What does the term "teaching library" matter, why and how to develop libraries in that respect?
This question was raised at the X International Conference "Internet and information and library resources in science, education, culture and business - Central Asia 2016" in Samarkand. The three-day forum, organized by the National Library of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi involved experts from the US, UK, the Republic of Korea, the Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Russia. Uzbekistan is represented by employees of information and library institutions and archives.
Attention of the UNESCO "Information for All" program expert, Director of the Research Institute of Information Technologies in Social Sphere of Kemerovo State University of Culture, Natalya Gendina (Russia), is focused on the issues of creating "learning libraries":
"The concept of "teaching library" was proposed by the International Federation of Library and Information Associations (IFLA). It has been used since 2008-2010."
Today, the entire library world is concerned about its condition. Many people ask: "Do I need a traditional library in the Internet age? Can it compete with it? What are the parameters?" We will never be able to compete in performance, release of up-to-date information. But we have been competed and we will always compete in the quality of information, its ordering, structuring.
In the age when information is in excess, new librarians, new professionals who will teach how to use not only a particular library, but also the world of information, how to defend against the threats and risks of manipulating people's consciousness, are needed. Training Library suggests that it works for free with all categories of users and learn their behavior in the world of modern and complex information. It teaches you the things not taught in school. It teaches you how to get information from the old traditional and from new modern sources.
In this regard it has been considered in detail the experience of reforming the country's educational institutions’ libraries into the modern information centers where traditional books coexist with the modern electronic ones.
The foreign experts have also highly appreciated the fact that Uzbekistan has transferred almost all the libraries to the educational institutions that bring them closer to the potential readers - children.
However, the national experts have identified some issues faced by the specialists in development of information and resource centers. One of the most important is human resources. It has been noted that conferences will help to address these and other issues faced by the libraries’ staff.