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.

CO Workshop comic workshops

A series of workshops dedicated to the comics was held in Kherson libraries. The project was joined by the Kherson Central Library System in general, as well as three libraries, which organized events (Lesya Ukrainka Central Library, Branch Library №3 and Branch Library №1).

“The idea of ​​the service was born as a result of analyzing our own experience,” says one of the initiators of the project, Volodymyr Ragulsky. “The concept was to give as little theory and much practice as possible, and do it all in one lesson. This format had better results than the courses that lasted several months, although it would seem that everything should have been the other way around”.

Volodymyr also notes that libraries organized thematic events that were not aimed at a wide audience earlier. But it turned out visitors have a request for a closer acquaintance with the technique of creating comics, so visitors will be able to learn the basics in a simplified format that will be clear to everyone at the new workshop.

“I created the prototype mostly by myself, consulting fellow librarians of my own branch and the team of the NGO “TO KOT”, who had already conducted both comics events and training courses. Testing took place in both online and offline formats. There was also a questionnaire as an alternative to the interview, which turned out to bring very useful and important results”, says the librarian.

Users who took part in the testing suggested including introduction to the workshop, in the format of informal communication, for example. It could be a tea party, which would allow participants to get to know each other better. But in general, according to Volodymyr, the idea of ​​the service has not changed from the very beginning.

The service was introduced in September this year and works on a free-of-charge basis.

Project results

Vladimir Ragulsky says, “The aim of the project was to unite youth (people under 35, students, schoolchildren) around the creative and educational process. At the first stage, the service consisted of three comic book workshops in three city libraries. Each was devoted to one or another aspect of the creation of comics and consisted of a small lecture, as well as a larger practical part. That is, the participants drew their comics at the very first lesson. There was also a session of informal communication with the lecturer.

At the second stage, the libraries were given the opportunity to order individual thematic classes and workshops, as well as to hold a whole comic day with the project lecturers. The main thing is the presence of an audience, compliance with technical requirements and the ability of libraries to self-organize.

More interested young people are now appearing in libraries, and librarians have learned to work with visual narratives, to form and understand them.

Thanks to the success of our service, other library systems have also become interested in design thinking”.

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