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LNSS PROJECT

 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.

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Partners of the LNSS Project are:

1. Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia (PAARA) – Armenia

2. Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences- Armenia

3. Goris State University-Armenia

4. Limerick Institute of Technology – Ireland

5. University of Crete – Greece

6. The Pyramid Group – Germany

7. Transilvania University of Brasov – Romania

8. Academy of Public Administration of Moldova

9. Alecu Russo Balti State University – Moldova

10. Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus

11. Belarusian State University- Belarus

12. Brest State Technical University- Belarus

13. Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno- Belarus

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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Training on Quality Assurance Issues at the University of Crete

   

  

From 25-29 September 2017 the meeting of the representatives of the consortium member institutions of the “Library Network Support Service (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” Project was held at the University of Crete (Greece), which was dedicated to quality assurance issues.

Mrs. Tereza Khechoyan, Vice-rector for International Relations and the Project Coordinator, and Ms. Tatevik Movsisyan, professional education quality assurance specialist of the PAARA, attended the meeting. Among the participants, there were the representatives of the consortium member HEIs, in particular librarians and quality assurance specialists, as well as the Project European partners.

During the meeting, Project Coordinator Mrs. Tereza Khechoyan presented the events implemented since launching the LNSS Project and the results. In respect of the project achievements, it should be mentioned that in the framework of the pilot trainings of the developed eight modules and the ESP (English for Specific Purposes), teaching modules and quality assurance courses, delivered by the European partners, 522 specialists: librarians, teachers and students, have been trained.   

The consortium members: the representatives of the nine HEIs of the three Eastern Partnership States (Armenia, Moldova and Belarus) were assigned to develop and present the vision and SWOT analysis of the 2018 “National Awareness Day”.

During the five-day meeting the quality assurance process, approaches to quality assurance, quality management and its purpose, contents of a quality assurance plan, contemporary influences on quality, total quality management and implementation, ISO standards, quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (Bologna process) and so on were introduced to the participants.

In the course of the meeting, the risk management in education was also presented to the participants. The meeting ended with the “English as a Medium of Instruction” training program.

During the five-day training issues on quality assurance standards for libraries and the upcoming activities in the frame of the LNSS project were reflected upon.

For the participants a study visit was organized to the Library of the University of Crete, where they got acquainted with the building facilities, as well as the book restoration work and methods at the special laboratory of the library. A visit was also paid to the Public Library of the city of Rethymno, which stood out not only with its rich literature, but also with its building facilities and modern technologies meant for the people with special needs.

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

The Path to Knowledge Lies through Library

 

 

On May 3 “Library Awareness Day” under the slogan “A Gateway to Knowledge” started at Public Administration Academy of RA.

PAARA 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 Armenian partners are Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, Goris State University and Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia.

The aim of the “Library Awareness Day” event was to evaluate the contribution of libraries and librarians in educational processes and to promote library access in Armenia.

PAARA Rector Arsen Lokyan delivered an opening speech and greeted the participants. He stressed the importance of the three-year project, activities of member partners of the consortium during the last years and peculiarities of the process.

Head of the National “Erasmus+” Office in Armenia, Ms Lana Karlova greeted the participants on behalf of the NEO Armenia. She recalled her studentship, the early 90-s when libraries were the only warm and light places, a place where people met, read, talked and made discussions on various topics.

“Library is a center which plays a great role in education. When one attends the library of any institution, observes its atmosphere and service level, he makes sense of that institution”, said Lana Karlova.

She mentioned that over 100 Armenian librarians have already been trained within this project. She was hopeful that the Project will contribute to new collaborations and foster student mobility.

EU partners of the Project Dr Angela Repanovici (Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania) and Dr Manolis Koukourakis (University of Crete, Greece) underlined their satisfaction with the Project progress, its outcomes and feedback. They particularly appreciated the devotion, enthusiasm and hard work of the Project coordinator Tereza Khechoyan. They highlighted the activities directed to Project awareness through internet, trainings and events stressing the partners’ cooperation and joint efforts.

