Good practices

New Competencies for Librarians Developing Non-formal Adult Education

EU FUNDING PROGRAME 
  • Erasmus+
KEY ACTIONS 
  • KA1 - Learning Mobility of Individuas
COUNTRY/IES 
  • Lithuania
LIBRARY/IES 
  • Klaipeda Library, Lithuania
METHOD & TOOLS 
  • Job shadowing

TOPICS

International Cooperation, International Relations, Development Cooperation
Intercultural/intergenerational Education and (Lifelong) Learning
New Innovative Curricula/Educational Methods/Development of Training courses
LIBRARY LEADYes
GRANT SIZE€22,908.00
YEAR2020-2022
PROJECT REFERENCE2020-1-LT01-KA104-077592

Lithuanian libraries are an integral and pro-active part of non-formal adult education in European Union countries.

Libraries engage communities in lifelong learning processes through library cultural and educational activities, adult volunteer programs, resident training, and digital, media, and information literacy programs. In a constantly changing environment, it is especially important to observe and apply the experience of foreign countries and colleagues in our activities, to share knowledge and raise qualifications.

The post-pandemic environment suggests that this is best done through direct participation and observation of processes and practices. Based on the results of the research and analysis carried out in the libraries of the Klaipėda region, the long-term goals and needs of the project consortium and its individual members, it was decided to participate in mobility visits to organizations in foreign countries and to adopt good examples and methods of working with adults during work observation.

The consortium applied for the project because this kind of joint activities allowed to achieve long-term goals: raising the qualifications and competences of library specialists, searching for new relevant topics for adult education activities, introducing innovations at work, promoting adult volunteering, etc.

Objectives

By implementing the project, the members of the consortium sought to improve the competencies of librarians in the preparation and execution of educational programs and to increase the availability of non-formal adult education in the Klaipėda region.

The tasks set were

1. to participate in monitoring the work of adult education educators, adopting good examples, to get acquainted with the work methodology of educators in libraries, cultural and educational institutions of foreign countries;

2. prepare and present methodological recommendations for educators working in the field of adult education and create three educational programs based on them;

3. present the results of the project during professional events (meetings, seminars, conferences);

4. publicize project activities at the regional, national and international level.

In addition to professional results, the goal was also to increase mobility participants’ English language skills, establish new contacts in foreign organizations, strengthen the institutions’ capacity to carry out non-formal adult education and other international programs, increase the awareness of consortium members and publicize their activities. The main target audience for which the project results are intended – potential adult participants of non-formal education living in remote areas.

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