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[ November 10, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Come Join Us at Occupy Library 2022 : The E+Libraries On The Rise !

Please send your proposals until the 31st of January 2022!

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Libraries can have a leading role on the path to sustainability, that’s why we will label them E+Libraries. E+ stems mainly from a new ECOLOGY of the ECOSYSTEMS where less is consumed and more is shared. Libraries play a very important role in shaping more sustainable and responsible societies, not only by educating people, but also by becoming centers for testing new economic models, innovation and technology. Sustainability has at its core a new way of seeing the economic exchanges and growth: the circular economy. If the classical model of business was defined by the triad: take-make-waste, the circular economy looks at interactions based on the concepts: borrow-use-return. It means that the emphasis is on how we can prolong the life of products, how we innovate by design, how we can make the most from the already existing scarce resources, how we produce more locally so we can decrease the carbon footprint. Basically, it means working with and preparing the communities in line with the 7R method: rethink, redesign, repurpose, reuse, repair, remanufacture, recycle and recover. Libraries, as community development hubs can play a role in all these processes and they already do.
In direct connection with the 7R in 2022 we invite you to join Occupy Libraries and debate with concepts like: environment, equity, engagement, empowerment, empathy, entertainment, economics. All in an E+Library extravaganza that will elevate your excitement and bring some well-deserved euphoria.

 

The main themes of Occupy Library 2022 – The E+Libraries On The Rise are:
  • Engaging community in rethinking, repurposing and remanufacturing, recycling
  • Empowerment for repair, reuse and recover
  • Educating for a sustainable Planet
We are looking for presentations of case studies and inspiring ignite talks to cover one or several of the conference themes, and we’re prepared to accommodate a multitude of formats for your ideas and experiences to be exposed to an eager audience:
  • presentations
  • ignite talks
  • workshops
  • storyboards and/or infographics
In addition to that, we welcome proposals for open-themed interactive sessions (one per day, 90 minutes long), which will cover other topics relevant to libraries and NGOs. The form of the session can vary from panel-discussions to interactive workshops of practical Labs, and they will be moderated / facilitated by the initiator (the person who proposes the OTIS).

 

The E+Libraries On The Rise will happen on June 2nd and 3rd, 2022. The event is a hybrid format, with face-to-face sessions happening in Bucharest and online interactive sessions hosted in Hopin platform.

 

Occupy Library ® is an independent event organized by the Progress Foundation with the support of Next Library® and in co-operation with the Occupy Library Steering committee,  in partnership with Goethe-Institut Bukarest, conference partners and sponsors.

More about the themes for Occupy Library 2022

 

Engaging community in rethinking, repurposing and remanufacturing, recycling
When we focus on communities, we start from the social-economic reality of community members. As we engage them in learning about building a better future for themselves and their community we can, and often do, encourage them into redesigning their future.  Libraries and CSOs activate their communities through programs, services, collection development strategies, and partnerships, so we invite you to tell us how you are changing the traditional culture into a culture that rethinks its future. 
Keywords: Programs and services, Library collections, Technology for change, Economic sustainability, Social sustainability, Art projects
Empowerment for repair, reuse and recover
Community development and strategic planning see community resilience as a key success factor. Helping local actors, institutions, decision makers, and regular citizens to employ skills related to repairing, to develop reuse  and recovery strategies is such an important effort. Come and tell us about the new methodologies, services and technologies you use to empower your users and partners, to build resilience and use new technologies for stronger communities. Share with us your plans to tinker with existing resources and create spaces for new ideas to take form. 
Keywords:  Trainings, New methodologies,  New services, Tinkering & maker spaces
Educating for a sustainable Planet
In many communities around the world youth signaled their determination to change how we use the planet’s resources through Fridays for Future. Libraries and CSOs have also picked up the challenge and have been focusing their resources and strategic decisions to contribute to raising awareness about the climate challenge. Contributing at local, regional, national and international level to all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals, libraries and CSOs have been educating all generations towards responsibility and community building. Come and share with us your new or future services, tell us how you advocate for SDGs implementation and how you are making this Planet a better place. 
Keywords: Services for the future, SDGs in libraries, Raising awareness, Green libraries,  Environmental sustainability

Apply now!

