... is a non-profit organisation for library organisation, library development, and literacy education.
... is the 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.
Therefore 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.
Local, regional and national
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, four of which are qualified librarians or training to become qualified librarians, are experts in the fields of libraries, literacy, parental and family training.
Our staff members hold high expertise in project management and in language studies, and 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