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Karlo Galinec: IT in public library


My name is Karlo Galinec. I’m from Croatia and I live in small town at northwest called Koprivnica. I work as IT expert in Public library at Science and Study department. This will be my second C4L and I’m looking forward to see old friends and meet new ones.

Vicky Duncan: Assisting students to become effective researchers


My name is Vicky Duncan, and I’m a medical librarian at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.  My areas of responsibility are Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Community Health & Epidemiology.  This will be my third C4L trip, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been assisting more and more international graduate students in my areas over the last couple of years.  They come from all over the world, and arrive with a wide variety of experiences and expertise.  I’m interested in researching what that experience is like for them, and how we can assist them to settle in and become effective researchers and library users more quickly.

Dirk Bogaerts: Communication strategies and embedded librarianship


I’m Dirk Bogaerts, a librarian at Artevelde University college Ghent, Belgium. We have five library locations – I work in three of them (two with, one without a library). My main subject is teacher training, with a focus on early childhood and primary school education. I’m interested in communication strategies and user services. My main challenge at the moment is finding new ways to position ourselves in the organisation, in order to remain relevant for our users. I’m interested in the concept of ’embedded librarianship’: finding ways to integrate our services in the different formations, taking the library to the users, working ‘inside-out’, anticipating user needs, reaching out,…, It’s mostly a question of looking for opportunities to link our information services to the needs of the user. The ultimate goal: active collaboration, participation and interaction: with students, with the teaching staff, with other partners within or outside the organisation. Not evident, but a university college offers some good opportunities to try this out. This is my second C4L; last year I participated in the french tour. It gave me a boost of energy, so I’m looking forward to the ‘Nordic Experience’!

Nathalie Clot: Holistic user experience design in libraries


My name is Nathalie Clot. I’m working for 15 years in French academic libraries, and I’m currently University Librarian & Director at Université d’Angers in France. My first loves as a librarian were medical reference and EBM oriented teaching. Then, 8 years ago, I fell for building management and little team building. Now, I’m commited in holistic user experience design in libraries… and engaged with Ux ideas ! I think it’s a great conceptual framework for redesign and improve all our touchpoints (physical spaces, services, online presence) with our users.

I try to make libraries a great place to be for people, and I’m looking for funny little or big ideas that help to take care of the members of our communities. This is my first C4lib, and if I survive the cycling challenge, a little awesone for a middle-age, mother of four, bureaucrat librarian as me, I hope to find plenty of new ideas, and meet people who like to dream and talk on how to create Usable, Utilisable and Desirable libraries*.

* Great Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches book http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=10981 (if you have not read it yet, do it !)

Emmanuel Courtine: Future of library catalogs


My name is Emmanuel Courtine and I’m a cataloging librarian in an academic library, called « Cujas » Library in Paris. This library is for affiliates of the University of Paris 1 and 2 – Sorbonne, and our field is law. My work deals with cataloging printed books in French, English and German. I catalog rare old books from our rare books collection, part of which is being digitized, in cooperation with the French National Library.


I’m interested in the future of our catalogs, related to the digitalized context. How can the catalogs be more visible on the web ?

Librarians are describing resources with metadatas, authorities (authors, subjects). How can this work appear in the first results of a research engine, like Google ? How could we give more value to our catalogs ?  In that context, I hope that the new rules of description, Resource Description and Access (RDA) based on the conceptual models of Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) will achieve to that goal. We can already find new catalogs which are based on the FRBR structure (Work, Expression, Manifestation, Item). They federate datas from many catalogs and link their datas to external resources on the web. You can see, for exemple, two catalogs, on the websites http://data.bnf.fr/en/, run by the french national library, and http://www.theses.fr/en/accueil.jsp, run by the ABES, Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur.

Corina Ciuraru: Libraries and information technology

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I am a librarian, head of Automation Department, who work for Braila County Public Library Panait Istrati, Romania. My main tasks are: 

  • Managing the following departments: IT&C, Documents digitalisation, Desktop Publishing , Internet and Electronics references
  • Training librarians and also old people in the correct use of the PC and its applications (Office, Internet etc)
  • Writing and implementing projects –BIBLIONET (as county coordinator), Europeana (local partner), Local History@Your Local Library and others

I have over fifteen years experience in libraries and information technology. I am member of the Impact Group – librarians volunteers who work together for the Biblionet Program sustainability. I write for a few specialised books and articles for librarians and I have many presentations in different professional conferences. I am president of Braila Brach in ANBPR (Public Librarian Association of Romania), so, I work a lot and with local NGO’s .

