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Pakkasin laukut huhtikuun 22. päivä ja lensin 23.4. Erasmus-vaihtoon kv-viikolle Lissaboniin. Kv-viikon järjesti Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa.

Vietin Lissabonissa viikon, 24-28.4. Lähdin matkaan avoimin mielin, Lissabon oli kaupunkina minulle tuntematon. Vastassa oli myös suuri, yli 70 hengen joukko kv-viikkolaisia ympäri Eurooppaa ja tietysti ihanat paikalliset järjestäjät.

Viikko oli erittäin antoisa. Suosittelen kaikille Erasmus-vaihtoihin osallistumista.

Alla pieni kuva- ja videoreportaasia viikon varrelta.

KV-viikko oli..

Verkostoitumista, esityksiä, uusia tuttavuuksia



Mikä on Azorien pääkaupunki? Vol 1 – video

Mikä on Azorien pääkaupunki? Vol 2 – video

Uusia lokaatioita, suunnistaminen oli Lissabon-ummikolle aika-ajoin vaikeaa



Yksi laurealainen vaihto-opiskelija




Neilikkavallankumouksen juhlapäivä sattui tiistaille



Ylämäkiä ja alamäkiä



Kirjasto yllättävässä paikassa



Katutaidetta, musiikkia




Opiskelijat esiintyvät – video

Haitarimusiikkia näköalapaikalla – video

Reggae-musiikkia näköalapaikalla – video

Kesä oli jo läsnä



Aika-ajoin kannattaa katsoa maailmaa ja omaa työtä uudesta vinkkelistä, tiedä mitä sieltä löytää 🙂


Obrigada Lissabon, Instituto Politécinco de Lisboa, oma työnantaja, oli ikimuistoinen viikko!




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Early in the morning Pingy found its way to the Lahti railwaystation and jumped into a train called ”Z”.  A voice from inside told Pingy to jump off at the Kerava station. On the station Pingy saw some young people and decided to follow them. No longer than 5 minutes, and the young penguin found itself in a familiar environment: Laurea Library!

In the library information specialists who were delighted to see Pingy, told the latest news of Laurea Library Kerava. Since Kerava International Week was held a couple of weeks ago, many students have been talking about the International Home Base, a space to relax in the library. All the material on different cultures and travelling books made also Pingy eager to try find something there. The atmosphere is very international – maybe the real Christmas spirit could be found from here!

Pingy was very excited to find a book about Polar tourism and spent hours reading in the comfortable armchairs. Finding the Pingo Canadian
Landmark in a northern national park was overwhelming.  Piles of books about countries around the globe could have helped in finding the Christmas spirit, but Pingy soon got intimidated by the thought of warm weather.

Pingy didn’t forget to put a blue pin on Antarctica and leave a mark on the map while sharing travelling experiences with some of the students.

Pingy’s craft

Pingy noticed library had some old books here that no one wanted and gave us, librarians, a nice idea.

“Why not make Christmas trees for the holiday spirit?” Pingy said. Well, Pingy doesn’t speak Finnish, English or Greek…so we tried to communicate with body language and screams.

Christmas tree made from an old book

We start by removing the cover of the book. Be careful, because we need the glue on the spine of the book. Count 30 pages, and with a sharp knife cut them off the rest of the sheets, carefully keeping the glue on the spine.

Start folding the pages as in the pictures below. It will take a while. Pingy could not do this step, since penguins have no thumbs. And given that I don’t speak penguin language we ended up having a small argument. Eventually, we defeated the language barrier and I understood the instructions.

When you finish folding the 30 pages, you will realize you have half a tree. So grab 30 more pages and do the same. Congratulations, now you have all the parts for a tree.

In order to glue the two pieces together, I used duct tape. For some reason Pingy started screaming and tried to pinch my arms…I think Pingy had a misunderstanding and instead of duck tape its suggestion was to use hot glue, but duct tape is what we had in the library.

Cut a paper star and stick it on the top of the tree, because without it no one will know it is supposed to be a tree.


Finally, voilà! Now you have a Christmas tree made of recycled old book. Try using books in different sizes. It is a great decoration for libraries and bookworms!

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Last week (5-9.11.) Laurea Kerava celebrated the International Week of 2012. Five days of lectures, presentations, workshops, internationalization, socializing and cultural activities.

The week started by honoring the 25 year anniversary of the Erasmus program. Annukka Korvenranta, international coordinator, presented the history of the program. Also, students shared their experiences and gave tips to others who are interested in going on exchange abroad. I could also share in a presentation how the Erasmus program changed my life. How from studying in Greece, I decided to go to The Netherlands and start my adventures studying and working abroad, ending up in Finland. After the presentation I gave a short interview for the local Keski-Uusimaa newspaper about my experience on the Finnish culture, weather and language.

