Plagiarism has become more and more prevalent among children and young people who demand operative information without investing time and thought. The Association of Librarians of the Republic of Moldova launches the information and learning campaign “No to plagiarism!”, Which raises public awareness about the importance of respecting intellectual property rights and the ethical and correct use of information.
The direct beneficiaries of this campaign are young people aged between 12 and 18, who are currently present on social and communication networks, and the indirect beneficiaries are school librarians and teachers. Through information sessions organized by expert librarians, children and young people will be taught to condemn plagiarism and will be urged to join the message of the information and learning campaign: “No to plagiarism!”
Requested by IPN, the coordinator of management and institutional development within ABRM, Vasilica, mentions that the main reason for launching the Victoria campaign are the National report “Republic of Moldova and the PISA 2018 International Student Assessment Program”.
“The 2018 PISA National Report warns us about the next Republic of Moldova in this report. And that’s why we decided to organize the “No Plagiarism!” Campaign to raise awareness about this issue. In addition, we want to promote such messages as: “Get the right information,” “intellectual theft is the same as theft,” “plagiarism destroys thinking.” We believe that these information sessions will develop the critical thinking of young people. We will reduce plagiarism in this way, especially digital plagiarism. Copy / paste is very widespread lately among children and young people “, said Victoria Vasilica.
The members of the Librarians’ Association are about 1,500 librarians from the north to the south of Moldova, including representatives of national libraries. School librarians in particular will be involved in the campaign, as they have access to the target audience.
The campaign period is April-May 2022. It is part of the World Book and Copyright Day and Librarian Professional Day. The campaign is carried out within the project “Capacity Building of Civil Society Organizations”, implemented by ERIM and funded by the European Union.