Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia is the Coordinator of the Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernising libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” Project. The duration of LNSS Project is 3 years.
Partners of the LNSS Project are:
Associate Partners are:
14. Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia- Armenia
15. REM. Moldova Library Consortium-Moldova
16. National Library of Belarus-Belarus
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Time is Money. Time Management is Necessity.
On December 21, the pilot course on “Time Management: Prioritising for Time and Workload” in the framework of “Library Network Support Service (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” came to its end.
The PAARA vice-rector, associate professor at the Chair of Public Administration and Program director Teresa Khechoyan presented her own concerns on time management, talked about the ties between time management and human nature, factors that have impact on time management, as well as accurate determination of priorities. The program participants – librarians from the Public Administration Academy of RA, State University of Languages and Social Sciences after V.Brusov and Goris State University, as well as librarians from different libraries and PAARA staff members and master students who are involved in the program – during the interactive group discussions tried to make clear the degree of their own skills in time management.
In the framework of LNSS the participants also visited the Center of Information Resources in the US Embassy to Armenia, got acquainted with the activities and capacities of the Embassy library.
On the last day of the program the participants performed group work on unveiling the causes of time waist and the ways to fight against them; they summed up the information and the experience that they had received.
All the participants were awarded with participation certificates.
The trainer Teresa Khechoyan was hopeful that the participants would use the knowledge that they had received in the course to manage their time as effectively as possible. And they always will remember the wise words: “Time is money”.
Visit to the US Embassy in the Framework of LNSS Pilot Course
On December 12 participants of the pilot course on “Time management and defining work priorities” in the framework of the program “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” visited the US Embassy in Armenia. The aim of the visit of the group which consisted mainly of librarians was to get acquainted with the embassy library and library activities. Nerses Hayrapetyan – Head of Information Resource Center – met the Program participants.
John Goshert – press attaché of the Embassy – presented the Ambassador of the USA Richard Mils’ four practical priorities. They are: to introduce the US foreign policy as precisely as possible; to favour the improvement of economic relations between the USA and Armenia; to help Armenia in anti-corruption struggle; and to assist the civil society and NGOs. John Goshert believes that libraries play great role in realization of the latter priority. The libraries can promote the formation of civil society. And the Embassy directly communicates with the citizens through the American Corners in Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Kapan and Charentsavan. They are American-style libraries, which, by means of various formats, provide with information about the USA.
Then, Anna Mkrtchyan – the Social Media Coordinator of the US Embassy – introduced modern platforms. The US Embassy builds communication with the society through these platforms.
The program participants noticed that the literature in the Embassy library was mainly informative. The Head of Information Resource Center Nerses Hayrapetyan reckoned it to be common, because there are many kinds of books today, and the word book doesn’t mean publication only. Along with the published books there are audio- and e-books, as well. Of course most people are troubled with the threat of new technologies against the published books. The humankind have got used to them over the ages, and the abolition of libraries is looming. Nerses Hayrapetyan agreed that the new generation quickly gets used to the new reading devices, nevertheless he thinks that libraries will always be required.
“I am not sure about the types of the libraries in 20 years, but I am sure that they will exist. Libraries do not only serve for the people, who go, borrow a book, take it home, read it and return it to the library again. Unfortunately, library activities in our society are generally limited in just these functions.”
Whereas, the functions are wide: meetings, lectures, academic consultation, films, etc. simply, relevant conditions are needed for these all.
And what about the possible “threat” of exclusion of published books by the e-ones? Nerses Hayrapetyan displayed statistic data on this issue. For example, due to 2016 statistic data, only 19% of adult Americans prefer e-books. And the comparison of number of advocates of different kinds of books have displayed that each kind has its own faithful reader.
The Head of Information Resource Center spoke about the privileges of libraries. If you need information on any issue, what would you prefer – to turn to librarian, or to search it on the Internet? The answer is unequivocal: library is the most preferable source to provide accurate, comprehensive and grounded information. Though you can find information on the Internet faster, but it will hardly be reliable, because a person usually doesn’t have access to information base, where s/he can find reliable and complex information on certain issue. And libraries generally provide this kind of potential.
The library of the USA Embassy is open for everyone. Simply you should know that you cannot find fiction or professional literature here. It provides you only with references.
At the end of the meeting Nerses Hayrapetyan presented the Program participants with books that were published in the framework of grants of the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy.
