The VIII National Forum Libraries Today, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Global Libraries – Bulgaria Foundation, will be held on 13 and 14 November, 2023.
The theme of the forum is Partnership for Sustainability
In order to fulfil our mission to include Bulgarian citizens in the global information society and increase their quality of life, GLBF has partnered over the years with government and public and private organizations to achieve the following goals:
- Providing access to technology
- Promoting innovation in libraries
- Increasing the knowledge and skills of librarians
- Developing library leaders
- Reforming policies to the benefit of public libraries
At the Forum we will explore new opportunities for future cooperation at the cross-border, transnational and European levels, with a view to how libraries may develop further as information intermediaries and centres for the sustainable development of communities. We will also discuss the topics of better Internet access, information services, lifelong learning, the development of creative and entrepreneurial skills, increased citizen participation in public life, better integration of disadvantaged groups, and digital , information and media literacy.
Together we will exchange ideas and bring forward future activities to ensure sustainability and build on what has been achieved so far.
The broad range of participants at the Forum will represent public libraries from all over the country, the academic and business worlds, politicians from executive, legislative and local authorities, and non-governmental organisations. Internationally, there will be representatives from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Stichting IFLA Global Libraries (SIGL), and the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA).
Location of the national forum
This year’s Forum will take place in two locations:
- On 13 November, the programme will take place at the Regional Centre for Contemporary Arts TOPLOCENTRALA – 5 Emil Brezinski Str, 1408 Ivan Vazov, Sofia
- On 14 November, the programme sessions will take place at Hemus Hotel – 25 Cherni Vrah Blv, 1421 Lozenets, Sofia
10 YEARS GLOBAL LIBRARIES – BULGARIA FOUNDATION
NATIONAL FORUM 2023
PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY
November 13, TOPLOCENTRALA - 5 Emil Brezinski Str, 1408 Ivan Vazov, Sofia
13.00 – 13.30:
13.30 – 15.30:
A GLOBAL VISION FOR LIBRARIES
- Spaska Tarandova, Executive Director of GLBF
- Helen Mandl, Deputy Secretary General, Director Member Services IFLA
- Inga Lundén, Member of the Board of SIGL
- Hella Klauser, Vice-President of EBLIDA
15.30 – 16.00:
Exhibition opening Projects of GLBF and the Libraries
16.00 – 17.15:
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE
Moderator: Milena Yaninska
- Library specialists
Nadezhda Grueva, Director of Zachary Knyazheski Regional Library, Stara Zagora
Valentina Terzieva, Director of Penyo Penev City Library, Dimitrovgrad
Sonia Parvanova, Librarian at Hristo Botev 1898 Municipal Library, Rila
- Library partners and advocates
Alexander Shpatov, Association for Urban Reading Rooms
Valentina Stoeva, Chairman of Board of the Children’s Books Foundation
Elitsa Barakova, Executive Director, BCause
- Chairpersons of the GLBF Board of Directors
Mihail Boyadjiev, Chairperson since 2020
Ventzislav Velev, Chairperson 2016-2020
Ginka Chavdarova, Chairperson 2013-2016
17.15 – 17.30:
19.00 – 21.00:
PRESENTATION OF THE GLBF ANNUAL AWARDS
November 14, Hemus Hotel - 25 Cherni Vrah Blv, 1421 Lozenets, Sofia
10.00 – 12.00:
A PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY
3 parallel sessions
- LIBRARIES AND FULLFILMENT OF UN SUTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Discussion (Conference 1A Hall)
Tsvetelina Neshkova, Bulgarian Platform for International Development
Ioanna Tsoneva, IKEA Bulgaria
Hristina Klisurova, Green Balkans
Dimka Mihaylova, Regional Library of Stara Zagora
Yana Karshiyska, Regional Library of Burgas
Kalina Ivanova, Regional Library of Veliko Tarnovo
Moderator: Spaska Tarandova
- LIBRARIES – PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
Discussion (Preslav Hall)
Krasimira Dimitrova, Human Resource Development Centre
Iglika Ivanova, The Media Literacy Coalition
Nadezhda Grueva, Regional Library of Stara Zagora
Iya Petkova, Muzeiko
Teodora Evtimova, Regional Library of Ruse
Moderator: Valentina Stoeva
- TECHNOLOGY IN LIBRARIES
Discussion (Conference 1B Hall)
Neli Nedelcheva, Ministry of Culture – National Digital Library
Peter Andreev, Tech Soup Bulgaria
Alex Rizov, Microsoft
Radka Kalcheva, Regional Library of Varna
Kamelia Koneva, Sofia City Library
Silvia Pavlova, Regional Library of Vratsa
Moderator: Alexander Krastev
12.00 – 12.15:
Spaska is a member of the Standing Committee of the Public Libraries section of IFLA, The International Federation of Library Associations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Library and Information Association, and is on the editorial board of the BBIA Online magazine.
Spaska was a lead creator behind the successful “Fun Summer Reading” children’s reading campaign, an active participant in the “Read With Me” campaign sponsored by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, and the initiator of the early childhood development rooms in Sofia City Libraries, in partnership with IKEA Bulgaria.
As a teacher and librarian, Helen's background is in university libraries including research liaison. She has extensive experience of library associations both as a staff member of the Australian Library and Information Association and in a range of voluntary positions on association committees. She has worked in school libraries in Tanzania and as a trainer/coach with community libraries in Namibia.
Since joining IFLA in 2015 as the Director of Member Services, Helen has been heavily involved in the IFLA "Global Vision" campaign, governance, and member services including the World Library and Information Congress. She has a particular interest in innovations to connect librarians across all regions and sectors. This extends to her work with IFLA's committees and volunteers and to the sharing of impactful stories and information through the Library Map of the World.
Dr. Velev's research interests are related to the events of Bulgarian history after the Liberation, chitalishte and library work, policies for the protection and promotion of cultural heritage, the intangible cultural heritage of Bulgaria, and UNESCO policies at national and international level. He is the author of numerous scientific studies and works of popular science.
Since 2015, she has been Chief Assistant at the Department of Book Publishing and Library Information Activities in the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at the "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" University of Veliko Tarnovo.
Kalina was Head and Coordinator of Projects as part of the Lifelong Learning Programme, and Programmes for the Protection of Literary and Cultural-Historical Heritage in Libraries, Museums and Archives from 2005 to 2016.
Since 2015 Krasimira has been the coordinator of the Euroguidance network, which is a side activity of the Erasmus+ Programme. The Euroguidance network provides a framework for cooperation in the field of lifelong career guidance at the European level, and thus supports the longer-term strategic development of education, training and employment in Europe
Iya has been the Director of the Muzeiko Scientific and Educational Children’s Centre in Sofia, where she leads and administers a team of childhood education specialists. Muzeiko’s programmes for learning and developing potential are based on various theories, including learning through play and applied activities, multiple intelligences and the suggestopedia method.
MAIN INITIATOR AND ORGANIZER:
- Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria
- Ministry of e-Government of Bulgaria
- “13 Centuries Bulgaria” National Endowment Fund
- the National Association of Municipalities in Bulgaria
- the Bulgarian Library and Information Association
- the National Chitalishte Union