Library Network Support Services: modernising libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming libraries


General information

Project results

About the project:

Project goals:

Modernization of libraries and professional development of workers in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus; developing strategies to improve the skills of librarians in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus; improving management efficiency, innovation potential, library accessibility through strategic planning policies; creation and support of the LNSS network for the dissemination of information both at the national level and among the countries-participants of the Eastern Partnership.

Project objectives:

  • creation of a printed guide with learning outcomes and library standardization
  • introduction and development of innovative services, in particular online services
  • development and implementation of a strategic plan of the consortium for the effective development of libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus (separately for each partner)
  • development and implementation of information literacy training programs for better search and use of information from the Internet
  • identifying needs and correlating them with the training program
  • implementation of an English language training program (library terminology) for all target groups
  • implementation of a training program on the main skills necessary for librarians to work in the modern world
  • conducting training seminars to exchange experience and improve the skills of librarians;
  • analysis of electronic services, development and implementation of a digital and electronic library strategy to improve the quality of electronic services
  • improving the conditions for using libraries for people with disabilities
  • developing a library development policy to meet the needs of university staff and students

Brief description of the project:

The project will contribute to increasing the efficiency of library and information services for the educational process in higher education institutions in Belarus, improving the quality of library management, developing the competence of employees, as well as modernizing libraries and introducing new library and information technologies and services. In addition, the project will help to integrate libraries into internationalization and international cooperation within the Bologna process.

The project corresponds to the main priorities of the socio-economic development of the Republic of Belarus, defined in the State Program "Culture of Belarus" and the State Program "Education and Youth Policy" in terms of increasing the personnel potential of universities, forming the infrastructure of HEIs of the Republic of Belarus as real centers of innovative development, as well as providing equal access to information resources.

The project is being implemented by a consortium of 16 partners from Ireland, Romania, Greece, Germany, Armenia, Moldova. On behalf of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State University, the Academy of Management under the President of the Republic of Belarus, the Y. Kupala Grodno State University, the Brest State Technical University, the National Library of the Republic of Belarus (associated partner) are participating in the project.

Brief plan of project activities:

  • conducting information campaigns in the media, organizing presentations and seminars
  • creation and development of a consortium for more effective cooperation of university libraries
  • conducting trainings for library workers on marketing activities, media literacy, working with links and searching on the Internet (the problem of plagiarism), English (with the study of library terminology), etc.
  • study of the needs of university libraries and the development of a modular curriculum for advanced training of library staff
  • purchase of sets of equipment for training and implementation of online courses
  • formation of a long-term training system for university libraries at the national level and among the countries of the Eastern Partnership
  • quality assurance and project management

Expected results:

  • a strategic plan for the creation of a consortium for more effective cooperation of university libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus was implemented
  • libraries are equipped with equipment for the implementation and implementation of educational programs
  • an online platform was put into operation for conducting training courses for university libraries
  • a modern curriculum for advanced training of university library staff was created
  • trainings were held for managers and employees of libraries on marketing activities, information literacy, management, English
  • developed a strategy and policy for the development of electronic libraries and other library services to meet the needs of university workers and students
  • libraries have created special conditions for people with disabilities

Consortium composition:


  • Belarusian State University
  • Academy of Management under the President of the Republic of Belarus
  • Y. Kupala Grodno State University
  • Brest State Technical University
  • National Library of the Republic of Belarus (associate partner)

Foreign partners:

  • Academy of Public Administration of the Republic of Armenia - coordinator
  • Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland)
  • University of Transylvania Brasov (Romania)
  • University of Crete (Greece)
  • Pyramid Group Company (Germany)
  • Goris State University (Armenia)
  • Yerevan State University of Languages ​​and Social Sciences named after V.Ya. Bryusova (Armenia)
  • Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Moldova (Moldova)
  • Balti State University named after Alecu Russo (Moldova)
  • Consortium of Electronic Libraries of Armenia (Associate Partner)
  • Consortium of Libraries of Moldova (associate partner)

Amount of funding for BSU: 60,926 euros

Contact person: Vladimir Kulazhenko, Director of the BSU Fundamental Library, tel. 209-52-47, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

Description of the project on the coordinator's website:

Project results and activities

1. Professional development of BSU employees (participation in international conferences, seminars, trainings, etc.)

The training of librarians of HEIs of Belarus in new competencies in the context of the general strategy of digital transformation of higher education institutions was carried out.

A training seminar was organized on the topic "English for Special Use" (library vocabulary) (June 16-19, 2016 and July 23-25, 2018).