Time and Time Management
What is time management and why is it important? Why to prioritize work due to their importance and urgency? What factors can impact on the correct time use? Members of the pilot course on “Time management and defining the work priorities” within “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” Project had an opportunity to receive answers to these and other questions on November 30. The Public Administration Academy of RA hosted the members of the course. The Academy is the coordinating institution of the program.
Previously to the main course, Dr Angela Repanovici (Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania) and Dr Manolis Koukourakis (University of Crete, Greece) greeted the participants. They have been monitoring the program in Armenia for the second time. Taking the opportunity, the guests expressed their happiness for meeting their Armenian colleagues again. They appreciated the cooperation, and were hopeful in its continuity.
The third module of the program is called “General and exchangeable skills of administration for the librarians and library staff”. The participants of the course were from the library staffs of Public Administration Academy of RA, Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences and Goris State University, as well as the PAARA staff who are involved in the program. The course was led by the PAARA Vice-Rector, associate professor at the Chair of “Public Administration”, head of the program Tereza Khechoyan.
The subject of the course was not chosen accidentally, as everybody has time problem or, rather time management. And it is the only recourse that is equally given to the mankind. So, everyone should find the solution of the problem within him/herself by managing his/her own time, day, year and life in the correct way. The skills of the participants in time managing were checked via questionnaires during the course. Factors that influence on time management were considered. A film was also presented, where life was compared with a cup of coffee: the kind of cup doesn’t matter, but the content matters.
The course will continue on the next Monday.
LNSS Project Monitoring
On October 20, 2016 “Library Network Support Service (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” Project monitoring took place at the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia.
The Project grantholder is the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia, hence, the Project officer, representative of Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) Ms. Almudena Saenz de Miera met the project participants from the HEI, particularly librarians and staff members from the PAARA, Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences and Goris State University. Ms. Lana Karlova and Ms. Ani Torosyan, representatives of the Armenian national office of Erasmus+ Program also took part in the meeting. The meeting tended summarize the committed activities and to clarify the upcoming steps.
Participants of the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) training in the framework of LNSS Project confess that their expectations from the project are more than real. The PAARA Rector Mr. Arsen Lokyan, Rector of the Public Administration Academy of RA, welcomed the participants and wished the monitoring of the previous activities have their positive effect on the further ones.
Ms. Lana Karlova informed that Ms. Almudena Saenz de Miera’s visit has more comprehensive purpose: i.e., as representative of the activities committed in Armenia by the European Commission, to be aware of the current programs in the HEI that participate in the projects committed by the European Commission. And the purpose of her visit to PAARA was to discover the issues risen during the project commitment and to find ways to solve those issues.
Ms. Tereza Khechoyan, PAARA Vice-rector for International Relations and the Coordinator of “Library Network Support Service (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” Project presented history of collaboration between the member countries and institutions. She also introduced the Project and spoke about kick-off meeting, trainings and several activities within the Project and dissemination of Project implementation activities.
Ms. Gayane Nikoghosyan, senior librarian of the PAARA Scientific Library, Ms. Anna Chulyan, library director of Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, and Ms. Naira Safaryan, assistant professor of Goris State University, highly appreciated the project.
“We are not librarians, but we are information managers” said Anna Chulyan. “And our aim is to introduce the library as a value.”
Project participants answered to the questions of LNSS Project officer and National Erasmus+ Office representatives in Armenia.
Curriculum Development for Librarians at Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland)
22 August - 2 September 2016, training modules’ development scheduled by the LNSS project action plan took place at Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland).
Representatives of the LNSS project consortium member 9 educational institutions: librarians and professors from Armenia, Belarus and Moldova attended the development activities of eight training modules for librarians.
Training was carried out under the guidance and with the counseling of experienced professionals of the library science: Jerald Cavanagh, Padraig Kirby from Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland), Gerard Cullen from the Pyramid Group (Germany), Angela Repanovici from Transylvania University (Romania) and Manolis Koukourakis from Crete University (Greece).
With the support of the European partners, conducting the courses, representatives of the nine consortium member universities prepared and presented the strengths and weaknesses of the university libraries of the three countries, as well as developed draft versions of the eight training modules for librarians.
Participants also discussed and developed the draft version of the action plan for the awareness day on the needs of libraries to be organized next year.
Next are the development of the revised and final versions of the modules and organization of the first pilot training at nine universities from Armenia, Moldova and Belarus.
