Erasmus+

Erasmus+

LNSS

Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services

Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus is the participant of the project of the Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” Project. The duration of LNSS Project is 3 years.

Partners of the LNSS Project are:

  1. Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia (PAARA) – Armenia
  2. Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences – Armenia
  3. Goris State University-Armenia
  4. Limerick Institute of Technology – Ireland
  5. University of Crete – Greece
  6. The Pyramid Group – Germany
  7. Transilvania University of Brasov – Romania
  8. Academy of Public Administration of Moldova
  9. Alecu Russo Balti State University – Moldova
  10. Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus
  11. Belarusian State University – Belarus
  12. Brest State Technical University – Belarus
  13. Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno – Belarus

Associate Partners are:

  1. Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia – Armenia
  2. REM. Moldova Library Consortium – Moldova
  3. National Library of Belarus – Belarus

The Erasmus+ LNSS Project addresses critical problems gaps that exist both in Library service provision and in Library Staff Development leading to modern, relevant & accessible library services for all learners. Problems such as the poor level of competencies and skills of librarians and library staff in Armenia (YSULS 2014; (Ministry of Culture 2013); the need for more education and training to address the problem of Plagiarism in Belarus & Moldova (BSU 2014; Harconita 2013) & the need for modernization & diversification of library services including the need to change library organizational structures will be addressed by the LNSS Curriculum- a comprehensive, modern suite of Library Staff Development courses covering all aspects of library services provision. The LNSS Curriculum will lead to a change in the existing situation because in breath, scale, quality & relevance it is the first program of its kind held in these countries to address the training and development needs of ALL Librarians & library Staff – a program that is very much needed in PC countries.

Project description on the Coordinator's website: https://paara.am/en/lnss-project/

Meetings & Events

Kick-off meeting of the LNSS Project (27-28 January 2016, Brussels)

On the 27-28 January 2016, the kick-off meeting of the 140 Grant holder institutions organized by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) was held in Brussels. During the meeting project management, work organization, financial management, report preparation and other issues of the winner projects awarded EU funding were discussed.

Kick-off meeting of the LNSS Project (8-9 March 2016, Brasov Transylvania University, Romania)

March 8-9, 2016 Brasov Transylvania University (Romania) hosted the kick-off meeting of the LNSS project, which was attended by the representatives of the Consortium member institutions. It gave an opportunity to be acquainted with all members of the consortium partner universities, needs of their libraries, with the staff, the opportunities offered by the project and the expectations of the participating universities.

The activities to be realized under the project were discussed, timelines adjusted and requirements for presentation of financial statements clarified. In the near future trainings will be held for library staff and faculty at nine universities of the three countries – Armenia, Moldova and Belarus on “English for specific needs”. The trainings will be conducted by European partners of the consortium at respective universities in Yerevan, Minsk, Grodno, Brest, Chisinau, and Balti. It will be followed by the training for preparation of training modules in Ireland, at Limerick Institute of Technology. After completion, participants of the above-mentioned training courses will prepare eight training modules for university librarians, faculty and students.

The meeting was attended by Tereza Khechoyan, Vice-rector for International Relations of the Public Administration Academy of the RA and Alexandre Anokhine, Library director of the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus. T. Khechoyan, as the Project coordinator, introduced a detailed description of the Project as well as tasks, timelines and reporting requirements to the representatives of the consortium member institutions and M. Salukvadze, the financial manager of the Project, made a thorough consultation on financial documents, their completing order and reporting details.

Needs and expectations of their libraries and library staff from LNSS project were presented by each university of the consortium.

The LNSS project was successfully kicked off and the scheduled activities of the project started.

for Specific Purposes Training (16 19 May 2016, Minsk, Belarus)

On May 16-19, 2016 the Belarusian State University and the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus hosted the participants of the Program of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in the framework of Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” project.

Jerald Cavanagh, Institute Librarian, Limerick Institute of Technology; Padraig Kirby, Senior Library Assistant, Limerick Institute of Technology; Angela Repanovici, Prof. univ. dr. ing., dr.marketing, Transylvania University of Brasov; Manolis Koukourakis, University Librarian, University of Crete conducted the ESP training in the framework of the mentioned program. Librarians and members of the administrative staff of the APA and BSY took part in the trainings.

The Module of “English for Specific Purposes” covered the following issues: «Essential management and transferrable Skills for librarians and library staff», «Information Literacy & Research skills to help learners find and use information effectively and ethically», «Innovative online library services for 21st Century Librarians», «The Electronic Library», «Access to Libraries and Society for learners with special needs/disabilities», «Library Collection Development Policies». The program ended in final roundtable discussion, and the participants were given certificates.

LNSS Curriculum Training (22 August – 2 September 2016, Limerick, Ireland)

Curriculum training was held in Limerick, Ireland, from August 22 to September 2. In training took part A. Anokhine (library director) and S. Ramlia (librarian).

In training, the following modules have been studied:

  • Module 1: English for Specific Purposes (English Language, Libraries, library terminology, terminology around library access).
  • Module 2: Marketing skills for Librarians.
  • Module 3: Essential management and transferrable Skills for librarians and library staff.
  • Module 4: Information Literacy & Research skills.
  • Module 5: Innovative online library services for 21st Century Librarians.
  • Module 6: The Electronic Library.
  • Module 7: Access to Libraries and Society for learners with special needs/disabilities.
  • Module 8: Library Collection Development Policies.

