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Cycling for libraries receives economic support for seminar on librarian competencies

Greta Linder

 

We have just received news that we have been selected as this years recipient of “the Greta Linder grant”. The grant is managed by DIK, the professional association and trade union for librarians. The money will go towards a seminar on the ferry between Gothenburg (S) and Fredrikshavn (DK) where we will discuss librarian competencies. The seminar will be open to Cycling for library particpants as well as Nordic colleagues.

Location: Mistral, Stena Danica

Final program:

08:30-08:45  Boarding in Gothenburg
08:55 – 09:15 Swedish fika
09:15 – 09:20 Opening of the conference

09:20 – 10:00 What do you do all day?
What is is like to work as a corporate librarian or at a Fablab? Elinor Magnusson, SCA Hygiene Products & Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard, Copenhagen libraries

10:00 – 10:30 Fika and opportunity to network

10:30 – 12:00 The skills and competencies required by librarians in the future (panel discussion)
Moderator – Robin Neidorf
Bo Jacobsen, library boss at Vesthimmerlands Biblioteker
Ingrid Johansson, lecturer at University of Borås, Library & information science
Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard, Copenhagen Public Librariesn works with the new library strategy
Ann-Christin Karlén Gramming, has researched the identity, competences and professional development of corporate librarians

Information about the joint Nordic Master in Cultural Leadership, Linnea Lindsköld ( University of Borås)
Read information here

 

12:00 – 12:15 closing, wrap up

Arrival Fredrikshavn: 12:30

The seminar is also supported by SFIS, the Swedish Association of Information specialists

Greta Linder, 1888-1963, was a pioneer in regards to the development of Swedish public libraries and the librarian profession. She attended library school at the New York Public Library 1915-1916 and brought back many ideas regarding cataloguing that were implemented in Swedish public libraries. She later worked as a library consultant training other librarians. She loved to travel. Sje made numerous study trips to Denmark, Norway, England and Germany and she encouraged her younger colleagues to do the same.

Source:
I G Margareta (Greta) Linder, http://sok.riksarkivet.se/sbl/artikel/10520, Svenskt biografiskt lexikon (art av Elise Adelsköld), 2015-06-24.

 


Homework #1

As the biggest cycling event of the season draws near, it’s time to start looking at preparations for your time in and out of the saddle. We, the team behind this years ”New Nordic” will help you cycle through a checklist as we get prepared together. Through a series of homework assignments you’ll be top tuned towards being able to enjoy your cycling for libraries as much as possible. No, you don’t need to be super-fit to attend the tour, but investing in you fitness level before the tour, will help you get the most out of the experience. Not much use having the most engaging and exciting programme if we all fall asleep as soon as we get of our bikes. Smart and Hard!

Cycling for Libraries is not a racing event, we do a steady clip in order to (hopefully) be in time for all our library, cultural and other engagements. This means that we’re not racing through the countryside but still have to keep a nice and steady pace. We always try to do this together so riding safely in a bunch and for longer durations of time. These are the two major focal points for this first homework. We’ll be doing this by running through a number of tasks and tours.

First of is being safe in a group, we’ll visit this topic for later but we’ll start of with some basic bike awareness. Hopefully many of you are already out enjoying the more forgiving temperatures on your bikes. Which of course means you have already gone through the following things:
• Checking your wheels – making sure you have the right pressure, check no rocks or pieces of glass are stuck in the threads. Good drill to do when we arrive at destinations, as it’s much better to be aware of the problems when we have time to fix it and not when 99 others are waiting for you…
• Brakes – do you have them? And are the working properly. We might start out in dry conditions- -we’ll of course end in dry aswell… but you never know.
• Can you change a tire? We usually dont patch on the road, instead we opt to change the tubes, do you know how? If not it’s time to learn a new skill. Don’t worry we help each other on the road so don’t despair. If you have more questions about bikes just ask in the mailing list or fans of cycling for libraries, we’re sure you’ll get the answer you seek.
• Internal or external gears? Become familiar with both especially if your planning on hiring. Know how they work, don’t pedal while changing on internal. Pedal whilst changing on external.
All ready to ride! As mentioned earlier Cycling for Libraries is not a spandex event, you’re welcome to wear it for comfort but don’t expect a great effect of the aerodynamical properties of your clothing. We don’t go super fast we go super safe. Which in turn also means you’ll be spending some time in the saddle, more than you’re used to, which is great because it provides you the opportunities to discuss funding for cultural events, decimal classification system or patron driven acquisition, with the cyclist next to you. It does mean that fitness and endurance is a factor so:
• Core Fitness -Free up you schedule or fill it in with 3 rides a week of 20-30 km. Try to start short and build up as you get stronger and quicker. 30km is a good mark as we’ll be covering distances of that between breaks. Your task is to repeat this for the next couple of weeks.
• Try to make biking a more integrated part of your daily routines, the most important is to get consistent and then build up slowly.
• Speed! Try to push your top-speed. Map out a distance and try to beat your best. No we don’t go super fast during the tour but eventually you’ll have to close a gap or catch up after a mechanical. Also pushing yourself and becoming familiar with faster riding is great for building fitness.
We’ll be back with more tips and pointers as well as gruelling homework assignments as we edge close to this years cycling for libraries international. Remember you’re not alone even when training for this. If you encounter problems or curious about details use the mailing list or fans of cycling for libraries Facebookgroup. Our experience is that other participants are happy to help and share.