To apply for this call, please fill in this form by January 31, 2022.
The program for Occupy Libraries 2022 will reflect the themes described above through interactive sessions, Ignite Talks, panels, keynotes, site visits, and other events.
Occupy Library 2022 will be a hybrid experience. You can join us in Bucharest or relax at home and attend remotely!
For any additional inquiries please contact occupylibrary@progressfoundation.ro
We reserve the right to alterations & surprises!

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[ June 3, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Occupy Library 2022 – The E+Libraries On The Rise!

In June 2022 we invite you to Bucharest to the second edition of the Occupy Library Conference: Occupy Library 2022 – The E+Libraries On The Rise!

 

Libraries can have a leading role on the path to sustainability, that’s why we will label them E+Libraries.

E+ stems mainly from a new ECOLOGY of life, where less is consumed and more is shared. Libraries play a very important role in shaping more sustainable and responsible societies, not only by educating people, but also by becoming centers for testing new economic models, innovation and technology.

In 2022 we expect you to Occupy Libraries with concepts like: environment, equity, engagement, empowerment, empathy, entertainment, economics. All in an E+Library extravaganza that will elevate your excitement and bring some well-deserved euphoria.

We will welcome a great variety of contributions which showcase the endeavor of libraries for promoting circular economy and sustainable communities.

 

Follow us for news on: www.occupylibrary.net

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[ May 28, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Next Library Festival is here!

Next week we’ll join the incredible community of innovators who’ll celebrate life and libraries at the Next Library Festival 


Next Library Festival 2021 will be a free online event, with an unique mix of keynotessessionstalks, social events and surprises! 

It will run 24 hours on June 3 starting at 8 am (UTC+2) following the sun around the planet to the next morning 8 am (UTC+2)

Keynotes

 

Book your free ticket now!

We look forward to meeting you there and and to have fun with all of you!

 

[ April 21, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

The Bag with 2 Books (Punguța cu 2 cărți)

OvidiuRo Association

„Ion Creangă” National Children’s Library

Kaufland Romania

Progress Foundation Romania

Why?

In Romania, the dropout rate is 26.6% in rural areas and 18.1% in total, compared to an average of 10.6% in the European Union, and places penultimate in the PISA tests in 2018. In order to be economically competitive, at the level of the 21st century, Romania must improve the school performance of children. Literacy has proven to be the clearest predictor of school success, and early education the most effective investment.

In poor communities, children do not have access to age-appropriate books, already experiencing an educational gap, even before starting kindergarten or school. Combining the training of teachers and parents, quality educational resources and a network of teachers, leads to very good results in terms of the level of preparation of children to start primary school.

The COVID-19 pandemic has added another obstacle to children from disadvantaged backgrounds, where access to online learning is non-existent or limited and has widened the educational gap.

What?

The “two-book bag” offers parents from disadvantaged communities illustrated books for home, encouraging them to read to their children.

The pilot project, funded by Kaufland and implemented since 2019, was designed to educate poor parents on the benefits of reading with their little ones. Over 60 kindergarten teachers from Vrancea and Neamț counties participated in two training sessions and then organized in turn reading sessions for parents and young children in their kindergartens. Each participating teacher received a trainer kit and, on average, 5 “Two-bag bag” kits to offer to parents.

Volunteers (librarians, educators, teachers, social workers etc.) organized reading sessions with 1-2 years old children and their parents. After reading sessions, each child receives a bag with two picture books and a small toy suitable for this age category. Volunteers talk to parents about the advantages of reading aloud activities with children from the yearly age, encouraging them to read to children.

As a result of the project,  475 children together with parents have participated at reading sessions and have got picture books to take home; about 600 books donated to families from disadvantaged communities and 375 books were planned to be donated in February 2021. The project involved 100 volunteers (librarians) from 100 localitie, with more than 100 reading sessions organized.

Volunteers have been trained by OvidiuRo Association and „Ion Creangă” National Children’s Library on how to organize reading aloud sessions with small kids.

Parents have been told by the volunteers about the advantages of reading aloud to children from the early age and encouraged to read to children.

