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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

Polish Cultural Events: 2010 Overview

The National Library organized numerous cultural events in the past year. The most noteworthy of the events organized by the National Library last year was the exhibition Chopin´s Visiting Card, which displayed the world’s largest collection of Chopin´s musical manuscripts housed in the archive of the Polish National Library. The exhibition, unveiled on September 24, 2010 by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski, became an important event marking the Frédéric-Chopin Year established by the Polish Parliament. Next to the rarely shown manuscripts (including 73 music pieces), Chopin’s letters from the National Library collection were also presented. The display cases were accompanied by interactive applications accessed through touch screens and headsets, allowing visitors to explore the sights and sounds of the exhibition. The exhibit coincided with the XVI International Chopin Piano Competition and was graced with a visit from the members of the competition’s jury. www.wizytowkachopina.pl

 Another notable public event was the congress entitled “Republic of Book” put on by the National Library with the collaboration of the Ministries for Culture and Education and the office of the Prime Minister as well as numerous media and private and public institutions. The congress proclaimed a coalition for reading and libraries, acting with the motto “Reading includes…” The coalition will support the cultural competence of people and their skills for active participation in the development of their social environment.

Tomasz Makowski

Director General of the National Library of Poland

Prague: Reading Statues

Some statues in Prague  have received books to read  in the next three weeks, within the framework of the project Prague, the Town of Literature.

Reading Statue

Book for the statue. Photo of reading statues (Babies, artist D. Černý) in the park of the isle of Kampa

Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

The Library Week

The Library Week is the nationwide promotional campaign organized by the SKIP. Traditionally the Library Week opens with the happening – an informal and amusing meeting prepared by librarians for themselves and for the public.
Program usually consists of masquerade, sketches and competitions. This year the happening took place in the town of Ostrava and the host was Ostrava City Library.
The Library Week itself is always celebrated the week following the happening.
Some nationwide festive events make traditionally part of the Library Week, among them the prices MARK 2011 and the Library of the Year. The MARK 2011 is intended for young librarians and students under 35. This humorously titled price (the specification of the acronym is in English “Young, Attractive and Sensible Librarian” or “Wise, Active and Thriving Librarian”) is awarded seriously for an uncommon benefit for librarianship. This year winner was Helena Selucká from the Jiří Mahen Library in Brno. Among her activities she is a member of the team managing the server Barrier free library, a tool for librarians to understand better the needs of handicapped patrons.

Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

OKNA, “About the Library Activities”

Competition OKNA

SKIP (Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic) and its Association of Children Libraries with financial support of Ministry of culture and the company Skanska prepared the new competition in librarians work with children. The organizers hope to make the new tradition.

The competition was named OKNA, an acronym for “About the Library Activities”. In Czech it is a pun as well, a substantive standing for “windows”. Competitors´ task is to demonstrate their programmes intended for children. Little patrons are this time present as partners in performance for adult audience and the jury. This year´s competition with the serial number 0 took place in the town Jičín (http://www.jicin.org/en), the scene of highly popular original fairy tales by the writer Václav Čtvrtek (1911-1976). The jubilee of this writer was the topic of the competition.

Photos from the competition:


Basic info about the writer Václav Čtvrtek:



http://www.svkhk.cz/Pro-knihovny/Zpravodaj-U-nas/Clanek.aspx?id=20110220, http://www.kdk.munovapaka.cz )

Prague, the town of literature

The Municipal Library of Prague is the coordinator of the new project “Prague, the Town of Literature”. Its drift is to support a perception of Pragueas the place inspiring to literature production, reading and relationship to books. The project is financially supported by the city of Prague.

A campaign in the streets prepared for this autumn contains extracts of related text in showcases in the streets of Prague, literature trails and other similar activities.

Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

Bibliomercado in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The State Public Library Ánxel Casal in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, is organising for the first time a Bibliomercado –word made of Library and Market- in a central location of the city, where the market is situated, on all Saturdays of September and October.

The aim of the initiative is to outreach to people at one of the main people concentration areas in the city, providing them with information on the library services and collections. This is part of a larger project, as the library will also be present in other places of the city, like Plaza Cervantes.

This action is part of a global context whose main objective is reading promotion in cooperation with the bookseller sector.


Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination
Ministry of Culture

Lithuanian Public Libraries Encourage Citizens Go Volunteer!

Over 350 Lithuanian public libraries will take part European volunteering marathon, initiated by public agency ‘European information centre’ during the European Year of Voluteering 2011. Citizens are invited to libraries to help in everyday library activities – shelving books and periodicals, organizing events, assisting users in learning ICT skills. There are more specific requests from libraries, for example, one looks for a volunteer who may teach librarians computer design skills. It is anticipated that to the end of year participating libraries will attract over 3000 volunteers. This cooperation may grow into long-term partnership and strengthen foundation of civil society.

The Project ‘Libraries for Innovation’ (Bibliotekos pažangai) that is implemented by Martynas Mažvydas National library of Lithuania provides coordination and support to public libraries that became a hosts for volunteers. Here is the list of participating libraries:

More information available in Lithuanian at:  

Ramune Petuchovaite 
Senior Specialist, Ministry of Culture 

Summer Library in Aqua Park

The City Library in Blansko (region of South Moravia) opened the Summer Library in Aqua Park. The library offers journals and newspapers, including regional titles plus paperbacks. The library wants to attract people who have no time for reading during the working days.

More information: http://www.knihovnablansko.cz/2011/07/07/leto-zacina-v-knihovne/#more-1886
 Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic