The association Kulturis, in collaboration with Novi Sad City Library and Pancevo City Library, organised the roundtable “Public libraries and their audience” at the Amphitheatre of the Rectorate of the University of Novi Sad on 7 November 2014. Detailed program is available here.
The event was attended by nearly 100 librarians from public libraries across Serbia. The topics “Have we knocked on every door? The role of public libraries in the local community” and “Are we at the forefront or at the back? Public libraries in the digital era” were addressed within two panel discussions, preceded by the presentations by experts from Serbia, United Kingdom and Spain. The presentations and the conclusions of the roundtable are available here.
Rachel Van Riel: Reader centered library services
Miloje Radovic: Library, our fellow citizen
Darinka Maljugic: The outreach of a local library
Liz McGettigan: Digital lives of public libraries
Adam Sofronijevic: New skills of library employees
Javier Valbuena: Local libraries as a driving force of local modernization
This roundtable represents the final phase of the project “Libraries and their audience: examples of good practice and sustainable models of audience development”. At the event, the findings of the research aimed at mapping the state of art in the field of audience development at public libraries in Serbia were presented. At the first stage of the project, bilingual handbook “Planet Reader” (Planeta Čitalac) was published. The publication consists of eight examples of good practice of European libraries that successfully foster relationships with their readers and users. Electronic version of the book is available here.
The organisation of the roundtable was funded by the Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information and the Secretariat for Culture of the City of Belgrade.