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Eeva Rita-Kasari: The collaboration between (public) libraries and local schools

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In my current job I collaborate a lot with local schools by teaching information/media literacy skills to primary and secondary school students (from 7- to 13-year-olds). I’d like to share experiences and ideas with people from other countries and with different backgrounds. Do you collaborate with schools? How? What kinds of skills are relevant for today’s schoolchildren, in today’s information society? Information retrieval skills, copyright issues, how to efficiently use Google, social and new media skills, something else?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas!

See you in June!

Eeva Rita-Kasari (Facebook)
Vantaa city library


Ilze Cilipane: How to teach children to spend their free time?

How to teach children to spend their free time? That there is no sense of omission?

I’m working at the National Library of Latvia in Children’s Literature Center. Our visitors mostly are children of the nearest schools and they spend part of their leisure time here – in Children’s Literature Center. At the Center they can read books and magazines, play various board games, use computer or just communicate with their friends and library workers. But still there are children who don’t know how to find a way to spend their leisure time.
How to teach children to spend their free time?

And one of the reason why children are difficult to choose leisure time activities is that they have too many opportunities and they get confused.

Ilze Cilipane
National library of Latvia


Pamela Martin: How can we improve public library services and encourage young people to engage in library activities?

How can we improve public library services and encourage young people (age group 12 -24 teenagers) to engage in library activities? Currently we have events, but get very low or no attendance.  The offering of pizza does not even entice them to participate in the library events!

How can we identify the needs and develop programs differently than what we are doing so that we can provide services to teenagers?

Pamela Martin
Logan City Council Library


Silvija Tretkova: Time management in librarywork

The ideal library is a cooperation network rich in electronic resources. It enables everyone’s active participation in cultural and life-long learning processes and brings to fruition personal and community aspirations.

The network should be generously funded and promote cultural variations by region. In Latvia, I work on reading promotion programs which involve thousands of children as active readers and critics of the latest books. With that in mind, I see the ideal children’s library as hospitable place, both a virtual and a physical, with books and other media and information platforms. It should provide everyone with media creation opportunities regardless of whether the resulting product is a newly composed musical recording, a theatre show, writing, visual arts, an animation or a documentary. In this environment, every child would be knowledgeable and would feel confident of personal ability. The librarian would feel the same. The questions to ponder while I cycle:

  1. How to accelerate the development of child and teenager user services in the libraries?
  2. How to extend the day to 28 hours?
  3. How to successfully participate in social networking, without using too much time on them?

Silvija Tretkova
National Library of Latvia, Library Association of Latvia


Ilze Marga: connect with bibliotherapists

First of all, a great professional challenge for me will be communication in English, because I do not feel free yet to communicate in English. However, there is one issue I am very interested in – it is bibliotherapy. I would like to listen to colleague’s view on it. Do other colleagues have experience in this field? Is this method used in practice in libraries? Are professional psychologists involved in bibliotherapy? I would like to establish personal contact with colleagues who use bibliotherapy in practice.

Ilze Marga
“Sunny Days Library” Service Point of the Riga Central Library
at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital


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