Continua aberta, até 28 de maio, a terceira fase da candidatura ao Prémio Boas Práticas.
Com este prémio, que integra a distinção Fazer em rede | Distinguir para Inspirar, a RBE aposta na disseminação do trabalho desenvolvido pelos professores bibliotecários no sentido de fazerem das bibliotecas locais de referência nas suas escolas, como fonte de inspiração para outras bibliotecas escolares.
Uma boa prática procura dar uma resposta eficaz a um problema ou necessidade sentido(a) pela biblioteca escolar e em cuja concretização é posto um grande cuidado. Esses problemas ou necessidades podem ser identificados na sequência da implementação do processo de avaliação, visto que o Modelo de Avaliação da Biblioteca Escolar, nos seus quatro domínios, aponta múltiplas pistas para ações de melhoria.
A boa prática resulta naturalmente de uma ideia e de um propósito, mas a sua tradução prática não se fica pela ação esporádica. Pelo contrário, é continuada no tempo, consolidada e sustentável, isto é, suscetível de se manter, de evoluir e de se adaptar a novos desafios que venham a surgir.
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The Network of Parliamentary Libraries in Latin America and the Caribbean hosted the Webinar "Latin America and Caribbean Parliamentary Libraries: experiences, challenges and practical work during the Covid-19 pandemic" on April 29, 2021. The webinar enjoyed success with an audience of over two hundred people.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, research activities have been disrupted. Many students and researchers cannot visit the library easily to find the resources they need. Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, the National Library of Indonesia (NLI) was often visited by researchers, students and people both from local and foreign countries. However, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted this activity suddenly. We believe that people’s information needs continue to exist and therefore we keep delivering our library services digitally and undertake online activities.
NLI has been preparing and executing several online activities in order to fulfill people’s information needs and to educate users during this pandemic. The activities comprise workshops and seminars on current topics in library management and services, such as library services transformation, nation literacy index in relation to nation cultural index, user education and online focus group discussions (FGD) titled Historical Research FGD and Manuscript FGD.
This article will explore the FGD, workshop, and user education activities to explain NLI’s efforts to reach communities, give people access to rich information resources in the library and educate people to deal with the pandemic smartly. The Division of Rare Collection conducted its first FGD on 27 January 2021, via a Zoom meeting and YouTube live streaming (https://youtu.be/k5a_hRvZYnM). The theme was “From Gutenberg to Google: The Mass Media Readiness in Facing Disruption”. The FGD was attended by many participants from various backgrounds, including students, researchers and employees.
Capture 1: The Calendar of the FGD
Capture 2: FGD’s Flyer
The aim of the FGD was to educate people that the world has been facing disruption since the old times and therefore the disruption this day is not a new thing. We can learn how to deal with the disruption from the history of mass media development from the time when Johannes Gutenberg discovered printing machine to the present digital era. The NLI librarian explained the history recorded in NLI’s rare newspapers. He also promoted NLI’s rich rare newspaper collections. As at March 2021, there are 1,877 rare newspapers in 26,383 bundles and 140,717 exemplars plus 1,498 titles of scrapbooks (clippings). They serve as main resources of historical research. The rare newspapers consist of newspapers published before and during the Dutch colonial period in 19th century. The promotion is to encourage the consciousness of youth to preserve and protect rare newspapers and other rare collections as part of the precious Indonesian national heritage.
Capture 3: Happenings of the FGD
On 10 February 2021, NLI conducted a workshop titled “The Recorded Trace of Pantun and its Growth in Indonesia” over video teleconference. The workshop was attended by 588 participants and viewed 3,552 times on YouTube. This theme is interesting because pantun has been recognised as part of the intangible world cultural heritage by UNESCO in December 2020. NLI held the workshop to celebrate this award.
There were four speakers at the pantun workshop. They are General Secretary of Cultural Directorate, Ministry of Education and Culture, lecturer of Andalas state university, audio visual practitioner from the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, and a researcher of Brawijaya University. Pantun is a form of traditional Malay poetry which is composed in four lines and rhymes. It is often practised in several ceremonies, such as wedding parties and even in formal meetings. Pantun is also becoming a part of Indonesian and Malaysian daily life. During the workshop, participants were required to submit a self-made pantun in order to stimulate creativity and innovation among participants. The young generation was invited to create pantun in order to build a sense of ownership. Furthermore, we also wanted to promote NLI’s collections and facilities to participants as NLI owns many collections of pantun.
Capture 4: The Flyer and Performance of Pantun Workshop
The last activity to be explained in this article is NLI’s user education. These activities are planned as a series, to be held nine times this year from February to November 2021. The first themed programme invited three librarians from the Division of Rare Collection as speakers to educate people on how rare collection is preserved.
It is hoped that these activities would motivate people to increase literacy activities during the pandemic period.
