Partnerships between the Library and Local Authorities in Rakitovo
PARTNERSHIP AND INTERACTIONOF THE LIBRARY AT BUDILNIK 1898PUBLIC CHITALISHTE IN RAKITOVO WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND NGOs Prepared by: Maria Mirova-Dimova, Chief Librarian
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo “Partnership is a form of cooperation between organizations sharing common areas of operations, common goals and joint activities.” “No public library, regardless of its size and funds, can meet on its own all the needs of its users.” Its involvement in partnerships, cooperation and networks with other libraries and similar organizations and the provision of access to other sources of information enables the achievement of its goals.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo As a modern, active, public, information, culture and educational community complex, the library is a necessary partner to local authorities. The involvement of local library funding decision makers is a key priority of library activities. The interaction between them is a form of a mutually beneficial partnership.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo KEY SUCCESSFUL COOPERATION RULES Clarity on common activities in line with goals of respective organizations; Accurate allocation of participants’ resources; Clear-cut distribution of responsibilities; Elaboration of work plans and deadlines; Independence with regard to anything happening outside the framework of joint activities.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo Involvement of Budilnik Library in the first stage of the Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Program and motivation of local authorities for support and cooperation WHAT WE DID: Organization of a roundtable with library partners Roundtable with representatives of the Sutkya public- benefit association, Future Roma Foundation, St. Nedelya Day Center for Elderly People, Culture Department and the Deputy Mayor of Rakitovo Municipality, teachers, library users.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo Presentation to the chitalishte board of trustees of the program and the necessary renovation and preparation works in the premise where the ICT equipment is to be located. Meetings and conversations with the Mayor of Rakitovo Municipality; talks with the Senior Accountant.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo Identification of goals and deadlines, analysis of potential and resources Once elaborated, the action plan can be modified in the process of work. Coalition building Uniting the efforts of volunteers, the public, library users, etc. for the common cause:
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo Moving departments and vacating the premise by librarians and temporarily employed workers Installation of a hanging ceiling and new lighting by Rakitovo Municipality. Purchase of necessary furniture
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo Uniting the efforts of library and chitalishte staff, theater volunteers for finalizing the renovation works – door and window painting, cleaning and room refurbishment. Electricity and internet networks installed by the Municipality.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo Dialogue with partners and local authorities, media outreach• Opening and consecration of the room hosting the ICT equipment provided under the Glob@l Libraries Program attended by representatives of partner organizations.• Media coverage in regional press, (recognized library partners throughout the years), the chitalishte’s website, the Municipality’s website.• Promotional posters in the town’s most visible locations.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CHARITY FAIR Partners: Library users, local authorities WHAT WE DID: Formulation of a clear-cut goal on which the raised funds will be spent.- In 2009, the raised funds were used for buying clothes for 10 childrenin need as per a list provided by the Child Protection Agency.- In 2010, the campaign was targeted at replenishing the library stockwith the most popular and newly published literature.- In 2011, one of the Automated Library software modules – for bookprocessing – was purchased.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo•Meetings and conversations with readers and partnerswho demonstrate a supportive and positive attitudetoward library cause and activities.• Distribution of tasks among volunteers, according totheir individual skills and personal engagement, for theproduction of thematic Christmas fair items.• Convincing the chitalishte management on allocatingfunds for purchasing the necessary materials.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo• Meeting with local authorities representatives – in the general case, the mayor or the deputy, for presenting the cause and soliciting their support.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo• Media outreach – press releases or articles on forthcoming eventsare published in the local Tempo newspaper, the Municipality’swebsite, the chitalishte’s website, and broadcast on Rakitovo localradio station; promotion brochures are printed out and posters aredisplayed in the town’s most visited locations.• The fair is traditionally hosted in the municipal ritual hall, with thesupport of the Mayor.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo • Responding to the interests and receiving the support of civil groups and local community organizations is instrumental for the sustainable development of the library. Therefore, the library, when invited, takes part in various partnerships. Library participation in thelocal initiative group forpreparation of the Terra Bessicaterritory for competitiveterritorial development throughthe implementation of theLeader approach.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo The goal of our library is to constantly increase the number of library service users.- One of the strategies we utilize is going out of the library building and participating in cultural events of wide public popularity. 2012 Easter bazaar exhibition organized jointly with Rakitovo Municipality
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in RakitovoAs a result of the partnership established with local authorities andthe library image among the public, the conducted meetings andtalks with the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor of RakitovoMunicipality proved effective.• On 1 April 2012, two modules of the Automated Library softwarewere purchased with municipal funds: Classifiers. Service Functions;and Reader Services.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in RakitovoThe library – partner to local authorities in the establishment of an initiative committee for the 100th anniversary of the Balkan War • Initiative committee members were divided in a number of work committees, in two of which the library had a leading role.
The Library at Budilnik 1898 Public Chitalishte in Rakitovo CONCLUSIONS BASED ON OUR PRACTICE:• The establishment of partnerships is crucial to library development and theaccomplishment of library goals.• Both success and failure result in accumulation of experience and facilitatethe implementation of future joint projects.• The relationship between the library and local authorities is instrumental forits development and the financial and resource security of library activities.Therefore, we always demonstrate our support for local government.• Another key factor is the public image we have built in the eyes of the public,local authorities and politicians.http://www.chitalishte-rakitovo.org/Rakitovo4 A. Stamboliyski St.
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