The training workshops were conducted by experts from EU countries: Director of the Library of the Institute of Technology in Limerick (Ireland) Gerald Kavanag, Deputy Director of the Library of the Institute of Technology in Limerick Pedraig Curby, Professor of Information Sciences at the Transylvanian University in Brasov (Romania) Angela Repanovici, Director of the Library of the University of Crete (Greece) ) Dr. Emmanuel Koukorakis. More than 100 representatives of Belarusian HEIs (BSU, AUPRB, BSPU named after M. Tank, Y. Kupala GrSU, BrSTU, BSEU, BNTU, MSLU) took part in the training seminars, including heads and employees of university libraries, teachers and administrative workers ...

In the period September-December 2018, BSU held English courses for the staff of the Fundamental Library (7 people). At the expense of the project, educational literature in English was purchased for teaching English and librarianship.

In order to further improve the educational and methodological support of the library network, on the basis of the Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland), a 2-week summer university on modern technologies of library management was organized (August 2016). The director of the Fundamental Library V.G. Kulazhenko and deputy. Director M.V. Senko.

As part of the training, a marketing analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the partner universities' libraries was carried out, as well as proposals for the content of the advanced training program for Belarusian librarians in 8 training modules were developed.

In the course of the work on the preparation of educational and methodological support for the advanced training program for librarians, Belarusian HEIs organized and conducted intra-university pilot training seminars (November 2016 and January 2018).

Expert support in the development of educational and methodological materials and monitoring of the holding of training seminars was provided by representatives of the Institute of Technology in Limerick (Ireland) and Pyramid Group (Germany).

In addition to the implementation of the training program, representatives of the BSU were trained on thematic trainings: "Basics of management and transfer of skills for librarians" on August 22-23, 2017 at BSU (27 people from HEIs of Belarus) and "Building the capacity of libraries and ensuring the quality of library services" 24 -30 September 2017 at the University of Crete (Greece) (9 people from the HEI of Belarus), where they studied the basics of human resource management and quality management in HEI for librarians based on the experience of partners from the EU countries.

They also took part in the final meeting of the consortium and conference in Chisinau (Moldova) in September 2018, where presentations were made on the results of participation in project activities, on the results of the project and their dissemination, on measures to ensure the sustainability of the project in the future. Within the framework of the conference, a report was made by the director of the BSU Fundamental Library V.G. Kulazhenko “The Role of the LNSS Project in the Strategy for the Development of Open Access in Belarus”.

2. Improvement of educational / scientific / management activities (development of new and modernization of existing ones: educational programs, methodological support for them, local regulatory legal acts, etc., implementation of best practices in the educational process / management system, etc.)

The BSU Fundamental Library studied the experience of partners from the EU countries in forming a fund, subscribing to electronic information resources, using standards for document description and cataloging systems. Based on the jointly developed methodology, surveys of library users and librarians were conducted about the needs and priority development strategies. Based on the analysis of partners' experience and survey results, changes were made to local rules, regulations, recommendations governing the activities of the library and the organization of library processes.

In addition, the Fundamental Library managed to establish constant fruitful interaction with the libraries of partner universities from Moldova and Armenia. As a result, in September 2018, a memorandum of partnership and cooperation was signed between the libraries of the partner universities of the project. The coordinator and partner universities confirmed their interest in participating in new project initiatives as part of the formed consortium of the LNSS project.

3. Development of scientific and educational infrastructure (creation of educational and auxiliary structures: centers (laboratories) of creativity, specialized classrooms, etc., the acquisition of educational, scientific, office equipment).

Modernization of technical means of document processing and automation of library processes in the BSU Fundamental Library has been carried out.

Within the framework of the project, it was possible to significantly update the equipment park of the BSU library. For the needs of digitizing and processing documents, forming the content of an open access repository, a library catalog, maintaining information resources, providing access to digital information resources, providing services for users, it was purchased:

  • monoblock (22 pcs.);
  • laptop (4 pcs.);
  • thermal transfer printer (1 pc.);
  • laser printer (5 pcs.);
  • flatbed scanner (1 pc.);
  • PC (1 pc.);
  • camera (1 pc.);
  • color printer (1 pc.).

First of all, computers of specialists accompanying the institutional repository of BSU (Electronic Library of BSU) were replaced in the BSU Fundamental Library, which made it possible to speed up the processes of creating digital objects and content management. In 2018, according to the international ranking (Webometrics), the BSU repository took 3rd place among the world's universities. It was also possible to significantly increase the efficiency of digitizing documents for the formation of the content of the institutional repository.

In addition, a consulting service for academic staff on publication activity with workstations equipped with modern computers was created at BSU (room 206, head of BSU), work is being carried out to digitally promote publications of BSU scientists in international scientific citation indices, aggregators and catalogs ...

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