Capture 5: The Calendar of the NLI User Education
“Multiculture library-trip around the world” is a series of multicultural-themed events organised by the Guangzhou Library to showcase the cultural diversity of various countries. On 11 March 2021, the opening ceremony of the exhibition, "The Art of Raffaello: Opera Omnia", jointly organised with the Consulate General of Italy in Guangzhou, was held in the Guangzhou Library. Officials from the Consulates of Italy, France, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Germany, and other consulates in Guangzhou, attended the ceremony and toured the exhibition. Mr Fang Jiazhong, Director of the Guangzhou Library, and Ms Lucia Pasqualini, Consul General of Italy in Guangzhou, delivered speeches at the opening ceremony.
Group photo of guests at the open ceremony.
"China-Italy" New Dialogue in the Epidemic Situation
Mr Fang Jiazhong highlighted in his speech that China and Italy are outstanding representatives of Eastern and Western civilisations. This event is not only a dialogue between the two ancient civilisations of China and Italy in the new era, but also a testimony of the deep friendship between China and Italy to overcome the COVID-19 global pandemic situation. The Guangzhou Library is a "multicultural window" in Guangzhou. Thus, we hoped that through this event, the citizens of Guangzhou could appreciate up close the master's works and understand the Italian culture and art, and also promote communication and understanding among different cultures.
Speech by Fang Jiazhong, Director of Guangzhou Library
Consul General Lucia Pasqualini introduced Raphael and the works exhibited in this exhibition at the opening ceremony. Raphael is one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance. The works displayed in the exhibition are absolutely faithful to the original works. The exhibition is a rare opportunity for the citizens of Guangzhou to witness Raphael’s works and enhance their understanding of Italian cultural heritage.
Speech by Lucia Pasqualini, Consul General of Italy in Guangzhou
A "Flash Mob" of Raphael's Famous Work
The opening ceremony also featured scene paintings created by the well-known domestic illusion artist Wan Brothers based on Raphael's masterpiece "The Marriage of the Virgin". The Wan Brothers used 3D painting technology to "restore" the scene in the painting, while dancers from the Guangdong Institute Aesthetic Education gave a vivid interpretation of the dramatic scene in the painting.
The flash mob performance "The Marriage of the Virgin"
Exhibition Guided Tour - Exploring Raphael's Art World
After the opening ceremony, Mr Alessandro Antonicelli, an Italian art teacher from Shenzhen Hutong School, provided the audience with a guided tour of the exhibition, explaining in detail the artistic conception depicted in the work and the characteristics of the artist in different stages of his entire career.
Mr. Alessandro Antonicelli guided exhibition
"The Art of Raffaello: Opera Omnia" exhibited 36 high-definition reproductions of Raphael's original scale restoration. The original works are scattered and collected in art galleries in 7 countries around the world. The exhibition is curated by Professor Antonio Parucci, one of the most influential experts in the field of Italian art and history. Professionals in the art imaging industry use advanced technology to produce high-definition restoration paintings.
During the recent organisation of the Public Libraries in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a major movement has been started to properly equip the central public libraries with a focus on the following areas – spatial arrangement, equipment, facilities, segmentation and user spaces. Various national and international models, including their library equipment and services, were studied and examined as part of the planning process.
Yazd Central Library is one of these libraries and was launched on 6 March 2021 with an infrastructure of 8,000 square metres and a capacity of 200,000 copies of books in various sections. This launch date coincided with the anniversary of the establishment of the Iran Public Libraries Foundation. The distinctive features of this library include: anticipating the need for new spaces and functions in the library, reviewing the design and equipment of the library, allocating skilled and specialised manpower, and standardising the internal equipment. With the opening of the Central Library of Yazd, the number of central public libraries in Iran reached 10.
Some of the other remarkable features of this library are:
A) Furnished with modern technologies and equipment:
● The central library is equipped with high-speed internet on optical fibre platform.
● All equipment and facilities of this library have been selected through various processes with expertise and consideration for the needs of users e.g. tables fitted with electrical outlets, ergonomic chairs, information stands, etc.
● The children's section of the library, which is one of the largest in the country, was designed by the librarians of the children's section with an attractive atmosphere for children and young people. A playroom, a training class and a play stage are part of this section, along with the bookstack and the nursery room.
Due to the Corona virus pandemic and the impossibility of attending or visiting libraries, a "Virtual Tour of Yazd Central Library" has been made available (http://sarasarnama.com/cms/iranpl/view.php?id=MTYzOA==) with the aim of acquainting knowledge and information science specialists, the general public and anyone else who could be interested with the different sections and facilities of this library.
● Setting up a science room with an area of 300 square metres for teenagers, in cooperation with knowledge-based companies, focusing on education, creativity, entertainment and familiarity with science using interactive and experimental equipment. This is a novel and distinctive feature of Yazd Central Library.
● Some library spaces will be put into operation in the near future. These include the workshop space, audio book recording studio, amphitheatre, book café, book exchange centre, warehouse and commercial spaces.
B) Designing an environment in accordance with the traditional context of Yazd
Yazd is a historical city with a unique cultural, architectural and Islamic context. Since the library is located in the historic district, the architecture and exterior view of the library is modelled on the traditional context and history of Yazd. Likewise, designing space has been done using local and cultural patterns of the city.