In the project were made LNSS Library National Awareness Day Campaign Strategy Presentations from Armenia, Moldova and Belarus Partners.

At the end all the participants were given certificates.

Pilot Training №3 Essential management and transferrable skills for librarians and library staff (24 November 2016 – 11 January 2017, Minsk, Belarus)

On November 24, 2016 the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus hosted the pilot training on Module №3 “Essential management and transferrable skills for librarians and library staff” in the framework of Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” project. The representatives of university libraries attended it. Training was carried out under the guidance and with the counseling of experienced professionals of the library science: Jerald Cavanagh (Institute Librarian), Padraig Kirby (Senior Library Assistant) from Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland). The APA Vice-Rector on Studies, Director of the Institute of Civil Service, Sergei Shauruk, welcomed the participants and wished them success in the project.

Participants got knowledge on the following topics:

  1. International Library Standards - IFLA, ISO, Library of Congress, NISO
  2. Negotiating the Library Strategic planning puzzle- strategic and business planning skills for librarians
  3. Effective custom care, service and strategies in Libraries
  4. Time management: prioritizing for time and workload
  5. Managing staff and Library Staffing structures
  6. Communication and listening skills
  7. The librarians guide to developing presentations skills
  8. Decision making, problems solving and leadership skills for librarians
  9. Job interviewing skills for librarians
  10. Management of change in 21st century libraries
  11. Modern Library Financial Management, Acquisitions and processing of library materials

The training came to its end on January 11, 2017. All participants received certificates.

Project Intermediate Meeting (1-3 March 2017, Dresden, Germany)

On March 1-3, 2017, TU Dresden (Germany) hosted the representatives of consortium member universities of “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” project in a workshop meeting dedicated to the annual reports of the first year activities of the Project. APA library director Alexandre Anokhine and librarian Sviatlana Ramlia participated in the meeting.

Consortium members – representatives of nine universities of three Eastern Partnership Countries (Armenia, Moldova and Belarus) and four universities of European Union countries (Ireland, Germany, Romania and Greece) made reports on their activities since the beginning of the project. The meeting was full of discussions concerning further tasks and timetable of the activities, as well as the design and content of the Project website. They also touched upon the financial aspect of the project. The participants introduced their drafts on National Library Awareness Day in their local universities and in the three countries as well (Armenia, Moldova and Belarus).

National Library Awareness Day (19 May 2017, Minsk, Belarus)

The first Library Awareness Day in Belarus was organized in the framework of the third City Festival on May 19-20, 2017 "The City and Books", which is one of the largest book events in our country. The most interesting book projects, well-known authors, publishers, librarians and readers had already traditionally gathered at this festival. This year the park located on the main avenue of Minsk (Nezavisimosti Ave. 65) near the Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU) was chosen as the venue for the festival.

Universities organized the completely festival area. Pavilions for all events and book projects were installed. For the event's branding, the banners of the LNSS project and the National Awareness Day were made, T-shirts for participants and volunteers with the logo of the LNSS project, cups for prizes to participants in the competitions with the logo of the LNSS were produced. For the exhibition, visual materials and brochures with information about libraries, library services and resources were printed.

At the organized "Expert meeting place", which brought together experts in the library management from different countries, the heads of the working groups of LNSS Project universities from Belarus V. Kulazhenko (BSU), N. Hrynko (YKSUG), A. Anokhin (APA), N. Chetyrbock (BrSTU), held a presentation of the LNSS project. The EU representative from the Pyramid Group spoke about the current direction and developments of the libraries activities.

At the same time, on the discussion platform, substantive reports were made on network library projects organized in German (Goethe-Institute) and Belarus (Belarusian Library Association), as well as on the corporate interaction of librarians in Ukraine (Ukrainian Library Association).

In addition, the pavilion "University libraries present" was organized at the exhibition site, where the consulting service "Ask a librarian" was functioned. As well as master classes, demonstration of BSU students by chemical experiments, presentations of students' books, books exhibitions, various youth projects were presented. In addition, the concert program of YKSUG students was organized.

Training program "Essential management and transferrable skills for librarians and library staff" (22-23 August 2017, Minsk, Belarus)

On 22-23 August, Gerard Cullen, Project Manager, "Library Networking Support Services: Modernizing Libraries in Armenia, Moldova and through library staff development and reforming library services ", visited Belarus on a working visit.
Studied and discussed such issues as review of the "National Awareness Day 2017" with the report and SWOT analysis, review of software spending based on the results of visits to Belarusian libraries, essential management and transferrable skills for librarians and library staff - communications, CV, motivation letters and interview procedures.

Quality Assurance Training (25-29 September 2017, University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece)

On September 25, the Quality Assurance Training began at the University of Crete. Two representatives from the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus – library director A. Anokhine and librarian S. Ramlia took part in the training. Presentations on project progress with emphasis on the National Awareness Days (activities held and impact) from participants from PC partners were made. Manolis Koukourakis, University Librarian of the University of Crete Library shared information about EU Quality standards and QA for managing EU funded projects and for Higher Education. Partners from the University Transylvania of Brasov presented basics of Risk Management. The EU representative from the Pyramid Group Gerard Cullen spoke about the English as a Medium of Instruction. At the end of the training, all participants received certificates.

 

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