On Wednesday I joined an early dinner with international guests and spent the evening chatting with a very warm and kind guest lecturer from Russia. We exchanged information about our home countries as well as funny stories about travelling misfortunes. It was a very pleasant, relaxing evening.

On Thursday afternoon it was our library’s turn to offer relaxation and entertainment to the guests, staff and students. We organized a get together party in our brand new International Home Base!

International Home Base

The project started in the beginning of 2012 but first steps were taken already during Kerava International Week 2011. It is collaboration between Laurea Kerava Library, the international coordinator, tourism students and a lecturer. Our aim was to create a warm and inviting corner in the library promoting mobility between Laurea and its partner universities around the world.  Starting on September the project became my responsibility. Students and I gathered information on exchange, decorated the corner and organized the opening day.

Focused on promoting internationalization, we tried to collect useful information for both outgoing and incoming exchange students. There is information on Laurea Kerava partner universities alongside with experiences of students who have already been on exchange. Tips on housing and transportation are available too.

We also created a “Guide to Finland” for the incoming exchange and international students. We thought they need information about Laurea’s study programs and Finland. The guide has info on accommodation, public transportation and healthcare. Also some information on leisure activities in the city of Helsinki, Finnish customs and festivals, and trip advices around Helsinki are included.

Opening day

During the official opening on Thursday 8.11 the guests had the chance to participate in fun activities, such as a cultural Bingo game, and socialize over a cup of coffee and a snack. Our international students helped in collecting music from various countries. It created a pleasant atmosphere during the party. There was also a PowerPoint with pictures taken by students from different exchange destinations. Everyone began longing for a trip!

Students demonstrated oriental and African dance in the nearby classroom. Everyone was more than happy to join in the fun and try some dance moves themselves.

It was a very exiting evening for everyone. Our library was filled with happy people exchanging travelling experiences and learning more about each other’s culture. I received positive feedback which showed me the importance of a library as a social place. This made me want to continue developing the International Home Base together with students.

Starting on November 27th until the library closes for Christmas holidays, we invite you to Laurea Kerava Library’s “Coffee Tuesdays”. With some coffee, tea and cookies we’ll fight the Finnish dark and cold afternoons.

Dimitra Panopoulou

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I’m Dimitra Panopoulou and I am the new member of the Laurea Kerava Library team. I started working as an international trainee in Kerava on the 20th of August.Just in time to get familiar with the collection and the facilities before the academic year started. My colleague Kaisa has helped me a lot and has been patient to my questions in the first weeks. She has given me a lot of freedom and many responsibilities.  This makes working here even more exciting.

Kuva: Kaija Penttilä

Even though it has been very busy with the new students and the courses starting, the atmosphere is relaxed and cheerful. The library visitors have reacted positively on my presence and they don’t seem to bother that I don’t speak Finnish yet. In contrary, some even say they’re happy they have to practice their English. In addition, with the non-Finnish students we exchange experiences of moving here and learning the language.

My journey started in Thessaloniki, Greece, where I studied Library Science and Information Systems in a university. Already in the very beginning of my studies it was clear for me I wanted to have international experiences. So I attended a summer-school in Stuttgart. This continued when I took part in international conferences in Parma and Amsterdam. The conferences were followed by Erasmus studies and my internship in the north of The Netherland. And last spring I found myself on a plane to Finland. I have gained so much with my international and intercultural experience and I can’t wait to contribute to the Laurea family.

Dimitra Panopoulou

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The international week of autumn 2011 was held last week in Laurea Kerava. This year the theme was How to serve future customers.  The week was lively, full of events, fun and informative. The presentations were also actively commented on, as can be read in the event’s blog Laurea Kerava International Week2011.

Of course we wanted to participate; the theme of serving future customers is a hot topic for the library too.  We decided to set up a stand and find out what our customers wanted in an international space in the library premises. We have a vision of a space for all, but especially benefitting students planning to go on exchange, students here on exchange and our international degree students.

However, our visions of the space don’t necessarily coincide with those of our customers. Therefore we had an excellent opportunity during the international week to directly ask for ideas, have short discussions resulting in ideas for our dubious fellow. The ideas ranged from concrete things like a couch and coffee to means of interaction like theme evenings and a skype kiosk.

The next phase in the planning process is to use the ideas as a basis for brainstorming and visualization with various focus groups including staff. We are learning to co-create with our users and believe without a doubt that the result of the process is an international space benefitting all.

Unfortunately the space lacks a name at the moment; fortunately we got many imaginative suggestions during the week. And soon the best ones will be on view at the library, and everyone can vote for their favorite so that the most catching one is chosen.

Students have travelled all around the world as you can see on the map and they have a lot experiences to share.

Kaisa and Anna from Kerava Library

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