e-Facilitator Finalist: Gabija Ščiukauskaitė
City/Town: Kaunas region
Number of years in service: 6
Number of years in the organization / people trained: 6 / 1455
Organisation: Kaunas District Municipality Public Library Pagynė Department
Position in the organisation: Senior librarian
Nominating organisation: Kaunas District Municipality Public Library
WORK EXPERIENCE PURPOSE AND PROFESSIONALISM
Gabija started to work in Kaunas District Municipality Public Library 5 years ago. She works in one of the 30 Kaunas District Mun icipality Public Librarydepartments named Pagynė Department. There are less than 500 residents in Pagynė village. About 200 of them are library readers. about 100 are active library computers and internet users. At one time Gabija works with books and readers and conducts computer training courses. She works with kids, students, adults, seniors. She is a project "Prisijungusi Lietuva" lecturer too. Gabija conducts live and remote computer courses. The basic things which Gabija teaches are how to surf the web safely and share important information, securely store and share documents online, plan your time efficiently using online calendars, edit photos, create collages and videos, share videos and photos more securely on social networks, create a blog or website, create an original and modern CV, create text documents online and use cloud computing and ect. She is trying to get acquainted with every of her student and to customize learning resources to each personally.
ONE OF A KIND
We called Gabija a mobile librarian, because in a small community like Pagynė, one does not have to wait for people to come and take an interest in the innovations, but to take those innovations to them and show them. Therefore, she actively participate in the celebrations of local rural communities. She contribute to their organization. Gabija offer to get acquainted directly with the education taking place in the library during the events.
In order to adapt to the changing living conditions, the training organizers of the project “Connected Lithuania: An Efficient, Secure and Responsible Lithuanian Digital Community” (I am a lecturer of these trainings) were also forced to move digital literacy training to remote space, at least temporarily. This crisis has opened up a new opportunity for working people to take part in training, as they have needed to strengthen their digital literacy knowledge and skills like never before by moving their work environment to remote space.
From 2020 Gabija will remotely train almost 1500 participants from 120 groups from the Pagynė Library. The participants of the training are not only the residents of Kaunas district, but also the employees of various Lithuanian state and private organizations, starting from medical staff, municipalities, courts, cultural workers to salesmen, managers and teachers. Training takes place in virtual classrooms, so it does not matter at all where the connection is made or what device a person uses for training. The project currently offers eleven different digital literacy curricula. The most popular applications remotely are Calculator for Work and Home and Creating Documents Online and Sharing.
The topic "Calculator for work and home" introduces the main possibilities of the calculator, which can be applied in personal and professional activities. Learners learn how to easily tabulate and organize data (numbers, text, etc.); how to perform simple calculations (eg: plan travel, repair costs); and how to present the available data graphically.
The topic "Creating documents on the Internet and sharing them with others" introduces the tools of collaboration on the Internet, cloud computing. Much attention will be paid to the preparation of text documents on the Internet, sharing and sharing opportunities with others.
Participants positively evaluate the environment created for teaching, the quality of the knowledge gained, the work of the virtual classroom and the opportunity to communicate with each other, ask questions and express problems. People really enjoy working in virtual classrooms, so they continue to register successfully for other training topics.
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