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Bertine Koffi : Bibliothèque Nationale de Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan/Ivory Coast - Bremen Municipal Library, Bücherhallen Hamburg

Bertine Koffi, Bibliothèque Nationale de Cote d'Ivoire, Elfenbeinküste
Bertine Koffi, Bibliothèque Nationale de Côte d'Ivoire, Ivory CoastBertine Koffi

After a two-year stint at Radio BLM in Treichville/Abidjan, since June 2010 cultural manager Bertine Koffi has been running the communication and cooperation department of the Bibliothèque Nationale de Côte d’Ivoire (national library of Ivory Coast). She is responsible for conceptualizing and realizing the cultural program. Communicating the library’s activities as well internal communications fall into her area of responsibility. Bertine Koffi worked as a guest at Stadtbibliothek Bremen and Bücherhallen Hamburg.

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Bibliothèque Nationale de Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan/Ivory Coast

The Bibliothèque Nationale de Côte d'Ivoire is affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Francophony and considers itself the intellectual, artistic and cultural “memory” of the country. Its remit covers conservation, appreciation and dissemination. After the library had been closed in 2006, the children’s library and the issuing desk opened for business again in 2008. The facility also organizes events centred on children’s books and offers a cultural program for the general public. This comprises inter alia discussions, exhibitions and conferences. In spring 2011, as a consequence of the tense political situation in Ivory Coast, the library has temporarily ceased operation.

Bremen Municipal Library

The Bremen Municipal Library makes a lasting contribution to fulfilling the missions of education, culture and information for the city of Bremen with its public, central and peripheral media programme. The work of the city-owned and operated library includes providing an up-to-date supply of information and literature for education and advanced training, for cultural and social orientation, for lifestyle, daily life and entertainment. In addition to conveying media competence, the library supports the advancement of extracurricular reading and safeguards the cultural activity of reading with regular events and activities. The municipal library also offers its visitors numerous cultural events such as readings, book presentations and art exhibitions.

Bücherhallen Hamburg

The privately operated foundation operates a thriving system of public book halls with 32 book halls in all city districts, the central children’s library, a trend library for young people, two bookmobiles and the central library. Its extensive, differentiated media tailored to all age groups and interests aims to contribute to general information and education, to political opinion making, to training and further education as well as recreation and entertainment. The Bücherhallen Hamburg consider themselves partners in the realization of reading, learning, orientation and educational interests and additionally as a cultural place and co-supporter of socio-cultural urban district work.