Valmiera Joint Library a bridge between academic world and local society . It has become a recognizable cultural and educational centre in the Vidzeme region. Library is a place where one can meet friends, like-minded people, spend time with family or alone. Valmiera Joint Library invites everyone to open mind for new knowledge, ideas, experience, it provides not only books, but also events where can meet interesting personalities, famous writers and creative people .
For example: a parent selecting a picture book for their three year old; a home owner seeking planning advice on a proposed extension; a student researching 17th Century conflict on the internet, and a carer seeking advice on benefits. All of these users could in fact be a single individual, using services currently located in up to five locations across the City.
Valmiera Integrated Library
Valmiera Joint Library Power of unityin a changing world
Area: 18,18 km²Population: 26 674 Area : 2 373 km² Population: ~ 60 111
Valmiera Joint Library cooperation of two different types libraries Valmiera Library of Vidzemes University of Applied Public Library SciencesLegally and financially independent librariesprofessionally collaborate by coordinating, merging andrationally utilizing informative and personnel resourcesto extend the offered services.
Libraries in Valmiera. Prehistory• February 1919 - Peoples library and public reading room in City (Bachelor) park building.• Children`s literature department was opened in 1951.• Library of Vidzeme University College was founded in 1996, at the same time with the institution.
The first step to joint library• Librarians came up with idea about joint- use libraries based on experience of USA and the Nordic countries.• September, 1998 , the ViA Library and the Study and Reference Department of Valmiera Library moved to shared premises.
Municipality support• In 2000 , Valmiera City Council launched a project of reconstruction of the premises at Cēsu iela 4 with an aim to combine the resources of all Valmiera libraries and to create an integrated library.
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Valmiera Joint Library today• Family library• Support and training for groups and individuals.• Colections of all Valmiera libraries in one building, open access for all user groups• Modern computer labs• Quiet individual and group reading rooms• Book storage
Library in 2011• Users: 7 545,• Visitors per day ~700• Collection ~120 000 documents• Annual Circulation of Items: 560 230• Staff: 24+5
Policy of acquisition• ViA Library major collections are developed for the following study programmes:• -Business Administration• - Information Technologies• - Communication and Public Relations• - Media Studies and Journalism• - Political Science• - Tourism Organization and Management• - Tour Guide• - Translator• - Socio-tehnical System Modelling• - Business Environment Administration• - Governance and Communication• - Strategic Tourism Management• Valmiera library – develop collection for all user groups• Result: more resources for all users
Library Training centerConstructed within Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationand the Latvian government co-financed Publiclibrary development project Trešais tēva dēls.Center works in two directions:1) professional development of library staff inVidzeme region2) promoting information skills andinformation literacy of our customers
Methodological assistance centre• Valmiera library is the methodic and consulting centre for 28 Valmiera district municipal public libraries and for 30 school libraries
Network of combined librariesin the Nordic and Baltic countries
The Europe Direct informationnetwork spans the whole EU
2012• On October 13 – Valmiera Joint Library 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Ingredients for Success• Local government support• Commitment from the highest levels of each organization• Willingness to spend the time building knowledge of each other’s issues and developing relationships• Staff who are enthusiastic about the opportunities the joint use facility presents and willing to make it work.