The DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University presented the BIBLIO project at the ERASMUS DAYS – DAISSy Days 2022 online event!

erasmus-days-2022The DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU), the Greek project partner, presented the “BIBLIO: Boosting digital skills ad competencies for librarians in EuropeEU project within the “ERASMUS DAYS 2022” institution. In particular, the BIBLIO presentation was included in the “DAISSy Days 2022” (13-15.10.2022) initiative organized by the DAISSy-HOU, to celebrate the “ERASMUS DAYS 2022”. This is an innovative initiative of the DAISSy-HOU, sharing a valuable experience in the implementation of European projects, including numerous currently ongoing projects also funded by the ERASMUS+ EU program.

Specifically, the presentation of the BIBLIO project was part of the thematic webinar entitled “Digital competences in a cutting edge role for the Culture and Tourism professionals” which was organized online (zoom platform) and in Greek on Thursday 13th October 2022 (19.00-20.30 Greek time).

The webinar focused on what digital transformation implies in the sectors of tourism and culture and its impact on the development of the respective professionals. It highlighted indicative European projects currently undergoing by DAISSy-HOU, which aim at developing the skills of the professionals active in the sectors of museums, Libraries, cultural heritage, tourism and hospitality. The objective was achieved through the presentation of the milestones of EU projects undergoing and/or completed by the organizer, as well as the exchange with the main actors involved in this process. Emphasis was put on the interaction with the participants through a vivid sharing of views.

More precisely and concerning the BIBLIO project presentation, Foteini GATOMATI, project manager, presented the ongoing findings and emphasized the BIBLIO blended training course. It was showcased how the ongoing BIBLIO outputs have responded to the new skills of Librarians in the digital era, according to the two emerged job role profiles in the Library sector i.e. the Community Engagement and Communication-CECO and the Digital Transformation Facilitator-DIGY.

biblio-1Furthermore, Leonidas Papachristopoulos, Librarian and trainer at BIBLIO MOOC, referred to the results of the completion of the MOOC and the positive impressions of the BIBLIO trainees currently involved in the work-based learning activities.

For more information about the DAISSy Days 2022 event on tourism and culture, please visit:

The event was also promoted through the DAISSy-HOU social media, as hereafter:

 The «DAISSy Days 2022» sessions of the ERASMUS DAYS 2022 were implemented online and attracted the interest of academics, researchers, students as well as professionals from various sectors of activity (such as education, local government, culture, tourism, energy, etc.).

The DAISSy Research Group of the HOU is the Greek partner of the BIBLIO project (ERASMUS+ / 612411-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA) and implements it, in cooperation with the Distance Library and Documentation Centre (DLIC) of the HOU, associate partner.

biblio-2Stay tuned and remember to visit the site of the BIBLIO project and check the “Stories” of the BIBLIO partners! https://www.biblio-project.eu/stories/

For more information about the BIBLIO project as well as other activities of the DAISSy-HOU:

This project is funded by the ERASMUS+ program of the European Commission, under grant agreement no. 612411-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA.

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The DAISSy-HOU presented the BIBLIO activities in Greece within the project TPM and the project event at ALL DIGITAL SUMMIT 2022

biblio-logoThe “BIBLIO: Boosting digital skills ad competencies for librarians in Europe” EU project is honored to be presented at the ALL DIGITAL Summit 2022 focusing on “Shaping DIGITAL transformation with and for ALL” and implemented on-site in Prague (28-30.9.2022)!

More precisely and within the thematic circle of “SHAPING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AT EUROPEAN LEVEL”, a significant workshop entitled “BIBLIO work-based learning and the Digitization Activities of the National Library of the Czech Republic” was implemented on 29th September 2022 (14.15-15.30 CET), where the BIBLIO Work Based Learning (WBL) activities were presented.

The DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU) took part in the event, by emphasizing on the experience gained by the implementation of the BIBLIO WBL activities in Greece and their impact on the library professionals, who joined them. The speech was delivered by Foteini GATOMATI, Project Manager of BIBLIO in DAISSy-HOU, who presented the positive feedback of the WBL trainee experience. She also showcased the innovative ideas to be implemented in Greek libraries, and she explained how they were formed, as a valuable outcome of applying the BIBLIO training methodology, in practice.

