Media literacy promoted by Moldovan libraries at Partners Fair

Media Literacy was among 60 innovative services presented by libraries from the Novateca Network at a Partners Fair on December 9 at the National Library of Moldova. 48 libraries participated, with four libraries (Orhei, Fălești, Taraclia and Bravicea) showcasing their Media Literacy activities.

The attendees of the Fair are checking their Media Literacy skills.

The Partners Fair is part of the Novateca program’s overall strategy of building the place of libraries in Moldovan society, so that when the program ends they can continue providing services and activities with the support of local stakeholders such as the local government, schools, kindergartens, social assistance and others.

"An important partnership for us is the one with the local media and specifically with the local reporter. Local reporters came to most of our media literacy activities, shared experience, offered guidance in writing journalistic articles, told students how to access sources and reported about the activities that we have implemented. Also, local newspaper or radio should be opened to youngsters who want to develop their journalistic skills", said Elena Negoita, media literacy program coordinator at the public library "M. Eminescu" from Falesti.

Negoita went on to say that journalism students and bloggers could use the local library to run a masterclass or a workshop for the members of the Young Journalists Club which was recently created in Falesti.

Librarians promoting Media Literacy

According to Stepanida Ţugui, director of the Public Library "A. Donici " Orhei, it is very important for the library to have a strong partnership with local authorities.” Local officials are important sources of information for local journalists and members of the journalism club ORH-Ideea frequently go to them. It’s important therefore that the local authorities understand what we do within our media literacy program. They should be open to providing information and supporting Media Literacy activities."

During the fair, libraries had the opportunity to present their work including media literacy activities to officials and guests such as: Monica Babuc, Minister of Culture, James Pettit, US Ambassador in Moldova, Jessica Dorr, deputy director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as local officials and the general public. Librarians used interactive methods of communication: online tests, interviews recordings, video presentations and others showing how the modern library is a place where much more than just books are available but instead the library can be an information and activity centre for a local community.

The program "Strengthening independent media and media literacy" is implemented by IREX Europe in partnership with Novateca since 2014 and has trained in the past two years about 60 librarians, who provided trainings in media literacy to over 500 students and 600 adults. There were arranged 13 media corners in public libraries from different raions and villages.

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