Local event in Milan

On March 4, 2024, an RL:EU local event “European opportunities for libraries” was organised in the Dergano Library in Milan, Italy in collaboration with AIB Lombardia and Sistema Bibliotecario di Milano (SBM). The event in Milan focused on learning about EU funding opportunities, networking between different library systems in the Lombardy region and brainstorming on possible areas for cooperation.

Participants’ profile

The event was attended by 16 library professionals working in some of the major library systems in Lombardy. This included librarians, Directors, Coordinators, Project Managers and Administrative staff of the Rete Bibliotecaria Bergamasca, CUBI, CSBNO, Fondazione Per Leggere, Sistema Bibliotecario di Milano, as well as other colleagues involved in EU project development and writing at the Municipality of Cinisello Balsamo and the Municipality of Milan.

Training

The training was held by Maja Drobne, Head of Education at PiNA, one of Slovenia’s largest NGOs, Maja leads the facilitation of events for diverse stakeholders, including municipalities, universities, media, government institutions, libraries and research institutes. She is a member of the Pool of trainers for the Slovenian national agency of Erasmus+ MOVIT. She collaborates with international organizations such as Plan International, WeMove.eu and several National agencies of Erasmus+ across Europe. She is also the accessor of different EU programmes. Within the RL:EU project, she is responsible for the capacity building and research activities.

The training consisted in an informative and an interactive part:

  • Introduction to EU programmes suitable for public libraries and diving into project design methodologies;
  • Project Café for interactive project idea development, networking and group discussion.

During the Project Café participants formed 3 groups, each one developing different topics:

  • A platform for good practices in the public library field
  • Spaces for youth in (Milan) public libraries
  • Building communities through citizen engagement in public libraries

Outcomes

The local event provided an opportunity for library professionals to network, brainstorm common project ideas and foster cooperation between different library systems. Participants showed interest in developing ideas further after the event, and we are looking forward to hearing about the follow-up to this event!

Participants were also encouraged to contact Maja for further one-on-one mentoring sessions to ask any questions they might have, discuss issues, or to receive advice in developing project ideas.

This article was initially published here.

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