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The Country profile is a sort of Library Manifesto on sustainable development at national or local level, it illustrates the nature and the level of effort deployed by library associations and their partners in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in libraries.

Download the Bulgarian Country profile – PDF version with link references and contact information.
(Excerpt from the 2nd European Report on Sustainable Development and Libraries, prepared by EBLIDA and National Library of Latvia.)

One of the Bulgarian SDG-oriented projects is “Digital Skills for SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) in Bulgaria”, an educational project where the regional libraries of Plovdiv, Smolyan and Stara Zagora districts become third place and offer equal access to information and communication, lifelong learning, collaboration with SME workers and their families. Two aspects raise the profile of this project. The first is that libraries work in partnership with the Bulgarian Union of Small and Medium Enterprises; the second is that the project is funded by the 2014-2020 European Social Fund, one of the European Structural and Investment Funds.

The Yavorov Regional Library has set up the project “The land is cleaner, we are more knowledgeable”: a 3D Printer is made available to every student in return of plastic bottles.

The project “Wildlife around us: get to know and protect” is implemented by the Zachary Kniazheski Library and aims to make people aware of the wildlife around them and targets students, teachers, parents and the public as a whole with a view to creating awareness about the benefits of living together with our wild friends.

The E-Portal of Memory and Knowledge is dedicated to the European history and science; the Tech Lib offers a Mini Technology Center at the Regional Library “Hristo Botev” – Vratsa: children and teenagers get acquainted with the opportunity to experience new technological wonders.

Global Libraries – Bulgaria Foundation (FSBB) is also a partner in the “Get Your Facts Straight! Media Literacy for All” – a program co-funded by the European Commission which provides media literacy training to students and young people from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as to their parents and / or grandparents.

Global Libraries – Bulgaria Foundation also implements “E-skills for E-inclusion” project, whose main purpose is to develop a computer literacy training program for vulnerable groups and facilitate their access to the labour market. This project is being implemented in partnership with 5 other organisations from Northern Ireland, Spain, Italy and Romania and is funded by the European Erasmus + program.

The Bulgarian Library and Information Association and the Global Libraries – Bulgaria Foundation organized a webinar on “European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in 2021 – 2027: opportunities for libraries”. The webinar was held in Bulgarian.

Recording: https://youtu.be/QAClbdybJDQ

 

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The ADELE project was designed to empower libraries in the digital era by making staff and managers aware of the needs they have to face to drive change within their organisation. To do so, the project developed a free self-evaluation tool and training opportunities to help libraries reflect on how they use and where they can further integrate digital technologies to improve their services.
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The project maximizes public libraries' potential as hubs for contemporary art. Creating a European network, it supports emerging artists through library residencies, turning them into ateliers for public engagement. The initiative enhances artists' visibility, opens commercial avenues, and strengthens the sector. Libraries evolve, reflecting on their cultural roles, hosting workshops, exhibitions, and training sessions for librarians and artists.
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The project idea was built on a shared necessity among public libraries’ staff: how to deal with the visually impaired people in libraries? Public libraries from six countries - Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia and Latvia - participate in the project.
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Through Global Citizenship Education, Walk the Global Walk mobilises young people as accelerators of change, bringing SDGs to the local level. It also produces innovative educational models, able to integrate a new understanding of global issues related to migration, climate change and gender equality in formal high school curriculum.
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This project aims to strengthen the potential of participating institutions to develop the digital skills of older people and to promote family learning. This project has the following objectives: — organise international exchange and mutual learning events in the partner countries, — describe success stories, collect examples of good practice, publish in an online journal format and make them public, — organise pilot trainings in partner countries to apply new models of family learning.

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A key role in Bulgaria has been played by the Global Libraries – Bulgaria Foundation, which is project manager in some of the SDG-oriented library projects and create awareness activities and expertise for libraries. Many of these activities are organised in collaboration with the Bulgarian Library Association.

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EBLIDA together with its partners IFLA and Public Libraries 2020 publish this joint Open letter to celebrate the 1st Presidency of the Council of the European Union by Bulgaria (1 January-30 June 2018) and the goals it shares with libraries.

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