Celebrating libraries, celebrating inclusion | Cheryl Falzon
Ahead of the week leading up to Libraries Day, Malta National Libraries CEO Cheryl Falzon tells Teodor Reljic how this annual milestone will be celebrated
20 April 2017, 7:30am
This programme of events is carried out to commemorate Libraries Day, which falls on April 23, which also happens to be World Book and Copyright Day. We celebrate in a number of libraries including the National Library by organising educational sessions, exhibitions and library services awareness campaigns through the support of other organisations such as the National Literacy Agency, the National Curriculum Centre, and Graphic Novels Library Malta (GNLM) and Horizons Publishers.
In the past year, Malta Libraries extended its business and remit due to official detailing of the Gozo libraries’ staff and the merging of library operations across the board. The programme of events seeks to reflect the new and wide-ranging scope of the entity. Moreover, we have sought to rope in initiatives at every level, encouraging librarians from public and regional libraries to act on their own initiative and come up with events that attract their own clientele.
How much importance are libraries given in Malta, and would you say the quality of their collections and accessibility to their venues (in every sense of the word) is adequate to guarantee their continued usage by a large swathe of the Maltese populace? How do events like your two-week programme aim to tackle and improve upon these realities?
Nonetheless, we are continuously re-evaluating the existing libraries and seeking opportunities to increase facilities and services through the support of Local Councils and the National Literacy Agency.
Additionally, with today’s technological developments people can also access the National Library’s digitised material online and public library members can download ebooks for free 24/7. These events aim to create more awareness of the importance of libraries in the community and also their pertinent role to aid inclusion, since library services cater for diversity.
Some of the highlights of the programme appear to be the Talking Books initiative -- which seems to be focused on improving reading for the blind as well as giving more multimedia options for those wanting to experience audiobooks – and Mixjet il-Malti – which aims at giving students a more tangible experience of the texts they will be studying for their O Levels. What do you hope to achieve with these books in particular?
The Mixjet il-Malti exhibition ties in nicely with our overall position on the transfer and accessibility of knowledge – by presenting the students with an immersive and tangible experience we trust that they would experience their studies in a way that they would then be able to carry it on with them later in life.
For a full programme of events related Malta Libraries’ celebration of Library Day, log on to: http://bit.ly/2o7giYH
Teodor Reljic is MaltaToday's culture editor and film critic. He joined t...
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