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LIBRAR-E TURKEY PROJECT

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  • 1. LIBRAR-E TURKEY PROJECT LIBRAR-E TURKEY PROJECT Ahmet ÇELİK Advocacy Expert
  • 2. LIBRAR-E TURKEY PROJECT Brief Information Name of the project: Librar-e Turkey Main slogan: «Turkey will meet in the Librar-e» Type of project: Pilot (26 province and 52 district libraries) Duration: 28 months Beginning date of the project: July 1, 2013 Number of person who works in the project: 6 fulltime, 6 part-time, and 6 liasion officers)
  • 3. LIBRAR-E TURKEY PROJECT Brief Information -2-Turkish public libraries are centrally organized under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Libraries and Publications. -As of Dec. 1st 2013, 1118 PLs, and 2950 employees -Organizational structure has advantages and disadvantages (adv: dealing with just one authority, disadvantage: if there is problem with this authority you can’t do anything)
  • 4. LIBRAR-E TURKEY PROJECT What have we experienced? -First of all, it is a very exciting project. We believe that, this project is a chance to promote public libraries and librarianship, that have been neglected for such a long time. -Our project’s beginning date is new, comparing to the other countries in Europe. But, this is not a disadvantage for us, because we benefit from the experiences of other countries. -As a new project, we have not had too much things to tell you at the moment. I just want to share about our experience with the library community.
  • 5. LIBRAR-E TURKEY PROJECT What have we experienced? -2-Target groups in terms of advocacy works: .Government agencies and private organizations .Media .Society in general .Library community Library community was chosen as the first target group, thus full support of this group is curicial for success of the project. Our aim is to build a coalition within the academic community and obtain students’ participation. *This presentation focused only to the works within the library community.
  • 6. LIBRAR-E TURKEY PROJECT What have we experienced? -3We organized meetings with the faculty and students of the Library Schools in Turkey. A formal structure for the students have organised with the motto of « to create future libraries with the future librarians». They can contribute by: -Collecting information from citizens -Training the library workers and citizens -Advocating the project in society
  • 7. LIBRAR-E TURKEY PROJECT What have we experienced? -4Project team hold a meeting with the directors of the pilot public libraries. Till the meeting, we were expecting possible expressions of “lack of motivation” (due to lack of personnel, being overworked and underpaid, expectancy of we retirement, sheer hopelessness, etc. ), yet it turned out to be different. - participated in meetings and events on information issues. - prepared and published materials in librarianship journals.