Tell Your Story, be Important!

Monday, December 21, 2015 - 14:45

With the project ‘’Tell your story – be important”, the National Library in Lithuanian is aiming to strengthen library positioning in the strategic documents at the municipal level. Libraries should be positioned as important players in solving lifelong learning, social and digital inclusion. Research performed by the National Library of Lithuania revealed that references to public libraries in municipal strategic documents are fragmented, and mostly in a field of culture.

In the core of the project - peer to peer seminars in order to practice telling the library story in a way that would present it as an institution contributing to social and digital inclusion, as well as to lifelong learning objectives.

During the whole project, Libraries are being encouraged to advocate themselves. National Library of Lithuania has already observed first positive outcomes – approved documents/commitments of Local municipalities where they recognize libraries as lifelong learning institutions. National Library in Lithuania managed to get the Ministry of Education on-board who will also engage into helping municipalities to plan lifelong learning strategies at a local level. 

At the same time, organizers already see a change in librarians’ perceptions. However, public libraries are just starting to recognize the need to position libraries differently. Next project activity to facilitate this learning – story craft and storytelling sessions in 2016.

Here is how librarians themselves divided the process of libraries advocacy at the municipal level into 8 stages:

  1. work/educate
  2. see/measure the benefit
  3. fix the data and success stories
  4. share success with coworkers and select the best stories
  5. advocate success to local authorities and share your impressions with Lithuanian librarians
  6. local authorities recognizes libraries as non-formal learning institutions in strategic documents and chare the result with Lithuanian librarians
  7. local authorities advocates libraries by themselves
  8. local authorities gives the funding for non-formal learning activities

 1 and 2 are the most comfortable, 3, 5 and 6 – are the most challenging stages.