Create culture:
Library Innovative Services

In 2020, the Ukrainian Library Association implements an international project called “Create Culture: Library Innovative Services”, supported by the European Union as a part of the House of Europe program. On a competitive basis, 32 librarians from Ukraine and Belarus were selected and trained by Danish and Ukrainian coaches. As a result of the workshops, each participating librarian developed and implemented a new innovative service for the development of creative industries in their library. These services are presented on the website.

Traditional needlework through a book and a library

Library named after V.A. Symonenko for children in Holosiivskyi district of Kyiv will help visitors get acquainted with traditional embroidery techniques, ethnography, as well as teach them to create websites to promote and sale their own products.

According to the organizers, the service is aimed at school-age children and women of different ages. The library offers users several areas of activity, including online lectures on the history of embroidery, both online and offline workshops with masters, and training that will teach them how to promote their work on the Internet.

The latter includes not only introduction to various platforms that will be useful to handmade manufacturers, but also the basic principles of taking photo and writing texts for blogs.

“These days, more and more parents are turning to the library with the question of how to distract children from gadgets, unite them around creative interests and interest them in meaningful leisure. Communicating with young readers, we found that they are interested in relaxing with parents, visiting interesting places, spending free time creatively, drawing together, doing homework, learning new things, learning about the traditions of our people, attending workshops”, says librarian Tatiana Serebrenikova.

The library has already tested the service together with the “Berehynia” (Home Keeper) Women’s Club during the All-Ukrainian Summer School of Art Studies of the Small Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, involving students of 8-10 grades. In the process, it became clear that the idea is quite suitable for online operation.

The service works for free, but users have an opportunity to make charitable contributions to the account of the Centralized Accounting of the district.

Project results

Tetyana Serebrenikova says, “Currently, mostly schoolchildren and women of all ages use our service. They study needlework, get acquainted with ethnography with the help of books available in our funds.

This knowledge is instantly put into practice, which allows us to continue the tradition of Ukrainian material culture.

We believe the service absolutely corresponds to the mission of the library – it encourages reading, meets the information and cultural needs of users, as well as supports their creative initiatives. This gives other libraries the opportunity to learn from and implement the model we have developed based on other library systems in the country”.

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