The Public Library Section’s mid-term meeting in beautiful Malmo, Sweden started at lunch time yesterday and we’re off to a flying start with a very successful first meeting behind us and a full program ahead of us. It’s always great to catch up with section members and today we will be joined by colleagues from across the Nordic countries and also Italy.
We had the chance to visit the wonderful Malmo Public Library and Garaget, an old bus garage that has been transformed into an exciting community space.
The American Library Association has advised that the deadline for early registration for the ALA Annual Conference Las Vegas, (June 26-July 1, 2014 ) is 3 March so you’d better be quick!
The theme for the conference is Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves and the ALA anticpates attendance of 20,000 library and information professionals.
Forget Valentine’s Day, across Australia 14 February has been re-named Library Lovers’ Day! This provides an opportunity to celebrate those who love and support libraries and to remind decision makers how loved and cherished libraries are by the entire community. Maybe you could introduce Library Lovers’ Day into your community in 2015. Not everyone receives flowers on Valentines Day but everyone is welcome at their local public library.
The NEXT Library 2014 Conference is being co-presented by the Urban Libraries Council, Aarhus Libraries, Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Public Library Foundation in Chicago, Illinois on June 20-25, 2014.
The NEXT Library Conference is a global gathering of forward thinking library professionals, innovators and decision-makers who come together to explore bold new visions and approaches that position public libraries as the learning center of local communities worldwide. To ensure that NEXT includes robust and diverse participation from throughout the world, scholarship support is available to support travel and conference registration fees for one week of conference attendance in Chicago. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis. The deadline for scholarship applications is Monday, March 3.
Continuing the discussion about library services for homeless people Libuše Nivnická from the Czech Republic reports that in 2012 SKIP ( The Czech Library Association) has created a standard Handicap Friendly Libraries and this category cover all groups with any special needs. It means more than physical or mental disability and also includes homeless citizens.
Over the past few weeks members of the Public Libraries Section have been discussing programs for homeless citizens.
Our member Ljiljana Sabljak has sent in this report about the programs the City Library of Zagreb offers around social inclusion. The project is called With Book to a Roof Over the Head:
Our homeless citizens are not only users but also creators of the program, they become students who adopt new information and teachers who share knowledge and experience.We started because of the social role of the public library with a class of information literacy for homeless people. Free workshops for information literacy and computer literacy were offered in the library. After a year we donated some computers to their shelters.
We also started free art workshops for homeless people with the purpose of animating creative expressions. Today they sell their magazine Light of the Street, post cards, Christmas cards and souviners.All this helps them to be included, and increase their budget.
More than 12,000 librarians, exhibitors, authors, staff, paraprofessionals, teachers, and friends made the most of ALA Midwinter Meeting conversations, networking, exhibits, programs, award ceremonies, speakers, institutes, social events, and the city of Philadelphia. Read all about it in the retrospective Highlights issue of Cognotes, the meeting’s official newspaper. Some great Public Library leads.
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