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XXI CENTURY LIBRARY: GOOD PRACTICES AND INTERNATIONAL TRENDS

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On June 4, 2018, a conference «XXI century library: good practices and international trends » was held at the UWC Dilijan College.
The librarians from almost all Armenian regions participated in the event.

Dr. Allen Renear, dean and professor at the School of Information Sciences at Illinois University, and Dr. Steven D. Yates, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President, were the conference’s honorary rapporteurs. They dwelled upon the sphere’s urgent issues: «The role of libraries in preparing students for the 21st century workplaces and communities in the times of huge global changes underway » and «Plan No Cost Programming: Ways to build energy and excitement for school library activities without requiring funds». 

The following roundtable discussions were held within the conference: «Learning spaces in the 21st century Armenia» (moderator – Satenik Avagyan, AUA Papazian Library Director) and «Information Literacy and Challenges in Armenia» (moderator – Anna Chulyan, Brusov YSULS Library Head and Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia, Executive Director).

Anna Chulyan shared her experience in librarians’ information literacy training held within the frames of LNSS Project (Library Network Support Services: Modernising Libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through Library Staff Development and Reforming Libraries) and presented the training outcomes. 

The roundtable participants considered the strategy for the training continuity, the challenges the libraries in Armenia face, and outlined the prospects for further cooperation with librarians consortium members on various levels.    


LIBRARY NATIONAL AWARENESS DAY AT GORIS STATE UNIVERSITY

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On June 1, 2018, Goris State University hosted the participants of Library National Awareness Day. The event was targeted at raising awareness about the training modules for librarians within the frames of LNSS Project (Library Network Support Services: Modernising Libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through Library Staff Development and Reforming Libraries), as well as at discussions concerning cooperation prospects with Syunik Province libraries and Goris State University.

Anna Chulyan, the head of Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences Library, presented a report entitled «Digital libraries of Armenia and Access to International Academic Databases in Armenia». Upon the presentation’s completion, the participants considered urgent issues referring to digital libraries, preservation of cultural heritage books, as well as open access to academic databases and Scientometrics. 

Armine Vardanyan, Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences Library bibliographer, held a training «Web 2.0 Technologies and Social Networks in Libraries» targeted at acquiring practical skills.       

The representatives of LNSS Project consortium member countries universities - Armenia, Germany, Romania and Greece - also participated in the event.

The interlocutors outlined and considered urgent issues, in particular, digital libraries collections in Armenia, open access for international databases in Armenia, Copyright restrictions for libraries, Creative Commons licensing, Scientometrics, etc.

At the end of the event, the participants disscused joint actions strategy to be implemented within the frames of trainings for libraries` staff after the end of the project.            


THE TRAINING ON
LIBRARY STAFF DEVELOPMENT
"INNOVATIVE ONLINE LIBRARY SERVICES FOR 21ST CENTURY LIBRARIANS"

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The training on "Innovative online Library services for 21st century librarians" for the library staff development was held at Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences (YSULS), from November 27 to December 6, 2017. The course was compiled as a working package of the ERASMUS+ LNSS Project ("Library Network Support Services: Modernizing Libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through Library Staff Development and Reforming Library Services").

The monitoring of the  the conduction and quality of the training was realized by the experts from the European partner universities, Dr. Angela Repanovici (Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania) and Dr. Manolis Koukourakis (University of Crete, Greece). Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia is the associate partner of the project and the due to it  the target group was the librarians /38/ of the consortium member libraries, particularly from National Library of Armenia /14/, YSULS /11/, Public Administration Academy of RA /2/, International University Eurasia /1/, Anania Shirakatsy Armenian National Lyceum /1/, Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of the RA National Academy of Sciences /1/, National Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship /2/, Yerevan State Economic University /1/, Yerevan State Art Academy /2/.

The training was of great interest for schools and regional libraries. The representatives of Children of Armenia Fund /1/ and two Yerevan Basic schools (D. Varujan School N89 /1/ and G. Vardanyan N192 /1/) were at librarian’s professional training for the first time. 

The courses were held by the Head of YSULS Library, PhD A. Chulyan, bibliographers A. Avanesova and A. Vardanyan, librarian A. Galstyan. The following topics were included in the course:

  1. Challenges for XXI Century Libraries (A.Chulyan)
  2. Designing modern library web sites, online platforms and portals (planning) (A. Avanessova)
  3. Designing modern library web sites, online platforms and portals (development) (A. Avanessova)
  4. Web 2.0 Technologies and Social Media for libraries (Social Network) (A.Vardanyan)
  5. Web 2.0 Technologies and Social Media for libraries (Library platforms and Networks) (A.Vardanyan)
  6. The access to the online resources through the electronic catalogue /KOHA Library Management System/ (Trainer Asya Galstyan)
  7. Designing and creating e-cards for library patrons catalogue /KOHA Library Management System/ (A. Avanessova)
  8. User need assessment (A.Chulyan)

On the additional lesson the librarians implemented the new knowledge in practice.

Upon completion of the course the participants were awarded certificates.     

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