Team ”New Nordic”


Cyc4lib partners with Next library 2015

Next library

Next Library- The gold at the end of the rainbow.
As many of you know it’s customary for a cycling for libraries event to end in at a destination with a library related event or conference. This year we’ll be arriving in Aarhus in time for the Next Library Festival. This year we’re proud to have entered a partnership with Next Library.
As not everyone riding with us also takes part in the Festival we’ve constructed two offers for all full-tour participants:
1. Join Next Library Festival  Get2Gether event in Dokk1 as guest Saturday evening 12 September
2. A discount of 300 DKK on the Next Library Festival fee.
Just write”Cycling for Libraries Dokk1” in the field ”in the comment box of the registration form
If you have already registered for both event, notify us and we’ll make sure you can still be available for the discount.
We hope many of you will take advantage of the offer and participate and join the Next Library Festival.
Next Library Festival 12 – 15 September 2015
International opening of Dokk1 – the new library in Aarhus/Denmark
The program is co-created with participants, partners and sponsors; 15 amazing Interactive Sessions are organized by 48 people from 12 countries and they are soon to be announced. Preliminary program is available here: http://www.nextlibrary.net/program2015
Registration is open and tickets are sold fast: http://www.nextlibrary.net/registration2015
People from 25 countries have already registered; Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Singapore, Slovenia; Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA.
Next Library® 2015 is organized by Aarhus Public Libraries in co-operation with conference partners and sponsors: Cycling for Libraries, Danish Agency for Culture, Danish Library Association, EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), Silkeborg Libraries, Herning Libraries, The Nordic Halmstad Conference Group, The International Author Scene in Aarhus, Systematic Library & Learning, Rambøll – Consulting engineers, designers and management consultants, Aarhus School of Architecture, PIT – Participatory Information Technology Centre, Aarhus University and schmidt/hammer/lassen architects.
DBC is Main Sponsor

Register for Next library here

 


Lammhults Biblioteksdesign A/S

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We work with libraries, leading architects, designers and other professionals in the development of library design and functionality. We adapt our services to suit your needs, budget and timescales, resulting in inspirational and responsive living, working and playing environments.

We offer unique solutions based on functional and creative interior design, contemporary furniture packages and tailor-made product development.

Through 6 solution-provider stages, we aim to design & deliver the best libraries – always.

1. Inspiration – Inspire, explore, challenge and share
2. Briefing – Understand the brief
3. Design – Provide designed solution
4. Presentation – Visualize and communicate the solution
5. Execution – Ensure strong and reliable execution
6. Follow-up – Follow-up, evaluate and evolve

We are library people!

p.S Here are som of the libraries that we have worked with and that you will encounter on the route:


Gothenburg

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Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city with 600 000 inhabitants. It is situated at the west coast of Sweden and has a reputation for being clean, safe and green, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. In 2010 Gothenburg was host to the 2010 World Library and Information Congress.

Libraries of Gothenburg

Public libraries

The library network of Gothenburg consists of the centrally located Gothenburg City Library and 24 branch libraries for the different city districts, as well as two mobile libraries.

Academic libraries

The Gothenburg University Library (Swedish: Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek) consists of ten separate libraries, including Learning Resource Centres. The Gothenburg University Library is one of the most frequented research libraries in Sweden, with 1.6 million visits per year.
Chalmers Library is a university research library specializing in science and technology.

Medical and hospital libraries

The Sahlgrenska University Hospital have medical libraries at Mölndal hospital, Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Östra hospital. The libraries provide service to the hospital staff. There is also BUS,  a children’s library at Queen Silvias Hospital (part of Östra hospital).