A more detailed description of the content is available on the event site, along with the event program.

In addition, the DAISSy-HOU joined the BIBLIO Transnational Partner Meeting (TPM) which was implemented on 27th – 28th September 2022 with success. All partners joined it and had the opportunity to an in-depth presentation of how the project evolves in every BIBLIO country, the difficulties faced and the ways to overcome the obstacles, the next steps and milestones to be completed. Emphasis was put on the MOOC evaluation, WBL experience and future dissemination activities.

  • The AD Summit 2022 was implemented on site. In parallel, specific sessions provided the opportunity for online attendance. The events triggered the interest of academics, researchers, policymakers, experts and stakeholders in the digital skills, professionals in the sectors of culture, education, environment, etc.
  • The DAISSy Research Group of HOU is a member of the ALL DIGITAL network, is the Greek partner of the BIBLIO EU project (ERASMUS+ / 612411-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA) and implements it, in cooperation with the Distance Library and Documentation Centre (DLIC) of the HOU, associate partner.

Stay tuned and remember to visit the site of the BIBLIO project and to check the “Stories” of the BILBIO partners! https://www.biblio-project.eu/stories/

For more information about the BIBLIO project as well as other activities of the DAISSy-HOU:

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The DAISSy Research Group of the HOU invites you to join the BIBLIO workshop to be organized on-site within the ALL DIGITAL SUMMIT 2022 Registration is open!

summit-2022The DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU) invites you to join the ALL DIGITAL Summit 2022  that will take place on 28-30 September 2022, at Vzlet centre in Prague. The AD Summit 2022 focuses on what digital transformation implies in the digital skills sector and its impact on culture, innovation and education, especially on the must-to-have skills in modern societies.

For this regard, the ALL DIGITAL network organizes a live, on-site event entitled “Shaping DIGITAL transformation with and for ALL”, targeted at policymakers, local authorities, academics, experts and stakeholders in the digital skills field and co-organised by EPMA and the Vysocina region. The three-day event tackles the European perspective on Digital Transformation and puts particular attention to the Central European dimension of digital skills development.

More precisely and within the thematic circle of “SHAPING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AT EUROPEAN LEVEL”, a significant workshop entitled “BIBLIO work-based learning and the Digitisation Activities of the National Library of the Czech Republic” will be implemented on 29th September 2022 (14.15-15.30 CET), where the BIBLIO Work Based Learning (WBL) activities will be presented. The DAISSy Research Group of the HOU will take part by emphasizing the experience gained by the implementation of the BIBLIO WBL activities in Greece and their impact on the library professionals, who joined them.

A more detailed description of the content is available on the event site, along with the event program.

Registration for on-site participation is open!

The DAISSy Research Group of the HOU is the Greek partner of the “BIBLIO: Boosting digital skills ad competencies for librarians in Europe” EU project (ERASMUS+ / 612411-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA) and implements it, in cooperation with the Distance Library and Documentation Centre (DLIC) of the HOU, associate partner.

In parallel, the DAISSy Research Group of the HOU is a member of the ALL DIGITAL network and will play an active role in the AD Summit 2022 by delivering presentations in the workshops and joining the marketplace.

Stay tuned and find out more about BIBLIO and the other activities of the DAISSy-HOU:

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The DAISSy Research Group of the HOU links the BIBLIO EU project with the “Virtual International Conference on Library and Information Science (VICLIS 2022)”

biblio-logoIt is a great pleasure to announce to you that the Hellenic Open University (HOU), the BIBLIO partner in Greece represented in the EU project by DAISSy Research Group, is an esteemed team member of the Virtual International Conference on Library and Information Science (VICLIS 2022) entitled “Libraries as Drivers for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030” to be implemented on the 25th October 2022.

This International Conference offers a quite conducive platform for sharing ideas, and research findings aimed at promoting and realizing the United Nations’ SDGs, of the renowned scholars and professionals in the field of library and information science. Several sub-themes will be addressed such as:

  • Building Resilience through People, Information, and Technology in Post-Pandemic
  • Library Programs Advancing the UN2030 Agenda
  • Digital Spaces, Digital Transformation & Digital Cultural Heritage in Libraries
  • Role of Libraries in Open Science Landscape and Data Curation
  • Inspiring Innovations and promoting social inclusion and access to information for people with special needs, etc.