New Challenges -new skills and competences.

Seeing I’m rather alone with these themes I don’t mind using my personal experiences to hopefully set the frame for the greater picture you’ll will canvas as we go. This time around we’ll be touching upon the soul of librarianship. We’re always claiming to be information specialists but do we really have the skills to validate this rather boisterous claim? And how do make sure these skills remain relevant to the public we serve? This of course never should be a stand alone project and we can of course rely on relevant educational outlets that we’re spawned from for this, or can we? Do our hallowed educational facilities provide us with the right skill we need in a rather fast changing reality that makes up libraries in general?

I’ve worked in what can best be described as a rather changing setting, some due to personal choices, some due to restructuring and a lot due to the changing challenges of the profession I happened to ply my trade in. One question seems to linger: How does one remain relevant and up to date on the skills needed to provide the best possible access and services for our patrons?

One could obviously rely on peer-to-peer learning at the local facilities and we sure do that. I have some of the sharpest colleagues around and they are above and beyond what one could expect, both in skills and willingness to share information. Unfortunately we seem to share information surrounding certain services and systems, what we never seem to get to is that deeper understanding of makes up the core of our trade and how we utilize it. Not throwing anyone under the buss I do have a telling story to tell.: As you may have glimpsed from previous posts innovation workshops and 3D printing and I are no strangers. So it goes for some of my dearest colleagues. So creating an information skill seminar based on retrieving, validating and using 3D print files should be a breeze?

It really turned out to be something we both shirked away from, surprisingly the problem wasn’t rooted in tackling new technology but rather in the shift of our profession we faced. For me it boiled down to the chasm between utilizing and communicating search to landing on the side of actually teaching others to improve on their skills on those topics. I’m not thinking in the ways of didactics or pedagogic, rather, and with much more forceful impact, it was a question of core skills. What really led to our reluctance was not standing in front of a class it was standing in front of a class with the skillset that we wielded. There is a quite the gap from sitting behind a screen holding the “keys” to information to empowering others to use the same systems and trains of thought that makes up the role of an information specialist. The question is :does this come with our education as a somehow innate ability, or is this something we should seek out actively? Who’s going to help us with coping with new themes and still maintaining our skills albeit wielding for the power of information.

I’m a generalist, I’m a specialist, Am I any of the above?

At the end are we still stuck thinking of what libraries are instead of exploring what libraries can?

Questionable Rasmus

Annie Pho: How to balance work and life


I’m Annie, and I’m an Undergraduate Experience Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most people don’t really understand what my job title means; but basically, I support undergraduate success through providing research help, teaching, and doing outreach at my university. This is my third #cyc4lib tour, I really like riding my bike. You can tell me how great your cycling infrastructure is, and I can tell you how terrible it is here in the States. I also sit on the editorial board for In the Library With a Lead Pipe <http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/>, an open-peer review OA journal. If you are interested in publishing with us, please talk to me! I’m interested in how others manage their time and projects, balance work and life, and incorporate cats and/or fun into their libraries. Also, if you are attending the optional library visit next Monday (8/31) to Deichmanske, I’m your host so look out for me.

Andrea Hofmann: Profession and challenges in digital society

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I’m Andrea and I live and work in south of Sweden. The last years I’ve become a bike-nerd with doing some mini-tours by myself and every summer an island-vacation on bike with a friend. So it’s nice to be able to combine the things that makes me happy in life. I work in a public library in Kristianstad but lives in Malmö. My main tasks is our digital library, social media, marketing and e-books. I’m project manager for our webb: www.snokabibliotek.se, a webb in corporation for 35 public libraries in the region. So I’m eager to talk about the challenges public libraries have, especially in a digital society and future.

I work with the union on my workplace so I’m also intrested in questions about the profession: challenges, salaries, working environment and competence. It would be intresting to gain knowledge about how it is in different countries. In my leisure time I’m involved with a Swedish library association called “Bibliotek i Samhälle” and with it’s journal bis. You can read more about it at www.foreningenbis.com This is my first tour and I will join you in Gothenburg for the danish stage.

Karen Gibbins: Creative library spaces, Fablabs and maker spaces


My name is Karen Gibbins and I am a public librarian from Swansea which is in Wales, UK. My job title is Principle Librarian for Information and Learning and I am one of 3 managers for the library service in the Swansea area. There are lots of library themes which interest me at the moment but in particular I would like to know more about creative library spaces, Fablabs and maker spaces. I also would like to discover more about income streams for libraries and compare library organisation structures. I am new to the Cycling for Libraries community and excited and feeling intrepid about what to expect.

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