In our session we would like to explore the versatility of libraries in times of crises. There are many examples of libraries working to alleviate suffering in their communities. Recent examples include a library in Ferguson, MO, in the USA, which was the only open and available safe space during the riots; in case of Ukraine, the role of libraries has been transforming in 2014-2015 in response to the crisis in the east of the country.
As a community institution, the library should not be disconnected by the surrounding events. Services and building designs that work in times of peace and tranquility may be inadequate to times of crises, of profound social transformations, of extreme weather incidents or in times of war.
Goals: To allow participants understand the versatility of public libraries in critical situations; To provide participants knowledge about development of library spaces and services with small resources; To allow participants actively experiment and engage problem solving and decision making in critical situations.
Outcomes: Improved competencies for up to 30 participants related to libraries’ services and design in times of crises; Up to 6 models of services or space designs for libraries facing different types of crises; Improved interpersonal skills for dealing with community members facing crisis situations.
Topics: SPACE DESIGN / SERVICE DESIGN
Dr. Camelia Crisan, Yaroslava Tytarenko and Jacek Krolikowski
Dr. Camelia Crisan is currently the Executive Director of Progress Foundation - Romania. Progress Foundation is an NGO which is piloting local initiatives in the field of education/training, (e-)inclusion and community development using county and local libraries (as lifelonglearning hubs and social innovation centers) to reach out to virtually any social group and/or citizen.Camelia holds a PhD in Sociology andin the past 6 years she has been responsible for the training component of the Biblionet program funded by the Global Libraries (GL) initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – with a total value of 26.9 million USD. She has provided consultancy in professional development for librarians from Colombia, Moldova and Georgia. Until 2015 Camelia has been part of the Training Working Group of the GL initiative.
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