2013 / Can public libraries save communities or vice versa?

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2013 / Can public libraries save communities or vice versa?

Tuesday 18 June 2013 at 10 am

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Community development by nature requires interaction and engagement with the communities, either individual members or groups of people; it also brings changes and improvements not only into communities, but also into public libraries. So it is rather about re-imagination library work and collaborative innovations.
The topic of community development is also relevant to both industrialized and developing countries.

The main focus of this session is contribution of public libraries’ to the development of communities.  We invite you to think about and discuss online:
What is the right focus for public library in the community? 
What are main reasons behind the drive of some communities to protect their libraries at the risk of closure, while others stay inactive; or why today some communities fight for opening a new library, where there was none before?  
Why contribution and role of public libraries to the community well-being is often unrecognized or even questioned by authorities and some members of the society? 
What factors and conditions allow libraries to achieve the recognition for its roles in betterment of  community?    

Please share your thoughts and ideas, tell your real stories of success or mistakes, ask questions and propose issues to be discussed at the conference in Aarhus.





Organizers: 4-5 grantees and EIFL PLIP awards winners, coordinated by  Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL PLIP manager.

Ramune Petuchovaite started to work for EIFL Public Libraries Innovation Program in October 2012.  Before this, for six years she has worked at the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Lithuania, that is responsible for library policy and administration on national level; and for 15 years she has lectured on library management subjects at LIS Programs of Vilnius University, Lithuania

Location: Concert Hall, Aarhus
Members: 20
Latest Activity: Nov 10, 2015

Discussion Forum

Competences for comunity development

Started by Ramune Petuchovaite. Last reply by Katerina Prakapene Jun 9, 2013. 5 Replies

I guess traditional library skills are not of help, if public libraries takes a step to initiate, run or join community development program. In your opinion, what competences and skills are most…Continue

Tags: librarians, skills, competencies, development, community

Reaching the Unreached

Started by Dr.P.Y.RAJENDRA KUMAR. Last reply by Dijana Sabolovic Krajina Jun 8, 2013. 2 Replies

The Public Libraries can serve the Community by Reaching the Unreached.In Developing countries like India, the public Libraries has yet to reach about 90% of the Rural population and about 40% of the…Continue

Why communities need libraries - SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE

Started by Ramune Petuchovaite. Last reply by Dijana Sabolovic Krajina Jun 8, 2013. 1 Reply

What do you think, are main reasons behind the drive of some communities to protect their libraries at the risk of closure, while others stay inactive; or why today some communities fight for opening…Continue

Tags: community, library, public

How to win recognition of public library contribution to community development?

Started by Ramune Petuchovaite. Last reply by Dijana Sabolovic Krajina Jun 8, 2013. 1 Reply

In many places role and contribution of public libraries to the community well-being is often unrecognized. I have heard not once, when representative of authorities and a member of the society…Continue

Tags: future, impact, recognition, library, public

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Comment by Ramune Petuchovaite on June 20, 2013 at 13:43

Thanks to all participants of this session. I think the discussions went well, and do not forget sometimes to try again re-thinking library, starting first from the needs and community profile as, if there was never library before.  

Comment by Laima Pacebutiene on June 13, 2013 at 10:56

Today library is not only the place for information search or permanent learning. The library shoud survive as the place where self-expression and creativity among visitors of various age groups are encouraged. Creative personnel of the library coud encourage successfully the activity of a community. By creating and maintaining various connections and relations the library becomes the axis of a community.

Comment by Dr.P.Y.RAJENDRA KUMAR on March 20, 2013 at 8:28

The Public Libraries should reach the UNREACHED

 

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