Svitlana, the Head of Dnepropetrovsk Information Resource Center "Window on America", has the unique opportunity to participate in WebChat: 5 Myths About the "Information Age" (CO.NX webchat, hosted at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy), featuring Robert Darnton, Director of the University Library at Harvard, and the author of the "The Case for Books: Past, Present and Future".
A lot of interesting questions were in focus of discussion from various parts of the world. All of them are connected with the topic "Information Age". Here you can look them through:
IRC El Salvador: Isn't the ''digital age'' (with websites and technologies disappearing all the time..) a threat to preserving information for the future generations?...What can be done??
Vinnytsia Window on America: Nice to have such an opportunity to communicate. Is there a difference in the way the brain takes in or absorbs information when it is presented electronically versus on paper? Does the reading experience change, from retention to comprehension, depending on the medium?
IRC Rio: Can we consider the social media a part of the information age?
I've taken an active part in this activity and have got detailed answer my question:
WOA Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine: Are you happy to be living in the ‘Information Age’?
Now I am a fan of the CO.NX Facebook page. I logged in to my Facebook account in order to Like” the page. Now I know when new webchats are coming up.
Today a group of students from Novomoskovsk(a small town 40 km from Dnipropetrovsk) attended WOA. Their English language teacher visited OA earlier, during the Information Day for the teachers of the Dnipropetrovsk region. Today Ms. Vira Strelchenko brought to the centre her senior school students.
The group listened to the presentation of S. Usenko, the head of WOA. The informative slide show introduced the students to the geography of the USA, its capital and several big cities, national symbols and outstanding personalities.
The group’s visit was much appreciated as distance often becomes an obstacle between the centre and its potential patrons. The teacher Vira Strelnikova received as a present a copy of the slide show"Meet the USA"to present it at school to the rest of her students and improve their level of English language.
Cooperation with this Novomoskovsk school will continue later in the year.
There are five most successful types of programs in Dnipropetrovsk Window on America Center, Ukraine:
1) “English Speaking Club” for all social categories on Saturday (2007-2008 with Fulbright scholarship). During the long periods when the native speakers were not visiting our Center (2009), I attracted the fluent in English Ukrainian volunteers for organizing round-table discussion. The attendance of our center has increased considerably during the last 2 years. Cultural and educational actions are held every week. So Ukrainians learn more about USA culture and traditions.
To increase the language learning effect of the discussions I have initiated the tradition to support them with modern visual aids. With the help of the Center’s technical equipment 25 Power Point presentations were created in the past 2 years. The theme discussions with visual aids became our “signature feature” in a highly competitive market of English Language clubs in Dnipropetrovsk.
2) American Holidays - Valentine Day, Thanksgiving day with real turkey, Christmas with Santa. Some club members demonstrated their musical talents (as Katya Ivchenko);
3) Movie club – every week;
4) Head of AC took part in the two English Language Weeks at the city secondary schools (about 200 and 200 participants).
5) Skype connection with our American friends.
In addition to the promotion of the USA information resources certain actions were held to promote library knowledge. The following topics were presented to the visitors of the Centre:
The Library of the USA Congress (April 2010),
Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Scientific Library and its resources (May, 2009 and September 2010),
“Renaissance” Charity Foundation (April 2010),
Bill and Melinda Gates’ Charity Foundation (October 2010),
Bibliomist project in Ukraine (October 2010), etc.
I did promotion of the our AС/ Window on America center activities in the social networks: Facebook (from March 2010, Blogspot (from September 2010).
I had the great experience in tagging, because I took part in creation digital catalog of my Library (Dniproprtovsk Pegion Sience Library, which has 3 mln volumes found) many years. I have Library science education and bibliography degree.
Only 4 years I'm working at Window on America center. I study English every day with my visitors and friends.
By a way, I have got information about Social bookmarking last year at the training for Ukrainian AC/IRC leaders.
I agree that Social bookmarking is a great way to collect a set of resources and share them with others!
This Blog I read every day. The author, Tatyana Yaroshenko, is Director of a big Library in the capital of Ukraine. She is very smart and professional. She writes not only about library problems, but about her own impressions about American libraries. (She has been to USA for 6 month as a Fulbright scholarship participant)