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[ December 14, 2021 by Ioana Avadanei 0 Comments ]

OCCUPY LIBRARY 2022: CALL FOR PROPOSALS EXTENDED

Good news: we have extended the call for proposals! We are excited to hear your inspiring story, fab ideas, and to find out more about your projects. So, send your proposals until the 31st of January 2022 & join us at 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 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.

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.

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
Find out more here!
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[ March 9, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Public Libraries as Active Citizens Hubs

“Antim Ivireanul” Vâlcea County Library, Romania

Fundația Comunitară Vâlcea

Why?

This project will increase the active citizenship skills in 6 communities from 3 countries by setting out a network of public libraries and NGOs that will support the creation of public spaces for active citizenship learning and practice. In the process, stakeholders from Romania, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine, countries with relatively limited democratic experiences, will learn how to set up partnerships, collaborate, and share good practices for cultivating the civic spirit in their communities.

What?

6 librarians and 6 NGO representatives from the participatory 3 countries were trained about the practical principles of engaging communities in democratic decisions and community projects, as well as plan for the implementation of the citizens hub in their libraries. Then, the 6  community teams formed by librarians, local NGO representatives and citizens worked together, and opened Citizens Hubs – spaces for citizens to gather and work together towards being active citizens involved in their communities.

So what?

Through this project,  Vâlcea County Library developed new library services and programs aimed to support communities’ needs and to develop these communities: health education programs, programs that encourage women to develop their own business, volunteer programs to involve citizens in promoting cultural and historical objectives from their communities. 

Curious to learn more?

Check out the Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB map, and find more inspiring stories from the region!

You have a great story?

Here's how you can put in on the map! @ Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB

Fill in the form and we’ll make sure your voice is heard by the community and beyond!

[ March 5, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

PLACH @ “G.T. Kirileanu” Neamț County Library

Piatra Neamț – Romania

Focusing on multicultural education, the “G.T. Kirileanu” Neamţ County Library created a space for learning foreign languages and discovering other cultures, by developing volunteer opportunities and discussion events for the youth of the community.

Curious to learn more?

Check out the Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB map, and find more inspiring stories from the region!

You have a great story?

Here’s how you can put in on the map! @ Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB!

Fill in the form and we’ll make sure your voice is heard by the community and beyond!

[ March 5, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

PLACH @ Lugansk Regional Universal Scientific Library

Lviv – Ukraine

Lugansk Regional Universal Scientific Library decided to focus on self-empowerment of the children and developed opportunities for kids in the community to learn coding, by using the online Minecraft application. 

Curious to learn more?

Check out the Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB map, and find more inspiring stories from the region!

You have a great story?

Here’s how you can put in on the map @ Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB!

Fill in the form and we’ll make sure your voice is heard by the community and beyond!

[ March 5, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

PLACH @ Lviv Central City Library “Lesya Ukrainka”

Lviv – Ukraine

In order to transform the library branch in a community space, Lviv Central City Library “Lesya Ukrainka” started to plan the needed steps for this process and has also created discussion spaces for community members.

Curious to learn more?

Check out the Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB map, and find more inspiring stories from the region!

You have a great story?

Here’s how you can put in on the map! @ Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB

Fill in the form and we’ll make sure your voice is heard by the community and beyond!

[ March 5, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

PLACH @ The “Antim Ivireanul” Vâlcea County Library

Râmnicu Vâlcea – Romania

The “Antim Ivireanul” Vâlcea County Library developed an online educational space where young children could learn safe measures that prevent the spread of COVID-19, in an age-appropriate way.

Curious to learn more?

Check out the Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB map, and find more inspiring stories from the region!

You have a great story?

Here’s how you can put in on the map! @ Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB

Fill in the form and we’ll make sure your voice is heard by the community and beyond!

[ March 5, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

PLACH @ The Raional Library “D. Cantemir” Ungheni

Ungheni – Republic of Moldova 

The main focus of the Raional Library “D. Cantemir” Ungheni was to empower women through their project, by creating a gathering and exhibition space in the library, where community groups could meet, discuss and present themselves.

Curious to learn more?

Check out the Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB map, and find more inspiring stories from the region!

You have a great story?

Here’s how you can put in on the map! @ Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB

Fill in the form and we’ll make sure your voice is heard by the community and beyond!

[ March 5, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

PLACH @ The Raional Library “IPS A. Plămădeală” Hîncești

Hîncești – Republic of Moldova 

The Raional Library “IPS A. Plămădeală” Hîncești created a space for community groups meetings, in the library, where they could discover the local heritage and learn to promote local tourism.

Curious to learn more?

Check out the Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB map, and find more inspiring stories from the region!

You have a great story?

Here’s how you can put in on the map! @ Best practices in the Black Sea region by @Occupy Library Innovation HUB

Fill in the form and we’ll make sure your voice is heard by the community and beyond!

[ February 9, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

You are ready to change your community!

Congratulations! We know you can do this. You analyzed your community and the factors influencing it, you have some great ideas and partners and now you see an opportunity to build a solution. 

What we have here for you is a few questions and insights to help deploy to frame, challenge and improve your message.

Here are the questions that we encourage you to focus on:

So what? What is the impact of what you will do?

Says who? What is the evidence that it can work?

Who cares? Who has a direct or indirect interest in your plan?

To get ready to present your message, work to develop a three minute ‘elevator pitch’ that you will use to present your ideas to stakeholders. But before you do that consider practicing it with your team and partners. The aim of your message should be rooted in your particular community issue that you wish to change.

Please try to consider the three powerful questions and these principles:

Humanize your message, 

Know your audience, 

Have an innovative hook, 

Make sure the medium is suitable for the message, 

Be consistent, 

Be congruent, 

Have a call to action. 

And always go back to these 3 important questions:

So what? Says who? Who cares?  

[ January 8, 2021 by Ioana Avadanei 0 Comments ]

Discovering the whole world through the The “G.T. Kirileanu” Neamț County Library

Discovering the world can be time consuming and can involve a lot of challenges, especially in the times that we live in. But the library is and has always been the opened door to another world. Only here, the cultural facets and the knowledge of the mankind can be freely accessed!

Focusing on multicultural education, the “G.T. Kirileanu” Neamţ County Library created a space for learning foreign languages and discovering other cultures, by developing volunteer opportunities and discussion events for the youth of the community. 

The “G.T. Kirileanu” Neamţ County Library, a partner in the Public Libraries As Active Citizens Hubs project, opened the door to the multicultural perspective of the world!

Wanting to help the community develop its knowledge and to promote the Foreign Book Branch, the library started to create and implement an action plan for the active citizens. With the help of a group of volunteers, Neamţ County Library is creating a dedicated space for learning about foreign cultures and languages, through special events organized for the community – such as workshops, trainings and presentations.

Public Libraries As Active Citizens Hubs focuses on the development of the active citizenship skills in 6 communities from 3 countries, by setting out a network of public libraries and NGOs that will support the creation of public spaces for active citizenship learning and practice. In the process, stakeholders from Romania, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine, countries with relatively limited democratic experiences, will learn how to set up partnerships, collaborate, and share good practices for cultivating the civic spirit in their communities.