Daily innovators and daily educators in the librar..
Daily innovators and daily educators in the libraries
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2018
The project ‘Daily innovators and daily educators in the libraries’ aims at the preparation of supportive educational ecosystem for adult learners, with special regard to those living in the areas/districts having poor access to lifelong learning programs and recent cultural developments, as well as to those belonging to groups in danger of social exclusion (such as: unemployed, immigrants, elderly or disabled people). The core of the project infrastructure is a library - a trusted place, a space between the two usual social environments of home and the workplace.
Librarians and other local cultural activists, due to their hitherto experience and project achievements, will be expanding their roles and raising their qualifications of local cultural educators for the adult library users. The model and educational materials elaborated within the project will upgrade local cultural educators’ competences, so that they will be able to help adult library users’ improve their basic and transversal skills, in particular social and civic competences, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship as well as cultural awareness and expression. The identified learning deficits of both adult users and cultural educators have been collided with the most recent library development trends; on their verge we have specified the areas of intervention in accordance with the users and institutions desired directions:
- library as a creative incubator,
- library as a center of social innovations,
- library as an intercultural dialogue facilitator.
The logic cycle and structure of the project will focus on the following elements:
1) Research and preparation of a report ‘Learning experiments in the European libraries’: a summary of achievements of European libraries, with special regard to the participating countries. The report will contain:
a) the performed analysis of the most substantial issues, affecting the situation of adult library users, local cultural educators and infrastructure & capacity of libraries themselves,
b) the profile of educators, trends and tendencies in the contemporary library development,
c) the institutional analysis: strategy, factors of successes and failures and ability to evoke the social change.
The research report will be supplemented by the outcomes of the learning activities: short-term joint staff training events in the participating countries, providing the details of cultural sector development at the national & EU level.
2) The above-mentioned short-term joint staff training events, organized as a series of workshops with on-site visits will be dedicated to the in-depth immersion into the local context in each participating country. The cycle will be summed-up during the foresight workshop in Brussels and will give the basis to the elaboration of new library model.
3) The main intellectual outputs tailor-made for the local cultural educators (librarians and local activists collaborating with the libraries) as well as for the adult library users are:
a) MIC (multicultural, innovative and creative) library model: mission, vision and main assumptions of the new library role together with the presentation of library place in the network of internal and external relations.
b) Educational materials for local cultural educators: a new curriculum/self-study/study with the expert materials/scenarios strengthening their qualifications in the selected areas as well as giving them a general preparation to work with the adults, manage and carry out the independent projects, communicate and cooperate efficiently.
c) Teaching scenarios developed in accordance with the methodology of adult learning processes; enhancing the skills and competences of adult library users to raise their awareness and develop the creative expression, engage in the local community integration processes also with the special regard to the cultural minorities.
4) The prepared materials will be tested by the group of ca 20 local cultural educators from Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway in their mother institutions. Once the process of preparation is over, the series of 4 national seminars and 4 international conferences for ca 225 participants will follow. The seminars and conferences will show the results of the project and possible impact of the developed materials, as well as the present good practices, guidelines and recommendations for the local/international policy makers and other important stakeholders.
The project will be implemented in a partnership of five organizations:
1) The Information Society Development Foundation (Poland),
2) The Culture Information Systems Centre (Latvia),
3) The Martynas Mažvydas National Library (Lithuania),
4) The Oppland County Authority/Oppland County Library (Norway),
5) The Reading & Writing Foundation (Netherlands and Belgium).
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