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Pirjo Kangas: Teaching library systems in library education


In autumn 2013, will be teaching a course about library systems in Turku University of Applied Sciences for future librarians as part of my teacher education course. The course will discuss the role and functions of library systems on general level so the focus is not on technical detail or building databases.

So my focus is library systems in library education: what did you learn about library systems during your studies in librarianship? What do you wish you had learned or what topics would you cover should you teach or course like this?

Pirjo Kangas (@pirjopk, Facebook, LinkedIn)

Cycling for libraries 2013: Amsterdam→Brussels

In summer 2013 the Cycling for libraries -unconference will take librarianship on the move for the third time. The group of 100 participants will ride from Amsterdam to Brussels, two iconic jewels among European cities!

We welcome You to join us, and make this journey as unforgettable and cosmopolitan as the previous events (Copenhagen–Berlin 2011, Vilnius–Tallinn 2012) have been!

Cycling for libraries is a very special, exciting opportunity to network and make friends with international, truly dedicated colleagues, spar innovations, hear about the best ideas, workshop, visit libraries and meet local colleagues. And get a lot of fresh air too.

Exact dates in June and the registration will be available as soon as possible.


Join the cause!

The resources that libraries offer citizens are changing at an ever increasing pace towards electronic form. At the same time legal matters affect library work more and more. Finally there is a fear that this development can endanger the entire role of libraries and their previously issued legal obligations to society. If this issue is not given the necessary attention, there are strong indications that the ongoing shift in publishing threatens to deteriorate the abilities of libraries to offer public access to information and the subsequent increase in licensing fees will put that material beyond the reach of libraries. This is not in the interest of libraries, their partners, and most significantly the public. It is difficult for libraries to discharge their responsibilities without adequate access to information and tools.

Public libraries are vital to the well-being and balanced development of society. They are an important guarantor of social equality by their ability to reduce social exclusion and increase digital inclusion. Libraries are not fixed and forever the same, but they should develop with the society. Who will take care that libraries can fulfill this task to guarantee equal opportunities for all citizens to grow and develop?

Cycling for Libraries is concerned about the threats that libraries face. Because of this, it wants to offer its full support for libraries to exercise their mandate in the future by organizing the third Cycling for Libraries unconference in June 2013 for 100 librarians and library lovers. The tour will start from Amsterdam and end in Brussels. We are still in the process of negotiating the final dates of the tour. Our destination will be the European Union’s Parliament where we want to meet MEPs and directly deliver our concern for the future of public libraries and their services.

We are proud of the efforts that numerous European authorities and bodies have done to buttress the work of public libraries by supporting the cause with our public campaign.


Cycling for libraries 2013 Partners

The Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland

Civic Agenda


Future will be announced 18.12.2012

Meanwhile in Finland

The year is soon coming to an end, and everyone’s eyes have already turned towards 2013.

Next Tuesday, 18th of December, we will announce what the next year will bring for Cycling for libraries. Stay tuned…

Agita Virsnite: find the balance between virtual and real

The balance between virtual and real. How not to lose any of these values.
Google books, e-books, , e-readers, paper format.
But….. what holds back?

Moowing forward- personal tranzision.

Agita Virsnite

Katia Shklyar: multicultural library?


Nowadays in Finland and in many other countries are a lot of talks about immigration and the role of newcomers in the society. Library is not an exception and as “a place which is open for anyone” it gets even more pressure. Some libraries want to develop as “multicultural”. But what does it mean? Is it really necessary to develop “special” “multicultural” services (for immigrants)? So dear colleagues, I want your opinions about the issue and some examples of successful and/or failed initiatives.

Katia Shklyar

Juha Kortesluoma: public living rooms vs. peace and quiet


Many (or at least some) public libraries are evolving to be more and more like event venues and public living rooms. Living room like children’s and youth’s sections with video games etc. have been popular among younger patrons and parents have liked them too. On the other hand, many people think that libraries should be places of peace and quiet. How would it be possible to combine these two opposite interests? Is the only possible solution to profile libraries as public living room/event libraries or as quiet libraries (or if the library is big enough, to provide separate sections for both purposes)? Is time up for quiet public libraries?

Juha Kortesluoma

Kaisa Inkeroinen: What means good quality of customer service to us and what it means to our customers?


What means good quality of customer service to us and what it means to our
customers? Do we consider same things as good customer service? And how to measure it? I’d like to find some new revolutionary method other than surveys or these happy face or not so happy face machines.

Kaisa Inkeroinen

Ilze Marga: How to organize events in the city center?


How to organize events in the city center? I have good practice now but I will be pleased to know the experience of others. And languages practice, of course, too.

Ilze Marga

Anssi Sajama: library fees—what should be free for all?


Does your library have services that cost? Libraries should have equal services for everybody, which usually means that the library use is free of charge except for material fees (i.g like copying paper) and fines (i.g for returning books late). In what cases can the library have fees on a service and not put its customers in an unequal position?

Anssi Sajama

Hilde Nelissen: the library in 2020?


Where are we going and how can I keep up with the fast changing library world ? As a solo-librarian I’m daily challenged: I want to inform myself to keep my users informed … but also have to keep the library running. How do other solo-librarians manage ? I hope to learn from you all about databases and interesting websites. And of course I’m specially interested in learning from university- and scientific libraries.

I recently engaged myself to a group who’s doing project in developing countries. I really want to work on this topic as well because this is again, like this biketrip, a professional and personal challenge.

I’m ready to share my experience and learn from you all so I can start working again after this trip with renewed energy !

Hilde Nelissen

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