The VICLIS 2022 is targeted to library professionals, library information systems students and any other interested body around the world and it is organized by the SLTC Research University of Sri Lanka, in collaboration with IFLA Regional Division Committee for Asia and Oceana (IFLA RDC-AO), American Library Association-International Relations Office (ALA – IRO), Hellenic Open University (Greece) represented by the Distance Library and Documentation Centre (DLIC) of the HOU, University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy), Faculty of Economics and Business, Zagreb (Croatia), and is supported by the Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Library of Sri Lanka.

Besides the main event of the international conference, VICLIS 2022 involves a series of pre-event workshops and webinars on specific themes, so that to ensure open dialogue, constructive critique, and self-reflection.

Library professionals that are participating in the «BIBLIO-Boosting digital skills and competences for librarians in Europe» project can both enrich their knowledge into sustainability and the future role of libraries as to discuss with global community about the issues that have been taught within the blending learning stage. At the same time, they can submit their work, finding a way to express the innovative ideas that they developed within the program.

  • Participation in VICLIS 2022 is FREE of charge for both presenters and listeners.
  • Registration is open here.
  • For more information about the VICLIS 2022 conference, please refer here and/or subscribe to the VICLIS 2022 fb page https://www.facebook.com/VCLICS2022/

The DAISSy Research Group of the HOU is the Greek partner of the «BIBLIO-Boosting digital skills and competences for librarians in Europe» project and implements it, in cooperation with the Distance Library and Documentation Centre (DLIC) of the HOU, associate partner, which is expected to be highly involved in the implementation of the VCLIS 2022 activities.

Stay tuned and find out more information about the BIBLIO project as well as other activities of the DAISSy-HOU:

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The BIBLIO Specialization Courses by DAISSy-HOU attract very positive reactions from the Library professionals in Greece

biblio-logoThe BIBLIO Specialization Courses (SCs) are currently undergoing a modern educational process, that will enable learners to develop digital and transversal skills, fundamental for Library professionals in the digital era.

The Specialization Courses are part of the BIBLIO modular training programme targeting the competencies based on CECO and DIGY job profiles. They are perfectly comparable with the blended training course and the work-based learning activities that will follow.

The BIBLIO SCs in Greece are currently under implementation by DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU). Twenty-eight (28) highly motivated Library professionals take part in them. The trainees are devoted to the learning process. They express very positive impressions and actively use the BIBLIO e- platform, by exchanging with trainers and colleagues who take part in the SCs under parallel implementation in the BIBLIO partner countries Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria and Latvia.

More precisely, half of the Greek participants in the SCs, who are passionate about digitalising books, programming and data management, are specialized as Digital Transformation Facilitator-DIGY, whereas the other half of them who enjoy being in contact with the community, promoting reading and organizing events, are trained as  Community Engagement and Communication Officer-CECO.

The DAISSy Research Group of the HOU, which has longtime experience in the development of educational tools, MOOCs and learning platforms, has worked thoroughly to deliver a modern content of various BIBLIO SCs, such as ¡Browsing, valuing, searching, and filtering trusted data, information, and digital content ¡Collaboration and sharing through digital technologies ¡Copyright legislation ¡User support (Identifying needs and responses) ¡IT skills and troubleshooting ¡Spotting opportunities ¡Development of sustainable digital services ¡Fundraising and Crowdsourcing

Participants who complete the BIBLIO SCs will be awarded a Certificate of completion and have the ability to experience the work-based learning activities of the BIBLIO blended training course.

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The DAISSy Research Group of the HOU is the Greek BIBLIO partner (ERASMUS+ / 612411-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA) and implements the project in cooperation with the Distance Library and Documentation Centre (DLIC) of the HOU.

