Tag Archives: Information Literacy

Employment Programme for the homeless

Homeless are an often forgotten collective in European societies. The Zagreb City Libraries have developed a successful Library employment programme for them. The programme has taken place at the library but also at a homeless shelter. The success of the initiative (the library has trained 63 homeless people, 15% of all registered homeless people in Zagreb since November 2011) has made other shelters to join the project and has even inspired Zagreb’s Law Faculty to establish a free legal clinic for the homeless. 

This experience was presented at IFLA 2012 Section and Satellite Program meeting held in Tallinn, 10 August 2012 and an article on it can be found at Library Review.

10th International Librarians’ Conference

Organised by the Cantonal and University Library Bihac of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Conference, known as June on Una River, will be celebrated from 13-15 June 2013.

 The aim is to extend the implementation and benefits  of the Tempus project Developing Information Literacy for lifelong learning and knowledge economy in Western Balkan countries, leaded by LIT (Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland).

 For further information you can check their web-site:  http://bibliotekabihac.com/pdf/juni_na_uni/eng.pdf


Digifolio is a project created by the Brasov County Library in Romania to pilot a “public library – school” partnership model that will develop students’ digital skills. The idea of the project is to improve involvement of children in the educational process and get productive usage of NTIC.

The project is developed for three months with a group of 62 pupils, 32 of second grade and 30 of sixth grade, from School n°. 6 “Iacob Muresianu” Brasov, Romania.

Other main objectives of this project are to develop their knowledge on how to create e-portfolio and to present that created e-portfolio, of this way they improve their multimedia communication skills.

Furthermore, they are thought to use web 2.0 instruments like Weebly, Voki, Prezi, Wikispaces, and YouTube, and various equipment, including cameras, digital recorders, and scanners.

For more information click on: http://digifolioen.weebly.com/index.html

Villagers’ petition wins high speed Internet for 4,500 people

Inspired by the success of their local library’s service for farmers, villagers from Glavinci in central Serbia organized a petition to demand high-speed Internet for the whole village.  It worked and now over 4,500 people living in Glavinci and 20 kilometres around the village have access to high speed wireless Internet in their village library and in their homes.

‘What amazed us was that the villagers brought their petition to the village library, and asked the librarians to contact the public library in town’ said Ms Suzana Tanasijević, a librarian at Public Library Radislav Nikčević in Jagodina. ‘It means that the villagers now see the public library as an initiator of change in the community.’

Glavinci village library is part of the AgroLib-Ja service for farmers, which was started with support from EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). Coordinated by Public Library Radislav Nikčević, the AgroLib-Ja service provides free access to the Internet in four village libraries. The service includes an information-sharing website for farmers, and librarians train farmers to use the Internet to find information about farming methods, grants and other opportunities. The farmers used their new computer skills to develop a lively online farm produce market – AgroLib – and are reporting increased sales of fruit, dairy produce, vegetables, honey and handicrafts over the Internet.

AgroLib-Ja became extremely popular. At first, Glavinci library used a mobile 3G Internet connection for AgroLib-Ja, and for a while, this slow connection was the only Internet access in the village. Later, some villagers bought personal computers and installed 3G connections at home. But they wanted a better quality connection.

Glavinci is located in a valley, and a high-speed wireless connection required antennae in an elevated position. The villagers identified a tank at a local factory as the best place for the antennae, but the factory management was reluctant to allow the installation.

So the villagers launched a petition, collected signatures and handed the petition to the librarian in Glavinci. They asked her to take the petition to Public Library Radislav Nikčević in Jagodina.

‘The director addressed the Management Board of the factory in writing, explaining how important high-speed Internet was for the development of both the village library and the village,’ said Ms Tanasijević. ‘The director also addressed the local self-government, asking them to use their authority and legitimacy to explain to the Management Board the significance of placing the antenna on the tank,’ she said.

The factory Management Board took these appeals seriously.They allowed installation, and now the wireless signal covers a radius of about 20km around Glavinci, reaching 4,500 people.

According to the local computer and Internet service provider, villagers are rushing to connect. In just one month, about 30 households have applied for connections.

‘We are really impressed by the understanding the villagers now have about the value of new information technology – especially the Internet – for developing the village and for farming. Three years ago, before AgroLib-Ja, no-one from the three villages intended to use computers and the Internet,’ said Ms Tanasijević.

Source :  EIFL-PLIP
Author:  Jean Fairbairn, EIFL-PLIP Communications

European Conference on Information Literacy

For this post we are collecting the information from European Conference on Information Literacy web page.

The European Conference on Information Literacy (or ECIL), organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University and Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University, will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 23-25 October 2013. It is an annual international conference held in Europe.

Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning being the main theme, ECIL aims to bring together researchers, information professionals, educators, policy makers, employers and all other related parties from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current issues, recent developments, standards, techniques, challenges, theories, and good practices.

Registration starts on 1st May. If you want to know more, visit its web page or the contact tag.

Lithuanian public libraries‘ campaign “Safe and friendly Internet”

Lithuanian public libraries aiming to promote safe Internet use among library visitors and wider society in 2001 started a campaign “Safe and friendly Internet in libraries”. The campaigns program consisted of diverse actions that took place during the whole year.

Almost 1000 public libraries joined podcast seminars during the action “Safety month in libraries”. On Saturdays families were attracted to public libraries to take part into “Brain competitions on safe internet”.  During summer interactive library tent visited 16 small and medium size towns festivals, where in cooperation with local libraries staff and pulled forces of local volunteers organized various games, crosswords, competitions to demonstrate public library services and to promote safe use of Internet (photos). Live theatre performance on @tale “A cat and chanticleer” for the smallest and an augmented reality educational game, for any age were the highlights of library presence in the town festivals. The game was introduced in February last year at International Vilnius book fair, please look video.

Materials created during the campaign and experience gathered allowed to create two new educational instruments online – Safe internet test, suitable for under 18 and older – http://testas.bibliotekospazangai.lt/, to measure ones knowledge on safe and proper behavior online, as well as an online Safe internet encyclopedia to fill knowledge gaps – http://enciklopedija.bibliotekospazangai.lt/ .  Though both are in Lithuanian, but an international public can have a glimpse on illustrations of encyclopedia – those are pictures were done by children during the various activities of the campaign.

The campaign was coordinated by “Libraries for Innovation” team, based at Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania.

Ramunė Petuchovaitė
Lietuvos Respublikos Kultūros Ministerija

Tutorial of Job Searching

The tutorial was created by the Working Group of Information Literacy of the Council of Library Cooperation. This tutorial is a tool of help for training in job searching from the public libraries. It isn’t a definitive solution for this problem but it facilitates required materials to foster these activities in the public libraries in Spain.
The tutorial is formed by six modules:

– To make a curriculum vitae
– Where and How to search a job?
– Selection Process
– Self-Teaching for the job
– Source of information and bibliography
– Evaluation of the tutorial

For more information: http://www.alfared.org/content/862

Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination
Ministry of Culture

Alfared: Portal of Information Literacy in Spain

AlfaredAlfared is the portal of information literacy in Spain.

The website includes information about congress, conferences, guidelines, standards and best practices in public, university, specialised and national or regional libraries in Spain.

The website is coordinated by the Working Group of Information Literacy of Council of Library Coordination. You can find the last news about information literacy in the blog or you can do the Tutorial of Job searching, an interesting resource for the public libraries users.

Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination
Ministry of Culture