The success of libraries of the future depends on the way they understand and engage in their position in the local and regional ecology of institutions and initiatives supporting meaningful lifelong learning processes of the general public. In young democracies public libraries are yet to become active participants in their communities. This is especially visible when we think of supporting equal access to information and education for participatory democracy. Nevertheless, the examples of innovative approaches connecting community needs, to new library services, to employment of ICT in education and in communities can be found in numerous libraries and projects in these countries. In their communities libraries actively support reaching the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and through programs and services help with access to quality education, fighting poverty, health and wellbeing, and so on. By creating a regional network of library and Civil Society Organizations professionals, Occupy Libraries Innovators Hub is going to bring together the innovative ideas that are implemented in libraries in the Central, Eastern European and Caucasus and Caspian region, and thus contribute to the capacity building of CSOs activating in the fields of culture, education and active citizenship, especially the professional associations of librarians.
Following the global success of Occupy Library 2020 conference, where over 750 participants met and got inspired by 95 speakers from 25 countries, Progress Foundation is honored to invite all interested librarians and CSO professionals from Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Black Sea, and Caspian Sea regions to register for the first of a series of free online learning and sharing events organized as part of the Occupy Library Innovators Hub project: Building networks of allies, facilitated by Ovidiu Hristu Condurache, Venture Representative, Ashoka Romania
Libraries have a unique role in their communities, as they can act as neutral spaces for initiatives, projects, and collaborations to emerge and flourish. For this to happen we need to instill trust in each other and build relationships with people from different walks of life. In turn, this contributes to enriching the way we develop innovation in communities and how we continue to stay relevant and have meaningful contributions in society. During this session, we will explore concrete examples from Ashoka Fellows on different types of partnerships and see how building a community of diverse allies can support our goals and reach the impact we want.
Registration here: https://forms.gle/pF6G3ZM2TDmRRjuY8
This event is part of the project Occupy Library Innovators Hub organized by Progress Foundation (Romania), in partnership with Сentre for Cultural Management (Ukraine), Library Association of Ukraine (Ukraine), EduAct (Greece), Library Association of Moldova (Moldova), National Library of Moldova (Moldova), Ashoka România (Romania) and National Library of Romania (Romania) in the framework of the “Black Sea NGO Forum Sub-granting Scheme For Activities That Support The Development Of CSO Regional Networks”, within the project „Building CSO Capacity for Regional Cooperation within the Black Sea Region” , implemented by the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND with the financial support of the European Union.
For more details:
Anca Râpeanu: Project Manager email@example.com