Stay tuned to the BIBLIO project and other activities of DAISSy-HOU:

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The international laboratory of the BIBLIO project of the DAISSy Research Group of EAP, a partner body in Greece, is of interest in “ALL DIGITAL Weeks 2022”

biblio-logoUndoubtedly, the international BIBLIO webinar entitled “BIBLIO-Exchanging ideas on transforming Libraries in the digital age“, was a very interesting initiative attracting more than forty (40) participants! It was organized online on 29th March 2022 by the ALL DIGITAL (AD) network, BIBLIO project partner in Belgium, in cooperation with the project partners and within the framework of the «ALL DIGITAL Weeks-ADWs 2022» campaign.

It triggered the interest of library professionals, experts and practitioners, representatives of authorities and institutions, active citizens, and more generally anyone interested in the digital evolution within the library world.

DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU), within the framework of the implementation of the “BIBLIO: Boosting digital skills ad competencies for librarians in EuropeEU project.

Gabriela Ruseva, Communication Officer of ALL DIGITAL coordinated the webinar and the session was launched by a welcome speech by Peter Palvolgyi, Chief Executive Officer of the AD network, who explained briefly the goals of the ADWeeks 2022 campaign.

The speeches started by Nicola Barbuti, University Aldo Moro Μπάρι, BIBLIO Coordinator who focused on the significant contribution of the project findings to the digital transformation of the Library services. Speaking the truth, he declared that various organisations from Europe, Africa and Asia have already expressed their interest in exploiting the BIBLIO tools for upgrading their operation.

More precisely, Alteo Valentini from EGINA, Italian partner, analyzed the content of BIBLIO and its findings regarding ► the two emerging job profiles of the Community Engagement and Communication Officer (CECO) and the Digital Transformation Facilitator (DIGY) ► the methodology of the BIBLIO modular blended training program that takes into account the different levels of digital skills of Library professionals ► the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of the project which was completed with great success attracting thousands of participants all over the world and ► the Specialization Courses (SCs) currently undergoing which are included in the BIBLIO blended training course and will be followed by the work-based learning activities in Libraries.

 

This was followed by speeches delivered by Library professionals representing the project partner countries of Italy, Latvia, Bulgaria and Greece, who take part in the BIBLIO modular training program – they recognized the innovative nature of the project in terms of both the vocational training aspect and the certification of qualifications based on European standards.

The DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU), the Greek Biblio partner,  was represented in the panel of Library professionals by Mrs Angeliki GIANNOPOULOU, Librarian at the Distance Library and Information Centre of the HOU (DLIC-HOU), who delivered a speech about “Implementing IoT and Cloud Services for transforming remote e-resource access”. She emphasized the nature of Libraries throughout their long history, as organizations that preserve and promote the cultural heritage of countries. Libraries evolve and use new practices and methods to serve the demands of their users and react to their new roles arisen. As a result, the use of state-of-the-art technologies (such as cloud services) for connecting libraries with citizens worldwide, is highly recommended. In addition, Angeliki explained that while the role of public Libraries is changing, the part of the Internet of Things with technologies, such as the RFID machine to machine (M2M) communication, could enhance the efficient collection of data and create more extended user profiles.

The webinar was completed by brief remarks made by the Library professionals who recognized the valuable use of the BIBLIO tools in the accomplishment of their daily tasks at work, aiming at the provision of integrated services to the library users.

The «BIBLIO-Boosting digital skills and competencies for librarians in Europe» is an Erasmus+ KA2 Sector Skills Alliances EU project (2019-2022) that addresses the skills gap in the library/archives sector due to the digital transformation that is changing the role of Libraries. The DAISSy Research Group of the HOU is a member of the ALL DIGITAL network, is the Greek BIBLIO partner and implements the project in cooperation with the Distance Library and Documentation Centre (DLIC) of the HOU.

 

Stay tuned and find out more about the BIBLIO project and other activities of DAISSy-HOU:

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Η Ερευνητική Ομάδα DAISSy του Ελληνικού Ανοικτού Πανεπιστημίου, φορέας-εταίρος του Ευρωπαϊκού έργου BIBLIO στην Ελλάδα, συμμετέχει στην ALL DIGITAL WEEK 2022

biblio-all-digitalΕκ μέρους του εταιρικού σχήματος του Ευρωπαϊκού έργου #DigitalBiblio, η Ερευνητική Ομάδα DAISSy του ΕΑΠ, φορέας εταίρος στην Ελλάδα, σας προσκαλεί στο Διεθνές εργαστήριο με τίτλο “BIBLIOExchanging ideas on transforming Libraries in the digital age“, που διοργανώνεται την Τρίτη 29 Μαρτίου 2022, 14:30-16:00 (CET).

