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“Good Practices of Target Libraries from Plovdiv District” – Regional Thematic Meeting of Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Target Libraries from Plovdiv District

The meeting
Group 2 presentation
Group 3 presentation
Group 4 presentation

On 4 September 2012, the regional thematic meeting “Good Practices of Target Libraries from Plovdiv District”, a joint initiative of the Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Program and Ivan Vazov Public Library, took place at the lecture hall of Ivan Vazov Public Library in Plovdiv.

The forum was attended by 70 participants including librarians, secretaries and chairpersons from target libraries (chitalishte) in the district, representatives of municipal administrations, program partners from the Regional Information Center and the National Alliance for Working with Volunteers (NAWV). The Glob@l Libraries –Bulgaria Program Management Unit was represented by Ms. Krasimira Kaneva and Mr. Krasimir Hristov, Regional Managers.

The thematic meeting was opened by Mr. Dimitar Minev, Director of Ivan Vazov Public Library in Plovdiv. Ms. Zlatka Ivanova, Methodologist at Ivan Vazov Public Library and GLB District Coordinator, presented the agenda, participants and guests of the event.

Krasimira Kaneva, Regional Manager at the GLB Program Management Unit (PMU), presented good practices under the Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Program.

The objectives and activities of the Regional Information Center in Plovdiv, a GLB partner, were presented by Ms. Petya Shtereva.

The major part of the forum was dedicated to presenting to the audience good practices in ICT based service provision to local communities in various directions. Six of the most active librarians in Plovdiv district showcased highlights of their activities:


Ms. Radka Petrova, Selska Probuda Public Chitalishte in the village of Gradina: Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Program and the Information Literacy Training of Senior People: a New Highlight in the Activities of the Target Library in the Village of Gradina”.

Ms. Hristina Hristeva, Ivan Vazov Public Chitalishte in the village of Iskra: “The Global Library in the Village of Iskra in Support of Formal Biology, Chemistry, Bulgarian Language and History Education”.

Ms. Svetla Bozhilova, Svetlina 1923 Public Chitalishte, village of Trud: “Informed and Healthy: Good Practices with School Goers”.

Ms. Ani Bekirova, Iskra Public Chitalishte, village of Kaloyanovo: “The Library at Iskra Public Chitalishte in the Village of Kaloyanovo: an Example for Promotion of Local History with Modern Information Technology Tools”.

Ms. Valya Stoyanova, N. Y. Vaptsarov Public Chitalishte in the town of Stamboliyski: “Training of Adults by Children Volunteers: a Successful Model in the Context of Lifelong Learning”;

Ms. Teodora Kuzmanova, Paisii Hilendarski City Library, Asenovgrad: “Traditions and Innovations in Summer Activities with Children at Paisii Hilendarski City Library”.


Ms. Vera Kirilova, National Alliance for Working with Volunteers (NAWV), took part in the forum by presenting highlights of the activities under the joint partner project “Target Librarians’ Skills to Attract and Train Citizens as Volunteers in Support of Their Activities” co-funded by the Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Program and initiated and implemented by Ivan Vazov Public Library in Plovdiv in partnership with the NAWV under the competent leadership of Ms. Zlatka Ivanova, Methodologist at Ivan Vazov Public Library and GLB District Coordinator.

The meeting agenda included work-group activities aiming to develop innovative e-services. The moderator Ms. Krasimira Kaneva, Regional Manager at the GLB PMU, randomly divided meeting participants in five groups and explained to the audience the new service development steps. Representatives of all groups drew a note with the type of innovative services they had to identify with the following target groups: children and school goers; business; Roma people; children with deviant (aggressive) behavior; disabled people.


Following group-work activities, each group presented to all participants the newly identified service. Results by group include as follows:

  • Children and school goers: “Art Workshop”. Library partners will include schools, kindergartens, municipalities, Centers for Public Support, the Alliance for Working with Volunteers, the House of Youth, companies. The effects will include filling in children’s leisure time, aesthetic pleasure and library promotion.
  • Business: librarians will establish “Green Balkans” travel agency in partnership with the Information Center at the Municipality, the City Museum of History, a publishing house, catering establishments, hotels, etc. The travel agency will provide to its customers information about historical and cultural landmarks, a map of travel agents in the district, addresses of investors, eco-paths, etc. Tourists will be very well informed thanks to the innovative service. The library will find sponsors for its summer program.
  • Roma people: the libraries will prevent early marriages and pregnancy among Roma people aged 10 – 20 years. Partners will include GPs, schools, the Bulgarian Red Cross, Roma NGOs. The effects will include health, economic, social, educational and cultural implications.    
  • Children with deviant (aggressive) behavior: the libraries will involve children in various activities to transform them from aggressors into volunteers with the help of professional psychologists hired by the partners – municipal centers for work with children with aggressive behavior, schools, NGOs. As a result, aggression among children will be curbed and the image of libraries as neutral places and conflict resolution factors will be improved.    
  • Disabled people: the libraries will provide administrative and information services and will organize training, creative workshops and a mobile library in partnership with the Bulgarian Red Cross, NGOs, volunteers, business, local authorities and the Regional Public Health Inspectorate. Expected results include integration of disabled people and enhanced libraries’ role in fostering tolerance in society.

At the end of the meeting, all participants filled in feedback forms showing their high level of satisfaction with the conducted event, the selected topic, its usefulness for their further work, the delivered presentations and the organization.


The group work and the generated new ideas, the opportunity to exchange opinions on new library services, the shared good practices are among the most frequently stated “helpful things” learned by participants. They also stated their willingness to take part in more such meetings attended by representatives of organizations who can be potential library partners.


At the end of the district thematic meeting, Mr. Krasimir Hristov, Regional Manager at the GLB PMU, presented new ideas and prospects for development of the Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Program.