Methodological department

The Methodical Department is part of the structure of the Ivan Vazov National Library and provides coordination, qualification and expert-consultancy assistance for libraries from the Plovdiv region, fulfilling part of the functions of the Regional Library, according to Art. 27 of the Public Libraries Act. The department collects, processes and offers statistical information about the libraries of the state and local authorities, as well as concrete measures for improving their activities. By creating a Public Register of Public Libraries, the Department assumes responsibility for monitoring and controlling the authenticity of public library statistics published on the Internet.

Upon request, the department advises on the preparation of:
*Concept of library development;
*library statute (status);
*job description at workplace; Position of a library specialist.

The department offers on-site advisory assistance at:
*Creating, organizing, reorganizing a library;
*Elaboration of expert evaluation of libraries and information activities in the library;
*Personnel management (preparation and holding of competitions for the appointment of library specialists, attestation of library specialists).

Forms of methodical activity:
*Consultations (on-site and by e-mail);
*On-site visits;
*Development of instructive and methodological documents;
*Organizing and conducting workshops, seminars, training courses, trainings, practices.

The specialized fund is updated annually with new documents coming in on purchase, exchange and donation. In favor of the users the following supported card-indexes are available:
• Libraries;
• BDS ISO standards for libraries and information activities;
• Yearbook of the National Library of Ivan Vazov.

The department offers for use librarianship publications for reading at home or in the library.

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