Η DAISSy-ΕΑΠ υποστηρίζει ενεργά τη διεθνή εκδήλωση που στοχεύει στην παρουσίαση των Μαθημάτων Εξειδίκευσης (Specialization Courses) του έργου.

  • Το πρώτο μέρος της εκδήλωσης εστιάζει στη σπονδυλωτή διάρθρωση του συνολικού προγράμματος σπουδών BIBLIO καθώς και στον τρόπο αξιολόγησης των υφιστάμενων ικανοτήτων και της υπάρχουσας εμπειρίας, έτσι ώστε οι εκπαιδευόμενοι να μπορούν να προσαρμόσουν τη μαθησιακή τους διαδρομή. Αναδεικνύεται η εναρμόνιση των μαθημάτων με τα ευρωπαϊκά πλαίσια DigComp και EntreComp, και αναλύεται η διαδικασία πιστοποίησης.
  • Το δεύτερο μέρος της εκδήλωσης είναι αφιερωμένο στην ανταλλαγή ιδεών μεταξύ των συμμετεχόντων για συγκεκριμένες ιδέες/εργασίες σχετικά με τον ψηφιακό μετασχηματισμό των βιβλιοθηκών. Πρόκειται για συνεδρία που θα εμπνεύσει τους συμμετέχοντες-χουσες στο Μάθημα Εξειδίκευσης BIBLIO, οι οποίοι θα ξεκινήσουν τη μαθητεία τους σε βιβλιοθήκες σε όλη την Ευρώπη κατά τη διάρκεια του καλοκαιριού.

Δείτε περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες και δηλώστε συμμετοχή εδώ.

Tο διεθνές εργαστήριο του έργου BIBLIO εντάσσεται στις δράσεις της εκστρατείας #ALLDIGITALWEEK2022 .

Μέλος του δικτύου ALL DITIGAL είναι η Ερευνητική Ομάδα DAISSy του Ελληνικού Ανοικτού Πανεπιστημίου, που υλοποιεί το έργο BIBLIO (Ευρωπαϊκό πρόγραμμα ERASMUS+ / 612411-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA) ως φορέας-εταίρος στην Ελλάδα, με την Εξ Αποστάσεως Βιβλιοθήκη & Κέντρο Πληροφόρησης του ΕΑΠ ως βασικό συνεργάτη.

Δείτε περισσότερες πληροφορίες για το έργο BIBLIO καθώς κι άλλες δράσεις της Ερευνητικής Ομάδας DAISSy-ΕΑΠ:

 

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DAISSy-HOU matches BIBLIO with PATRAS IQ 2021

biblio-logoOn 6th December 2021, with the participation of tutors, teachers, researchers, public servants, policy designers and people interested in the development of digital competences, a vivid related event took place.

More specifically, the DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU), the Greek BIBLIO partner, organized an online event entitled Development of digital skills of professionals and citizens” aiming at presenting the valuable educational tools (MOOCS and online courses) that have been developed by the Group through the implementation of numerous EU projects (e.g. BIBLIO, ESSA, EUHerit, Roman Routes, SILVHER, Smart Devops και STEAMOnEdu). The event was powered by PatrasIQ 2021 (Innovation & Technology), the reference and interconnection point of the relevant ecosystem of the city of Patras. It is noteworthy, that the “PATRAS IQ” initiative embraces education, innovation, research and entrepreneurship on annual basis and at national level for more than eight years on the row. It has been strongly supported by Hellenic Open University (HOU) since the beginning and is being implemented in Patras, metropolitan centre of Western Greece, the city of the HOU Headquarters.

