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The Leader of Collective Knowledge

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The knowledge of a person is often ignored. We don’t know how much information a person can have and what exactly that person knows. We come up with the excuse that we do not have time to know a person. To see what knowledge that person possesses.

We forget that from each person there is something to learn, something to obtain, an advice or important information. We live with the illusion that we will learn things, but if we actually don’t stop for a minute and try to listen what a person is saying, we might not learn what might actually be useful.

Knowledge is a basic instinct we should follow. People are resourceful when it comes to information. Books never lose their value, especially when it comes to information because books reveal the information some people had in different periods of time.

Books and people form collective knowledge and one leader of collective knowledge is Florica Pop, manager of the Sălaj County Library. She started as a Romanian language and literature teacher, then became the headmaster of a school, then a librarian. Now, she is the manager of the Sălaj County Library and has to take care of 61 public libraries.

Her heart and soul are there in the walls of the collective knowledge, the library, where people who wrote books share knowledge and people who borrow books offer knowledge.

“I’ve always tried and will always continue to believe that one of the most important help we can offer to our own kind, it’s not the material richness, neither glory, but education, knowledge, culture!”

What does it mean to be the manager of a library? “To be the manager of a county library means to have the possibility to open perspectives, to build and coordinate people! The ones who own information should be the richest, and the ones who teach others how to use the information should be nonetheless happy, having the certitude that by doing so, they will gain the most immortal gift – recognition.”

Florica chose to share the knowledge she possess and the knowledge that is hold in the library, open for anyone. She believed that by giving up being a teacher, she could become more involved in the process of sharing the information by becoming a part of the county library: “I started as a teacher that taught Romanian and then a headmaster. The kids were close to me, I said goodbye but I didn’t feel like it was a break-up, but a greater involvement in the life of people”. Kids are the future and through knowledge they can become great people.

“Children go to school because of an obligation. In a way it’s the natural way of forming a human being, but to attract them towards libraries, to make them love reading and participating in different activities becomes a real art that involves a lot of creativity, love and several abilities.”

She developed the situation of the libraries in the Sălaj county by modernizing them. She travelled, saw things and tried to gain more knowledge and use it so as people could benefit from it “ Everywhere I went,  I paid attention to the way people live, I tried to gather ideas that might help here, at home and I was always glad to observe that we are profound, open minded and inventive. There are many things I could say from all our travels. We enrich ourselves, but it depends on the way each person perceives richness.”

Of course we live in a technological era where information can be found online. That is why she started modernizing the libraries, but the reason why she is a leader of collective knowledge is because even if we live in technological times,

“I love books and I am convinced that, whatever might happen to the modern technologies that are dependent on signal, electricity…The book will stay through all times, as a proof of the human being passing through the labyrinth of knowledge, leaving written marks, so that their lives, fulfillments, discontents will not be forgotten and will help anticipate the future. That is why I recommend all important information to be written down, on paper and to be gathered and kept in libraries.”

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