At the second reading of the book “From head to toe”, children had already begun to imitate the movements of animals. Parents showed interest and openness during the meetings; the atmosphere was relaxing, pleasant, constructive. We definitely produced some changes in the relationship with the children. Thanks for the opportunity! ” Mariana Vrabie, preschool teacher, Bălan Kindergarten, Harghita

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[ April 14, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Creation of the environmental space in the library

Charitable organization ‘Library country’

Kyiv Public Library for Children

Why?

Environmental protection projects are poorly developed in the libraries of Ukraine. There was a free premises in the Kyiv public library and the desire of librarians to start an educational project on nature protection. Together with the Charity “Library country” the joint project was established.

Why?
The Library together with Charity Foundation “Library Country” started to implement the project “Green Library” in the beginning of 2019.  The aim of the project was to create an eco-friendly space for sustainable issues education for families.
What Has Already Been Done:
  • A fundraising campaign was launched on the community platform https://biggggidea.com/project/zelena-biblioteka/ and 1000 USD were already collected for purchasing the furniture
  • Books on environmental topics were purchased thanks to the philanthropists
  • Educational activities on environmental issues are carried out on the regular basis
  • Partnerships with environmental initiatives have been established, and the library functions as a free platform for meetings, discussions, events
The New Space Will Include:
  • Creative eco-design (natural colors, natural materials)
  • Decor elements from recycled materials
  • A selection of books and e-media on environmental topics 
  • Thematic educational program
  • Collaboration with eco-activists and initiatives

So what?

The Library is modern and active, well-known in the community and seeks to develop and deliver new services. Renovation & new design is almost done, and the space will be visually attractive and original and become the place of gravity for children, parents, eco-activists.

The local community is well aware of the project and is actively involved. The educational activities on environmental issues are carried out on a regular basis. The project is a pilote for Kyiv city and seen as the model for other libraries.

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[ April 7, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Pietrari Local Library helps the community get back into shape

Pietrari Public Library

Kilostop București

Why?

In Pietrari, a village of about 3,000 people, inactive lifestyles, poor diet and lack of information about nutrition resulted in over 25% of the population being overweight. Concerned librarians at Pietrari Local Public Library decided to help the community get back in shape.

What?

Librarians are using technology to confront obesity in their community head on – and the kilos are rolling away as library users now regularly work out in the reading room. Be Fit Not Fat was launched in October 2012. Outreach through schools drew an enthusiastic response: 180 people attended exercise classes in the library, using Wii fitness consoles, and 43 seriously overweight teenagers and mothers joined an intensive programme. To make sure weight loss is lasting and safe, the library works closely with fitness specialists, doctors and nutritionists.

So what?

Be Fit Not Fat combines action with interaction. During physical exercise classes in the library, participants use a  Wii Fit Plus console. This is a video gaming console programmed for fitness training. The console transmits a moving image of a fitness trainer to a television screen. Exercisers then create their own exercise program by using a remote control device to manipulate the image of the trainer.

Participants in the intensive fitness and nutrition program have created a Facebook page and a lively blog, for sharing experiences, giving encouragement and celebrating weight loss. Using library computers, they consult nutritionists in the capital city, Bucharest, many kilometers away, via the online communication tool, Skype.

I look different, feel different, and my husband and child appreciate the difference! Without Pietrari Local Public Library I would not have succeeded! Ileana Nitu, 22 kilograms healthier

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[ April 1, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Let’s join Voices of Next Library!

Do you also miss the Next Library Community? And do you miss getting inspiration and insights for your library work? 

Let’s join the Voices of Next Library!

When? From April 12-16 

Where: Online on this www.nextlibrary.net, Twitter, Facebook and other social channels

How to participate?: You can: 

 

We look forward to meeting you there and and to have fun with all of you!

[ March 31, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Multicultural connections – united society

Multifunctional Center for Education, Information, Culture Public Association

Public Regional Library ”Vasile Alecsandri” Telenești

Why?

Encouraging multicultural dialogue in the spirit of European democratic values between 5 districts of Moldova Telenești, Comrat, Taraclia, Soroca, Rascani, harmonization of interethnic coexistence: Moldovan, Ukrainian, Gagauz, Bulgarian, Roma, and Russian.