Prof Achilles KAMEAS, Director of DAISSy Research Group of HOU, the Greek partner of BIBLIO, launched the webinar and presented in brief the profile of DAISSy, its mission, objectives and map of projects. Dr Leonidas Papachristopoulos, Librarian at DLIC-HOU, delivered the speech about the BIBLIO project and highlighted the way it contributes to the formation of the modern librarian. Leonidas presented the content and functionalities of the BIBLIO MOOC, as well as the benefits that it offers to the participants. The BIBLIO MOOC modules were briefly described as well as the timetable, study effort and benefits. Leonidas, pinpointed the remarkable number of the trainees (1.367 participants), the variety of their background (university students, librarians, museum staff, teachers, ICT professionals) and place of origin (40 countries). He described the multi-dimensional content of the BIBLIO training program, by explaining that the MOOC is part of the modular training programme, to be followed by the BIBLIO blended training course and the work-based learning activities.

  • The online discussion was vivid and raised the interest of the speakers and participants. The event proved to be an excellent platform of matching BIBLIO with PATRAS IQ providing added value to the establishment of new bonds, the enrichment of stakeholders, the promotion of the project and its current results
  • The DAISSy Research Group of the HOU is the Greek partner of the BIBLIO project (ERASMUS+ / 612411-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA) and implements it, in cooperation with the Distance Library and Documentation Centre (DLIC) of the HOU, associate partner.

Stay tuned and remember to visit the site of the BIBLIO project and to check the “Stories” of the BILBIO partners! https://www.biblio-project.eu/stories/

For more information about the BIBLIO project as well as other activities of the DAISSy-HOU:

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The BIBLIO project of the DAISSy Research Group of the HOU, partner in Greece was presented in the radio program entitled “Libraries on FM”!

biblio-logoThe promotion of the BΙBLIO-Boosting digital skills and competences for librarians in Europe project continues dynamically through the radio frequencies! In particular, the project is honored to be presented on the radio program entitled “Libraries on FM”, which is the first radio show ever organized in Greece that concerns Libraries! This program is an outcome of the cooperation of the Association of Greek Librarians and Information Scientists-EEVEP with the Municipal Library and the Municipal Radio Station “Communication 94FM” of the Municipality of Heraklion, Attica region, and it is organized once a week.

More precisely, the BIBLIO project was presented on Friday, October 22th 2021 (17: 00-18: 00), on the radio program coordinated by Christina Kyriakopoulou and Anthi Baliou, and edited by Frosso Pavlidou, all being members of the EEVEP.

The presentation of BIBLIO was delivered by Thomas Chiotis, Archivist-Librarian, member of the working group of the DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU), partner in Greece, and began with a brief description of the project content and its objectives. Then, a detailed description was made about all types of the research carried out during the implementation of the BIBLIO project as well as the research results, which led to the two emerging job role profiles in the Library world: the Community Engagement and Communication-CECO and the Digital Transformation Facilitator-DIGY . The presentation was finalized by referring to the content of the BIBLIO MOOC modules, emphasizing on the benefits of developing new skills, to be gained by those participating in the training program.

  • The DAISSy Research Group of the HOU is the Greek partner of the BIBLIO project (ERASMUS+ / 612411-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA) and implements it, in cooperation with the Distance Library and Documentation Centre (DLIC) of the HOU, associate partner.

Stay tuned and remember to visit the site of the BIBLIO project and to check the “Stories” of the BIBLIO partners! https://www.biblio-project.eu/stories/

For more information about the BIBLIO project as well as other activities of the DAISSy-HOU:

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The 1st National dissemination event of the BIBLIO project organized by DAISSy Research Group-HOU in Greece, was a real success!

Undoubtedly, the national dissemination event in Greece, entitled “Enhancing the digital skills of the Library community“, was a very successful initiative! It was organized online on 27th September 2021 by the DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU), within the framework of the implementation of the “BIBLIO: Boosting digital skills ad competencies for librarians in EuropeEU project. It triggered the interest of library professionals, experts and practitioners, representatives of authorities and institutions, active citizens, and more generally anyone interested in the digital evolution within the library world.

