Aims and Objectives

Read about aims and objectives of LNSS project.

The wider objectives of the project were to:

  • Reinforce and modernize libraries and improve the level of competencies and skills of library staff in HEI’s by developing innovative libraries as a support to education and lifelong learning
  • Develop a library staff development strategy focused on improving standards and quality of library performance in WB countries so as to improve the quality of library services and higher education generally, enhancing their relevance for the labour market and society.
  • Enhance the management, governance, innovation capacities and accessibility of libraries in WB countries through strategic planning and policy development
  • Establish and maintain a Western Balkan Library Network Support Services (LNSS) Network for the future dissemination, sustainability and exploitation of project results both nationally and in the WB for the sharing of knowledge, experience, training and expertise in the Region.

Project Information

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The LNSS project will commence with the Project Kick Off- PMC meeting to be held in Limerick in Nov 2015 where criteria & procedures for communications between partners, management & decision making structures & the functions of the Working Groups, contact persons, Local Commitees, Library Access Liaison Librarian & local project coordinators will be agreed. Read more…

Project Management

LIT will undertake activities to ensure sound management of the project & will perform the duties of authorizing officer & coordinator of the project and will lead the Management WP. LIT will also contribute to the Library Training WP- the Library Staff Development Strategy for the project. Read more…


In the first year, the project workplan looks following:  1.1 Training and general library needs detection; 1.2 Strategic review: Consortium Strategic planning process initiated; 1.3 Needs analysis: Electronic Library Services/Resources.  Read more…

Cooperation and Communication

Partnership Management will be organized & will act in order to ensure the achievement of project results and the accuracy of procedures. Read more…

Curriculum Modules

In order to modernizing libraries in Western Balkans countries through staff development and reforming library services we created 8 curriculum modules. Read more…

Project Partners

See the list the list of all project partners here.

The specific objectives of the project were to:

  • Implement English for Specific Purposes (Libraries and library terminology) training for all target groups.
  • Undertake in depth training needs detection and assessment with competency mapping
  • Implement an innovative Train the Trainers program as part of an LNSS Curriculum incorporating a suite of quality, relevant and modern library staff development modules addressing the most urgent training needs of 21st century librarians and library staff in the Information Age
  • Develop and implement Information Literacy and Research Skills training programs in libraries to help learners identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and ethically use information in their daily lives for lifelong learning and the Knowledge Economy
  • Carry out Library Training Seminars and Workshops involving all Stakeholders for exchange of experience to improve the competencies & skills of Librarians
  • Develop a Consortium Strategic Plan for the effective future development of libraries in WB countries -for each partner organization in the project
  • Implement the Consortium Strategic Plan during the lifetime of the project to ensure sustainability of project results
  • Conduct a needs analysis regarding Electronic Library Services and develop and implement a Digital and Electronic Strategy for the enhancement of Electronic Library services
  • Explore the development and introduction of innovative library services –particularly online services
  • Develop initiatives to ensure access to and democratization of libraries for people with disabilities
  • Create a printed handbook of HR materials with the results of the training and the Library standardized processes
  • Develop a Framework for a Library Collection Development Policy to meet the needs of academic staff and students in each Institute/University in the project.

By means of the LNSS Curriculum and Training the project successfully addressed critical problem gaps that existed both in Library service provision and in Library Staff Development thereby leading to modern, relevant and accessible library services for all learners. Problems such as the lack of any “formal education for librarians at the HEI system level (UOM 2014); the urgent need for training of staff on Library Research skills “(UP 2014) 2014); poor knowledge and skills with regard to digital and electronic libraries; “poor access to use of the library capacity” (SVE 3014), “poor library equipment” were addressed.

LNSS addressed these problems through a comprehensive, modern suite of Library Staff Development courses covering all aspects of library service provision. The LNSS Curriculum has led to a change in the situation particularly so as set out in Part E because in breath, scale, quality and relevance it was the first program of its kind held in these countries to address the training and development needs of ALL Librarians and library Staff.