Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference June 8-11th 2016 Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
“Tempus is the European Union’s programme which supports the modernisation of higher education in the Partner Countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region, mainly through university cooperation projects. LIT Library lead a project involving 12 other higher education institutions in Romania, Greece, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro & Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244/99 to develop Information Literacy (IL) for lifelong learning and knowledge economy in Western Balkan countries”.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
• development of IL programs for lifelong learning and their use in curricula as appropriate;
• development of innovative online IL modules for lifelong learning;
• harmonisation of the IL programs with those currently active in Western Balkan countries
• strengthening the capacities of Western Balkan higher education institutions for strategic planning and implementation of IL programs, in order to instil transferable skills for a competitive, dynamic, knowledge-based economy, as well as to develop IL policy, guidelines, goals, and mission.
MAIN OUTCOMES OF THE PROJECT
• guidelines for planning IL programs,
• harmonised contents for the teaching of IL,
• training of IL practitioners,
• development of innovative online IL modules,
• implementation of IL programs, dissemination and sustainability of IL programs.
The project has had some important achievements to date, such as
• publication in each Western Balkan institution of Guidelines for planning IL programs in Western Balkan countries,
• publication of Guidelines for IL program harmonized contents.
• The project has also published an Information Literacy syllabus and curricula in each Western Balkan institution participating in the project.
• Other achievements include the publication of Guidelines for training of IL teachers/practitioners: methodology for teaching information literacy.
• Publication of the Quality plan.
• development of innovative online modules, and the full rollout and implementation of the IL programs.
• This will involve coordination, timetabling and physical execution of the program, as well as the creation of a Western Balkan Network for Information Literacy (WBIL) for the future dissemination, sustainability and exploitation of project results across the Region.
Project management is assured through the Project Management Committee (PMC) and subsequently Working Groups who deliver on goals relating to didactic organisation, syllabus, IL training, online modules and implementation of IL programs.
The PMC organises and develops the Working Groups and local committees which progress the project for the achievement of its goals. At the Project Kick off meeting in Limerick, Working Groups were formed to ensure that specific roles and tasks are distributed effectively. These groups are the Didactic Working Group (DWG) , Scientific Working Group (SWG), IL Training Working Group (ILTWG), IL Module Working Group (ILMWG), Evaluation Working Group (EWG). Each partner in the project has two representatives on each group.
The PMC is responsible for:
• Control of the administrative and methodological aspects of the project
• Monitoring and evaluation of project phases including communication regarding expectations of partners and stakeholders and with declared objectives.
• Intervention for problem solving