My name is Ināra Kindzule, and I work as a chief librarian in the Transport Branch Library of the Riga Technical University Scientific Library.
I’m curious about new ideas, how to make digital resources, like journal data bases, e-books databases etc. more interesting, attractive and exciting for our university students. I’m also interested in new technologies in scientific libraries, how do they influence and change them. And the third issue is continuing education for librarians.
See you soon!
My greatest concern for libraries is that they continue to be accessiable to everyone. I think that there is a technology gap between people with many resources and those with few resources. The library provides an important link to technology for people who would otherwise be out of the loop. I think that libraries are the heart of a community and should be a place where people of all ages can come for enrichment, education and discovery.
I attended library school in Tallahassee, Florida 40 years ago and worked as a school librarian for three years. I continued my career in museum education at The Museum of Florida History and The Florida Historic Capitol. I am looking forward to my bicycling experience and meeting people from many different places.
200 public libraries closed here in the UK in 2012 and the picture is similarly bleak in many counties across Europe and around the world. In some cases, the response of those who oppose the closure of their local library has been to step in and run it themselves. This is often simply the only option available to prevent the loss of the library altogether.
Questions have been raised about the sustainability of such projects, with some activists recommending a more entrepreneurial approach (this presentation from ‘The Punctuated Librarian’ gives examples of such social enterprises happening in the USA). The staffing of community libraries by volunteers is also regarded as a threat by some professional libraries who see this as “job substitution” and a step towards de-professionalisation of library service provision.
As someone working in an academic library, I am also interested in exploring what can be done in a more general sense to encourage co-operation between librarians from different library sectors and across borders… just one of the reasons why I have chosen to participate in Cycling for Libraries this year!
I look forward to meeting everyone in Amsterdam next week!
Phil Segall (@lirarybod, blog The Wandering Librarian)
I am a scientist, working in biology, and I am joining for one day only mostly for cycling and chatting and meeting old friends! But from the professional point I could share my experience of interaction with scientific libraries – from the user side 😉
See you in Brugge!
The library was some sacred place where you could take a piece of knowledge in the form of paper book. Booming technologies make us face the challenge: innovate or die. Present library transformed into a hi-tech information provider, where all needed stuff is just one click away.What does future holds for paper books? Will they be left only for technofobes, should solid structures be replaced by virtual ones? Anyway, I guess people should at least have a choice.
Paper books lovers will always exist. And they might wish to meet their like-minded in the same “good old library” for sharing, discussions, debating … and socializing. As an opposite to hi-tech, can see libraries being transformed into sort of “communication centers” or “paper book fans houses” with tea parties, cake parties, whatever. One thing stays for sure: 21+ century libraries should be flexible enough to changing demands of their users.
Artem Artemenka (Facebook)
Hi, all dears. I am school librarian for 22 years and would like to say – if societies have any hope of surviving and prospering, I believe that preserving libraries is vital.
There is no service in a society which does more for the advancement of a culture and education than libraries do. I am passionate about it.
Libraries are without question an amazing resource for transforming lives – we act in the world into which none of us had access before and we ran with the things we learned.
As lifelong learners, and encouragers of lifelong learning, how do you stay organized? From your professional and personal reading, to conversations, training, and experiences like Cyc4Lib, what do you do with the information and ideas you collect? The resources other people recommend? Do you keep it all in your head, or do you have other systems?
I’m interested in learning tools, tricks, and tips for personal organization, whether low-tech or high-tech. In the past few years, I’ve gone from using a little notebook that I carried everywhere to Evernote on an iPod Touch. I’m wondering what other ideas are out there. This might also lead into the preservation of personal data, and sharing of data, but those could be other topics on their own…
After a hard year at work I’m so happy meeting you all and cycle with you! I want to be more playful and joyful and that’s why I’m interested in all kinds of surprises we and other libraries have invented and given to our customers and non-customers also: library bikes, pop-up-libraries, blind-dates-with-a-book, messages inside books or in the library space? What more could we do – inside and outside the library, by us or by our clients or together with our clients?
Almost everywhere (local) authorities have to economize as a result of the crisis. What impact does this have on the libraries ? Are they spared because their government considers them a basic need? Or do they head the list of low priorities ? And if libraries have to scrimp, how do they go about it ? What services bear the brunt ? Are there cuts in the collections or operations, the opening hours, the number of staff ? What does this mean for the users ? Are they expected to pay higher fees, for membership for instance or for some services?
Luc Bauwens (BauwensVideo)
Recently my colleague and I were awarded a grant to implement a digital badge pilot program at my work. Librarians often try to think of innovative ways to engage our students in teaching information literacy concepts, and trying out a digital badge program is one of them. For those who are unfamiliar, people can earn digital badges for skills they develop online, receive credit for their activities, and display them to their peers. In video games, players are often awarded badges or unlock achievements when they have met certain milestones in the game. This helps to motivate the player to continue on with the game, or explore alternative quests. Digital badges take that concept of benchmarking achievements in games and puts them in a real life setting.
I’m interested in seeing how libraries can use this kind of system to motivate learning and assess what our patrons learn along the way. Mozilla recently released their Open Badges project and so the badges that I develop for my library will be able to be integrated into the Mozilla infrastructure. In my opinion, the skills people learn in the library are translatable and empower our patrons to be lifelong learners.
Annie Pho (@catladylib, Facebook, LinkedIn)