XII National Library Week – 2017



The XII National Library Week “Libraries in support of sustainable development” will take place May 9-13, 2017. It aims to demonstrate the role of libraries for implementation of SDGs in the new UN Agenda “Transforming Our World: Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development”. The Bulgarian Library and Information Association organizes it in the context of IFLA International Advocacy Campaign.

The NLW will be conducted in all types of libraries throughout the country. The Opening ceremony will be held on May 9, 11 a.m, at the Balkan Hotel, Sofia. The key speaker is Ms Donna Scheeder, President of IFLA. The BLIA Library Awards for 2016 will be announced and delivered to winners. 

 NLW 2017 Poster (.pdf) (.pdf

 NLW 2017 Flyer (.pdf

Brochure „Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries Contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda“ in Bulgarian (.pdf

2nd Future Library INELI-Balkans Convening – The power of network
 future-library m   All of the above will unfold in the 2nd INELI-Balkans Convening in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 25 – 28 November 2016! Four days of knowledge sharing, idea pitching, creative expression and fun are awaiting the library Innovators who went through an intense process of new library service design this summer. The 2nd INELI-Balkans Convening will reveal the winners of Innovation Awards and mark the beginning of five New Library Projects. Above all, it will demonstrate the wealth of scalable project ideas and partnerships accumulated during a year’s collaborative work, that now manifest a strengthened Future Library INELI-Balkans network. Organized by Future Library in partnership with the Bulgarian Library and Information Association and the Global Libraries Bulgaria Foundation, the 2nd INELI-Balkans Convening boasts of a rich program of educational activities that aim to highlight the aspects and potential of the network.

Special focus will be given to the dozens of new library service designs prompted by the INELI-Balkans Call for New Library Services: original ideas and effective plans for serving the unserved, touching upon new impact areas, crossing over the boundaries of academic disciplines and economic sectors, making libraries an integral part of their communities’ learning infrastructure and development goals. 

Exchange in Greece under Leonardo Da Vinci Mobility Program (Lifelong Learning)

bbia logoTen colleagues, lecturers in the Program for acquiring degree III for professional qualification in librarianship took part in one week exchange in the Central Library of Veria, Northern Greece.
BLIA’s project “Innovations and modern practices in contemporary library: Exchange in the Central Library of Veria, Greece” was approved for funding by the Centre for human resource development under the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Program (sub-program Leonardo Da Vinci: Mobility of professionals in vocational education and training).
BLIA aims at enhancing competency of lecturers and the quality of teaching in the training organized by the Centre for vocational education of Innovative Community Centres Association. Our professionals had the opportunity to visit the Library of Veria and see in practice their vision and practices for creating one of the most innovative libraries in Europe. They will ideas, best practices and models in the teaching process of the Program for acquiring degree III for professional qualification in librarianship.
The visit took place from 14 to 20 October 2012.
The five-day working program consisted of various activities: visits to different departments of the library and discussions of management issues with the staff, listening to guest lecturers on professional qualification of Greek librarians, digitization of written heritage, the role of library leader. The hosts also included tours to children’s libraries in Thessaloniki, renovated by “Future Library” program.
The participants summarized the knowledge obtained at a workshop on December 7, 2012. More details of the workshop:

“The Magic Room” – setting up library corners for stimulation of early childhood development – 1 to 6 years
bbia logoProject supported by Raiffeisen Bank fundraising campaign “Choose to help” – 2012
With the support of Goethe Institute in 2012 a group of Bulgarian librarians and kindergarten educators were introduced to major national programs in Germany and interesting methods promoting reading to children at a very early age.
Our libraries need colorful, fascinating and brightly illustrated books for toddlers in order to give the best for their early development. The budgets libraries have do not allow them to allocate funds for sufficient amount of quality books for preschool age. Not every Bulgarian family can afford to keep a home library. This pilot project “The Magic Room” provided each of the 10 libraries in Asenovgrad, Botevgrad, Gotse Delchev, Dimitrovgrad, Kazanlak, Lom, Nova Zagora, Samokov, Svishtov and Sevlievo with 140 books and educational games, for children aged 1 to 6. The libraries’ staff  gives wide publicity of the donation among parents and kindergartens (book displays, local media); provides the books for checking out; organizes a series of readings for toddlers in the library, together with games, drama and painting.
Training at Mortenson Center
Mortenson centerThe 2011 Summer Associates program of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs was held at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from May 29 to June 22, 2011. It was attended by two BLIA representatives - Spaska Tarandova and Nikolina Ivanova-Bell, appointed after a competition of the Association at the end of 2010.
Leadership for municipal public libraries

On June 27-28, 2011 “Leadership for municipal public libraries” workshop was held at Ivan Vazov Public Library – Plovdiv. The training is the second step of BLIA’s project, supported by IFLA.

BLIA Experts – Standing Committee Members of 3 IFLA Sections
iflaThe three experts nominated by BLIA were elected for IFLA Standing Committees’ members:
Vanya Grashkina – Standing Committee Member of Management of Library Associations Section, term 2011-2015
Emiliya Milkova – Standing Committee Member of Public Libraries Section, term 2011-2015
Milena Milanova – Standing Committee Member of Cataloging Section, term 2011-2015

BLIA has a representative in Technical Committee 16 of the Bulgarian Institute for Standardization

BLIAAnna Popova has been appointed as BLIA’s representative in Technical Committee 16: Archives, library and information service, and the General Assembly of the Institute.

Participation in preparation of national educational standard

BLIABLIA has an opportunity to take part in the work team for preparing Standard for organizing hobby groups and educational services – one of the 18 National Education standards, stipulated in the draft-law for Preschool and School Education.

Nancy Bolt led a workshop in Blagoevgrad

BLIAOn June 7 and 8, Nancy Bolt, USA led a workshop on “How to write a compelling grant proposal” in Dimitar Talev Regional Library in Blagoevgrad.

BLIA annual awards
On the occasion of its 20th anniversary  BLIA established  the following annual awards:
- Library of the year
- Librarian of the year
- Young librarian of the year

BLIAOn the occasion of its 20th anniversary  BLIA established  the following annual awards:

- Library of the year
- Librarian of the year
- Young librarian of the year

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