Our colleague Aleksandra Zawalska-Hawel,  dierctor of the Municipal Public Library in Piekary Slaskie in Poland, has sent us this great news, concerning a cooperation project involving some of their NAPLE Sister Libraries and other partners too.

The author and coordinator of the project “LIBRARY. I LOVE IT!” is the Municipal Public Library in Piekary Slaskie. The project starts a cooperation between eight municipal libraries from Austria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Poland, Spain, the Czech Republic and Turkey.

Some of our partners (Croatia, Finland, Spain and Poland) are NAPLE Sister Libraries, which have signed an agreement of cooperation in the Program. The collaboration with other partners has been initiated at the „Public Libraries: Individual Memory, Global Heritage” Europeana Conference in Burgos, Spain in 2012.

The focus of the project is to expose the role of contemporary libraries in the life of local European communities as vital centers of lifelong learning. Its aim is the development and acquirement of competencies  by the participants, which, used in further work, will cause personal, social and professional growth.

This, in consequence, will allow to increase the attractiveness of European libraries and will bring measurable benefits to their users. It will also cause wider interest of local communities in libraries, which will translate to higher interest in learning, reading and aware civic activity. In the course of the project, meetings in each partner library are planned. Each meeting consists of 3 thematic parts:

Boast!” – a presentation of key actions of a partner-host in the area of lifelong learning.
Learn!” – workshops, seminars, presentation of proven methods.
See!” – visiting places connected to learning, in broad sense.

An inter-cultural dialog will develop in the course of the project. During the activities the participants will get to know each other and their countries. Among measurable effect of this will be the “Inspirer of the Modern Librarian” – an international guide for modern-thinking, creative librarians in Europe. This knowledge, new methods and tools, cognition of European cultures will become the basis for our further cooperation in the international arena, will contribute to strengthening the role of libraries and bring tangible benefits to local communities.

The first joint action participants of the project is to participate in the IV Congress of Libraries in Warsaw in October 2013.

The project lasts from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2015 and is funded by the European Commission through Lifelong Learning Programme. 
The total amount of funds allocated to the project is 129.700 euros. Here are all the organisations participating in the project:

1.       Municipal Public Library in Piekary Śląskie (Poland)

2.      Biblioteca Municipal de Arucas (our Sister, Spain)

3.       Gradska knjiznica Ivan Vidali (our Sister, Croatia )

4.       Iisalmen kaupunginkirjasto (our Sister, Finland)

5.     Provincia di Roma – Dipartimento Servizi per la cultura e restauri (Italy)

6.       Stadtbücherei Dornbirn (Austria)

7.       The Library of the city Olomouc (The Czech Republic)

8.       Il Kultur ve Turizm Mudurlugu (Turkey)

Thank you very much Aleksandra, we can not wait to learn more and read the guide for the modern librarian!