16 September 2014 CONRAD hosting BIBA programme for librarians!

The national programme BIBA - Library Initiatives, Library Activities, aimed at improving the competences of book discussion club moderators, librarians in public libraries, library science students and community centre staff, will be held this October as part of the Conrad Festival. The purpose of BIBA is to upgrade the qualifications of culture activity organisers in the field of developing the concepts and organising cultural life in the form of events for wide audiences, skills in the promotion of their own facilities and the events organised in these facilities, deeper insight into promotion and communication opportunities offered by the new media, and a better knowledge of the currently prevalent trends in literature and artistic life. The training is part of the UNESCO City of Literature programme for the promotion of reading. The Krakow training session during the Conrad Festival will start on 23 October. We are waiting for your applications till 22 September. Feel welcome to join us!

The major aim of this course is to work with librarians, library science students and community centre teachers on those matters in which they are not formally trained, but which joined the scope of their job responsibilities and have – for a long time now – been an important aspect of their profession. The originators of this course incline to believe that most literature and reading-promotion tasks now performed by various cultural institutions will be in the near future delegated to, or co-performed by libraries.

The training includes:

- Devising and organisation of events
– effective and large-scale use of new media and understanding their role as a new canon of social communication
- knowledge concerning current literary life
- knowledge concerning current artistic trends
- essentials of promotion activities
- fundraising skills

The purpose of the conference and training is to make librarians aware of the changing social function of libraries, help them adjust to this transformation and practically prepare them for the implementation of solutions, both in terms of ideas and organisation, providing a standard that is expected from efficient cultural institutions.

Conditions for participation

Applications for the competition should include a two-page (up to 3600 characters) outline of a literary event that the participant would like to organise in their facility. It should provide factual description of the concept of the planned event with particular reference to the type of event, justification for choosing the form and theme of the event, names of the guests invited, duration, means of promotion, and accompanying events, if any. Applications should be sent to warszawa@instytutksiazki.pl by 22 September 2014.

More details and Competition Terms and Conditions can be found here.

Join us!