On 30 and 31 March, the EPALE Italia Unit participated for the first time in the Convegno delle Stelline, an annual appointment in Milan which, for almost thirty years, has represented an opportunity for fundamental updating and professional growth for all library staff.
“Future visions: Next Generation Library” was the title of this 2023 edition, inspired by the European project #NextGenerationEU intended not as a recovery plan, but above all as a unique opportunity to be able to emerge stronger from the pandemic, transforming our societies in a more equitable way.
Epale Italy was present with an information stand and with the meeting “Discover Erasmus with Epale. Libraries towards Europe!“. It was one of the 58 appointments that enlivened this very rich edition which for two days offered a broad programme of plenary sessions, workshops and participatory workshops.
There was great interest and curiosity from those who are thinking of updating their professional skills and, above all, active and attentive participation, also in Europe and its opportunities.
Libraries, in fact, in addition to being a place of learning par excellence, are a strategic sector for the realization of the European priorities of inclusion and active citizenship and the Erasmus+ programme can respond effectively to the need for training and updating of staff and citizens, who are regular or occasional visitors.
The EPALE workshop, in collaboration with the adult education sector of the Erasmus+ Indire Agency, therefore had the objective of promoting the creation of links between the world of libraries and European cooperation, and of proposing a space for meeting and sharing as is the one represented by the Epale platform.
After the introductory speech by Lorenza Venturi, Head of the Erasmus+ Adult Unit and EPALE Italy, the many training opportunities offered by the Erasmus+ programme were illustrated with the interventions of Marilena Spezzano and Fiammetta Michelacci. While the EPALE group, represented on this occasion by Daniela Ermini, Giacomo Scarzanella and Alessandra Ceccherelli, presented the EPALE platform and its main tools to support the Programme, together with two of the seven new Ambassadors for adult education from Lombardy: Caterina Runfola and Viviana Vitari.