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16 - 21 May 2010

 

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Name: Mrs Jasmina Ninkov
Position: Director
Institution: Belgrade City Library
Institution Address: Knez Mihailova 56
Code Number and City: 11000 Belgrade
State: Serbia
Phone: +381 11 2024 022
Fax: +381 11 2024 033
E-mail: direktor@bgb.rs
 

 
 
Name: Mr Marjan Marinković
Position: Librarian at Library Development Department
Institution: Belgrade City Library
Institution Address: Knez Mihailova 56
Code Number and City: 11000 Belgrade
State: Serbia
Phone:+381 11 2024 023
Fax: +381 11 2024 023
E-mail: marjan@bgb.rs
 
 


Name: Ms Vesna Vuksan
Position: Librarian at Library Development Department
Institution: Belgrade City Library
Institution Address: Knez Mihailova 56
Code Number and City: 11000 Belgrade
State: Serbia
Phone: +381 11 2024 026
Fax: +381 11 2024 023
E-mail: vesnavuksan@bgb.rs

 







Title: Library = Knowledge = Wealth
Subtheme: Meeting places
Abstract: Libraries are often defined in a traditional way, as collections of books and knowledge, and thus, inner value. But, can a library save people money? Belgrade City Library (BCL), the largest public library in Serbia, has proven that it is possible. As global financial meltdown has been affecting the livelihoods of almost everyone in the world, Serbia has slid into a recession as well. While seeking ways to be the center of the community, BCL recognized its opportunity in USAID/SEGA Project for Strengthening Citizens' Financial Literacy. The project consisted of two segments: training for librarians to hold financial literacy workshops, and development of a website with the same purpose. The primary target group was high school students. BCL recognized that it was of huge importance for them to learn how to successfully deal with finances prior to actually having money in their hands. Fifteen librarians from BCL passed the training in the basics of financial literacy and methodology for working with high school students. The training was led by SEGA's financial experts. The goal of these workshops was to introduce basic financial concepts - common financial products, the importance of saving, risk and return in investment, and the right to receive accurate information while investing. The first project results were encouraging as the workshops attracted high interest among students, who found them unique and very useful. The financial literacy website will be launched in March 2010 (www.novcici.rs). Following project completion, it will remain in BCL ownership. Having engaged in this field, BCL became the first library in the country and region participating in financial education of the community.
Keywords: Library, education, financial literacy, project

Presentation


1st author: Jasmina Ninkov is the director of the Belgrade City Library, Serbia. She holds MA degree in Political Science since 1986. Mrs. Ninkov is a member of the expert team for ISO standards (information and documentation field) in Serbia and Montenegro and member of the Board of the Serbian Library Association. She was Country coordinator for the CALIMERA project, as well as for PULMAN-XT. She is also a lecturer at the School for continuous education of librarians in Serbia "Library +", and lecturer in a Centre for researching new technologies (CEPIT) of Belgrade Open School. At the regular annual IFLA conference, Jasmina Ninkov delivered a presentation on the subject of continuing education of librarians. Her publications include articles on librarianship and information sciences published in Serbian reviews and in foreign periodicals. Her teaching experience includes Internet courses, education of librarians, Intellectual freedom, marketing and public relations, information literacy.

2nd author: Marjan Marinković works at Belgrade City Library, Library Development Department. While his previous work was related to cultural activities and PR, now it is focused on project management and activities. Mr.Marinkovic holds MA degree in General literature with theory of literature, Faculty of Philology. He attended many local and international conferences as a speaker on project management, marketing, PR, digitization. He is an editor in LIS magazine, BCL website editor, author and moderator of many literature, art and philosophy lectures and presentations. His project "Streetcar named book" received IFLA award for best poster presentation in 2007, and "Audio archive" was among top 10 library projects in Serbia. His other projects were "We're at the library", "I really read, I don't act", "Fortress of culture". Mr.Marinkovic is currently involved with Financial literacy program, Information literacy for families and Educational and creative workshops for children with special needs.

3rd author: Vesna Vuksan graduated from LIS at the University of Belgrade in 2004. She's been with the Belgrade City Library since 2002, starting as a librarian at the Children's department, followed by the American Corner. Since 2007 she works at the Library Development Department. Ms.Vuksan participated in IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program in 2009 and has had presentations at many international meetings and conferences (OCLC 2009, IFLA WLIC 2008, Sofia 2008, etc.). She is the president of Serbian Library Association's regional office "Belgrade City Library", editor in library magazine "Pancevacko citaliste" and author of papers on library and web environment, standards, HR, PR, perception of libraries. She organizes trainings for librarians and participates in projects dealing with the development of libraries. Her work is focused on public libraries, changes, advocacy, strategic planning, evaluation of services and staff performance. Ms.Vuksan is a member of SLA, IFLA and ALA

 

 

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