PAARA Vice-rector for International Relations and the Project Coordinator Tereza Khechoyan reported on successful steps, achievements and challenges towards library access. She also presented the activities of the development of eight educational modules to train the librarians, as well as the courses in the PAARA within the Project (“Time Management: Prioritizing for Time and Workload”, “English for Specific Purposes”). Students, members of administrative and academic staff have had active participation in these activities. Among the activities that the Vice-rector mentioned were the preparation of educational modules within the action plan of LNSS project at Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland) and the details of reports in Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden, Germany). Ms Khechoyan particularly emphasized the importance to train librarians and supply the libraries with new equipment. She presented experience of a number of countries: “Our country has much to do. But this program helps to overcome the challenges step by step by training our librarians and supplying the libraries with new equipment”.

The participants of the meeting got acquainted with the ancient and modern extraordinary library-museums via video films.

Within the “Awareness day” meetings and discussions are scheduled in partner institutions – Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences and Goris State University.

 

 

LNSS Project Intermediate Meeting in Dresden (Germany)

 

 

 

 

 

On March 1-3, 2017, TU Dresden (Germany) hosted the representatives of consortium member universities of “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” project in a workshop meeting dedicated to the annual reports of the first year activities of the Project. PAARA vice-rector and the Project coordinator Tereza Khechoyan and senior librarian Gayane Nikoghosyan participated in the meeting.

Dresden University of Technology is one of the leading universities in Germany and the largest one in Saxony. It has high international rate and one of 11 Universities of Excellence in Germany which was awarded in 2012.  The Project coordinator T. Khechoyan delivered a report on the Project activities carried out by the consortium so far, starting from the signing of the Grant Agreement to the organization of pilot trainings of eight educational modules developed for training of librarians and the observation visit of EU representatives for monitoring the course of the trainings in nine universities. As the speaker mentioned, one of the most impressive outcomes of the Project is the number of trained librarians, academic staff and students: the number of participants who were trained and awarded certificates in nine universities involved in the Project amounts 426, from which 152 in three Armenian HEIs, 170 in four Belarusian universities and 104 in two Moldovan universities. The representatives of consortium member universities have taken three training courses during this period: “English for Specific Purposes”, “Curriculum Training” and “Pilot Trainings” within the designed modules. 

Apart from the report, T. Khechoyan also introduced the activities and achievements of the PAARA within the LNSS project. Consortium members – representatives of nine universities of three Eastern Partnership Countries (Armenia, Moldova and Belarus) and four universities of European Union countries (Ireland, Germany, Romania and Greece) made reports on their activities since the beginning of the project. The meeting was full of discussions concerning further tasks and timetable of the activities, as well as the design and content of the Project website. They also touched upon the financial aspect of the project. The participants introduced their drafts on National Library Awareness Day in their local universities and in the three countries as well (Armenia, Moldova and Belarus).

Until March 15, all consortium members were assigned to submit their brief reports on Project activities and financial resources in accordance with EU requirements to the coordinator university, as well as the final revised drafts of the training modules and Library Awareness Day events developed by each university taking into consideration remarks made during the discussions. 

For exchange of experience, a visit to the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB Dresden) was organized which was created in 1996 through the merger of the Saxon State Library and the University Library Dresden. 

Its collection numbers nearly nine million, making it one of the largest public archival centers in the Federal Republic og Germany. It also includes the storage of ancient manuscripts, which the LNSS consortium representatives were given a chance to visit.

The functions of the Library were explained to the participants: accompanied by the librarians, they got acquainted with the organization and implementation of its everyday activities.

The workshop took place together with the representatives of consortium of the twin LNSS project implemented in Western Balkans. It provided an opportunity to draw parallels between the activities of LNSS projects of the two regions, to compare the advantages and existing gaps and to exchange viewpoints, ideas and experience.

  

 

 

 

 

 

Time is Money. Time Management is Necessity.

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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”.

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Visit to the US Embassy in the Framework of LNSS Pilot Course

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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

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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.

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LNSS Project Monitoring

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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.

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Curriculum Development for Librarians at Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland)

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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.

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21st Century Libraries

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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)

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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

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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.

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Participation in the Kick-off meeting of the Erasmus + Grantholder Institutions

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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.