2015 / I Want To Hold Your Hand - Libraries’ Design In Times Of Crises


2015 / I Want To Hold Your Hand - Libraries’ Design In Times Of Crises

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Latest Activity: Nov 10, 2015

MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER AT 10:00 - 11:30

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.



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.

Jacek Krolikowski is vice president of the Information Society Development Foundation. Specialist in training methodology and project management. Within 1993-2001 he worked for the National In-Service Teacher Training Center and was responsible for the implementation of civic education programs and foreign cooperation. Within 2001-2004 he worked for the
Foundation in Support of Local Democracy where he was responsible for the training projects in Poland and abroad. As an expert of the Council of Europe he participated in programs conducted by this organization, mainly in the Balkans. Since 2005 he has been a freelance expert and provides services in the area of social analysis and research, project development, training and project management for firms, non-governmental organizations and public
institutions. Within 2006-2008 he managed large training projects for the civil service implemented by the UNDP and the Delegation of the European Commission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in Croatia. Since 2008 he has been working as training specialist in Library Development Program in Poland. Since 2013 he became Foundation’s vice president.
Yaroslava Tytarenko is Deputy Director of Bibliomist program (Global Libraries - Ukraine initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with $25 million USD budget) implemented by IREX/Ukraine. Over the past six years Yaroslava has been responsible for the training and capacity building components of the Bibliomist program. She has also been a
member of the Training Working Group of the Global Libraries initiative. Yaroslava is a member of the Ukrainian Library Association (ULA). She holds a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management from New School University in New York City; a Master’s degree in Project Management from University of Economics and Law “KROK” in Kyiv; and Bachelor of Business
Administration (Management) and Computer Information Systems degree from International Christian University (ICU) – Kyiv.

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