Getting there

By air

The international airport Landvetter (GOT) is located 20 kilometres south-east of the city centre and you can travel from various destinations in Europa and the world. Please note that the smaller Göteborg City Airport (GSE) is no longer in use for commercial flights and will be phased out as from the winter 2015. Buses operate from Landvetter Airport to the Central Station, (Nils Ericson Terminal), in Gothenburg four times per hour. If you plan to take a taxi, make sure you get a authentic taxi Göteborg (look for the logo – a man with a cap – on the door) in order not to get ripped off. The fixed price is around 415 SEK to get from Landvetter into the city centre.

By bus and train

The bus station, Nils Ericson Terminalen, is next to the train station. Swebus Express operates frequent buses to most major towns and cities as well as Oslo (NO). For 100 SEK you bring your bike on board. There is also Nettbus (for Oslo and Copenhagen) but they don’t allow bikes on board. The journey time is around 3,5 hours from Oslo, 6,5 hours from Stockholm, 3,5 hours from Malmö and 5 hours from Copenhagen.
SJ, Västtrafik, Öresundståge, Tågab, NSB and Blå tåget are running frequent services to and from the central station in Gothenburg, connecting the city with the Scandinavian capitals Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. No bikes (except folding bikes) allowed on SJ. Bikes are allowed (buy an additional childrens ticket) on Öresundståget that connects to Copenhagen (DK) as well as Karlshamn (ferries to Klaipeida).

By ferry

Stena Lines ferries run to/from Kiel (DE) and Fredrikshavn (DK).

Accomodation

STF Vandrarhem Stigbergsliden – close to the ferry
STF Göteborg City Vandrarhem – brand new and in the city centre, close to the train station
Masthuggsterrassens Vandrarhem  – close to the ferry
Spar hotel Majorna

More info

The weekender’s guide to Gothenburg
48 h in Gothenburg


Aarhus

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Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark; a centre of culture with countless museums and galleries.It’s also a university city. 13% of Aarhus’ population are students, making Aarhus the youngest city in Denmark. Aarhus has also recently been named European Capital of Culture 2017.

Getting there

By air

There are several airports in the Aarhus vincinity. Aarhus airport, also known as Tirstrup airport, is 45km northeast of the city. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has daily flights to/from Copenhagen International Airport (flying time 35 minutes); Sun-Air (affiliated with British Airways) operates direct connections to Stockholm, Gothenburg and Oslo. Ryanair has daily connections to/from London (Stansted). The bus from Tirstrup to Aarhus costs DKK 100 one way (travel time approx. 50 minutes). The final stop is the train station in the center of Aarhus
There is also an aiport in Billund (where you can visit Legoland as well!). The bus ride from Billund to Aarhus takes approximately 1.5 hours, and costs app. DKK 180 (one way).center.

By boat

If you are travelling to and from other Scandinavian countries, there are ferries to Northern Jutland (Frederikshavn, Hirtshals or Grenå). Mols Linien operates ferries to Odden and Kalundborg

By train or bus

Rødbus is the cheapest transport from Copenhagen (among other cities) to Aarhus. Ticket prices around 100 kr. Abildskou operates buses from Copenhagen (Valby Station), Copenhagen Airport, Hamburg Airport and Berlin. Eurolines operates buses to and from Hamburg.  All regional and long-distance buses stop at Aarhus bus station, 300m northeast of the train station.
All trains arrive and depart from  Aarhus Hovedbanegård (Aarhus H). Trains to Copenhagen (via the airport) (one way Dkr382, three to 3½ hours), via Odense (Dkr240, 1¾ hours), leave Aarhus roughly half-hourly. Check out the timetables at dsb.dk. Danish railways are cyclist-friendly, with special spaces for bicycles on trains but you need to purchase a separate ticket for your bike.

Accomodation in Aarhus

Cabinn – rooms with bunks and double rooms right in the centre of town
Danhostel Aarhus – idyllically situated in Riis Skov Park, 3 km from central Aarhus
City Sleep-in – basic hostel in Havnegade, 5 min from the train station.
Aarhus Hostel
– located the Aarhus suburb of Hasselager, 10 km away from central Aarhus
Scandic City Hotel centrally located in Aarhus

Check out the reduced prices for Next library attendees! You book accomodation on the Next library registration.

More

Get tips on what to do and see in Aarhus based on how you are feeling
Aarhus, Denmark: a cultural city guide


Oslo


Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies the Norwegian capital. Oslo has a special combination of city life and easy access to the great outdoors.

