Sharing Café” on 19th of January was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the Moldovan experience in a discussion moderated by Mariana Harjevschi and with fabulous guests:  Margarita Ursu, Communication Coordinator „I am the change promoter” project, Daniela Galai, Program Manager, Media and Media Literacy in Moldova ERIM, Lucia Brehoi, Head of Department Orhei County Library, and Diana Pînzari, Communication Specialist Women’s Law Center.

 

Welcome to Moldova! Sharing Café - free sharing session for the Occupy Library Innovators HUB community

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[ January 19, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Let’s work together – Matchmaking Café: meet, greet and grow communities!

If you tried to change the world for the better, you know this is not an easy task – it takes time, it takes knowledge and it takes a lot of friends to make relevant changes even in the smallest communities. 

What about us working together for a change? Let’s meet, greet and match, so we can find out how we can support one another in this process of making better communities.

Progress Foundation is inviting all CSO professionals from Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Black Sea, and Caspian Sea regions to join the Occupy Library Innovators Hub’s events!

The series of free, online, share & learn events for CSOs and public libraries continues with Let’s work together – Matchmaking Café, hosted by Progress Foundation.

This 90 minutes long speed-dating session will be facilitated on Zoom platform,  and is designed to match organizations with specific interests, so as to create a first contact to be developed in future joint projects.

Join us on 22nd of January, 10:30 EET to meet and greet change-makers from CSOs and libraries: ➡️https://forms.gle/rHbhF6mzz5Q734QR8 

For details: Anca Râpeanu, Project Manager occupylibrary@progressfoundation.ro

About Occupy Library Innovators Hub

 

The Occupy Library Innovators Hub project is implemented by Progress Foundation Romania, in partnership with Сentre for Cultural Management (Ukraine), Library Association of Ukraine (Ukraine), EduAct (Greece), Library Association of Moldova (Moldova), National Library of Moldova (Moldova), Ashoka România (Romania) and National Library of Romania (Romania) in the framework of the "Black Sea NGO Forum Sub-granting Scheme For Activities That Support The Development Of CSO Regional Networks", within the project „Building CSO Capacity for Regional Cooperation within the Black Sea Region”, implemented by the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND with the financial support of the European Union. The network establishment will organize online webinars and sharing events (October 2020 - March 2021). During the project, case studies and best practices will be documented and compiled in a comprehensive collection to be made available online to all interested stakeholders.  The goal of this endeavor is to provide support for public libraries to contribute to active citizenship and life-long learning in their communities. Moreover, by implementing the project in 5 countries and creating a community of practice among library and CSO professionals, this project aims at learning about the best ways to bring libraries from the region into a professional network through which they can implement shared projects.

 

About Progress Foundation

 

Established in 1996, Progress Foundation is an experienced Romanian NGO that pilots local initiatives in the field of education/training, (e-)inclusion and community development, and then scales it up, at national level - as innovative and impactful best practices. Progress Foundation’s projects are developed using county and local libraries as lifelong learning hubs and social innovation centers, to reach out to any social group and/or citizen, especially the most marginalized ones. Starting with March 2016, Progress Foundation is privileged to be a member of FOND – the Federation of Romanian Non Governmental Organizations for Development.

Occupy Library Innovators HUBSharing Cafe
[ January 13, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Welcome to Moldova! Sharing Café, 19th of January, 10:00 EET

Join Progress Foundation and Asociația Bibliotecarilor din Republica Moldova at Welcome to Moldova! Sharing Café and learn about the Moldovan context and experience, get info about different initiatives and about partnership between libraries and CSOs. 

Let us get inspired by practical examples of successful projects from Moldova, and share our experiences in how to help our communities cope with different challenges, how to build their resilience and support their healthy growth. 

Our Moldovan speakers will talk about how their communities benefited from the joint efforts of libraries and NGOs (CSOs) working together, and thus start the discussion about how libraries and CSOs are bringing changes and innovations to their communities, making them more sustainable and answering people’s needs. 

Come and have a coffee with your new Moldovan friends, talk with other librarians and CSOs professionals, learn about their experiences and share your feedback. The networking and coffee will be an informal online conversation amongst the people in the room, encouraging sharing and looking for inspiring solutions. This is a forum for open minds, generosity of thought and curiosity to learn.

Register here for Welcome to Moldova! Sharing Café, 19th January, 10:00 EET:  https://forms.gle/xC6iQGJRmGqyFUEPA 

About Occupy Library Innovators Hub

 

The Occupy Library Innovators Hub project is implemented by Progress Foundation Romania, in partnership with Сentre for Cultural Management (Ukraine), Library Association of Ukraine (Ukraine), EduAct (Greece), Library Association of Moldova (Moldova), National Library of Moldova (Moldova), Ashoka România (Romania) and National Library of Romania (Romania) in the framework of the "Black Sea NGO Forum Sub-granting Scheme For Activities That Support The Development Of CSO Regional Networks", within the project „Building CSO Capacity for Regional Cooperation within the Black Sea Region”, implemented by the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND with the financial support of the European Union. The network establishment will organize online webinars and sharing events (October 2020 - March 2021). During the project, case studies and best practices will be documented and compiled in a comprehensive collection to be made available online to all interested stakeholders.  The goal of this endeavor is to provide support for public libraries to contribute to active citizenship and life-long learning in their communities. Moreover, by implementing the project in 5 countries and creating a community of practice among library and CSO professionals, this project aims at learning about the best ways to bring libraries from the region into a professional network through which they can implement shared projects.

 

About Progress Foundation

 

Established in 1996, Progress Foundation is an experienced Romanian NGO that pilots local initiatives in the field of education/training, (e-)inclusion and community development, and then scales it up, at national level - as innovative and impactful best practices. Progress Foundation’s projects are developed using county and local libraries as lifelong learning hubs and social innovation centers, to reach out to any social group and/or citizen, especially the most marginalized ones. Starting with March 2016, Progress Foundation is privileged to be a member of FOND – the Federation of Romanian Non Governmental Organizations for Development.

For further details:

Anca Râpeanu, Project Manager occupylibrary@progressfoundation.ro

 

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[ January 13, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Recordings of the free Webinar on Technology for Communities by Occupy Library Innovators HUB

On the 11th of January,  Kyriakos Kyriakidis from Eduact (Greece) gave us a general overview of the tools and technologies we use in working with our communities, and invited us to explore ways to improve your organization’s productivity.

Technology for Communities - free Webinar delivered by Kyriakos Kyriakidis, Eduact, Greece

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Occupy Library Innovators HUBSharing Cafe
[ January 13, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Recordings of Welcome to Greece! Sharing Café, hosted by Eduact

“Welcome to Greece! Sharing Café” on 11th of January was the best way to start a new year: the Greek enthusiasm gave such a boost of energy, and the fantastic examples from our Greek colleagues will help us grow our communities stronger and healthier with the help of new technologies. 

During these 90 minutes, we explored and discussed concrete examples of library-CSO partnerships from Greece with the help of our guests: Chrysa Gerovasileiou – Eduact, Dimitris Giannakoudis – Xanthi Tech Lab, Christian Cibba – United Societies of Balkans, and our facilitator Kyriakos Kyriakidis, Eduact

Welcome to Greece! Sharing Café - free sharing session for the Occupy Library Innovators HUB community