More precisely, the dissemination event included six (6) speakers, was attended by more than sixty (60) participants and addressed not only the multiple challenges but also the significant opportunities of the libraries in the digital era, as identified through the BIBLIO project outcomes. 

biblio-ne-1Prof Achilles KAMEAS, Director of DAISSy and Scientific Coordinator of the BIBLIO project in Greece, launched the event by welcoming the participants and then, presenting the valuable work done by the DAISSy Research Group of the HOU. The map of currently ongoing projects was impressive – he emphasized on the strong international character of the Group and its involvement and representation in international networks and scientific boards. He also addressed the firm links achieved by DAISSy in order to relate the BIBLIO project with other ongoing EU projects under implementation (such as DELTA, SILVHER, etc.) aiming at producing a net for the transfer of results and the enhancement of sustainability.

Then Ioanna SEFERLI, Librarian, representing the Distance Library and Information Centre of the HOU (DLIC-HOU) delivered a speech about the activities of this unit. She presented the e-services of the Centre and in parallel she pinpointed the extrovert nature of the DLIC operation in supporting both numerous initiatives of the Academic Libraries in Greece and projects carried out by the Schools and Research Groups of the HOU. In parallel she explained the role of the DLIC of the HOU as the fundamental associate partner of the DAISSy Research Group for the implementation of the BIBLIO project in Greece.

The Project Manager of BIBLIO and researcher of DAISSy-HOU, Eleni GEORGAKAKOU, took the floor and triggered the interest of the participants about the content of the project and its methodology. Through a brief presentation of all BIBLIO work-packages, she emphasized on the demanding project concept, its strong European partnership, its direct link with the needs and challenges of the modern library world and the effective way that the BIBLIO project addresses those challenges and provides tools that benefit the personal development of the library professionals.

The speech delivered by Thomas CHIOTIS, Archivist-Librarian at “Constantinos Simitis Foundation”, followed. It included a detailed description of all types of the research carried out by the BIBLIO project and its findings. Thomas, emphasized on the need expressed by the librarians to update their skills to fulfill their tasks at work and more precisely, their need for strong basic digital skills to answer users’ queries and ensure a level of digital autonomy. He showcased how two new job profiles emerged and presented the expected multiple roles of the Community Engagement and Communication-CECO and the Digital Transformation Facilitator-DIGY.

Then, Leonidas PAPACHRISTOPOULOS, Librarian at DLIC-HOU, presented in detail the BIBLIO MOOC putting emphasis on the way it is linked with the research findings and the tasks of the new job role profiles of CECO and DIGY, so that to address them effectively. All BIBLIO MOOC modules were briefly described as well the timetable, study effort and benefits. Leonidas, also referred to the multi-dimensional content of the BIBLIO training program, by explaining that the MOOC is part of the modular training programme for the development of the competences included in the CECO and DIGY job role profiles, to be followed by the BIBLIO blended training course and the work-based learning activities.

The last speech of the event was delivered by Prof Maria Hatzinikolaou, who is a Professor of HOU and the Deputy Scientific Coordinator of the BIBLIO project in Greece. In parallel she is a member of the Administrative Board of the HEALink (Hellenic Academic Libraries link) and she is fully aware of the role of this association and its activities at national and international level. Therefore, she presented briefly a set of distinctive initiatives of the association and showcased how they are benefited by the BIBLIO findings. In addition, she emphasized on the relation achieved among the HEALink, the DAISSy and the DLIC-HOU towards the promotion as well as the exploitation of both the BIBLIO MOOC and the rest of the project deliverables.

The presentations were completed by announcing the BIBLIO MOOC call for registrations and its official launch on 4th October 2021 and explaining the registration process which is open (until then) and free of charge.

A brief but vivid discussion took place at the end of the event, through the exchange of questions-answers, comments and interventions by the participants. More precisely, they acknowledged the need for the digital autonomy of the library professionals and the new skills for coping with the challenges of serving their library users through a holistic approach, they made positive remarks on the research findings, they confirmed the importance of the BIBLIO MOOC and expressed their initial interest in its content.

The national event was organized in Greek, a pre-registration process was applied for attending it and all participants received certificates. The organizer has kept all related material (invitations, proof of promotional actions, registration forms, certificates, presentations, photos, etc.) within the dossier of the event.

The DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU), Coordinator of the event, is thankful to all organizations that supported the event (especially the DLIC-HOU being the associate partner), as well as the speakers, the experts and every participant for their contribution to the success of the organisation.

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