As part of this project, 43 offline workshops,  7 online regional conferences, 5 virtual visits in Taraclia, Telenesti, Comrat, Riscani, Soroca, and 5 online regional festivals were organized, involving 25 partners and 1300 beneficiaries

What?

The objectives of the project were:

  • Favoring a context of knowledge of ethnic groups in the Republic of Moldova, through the values and policies of the European Union in the field of multiculturalism, multiethnicity, inclusion, minority rights, for at least 500 people, especially adolescents and young people from five districts during 2019-2020.
  • Increasing the degree of involvement of community members in promoting the common values shared by the cohabiting ethnic groups in Comrat, Taraclia, Telenesti, Soroca, Riscani districts;
  • Interethnic consolidation by increasing the visibility of the specifics and cultural similarities of the ethnic communities in the districts connected in the project

So what?

The participants accumulated valuable knowledge, about multiculturalism, the cohabiting ethnic groups in the Republic of Moldova, and about the policies of the European Union. They also realized the importance of multiethnic solidarity, passed it through the soul and materialized it in their own creations, presented at the Festival “On a Branch of Words”, which took place in August and was entitled generic “Multiethnic Moldova – we choose to live in harmony”.

Participating in the project made me understand and appreciate the Roma, whom I did not have very close to my soul. Now I have a Roma colleague, whom I received at work and I am very happy with.

The project reduced the social distance index by 3 units, as it raised the level of education, by familiarizing the beneficiaries with the multiple cultures in the country. Thus, the risk of conflicts, which regularly occur between ethnic groups and lead to violence that leads to destruction and damage, was reduced.

A Guide for the implementation of the library service “Multicultural Connections” was created, and it will serve as the basis for future replication in other regions. The continuity and sustainability of the project is also ensured by the generous book donation offered by the financiers for 5 public libraries and 10 social institutions: 5 Centers for children and 5 centers for the elderly.

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[ March 24, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Creative children`s space «B-Zone»

Poltava library #9, Ukraine

Ray of light of Poltava region 

Why?

Within the project it was planned to solve several problems: providing meaningful and high-quality leisure for children and families, developing new activities in the library and overcoming stereotypes about the work of libraries. Also, the need to provide additional free space for users in the library and address the issue of zoning was pressing.

What?

The library received additional space for communication, creativity, teamwork, family recreation, new furniture, games, flooring and more. The library users will be able to take advantage of all the benefits of the creative space to organize all kinds of activities, workshops, watching movies, art studios. 

Community unification was achieved by getting everyone’s support through the fundraising campaign to support the project.

So what?

In one of the districts of Poltava, a new free space for children and their parents was created, the uniqueness of which lies in its versatility. The project aroused the interest of many users and Poltava residents in particular, and many people from all over Ukraine joined the fundraising, which testifies to the interests in the idea and its necessity.

At the moment, as COVID 19 limited activities to the online environment, online events using several platforms (Facebook page, YouTube channel and Zoom platform) reached out to more than 500 patrons.

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[ March 15, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

S.T.E.A.M Hour – Ora să ȘTIM

Progress Foundation

Asociația Bibliotecarilor din Republica Moldova

Why?

Lack of skills, resources and support in promoting literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education for young children is a reality in rural communities in Moldova.

What?

Over 250 librarians were trained in organizing reading sessions with picture books for children ages 3 to 10 and on planning and hosting small STEM experiments connected with topics from the stories read.  Each library received a book package of 5 to 22 titles and illustrated books and support in developing their own activities. STEM topics addressed were explained in lay language and introduced in a fun manner making children excited about learning.

The 250 librarians from Romania and Moldova offered 2422 activities where 36640 kids participated and learned about topics like: animals, plants, natural phenomenon, shapes, colors, human body, chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Children asked their parents and teachers to come at the library to regularly participate in Ora sa STIM activities, Moreover the adults involved in children education started to be aware of the opportunity that STEM activities have in spending quality time with children and used the resources provided by this project: http://www.progressfoundation.ro/blog/ora-sa-stim/

Providing access to quality education is harder for children from rural areas. Our efforts in helping them enjoy learning and bringing resources closer to them is contributing to more chances for success

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