Today’s guest post comes to us from Magdalena Gomułka, our Country Coordinator for Poland. Please share your thoughts and comments in the comments field below or on Twitter (#interlibnet) or Facebook. Thank you Magdalena for sharing your conference experience with us!
The library conferences are a way to hear about the technologies that are used in a library service, innovative practices, library systems or a bibliotherapy. Participants can see innovations that are introduced by other libraries and learn specific skills or get knowledge which they can then use at their work. These events provide an opportunity for librarians to come together and discuss their daily problems.
Variety of conferences allows to find everythingwhat we are interested in or need. Usually there is no limitation for librarians’ age or type of library they come from. With the exception for The Forum of Young Librarians which is organized for people to the 35 years old. This an annual event has organized since 2005 by The Polish Librarians Association and one designated library. Every year conference committee choose place and topic of the speech which illustrates trends and practices in librarianship. For two days young library staff can listen to presentations, take part in workshops and consider the possibilities of development.
This year The Forum of Young Librarians (FMB) was organized by The Provincial Public Library, The Olsztyn City Public Library and The University Library in Olsztyn. Theme was “The Library – your time, your place” and concerned four topics:
- professional development,
- library innovation,
- services for special users.
The organisers offered both traditional sessions and hands-on workshops. In the first day participants could listen speeches and presentations. In the next day however, there were plenty of workshops about blogs, working with children and social network profiles. Papers were prepared by other young librarians and experienced researchers.
During the conference we could learn how build our career, create professional network with The International Librarians Network or cooperating with commercial companies. The possibility of e-service integration and borrowing e-documents. Inspirations from american libraries pointed innovative practice with local environment.
After lectures, everybody could participate in an urban game. At first smaller groups were watching a short introduction movie. The aim of the game was to find a document which was lost by Nicolaus Copernicus. And that required members of each team to do different tasks like i.e. building an art book from puzzles, creating a library map or looking for animals in statues.
There was also the possibility to visit few public libraries in Olsztyn. Definetely worth mentioning were public library’s agencies for children and teenagers. There is a place for children called The alphabet where they familiarize with using a library and have their first contact with books. The whole building was designed to create a nice and pleasant atmosphere.
On the other hand, there is The Planet 11 for older users where all the furniture looks like stars or planetes. This library is situated near planetarium.
The Forum of Young Librarians was great opportunity to listen to inspiring speeches and meet other librarians. We could get to know the top professionals of librarianship, visit the city and libraries.
Librarians from all the world, come to Poland in the next year!