Tuesday, August 9, 2011

PL 39/11: Summer school in Romania

Filed under: IFLA — Tags: — plinius @ 6:04 pm

While libraries around the world are reinventing themselves, in Romania many libraries are only now beginning this journey.

This is from a paper that will be presented by three Romanian specialists at IFLA 2011

The new professionals, after being exposed to obsolete LIS curricula, armed with very few practical applications, enter into hierarchical and rather conservative organizational cultures, where experimenting is rare and promotion very difficult. This debut can result in loosing motivation and changing professions.

In 2010 IREX together with the National Association of Librarians and Public Libraries in Romania (ANBPR):

initiated a Summer School for Young Professionals. The aim was to identify committed young librarians and to encourage their involvement in the development of the public library system. 17 librarians from 10 counties aged 25 to 34 were selected based on self-sustainable project proposals to be implemented in their communities. The Summer School was organized as a non-formal place for learning and sharing.

This sounds like a good idea. I like Romania and I like summer schools. I have very fond memories from summer school in Sinaia, up in the Romanian mountains, at the age of thirty. We have similar ideas at the LATINA Lab and our statistics training workshops in Norway.

During 6 days of training, notions of communication, networking, advocacy and community outreach, basic project management, fundraising, new media, team-building and team-working were debated via workshops facilitated by librarians and community development professionals.

The paper tells the full story.



In Romania, the name of the Global Libraries program is Biblionet – The World in My Library. It is a five-year development national program funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) in partnership with major national and local organizations: the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, EOS Foundation (Educating for an Open Society), the National Association of Librarians and Public Libraries in Romania (ANBPR), Intuitext and Romanian public libraries.

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development. Founded in 1968, IREX works in more than 50 countries with a staff of over 500 professionals worldwide. IREX is the implementer of Biblionet and Bibliomist, the BMGF funded Global Libraries Programs in Romania and Ukraine.

The National Association of Librarians and Public Libraries (ANBPR) was founded in 1990 to provide professional direction for libraries and the library profession in Romania.
• over 3,000 individual members, 38 chapters in nearly all of Romania’s counties (41).
• representing Romanian librarians’ interests on a national level, conducting training in new areas, publishing professional development materials and advocating for changes in national policy.

Intuitext is a Romanian producer of educational software.

  • Only 10% of the population have visited a public library in the past year
  • the role of public librarians is limited to traditional services such as book circulation and organizing cultural events.
  • Few public librarians have formal training
  • Those who do studied under a university curriculum in need of reform.
  • Presently, there is neither a coherent national strategy for library and information issues, nor a widespread understanding of how libraries can benefit society.

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  1. […] PL 39/11: Summer school in Romania. Supporting young librarians […]

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