Belarusian National Library Awareness Day (Minsk, May 19-20, 2017) / Национальный день информирования о деятельности библиотек
On May 19-20, 2017, the National Library Awareness Day was held in Minsk under the auspices of the Erasmus+ LNSS Project. The aim of the event was to demonstrate the potential of libraries for the development of life-long learning, as well as for the creation of a positive image of libraries in society.
The objective of the National Library Awareness Day is to promote library services for Lifelong Learning in education and society involving the participation of primary, secondary, and higher educational institutions on an agreed day.
This includes active student participation of Universities, National and Public Libraries, Associate Partners, Student Unions, Teacher Unions with the support of the Education Ministries and NGO’s.
The 1st Library Awareness Day in Belarus was organized in the framework of the 3rd City Festival on May 19-20, 2017 "The City and Books", which is one of the largest book events in our country. The most interesting book projects, well-known authors, publishers, librarians and readers had already traditionally gathered at this festival. This year the park located on the main avenue of Minsk (Nezavisimosti Ave. 65) near the Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU) was chosen as the venue for the festival.
In the framework of the preparation for the festival, an information company was held by the partners. Director of the BSU Fundamental Library V. Kulazhenko gave an interview about the event for the 2nd Channel of the National Television and for the Channel "Culture" of the National Radio1.
BSU Press-service office supported the event. The office disseminated information, sent out press releases. News about the event is posted on the main site of the university:
Besides that, the announcement of the event was posted on various news Internet portals and in newspapers, among them:
- «III Фестываль «Горад і кнігі» пройдзе 19 і 20 мая ў Мінску»(Belarusian):
- “Фестиваль «Город и книги» пройдет в новом формате в мае”(Russian):
- “Уличный фестиваль книги пройдет в Минске 19-20 мая”(Russian):
- “В Минске уличный фестиваль книг проведут прямо на скамейках” (Russian):
- Программа фестиваля "Город и Книги (на скамейках)" (Russian):
The NA Day was supported actively in social networks. The event was created on Facebook and also in the most popular Russian-language network –“Vkontakte”. Information was distributed in library accounts and on personal pages.
Universities organized the whole festival area. Pavilions for all events and book projects were installed. For the event's branding, the banners of the LNSS project and the National Awareness Day were made, T-shirts for participants and volunteers with the logo of the LNSS project, cups for prizes to participants in the competitions with the logo of the LNSS were produced. For the exhibition, visual materials and brochures with information about libraries, library services and resources were printed.
At the organized "Expert meeting place", which brought together experts in the library management from different countries, the heads of the working groups of LNSS Project universities from Belarus V. Kulazhenko (BSU), N. Hrynko (YKSUG), A. Anokhin (APA), N. Chetyrbock (BrSTU), held a presentation of the LNSS project. The EU representative from the Pyramid Group spoke about the current direction and developments of the libraries activities.
At the same time, on the discussion platform, substantive reports were made on network library projects organized in German (Goethe-Institut) and Belarus (Belarusian Library Association), as well as on the corporate interaction of librarians in Ukraine (Ukrainian Library Association).
In addition, the pavilion "University libraries present" was organized at the exhibition site, where the consulting service "Ask a librarian" was functioned. As well as master classes, demonstration of BSU students by chemical experiments, presentations of students' books, books exhibitions, various youth projects were presented. Also the concert program of YKSUG students was organized.
In total, more than 5 thousand people visited the festival on May 19. About 70 people gathered at the “Expert meeting place”.
A lot of media reports were made about the event in media resources.The reports about the event were shown on TV, posted on various Internet portals. Also reports on activities with photos were posted on the websites of Universities, as well as participants and organizers of the event, among which:
Website of the BSU Fundamental Library (Russian):
The site of the BrSTU (Russian):
The site of the Scientific Library of the YKSUG (Belarusian):
The site of the YKSUG (Belarusian):
On the APA website (Russian):
On the site with the co-organizer - BNTU (Russian):
On the site of the partner of the event - the Ukrainian Library Association (Ukrainian):
Also photo reports are posted on the libraries pages in social networks, among which:
LNSS Belarus Group:
FB BSU Group:
The BNTU Group:
The photo report is placed in the “Digital Photo Archive of BSU”: http://earchives.bsu.by/handle/link/3140
In general, the goals were achieved in the framework of the event. At the expert event, the exhibition site, the residents and visitors of the city were informed about libraries and their possibilities. It was possible to create a noticeable information trace in the information field of Belarus.
The report on the event was sent to the National Erasmus+ Office.
19 мая Мінск сардэчна прыняў удзельнікаў і гасцей фестывалю "Горад і кнігі". На адной з пляцовак прадставілі сваю дзейнасць беларускія ўніверсітэты-партнёры міжнароднага праекта "Сэрвісы падтрымкі бібліятэчнай сеткі: мадэрнізацыя бібліятэк Арменіі, Малдовы і Беларусі сродкамі развіцця персаналу і рэфармавання бібліятэк". Акрамя абавязковай афіцыйнай (справаздачнай) часткі, наш універсітэт прапанаваў выставы кніг, майстар-клас па ткацтве, маляванне шаржаў, стварэнне карцін пяском. Музычна-паэтычная імпрэза, зладжаная студэнтамі і выпускнікамі філалагічнага, педагагічнага факультэтаў і факультэта мастацтваў, стала цудоўным, яркім завяршэннем паездкі.