● Space creation, division of user spaces and partitioning different sections of the library building have been done based on recognised standards and with an emphasis on maximum use of library spaces.
C) Considering the needs of all groups of users
● A variety of audio-visual resources for all people, including the deaf, the blind and other members of the society make this library a comprehensive centre in terms of audio-visual services.
● In dividing the spaces and creating different sections for the library, the principle of easy access for all visitors to the spaces and services of the library has been observed.
● Currently, Yazd Central Library has various dedicated sections including the following: print repository, children, adolescents, publications, science, the blind, the deaf, manuscripts, lithography and lead printing, classrooms, computer-based classroom, study halls, researchers hall, group study room , gallery, VIP study rooms, conference hall, and database management.
● The "special groups" section of the library has been prepared for the benefit of the blind and deaf by using specialised equipment and facilities to actively encourage the attendance of these groups in the library. Consultations have been held with Welfare Organizations and affiliated associations for more activities and expansion of these sections.
After several years of planning and preparation, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) will be streaming its annual National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 19 May, read by an astronaut at the International Space Station.
National Simultaneous Storytime has been a major event on the Australian library calendar since it first occurred in 2001. ALIA wanted to mark the occasion with something big, and when an ALIA Member suggest that we hold it in space, the challenge was accepted. ALIA approached the Australian Space Agency and the Office of the Chief Scientist, who loved the idea and provided support for the event.
National Simultaneous Storytime also features an Australian picture book, and so ALIA approached publisher Scholastic Australia and highly acclaimed author and illustrator Philip Bunting to commission a book for the occasion. His book Give me some Space! follows a young girl Una, as she expresses her lifelong love for all things astronomical. Una dreams of leaving her boring life on Earth behind to follow her mission to find life in space. As well as being a fun and creative book, it was created in consultation with astronomy specialists to ensure that everything portrayed in the book was scientifically accurate.
Once the book was finished, a prototype was created to send to space, with specific physical requirements, such as no sharp surfaces, a specific kind of ink and paper, no rivets or detachable parts, and absolutely no glitter. After thorough cleaning and packaging, the book was placed onto a space shuttle in late 2020 and sent to its destination – the International Space Station.
The book’s central themes were intended to instil in children a curiosity in science and technology – a focus that is echoed in a nationwide citizen science experiment that will accompany National Simultaneous Storytime. The experiment, designed to shed some light on the important issue of climate change, will investigate how, as we change the surface of the Earth from trees and fields to concrete and roads, we change the CO2 levels in the atmosphere, and change the temperature on Earth and its atmosphere. Participants will be recording the temperature at their locations around Australia on Wednesday 12 May 2021, and then share the data with ALIA for collating.
On the International Space Station, astronauts will run their own customised experiment to show how changes to the surface of Earth can result in different temperatures. A recording of the experiment will be shared with participants who will be able to see the results and better understand their own experiment.
Through this opportunity to link our activities with themes of scientific inquiry – particularly for young women – and climate action, ALIA is actively supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, by embedding themes of quality education, gender equality and climate action, through partnership with government and educational organisations.
Finally, on Wednesday 19 May 2021, ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime will occur. A video from the International Space Station will be produced by Story Time From Space, featuring astronaut Shannon Walker as the reader. Registered participants and organisations will receive a link to the online video of the reading prior to the day, and will hold reading events in their libraries at 11am on the day.
Last year’s event attracted more than 1.2 million participants from across Australia, and this year is looking to be even bigger. Whilst National Simultaneous Storytime is created for the Australian and New Zealand library community, participants from other countries are welcome to participate – last year we had participants from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Registration for the event is free, and more details can be found at https://www.alia.org.au/nss
National Simultaneous Storytime is supported by Scholastic Australia, the Office of the Chief Scientist, and the Australian Space Agency.
Several days ago, Ms Chen, who lives in Lin'an District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, returned books borrowed from the Zhejiang Library to the Lin'an District Library near her house, freeing herself from 3 hours of running about if she had to return books to Zhejiang Library. This is one user who benefitted from the Overall Service-Improving Programme, which aimed to enhance the public library system in the province. In this example, the library coordinated the loan and return of books, with books borrowed in one public library allowed to be returned to any public library within Zhejiang Province.
This seems to be a small change but is motivated by the Overall Service-Improving Programme which offers great reform significance. In June 2020, Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism and other relevant departments jointly launched the Overall Service-Improving Programme Plan for Zhejiang Public Libraries (2020-2022), with a focus on balance — public libraries across the whole Zhejiang Province plan to spend 3 years to solve problems such as uneven library distribution and service inefficiency, bridge the social divide through integrated management, optimise digitalisation, and expand the community outreach of library services. The Plan aims to incorporate technological innovation and build a public library community.
"Appointment with books at the Hehe Book Bar" activity held in Taizhou Library, Zhejiang Province
There are 8 objectives to the Overall Service-Improving Programme:
Blind readers listening to audiobooks in the Music Hall of Ouhai District Library, Wenzhou City