We are happy to invite you to IFLAcamp Library Creative Laboratory: “A Hero of Our Time’ in a Library” that will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia on 26-29 June 2014!
St. Petersburg, a city with a rich cultural legacy that lays claim to some of the biggest names in literature (Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Lermontov and Akhmatova, just to name a few) is an ideal place to meet for the next IFLAcampLab. The Lermontov Public Library will kindly host the lab, which will revolve around the theme “A Hero of Our Time’ in a Library“. It is taken from the famous novel by Mikhail Lermontov, whose 200th anniversary will be celebrated in 2014. In addition to the city’s cultural heritage, St. Petersburg provides an amazing setting to IFLAcampLab. While you’re in St. Petersburg, feel free to visit one of the numerous museums (Hermitage, anyone?), or stroll down the scenic canals – the city is referred to the Venice of the North, afterall!
As with the first IFLAcampLab, we hope for 2014’s lab to be a truly international collaborative event, promoting the free exchange of ideas, experiences, and innovation among its participants. The program will include presentations, group work, informal discussions, workshops and a one day Cycling for Libraries-tour. Participants will discuss and work on topics built around the image of libraries in the modern world and innovation in libraries. You are encouraged share topics to want to see addressed at the lab in the registration form, via Twitter, Facebook or in the comments of this post! For the full program check out the IFLAcampLab page on the website of Lermontov Public Library.
Participating in IFLAcampLab:
Registration: All participants need to register online before 1 June 2014. No registration fee is charged. All travel and accommodation expenses are covered by participants and/or their employers.
Arrival: 25 June 2014. Departure: 30 June 2014.
Accomodations: We offer accommodation in a shared room in the student dormitory of the Saint Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts: two and three-bed rooms in two and three-room blocks; one bathroom per block. The fee is 250 roubles per person per day, cash only. Address: 6, K.1 Lenskaya Street. The nearest underground metro stations are Ladozhskaya and Prospekt Bolshevikov. Participants who prefer a hotel accommodation are free to book a hotel in Saint Petersburg.
Visas: We recommend international participants to apply for either a business or a tourist Russian visa. Please contact your local Russian Consulates and Embassies about visa procedures and the exact list of documents needed. If you are planning to apply for a business visa, typically you will need to submit the original hard copy of your invitation letter together with your visa application. For us to be able to provide you with your invitation letter, please email a scan of your passport and your full mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for a tourist visa, typically you will need a tourist voucher/confirmation. Participants staying at the university dormitory need to obtain their vouchers via a travel agency – we recommend TravelRussia. Those participants who choose staying at a hotel can get their vouchers as part of their hotel reservation.
Presentations: We welcome presentations by the IFLAcampLab participants. Presentations can be up to 15 minutes long and should relate to the Laboratory’s main theme: “Library patron as a Hero of our Time”. Please email a short summary of your presentation and/or a PowerPoint file (optional) at email@example.com by 15 May. 6–7 presentations will be selected by the event’s organisers and included in the discussion programme.
Cycling for Libraries: participation is voluntary. Bicycles will be provided free of charge to all IFLAcampLab participants.
Five Ideas for a Library Competition: IFLAcampLab Hosts Lermontov Public Library are hosting an exciting competition to generate public involvement with developing library programming and collections. Five Ideas for a Library is aimed at bringing to light five innovative ideas to re-engage citizens with their library system; improve communication between libraries and their users; and to elevate libraries as important community institutions. If you have an idea that you feel helps modernize public libraries, see the following documents for details about the competition:
For questions and more information feel free to contact the organizing team at Lermontov Public Library:
firstname.lastname@example.org – Tatiana Tsvetkova, Deputy Director: Library Operations and Services;
email@example.com – Marianna Komarnitskaya, Project Co-Ordinator;
firstname.lastname@example.org – Vlad Kazimirov, Project Co-Ordinator (information in English);
email@example.com – Anastasia Ozerskaya, PR Manager.