2017 / Inspired by a library

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Libraries true value lays in the impact to individual user and community lives. Even tons of library statistics – numbers of visitors, book lending and other quantitative performance indicators – cannot reveal the impact. So we propose during the interactive session ‘Inspired by a library’ to share real-life stories of people, who got inspired by innovative services at their library, that changed their minds and attitudes, and opened new opportunities. We kindly invite start sharing these stories online, and during an interactive session in Aarhus continue learning from each other and brainstorm how certain experiences and services may be applied, and possibly also co-created by different libraries, across continents and cultures.

The interactive workshop is led by an international team of public librarians from Cameroon, Croatia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and St. Lucia – the winners of the Next Library 2017 scholarships – as well as, staff of EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Public Library Innovation Programme.

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Join this workshop and help us to shape it – you can share stories of users and exciting services from around the globe; request and lead a brainstorming session on adaptation or co-creation of services in other settings; volunteer to capture workshop’s activities on video or in other form; name your role and we will consider.

Use this hashtag to share your stories: #InspiredByLIB


Charles Kamdem Poeghela, director of the Centre for Reading and Cultural Activities (CLAC) in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital city

Bright Ofori, assistant librarian at Volta Regional Library in Ho, administrative capital of Ghana’s Volta Region

Purity Kavuri-Mutuku, Senior Librarian at Nakuru Public Library in Nakuru, capital of Nakuru County in Kenya

Bonile Jeff Nyoka, manager of eLearning Programmes in public libraries in Johannesburg, South Africa

Petar Lukačić, head of Services for Adult Users at Public Library Fran Galovic in Koprivnica in northern Croatia

Kemberley Constable, library assistant at Ti Rocher Library in Micoud, a village on the Caribbean island of St Lucia

Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL-Public Library Innovation Programme manager

Edvaldas Baltrunas, EIFL-Public Library Innovation Programme coordinator

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Comment by Jeff B Nyoka 10 hours ago

Good day everyone! I cannot wait to meet some of you at the Festival. I would like to share with you, one of the good stories Inspired by The Library- our ELearning Classrooms

One of the biggest eLearning programs that the City of Johannesburg Library Services is proud of, is the establishment of eLearning Classrooms inside libraries, which are state of the art centers using pre-selected “moocs” for library users to learn certain skills. These courses are identified from various moocs sites, like Edx, by an education specialists and the learners are assisted and guided by facilitator’s throughout their coursework.

I would like to share a story of a young man who came to the City of gold and through library’s eLearning classrooms he registered for one of the online courses and learnt a new skill and found like-minded youth.

In October 2016, a 23 year old young man Khwezi Mvuyana left the City of Durban Kwazulu Natal Province, South Africa to visit his sister in Johannesburg City Gauteng Province, South Africa to figure out what he needs to do with his life. He didn’t have a job, and his high school education was not completed because he had learning disabilities. When I met him through his sister, I recommended that he visits one of our libraries. He visited and registered in one of our eLearning classrooms based in Sandton Library and attended the first phase of online courses where he was learning Web design basics using webex. He was so inspired by the course and just the library environment as a place of learning; he actually completed the course within 2 months. The biggest change in this young man’s life was not just about the course, but he started meeting young people who are business minded. He made friends with aspiring graphic designers, and they started planning to open their own web based business. He is also very passionate about Photography and was excited to see that there are other basic online courses in photography.

Some of the projects he ended up doing: He took the initiative of doing short video recording of the eLearning classroom students, interviewing them about their experiences in the eLearning classrooms. (Videos available). This also helped him learn editing skills and just practice using the camera and his communication skills improved a lot from these interactions.

He also registered with an employment accelerator organisation called Harambee which works with libraries eLearning classrooms and the youth in identifying skills and from that registration he managed to score a few interviews. Event though he does not have a job yet, he went back to Durban to get driving practical training to boost his cv.

Currently he is completing his PDP- Public Driving Licence- and is hoping to come back to Johannesburg and continue onto Phase 2 of the online courses using our ELearning classrooms.

I am hoping to learn more ideas at the festival, of how we can make use of the eLearning classrooms to change lives through electronic information.




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