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ROUND TABLE "A GATEWAY TO KNOWLEDGE"
on Library National Awareness Day in Armenia
within ERASMUS+ LNSS Project

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On 3 May 2017 Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences (YSULS) initiated a round table titled “A Gateway to Knowledge” on the Library National Awareness Day in Armenia within the framework of the ERASMUS+ LNSS project (Library Network Support Services: Modernizing Libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through Library Staff Development and Reforming Libraries).

The meeting brought together librarians, academicians and students from different universities the members of Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia as well as representatives of the LNSS project partner universities from abroad (Dr Angela Repanovici from Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania, & Dr Manolis Koukourakis from University of Crete, Greece).

Anna Chulyan, LNSS coordinator at YSULS and Head of YSULS Library had an opening speech and shared with the challenges and interim achievements of the LNSS project. Hasmik Galstyan, EIFL-IP Coordinator in Armenia and Head of Reference and Circulation Services at AUA’s AGBU Papazian Library, presented the proposals for changes in the RA Law on Copyright which have been developed based on a number of productive meetings with specialists of the subject field as well as national and international experts of Intellectual Property and Copyright. Afterwards, Ani Shahinyan, YSULS QA Center coordinator and PhD researcher in IP and Copyright presented the proposals which have been comprised in the Draft Law on Copyright, particularly touching upon exceptions and limitations of copyright for librarians and higher education institutions.

The round-table discussion was a success due to the fruitful discussion on key issues with regard to using copyrighted materials. The core library exceptions such as reproduction of works for private, scientific-research and educational purposes, use of orphan works, interlibrary loan and document delivery, format changing for disabled people,  preservation and translation of materials, etc. were discussed. The specialists and other parties interested in the reforms of the IP and Copyright fields hope that the set proposals will be involved in the RA Law on Copyright which is planned to be approved in 2017.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING AT
DRESDEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

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On March 1-3, a three-day workshop within the framework of “Library Network Support Services: Modernising Libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through Library Staff Development and Reforming Libraries” project was held at Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden). In the course of the meeting the representatives of the Consortium’s member institutions summed up the outcomes of the activities implemented in the first year of the project. The Head of YSULS library Anna Chulyan and bibliographer Armine Vardanyan also participated in the meeting.
 

On the first day of the workshop the representatives of higher educational institutions made reports on pilot trainings of modules developed for librarians’ training. The second day was dedicated to the discussion of the strategy on “Project Awareness Day” which will take place on 3 May 2017. The third day of the workshop the participants wrapped up the activities and discussed future challenges. Upon completion of the meetings the participants made a site-visit to the library of the TU Dresden and got familiar with the daily activities and functions of the library.


TRAINING ON "INFORMATION LITERACY AND RESEARCH SKILLS" 
AT YSULS LIBRARY

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On 29 November 2016, the training on "Information Literacy and Research Skills" for the library staff development was launched at Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences (YSULS). The pilot 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 experts from the European partner universities, Dr. Angela Repanovici (Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania) and Dr. Manolis Koukourakis (University of Crete, Greece) were present at the first course to monitor the conduction and quality of the training. 24 libraries, which are members of the Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia (ELCA), participated in the training, in particular, librarians from National Library of Armenia /6/, YSULS /7/, 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 /3/, Shirak Regional Library /1/, and Goris State University.
 

The courses were held by the Head of YSULS Library, PhD A. Chulyan, bibliographers A. Avanesova and A. Vardanyan, and the coordinator of Center for Quality Assurance A. Shahinyan. The duration of the training was four weeks. The following topics were touched upon during the course:

  • International standards of information culture /A. Chulyan/
  • Information management and research skills /A. Chulyan/
  • Electronic catalogues and search strategy /A. Avanesova/
  • Reference management software / A. Vardanyan/
  • Electronic databases of a library / A. Chulyan/
  • Copyright for libraries /A. Shahinyan/
  • Creative Commons Licenses /A. Shahinyan/

Within the framework of the training the study tour to the departments of the YSULS library was also organized for the exchange of knowledge and experience. Upon completion of the course the participants were awarded certificates.      



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