21st Century Libraries
On June 23-24 the Public Administration Academy of the RA hosted the participants of the Program of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in the framework of Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” project. PAARA is the coordinator of the Program, which has started since 2015 is PAARA. Prof. Angela Repanovici (Transylvania University of Brasov) and Dr. Manolis Koukourakis (University of Crete, Greece) conducted the second ESP training in the framework of the mentioned program. Librarians and members of the administrative staff of the PAARA and Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences took part in the trainings.
After greeting the participants, the PAARA Rector Arsen Lokyan underlined the regular course of the program and its undisputable productivity.
“I am convinced, that the training will be fruitful, and it will provide the participants with rich material and will lead to further meetings” said the Academy rector.
The trainers also greeted the participants and informed about the knowledge and skills that they would provide with during two-day training.
The current Module of “English for Specific Purposes” covers the following issues: Essential management and transferable skills for librarians and library staff, Information Literacy and research skills, Innovative online library services for 21st century librarians, The Electronic library, Access to libraries and society for learners with special needs/disabilities, and Library collection development policies.
It is worth mentioning, that interactive methods used in the training will contribute to gaining as much information and practical skills as possible.
The program will end in final roundtable discussion, and the participants will be given certificates.
English for Specific Purposes (ESP) training in the framework of Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS)
Since 2015 the Public Administration Academy of the RA has pledged itself to supervise the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) training in the framework of Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” project. Course of English for Specific Purposes was held on May 19-20. The librarians and administrative staff of the PAARA and Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences took part in the course. The course was held by the Project representatives Gerard Cullen and Sabrina Hutter.
In order to make the course more effective, the participants were divided into two groups due to their knowledge in English. The conductor of the “beginners” discovered the participants’ knowledge in English. Then he tried to improve their knowledge by a number of exercises, tasks and translations.
The participants of intermediate and advanced group received theoretical skills in writing CV of international standards, in making impressive public speech, and finally, they tried to use their knowledge and skills in practice.
At the end of the two-day course the participants were granted with certificates.
Kick-off meeting of the LNSS Project took place in Romania
March 8-9, 2016 Brasov Transylvania University (Romania) hosted the kick-off meeting of the LNSS project, which was attended by the representatives of the Consortium member institutions. It gave an opportunity to get acquainted with all members of the consortium partner universities, needs of their libraries, with the staff, the opportunities offered by the project and the expectations of the participating universities.
The activities to be realized under the project were discussed, timelines adjusted and requirements for presentation of financial statements clarified. In the near future trainings will be held for library staff and faculty at 9 universities of the three countries - Armenia, Moldova and Belarus on “English for specific needs”. The trainings will be conducted by European partners of the consortium at respective universities in Yerevan, Minsk, Grodno, Brest, Chisinau, and Balti. It will be followed by the training for preparation of training modules in Ireland, at Limerick Institute of Technology. After completion participants of the above mentioned training courses will prepare eight training modules for university librarians, faculty and students.
The meeting was attended by Tereza Khechoyan, Vice-rector for International Relations of the Public Administration Academy of the RA and Gayane Nikoghosyan, Chief Librarian of the scientific and technical library. A detailed description of the Project as well as tasks, timelines and reporting requirements were introduced to the representatives of the consortium member institutions by T. Khechoyan, as the Project coordinator, and M. Salukvadze, the financial manager of the Project, made a thorough consultation on financial documents, their completing order and reporting details.
Needs and expectations of their libraries and library staff from LNSS project were presented by each university of the consortium.
The LNSS project was successfully kicked off and the scheduled activities of the project started.
Participation in the Kick-off meeting of the Erasmus + Grantholder Institutions
Public Administration Academy of the RA is the coordinator of the "Library Network Support Services: modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming libraries (LNSS)” project implemented within Erasmus + programme.
Out of the 515 applications submitted, 140 have been selected for EU funding, including the application of the Public Administration Academy for LNSS project. The Academy is the first and only coordinating institution in Armenia selected within Capacity Building for Higher Education Programme.
On the 27-28 January, 2016 the kick-off meeting of the 140 Grantholder institutions organized by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) was held in Brussels. During the meeting project management, work organization, financial management, report preparation and other issues of the winner projects awarded EU funding were discussed.
Mr. A. Lokyan, Rector of the Public Administration Academy of the RA and Mrs. T. Khechoyan, Vice-rector for International Relations, participated in the event.
The event enabled to have meetings with EACEA representatives, project officers, and representatives of other projects and discuss many issues of common interest.