Library National Awareness Day at Goris State University

On June 1, 2018, Goris State University hosted the events of Library National Awareness Day. It was preceded by master class ‘How to become a better teacher by using information and communication technologies’ on May 31, which was led by Angela Repanovici (Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania) and Manolis Koukourakis (University of Crete, Greece). Armenian institutions participating in the project 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, as well as European partners and the staff of regional and municipal libraries of Syunik took part in the event.

In his opening speech, Arsen Lokyan – Rector of Public Administration Academy of RA, which is the coordinating institution of the Project – appreciated the warm greeting, and considered the Project a wonderful opportunity for the participating institutions to have remarkable libraries and quality library service, which will contribute to the development of science and education.

“We all know that the purpose of this project is to contribute to the library network development, library staff development and reforming library services.

I also attach importance to the fact that thanks to the project, we have gained many friends.

I would like to thank the administration of Erasmus+ Programme, our European partners for their assistance and consultancy during the whole period of the Project.”

Coordinator of the LNSS project Tereza Khechoyan – Vice-rector of Public Administration Academy of RA, also appreciated this opportunity and emphasized the importance of organization of Library National Awareness Days. Mrs. Khechoyan introduced the achievements of the project over the past three years, the courses for librarians, professors and students, training modules for librarians and two pilot trainings, which have been organized not only for the universities of Armenia, but partner universities of Belarus and Moldova as well. In the framework of the Project, 820 people were trained in various subjects, and by the end of the Project this number will exceed the threshold of 1000. Tereza Khechoyan thanked the library experts Gerard Cullen, Angela Repanovichi, Manolis Koukourakis, Jerald Cavanagh and Padraig Kirby who represent the ‘Pyramid’ group (Germany), Transylvania University of Brasov (Romania), University of Crete (Greece) and Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland). Their consultancy and assistance were a great contribution to the success of the LNSS Project.

Completing Tereza Khechoyan’s words, Rector of Goris State University Artush Ghukasyan touched upon the importance of the Project for the university, and highlighted the opportunity of gaining additional knowledge and introduced their SWOT analysis. He was confident that the project purposes, like digitization and modernization of libraries, replenishment of e-resources, development of professional and information literacy skills of librarians, acquisition of library equipment, and integration into national and international library networks, make the Project ambitious, yet justified.

After the welcome speeches Angela Repanovici, Manolis Koukourakis, Gerard Cullen, Anna Chulyan (Head of library of Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences After V.Brusov) and Artur Vardazaryan (New Horizon, NGO) delivered presentations on target issues (Digital libraries of Armenia, Open access to international academic databases in Armenia, Copyright restrictions for libraries, Scientometrics, Interrelation and interaction of ASPIRE and LNSS Projects, Reforming library services, etc.).

Further opportunities of cooperation were also discussed.

A. Lokyan – Rector of Public Administration Academy of RA and A. Ghukasyan – Rector of Goris State University signed an Agreement of Cooperation between the two institutions, the aim of which is drafting and realizing mutually beneficial projects in the sphere of education and science.

At the end of the event the participants visited the library of Goris State University.

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