is a NPO for library organisation, library development, and literacy education.
It is a service and coordination centre for approximately 230 public libraries, mostly in municipalities, and more than 300 school
libraries in the federal state of Styria.
... help establish and develop libraries,
... advise on book and media stocks,
... initiate, support or organise activities in libraries (e.g. parent evenings on topics of literacy, book workshops with children and projects
that are geared to promote reading),
... organise training courses for librarians.
Currently, we focus on literacy education for young migrants and the accessibility to libraries for people with disabilities.
Therefor we play a significant role regarding literacy and provide essential input for developing and building up an efficient library and
literacy education network in Styria.
We have established and actively managed various local, regional, national and international projects such as “LABUKA regional” – stimulating
children in libraries all over the country (state of Styria) with a wide range of events for young readers – or the “LESE-OFFENSIVE” – a regional
project in Styria to encourage and inspire a lifelong love for books where we focus on early literacy and family literacy. In a present project we
prepare and train people for activities as reading tutors in schools and libraries.
Additionally, the Literacy Centre Styria has developed – within the framework of Oesterreichisches Bibliothekswerk (www.biblio.at) – a toolbox
of ideas and projects for intercultural encounters in libraries.
We have gained a lot of experience in managing EU-funded projects. We have been active in several LLL-projects (mostly Comenius) with partners from Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Romania). We are also part of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET). We frequently exchange ideas and experience with partner institutions
in neighbouring countries (e.g. Hungary, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Switzerland).
Five employees, three of them are qualified librarians, are experts in the fields of libraries, literacy, parental and family training.
Most of the staff members regularly give lectures and training courses for librarians, teachers, school librarians and kindergarten teachers
(pre-service and in-service), especially on the topics of literacy and library development.
Literacy Centre Styria
Institute for library organisation, library development and literacy education
Eggenberger Allee 15a
8020 Graz, Austria