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:
14. Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia – Armenia
15. REM. Moldova Library Consortium – Moldova
16. 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, relavant & 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 modernisation & diversification of library servcies including the need to change library organisational structures will be addressed by the LNSS Curriculum- a comprehensive, modern suite of Library Staff Developement 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 programme of its kind held in these countries to address the training and development needs of ALL Librarians & library Staff – a programme which is very much needed in PC countries.
Project description on the Coordinator's website: http://paara.am/en/lnss-project/
Kick-off meeting of the LNSS Project in Brussels
On the 27-28 January, 2016 the kick-off meeting of the 140 Grantholder 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 took place in 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 get 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 9 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 Gayane Nikoghosyan, Chief Librarian of the scientific and technical library. A detailed description of the Project as well as tasks, timelines and reporting requirements were introduced to the representatives of the consortium member institutions by T. Khechoyan, as the Project coordinator, 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.
English for Specific Purposes Training 16th – 19th 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
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.
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. It was attended by the representatives of university libraries. 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.