Jagodina Library among the winners of the 2014 ALA President’s Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

Jagodina Library among the winners of the 2014 ALA President’s Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

Las Vegas, July 1 2014 – The Jagodina Public Library was awarded for its innovative library project at the American Library Association annual conference in Las Vegas, USA.

The president of ALA, the oldest and biggest library association in the world, Barbara Stripling handed out the award to Vesna Crnković, the director and the initiator of the awarded project.

This multi-award winning project of renovating and developing rural libraries was initiated in 2010 so that rural residents in the Jagodina municipality, who are predominantly engaged in agricultural production, can have access to information important for the improvement of production, increase of their income and better life in rural areas, and has had a significant success.

The Jagodina Public Library and its five village library identified community needs and developed creative programs to help community development“, as said by ALA. Other awarded libraries were:  the Public Library Fran Galovic,’Koprivnica in Croatia; the ZLB Library, Berlin in Germany and State Library of Queensland in Australia.

„This award is the culmination of the success of the project and we hope that in the future, it will be an example to other librarians how to adapt this project services to the needs of residents in their rural communities. Once more, I thank the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) for recognizing the values of the project Agricultural Libraries in Jagodina, all librarians in the Jagodina Public Library, partners, volunteers, farmers who have built and implemented the project Agricultural Libraries in Jagodina with a lot of love and enthusiasm“,said Vesna Crnković, the director of the Jagodina Library.

The idea of village agricultural libraries from Jagodina reached Lithuania, Latonia, Macedonia, where the project services have been offered to farmers to sell their produce through the Internet, find information about current subsidies and opportunities for cooperation, and sharing experiences with other farmers and experts.

The project was awarded for social integration by ERSTE in 2013, by American organization Beyond Access for Innovation and for availability of knowledge and information at the World Summit on Information Society in Geneva last year.

American Library Association was founded in 1876 u Philadelphia. It encourages development, promotion and improvement of libraries and library profession. The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects was established in 2008 by the past president of ALA Dr. Lorraine Roy for projects outside the United States that emphasize uniqueness and sustainability and improve library services, serving as a model for other libraries worldwide.