Getting there

By air

There are several aiports in the Oslo vincinity. Oslo Gardermoen International Airport has a motorway and high-speed rail link to the city centre. KLM, Widerøe, SAS Braathens, Ryanair and other airlines also operate ‘Oslo’ services to/from Torp International Airport, some 123km southwest of Oslo, and Rygge Airport, around 60km southeast of the centre.

By boat

Ferries operated by DFDS Seaways connect Oslo daily with Denmark from the Vippetangen Quay off Skippergata. Bus 60 stops within a couple of minutes’ walk of the terminal.

In the summer there are Color Line Ferries that run daily to/from Kiel (Germany). The boats dock at Hjortneskaia, west of the central harbour. You can take tram 13 from Oslo S, bus 33 or the Color Line bus, which leaves from platform 7 of the central bus terminal one hour before boat departures.

By train or bus

Long-distance buses arrive and depart from the Galleri Oslo Bus Terminal; the train and bus stations are linked via a convenient overhead walkway for easy connections. Nor-Way Bussekspress has the biggest range of services. International services also depart from the bus terminal.

All trains arrive and depart from Oslo S in the city centre. Check out timetables at nsb.no.

Accomodation in Oslo

Anker hotel
Anker hostel
Oslo Hostel Central – Norway’s newest hostel located in the city centre
Oslo Hostel Haraldsheim – located at Grefsen, 4 km from the city center

More

Visitoslo.com
Spotted by locals, Oslo
Oslo on a budget – from wild camping to city highlights for less

 


Bibliotekarforbundet

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The Danish Union of Librarians, Bibliotekarforbundet,  is proud to be sponsoring Cycling for Libraries 2015. With the purpose of creating awareness of library professionals and libraries and simultaneously creating international network we see the conference as an unique way of promoting the important role of libraries and librarians in society. Living in the capital of cyclists and therefor an enthusiastic cyclist herself, the president (chairman), Tine Jorgensen, will participate in part of the Danish tour.

Bibliotekarforbundet, The Danish Union of Librarians – Union of Information Specialists and Cultural Intermediaries,  is an independent trade union, formed to secure wage and working conditions and to cultivate the profession of librarianship in Denmark. Today the Danish Union of Librarians organize approximately 5.500 Danish librarians; about 90% of all educated librarians in Denmark. About 2.600 of them are working in the public libraries, 900 in the research and special libraries, 550 in the private sector – around 4% are without permanent employment.

The Danish Union of Librarians has the double purpose – as union and guild in one. The Union act both as ordinary trade unions, negotiating wage rates, employment and working conditions etc. as well as having a guild function. But we also cover the profession as such, taking interest in its developement, procuring education and in-service training, unemployment etc.

It is within the union that professional pride thrives and is nurtured. Within The Librarians Union it’s considered that the social significance of the trade is reflected in the value of the libraries and vice versa. The Union maintain that wage rates and the prestige of profession are connected.

 

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Do you need a visa?

Citizens of certain countries will find that they need a visa in order to enter Norway and attend the start of the conference. The same might be applicable if you choose to join in Sweden or Denmark. If you plan to visit Norway for less than 90 days, you can apply for a visitor’s visa. With this visa you can visit all Schengen countries, including Sweden and Denmark. More info about visa requirement in Norway here.

If you do need a visa, please contact us quickly for a letter of invitation, as the application process may take up to three months depending on your country. 

Important information regarding Visa Invitation Letters (please read):

  • Your name must be listed exactly as it appears on your passport. Any differences between the name on your passport and the name on your invitation letter or other documentation could lead to a delay and/or denial of your visa.
  • Please note that each individual requesting an invitation letter must fill out a separate form.
  • All letters will be sent in PDF form to the email address provided. If a paper letter is required, please respond to the email. Requested paper letters will be sent complimentary through airmail. This option may take a few weeks to arrive.

How to Request a Visa Invitation Letter          

Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas must apply using the online form.


Danmarks biblioteksforening

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The Danish Library Association (DLA) is an organisation which lobbies for libraries, in particular public libraries. Its mission is to campaign for free and equal access to information, knowledge and cultural experiences at local level. The association lobbies the national government and the local municipalities and their politicians. For example, the DLA fought for and succeeded in resisting charges for library services when the most recent library act came into force in 2000. This new Law on Library Activities states that book and digital formats, including the internet, are equally important in today’s Knowledge Society.
Past and present
The DLA has been active for more than one hundred years. In the beginning its aims were to ensure that public libraries had the means, methods and a legal framework to promote reading, reading habits and support literacy.
Today, our aims have expanded into a new vital area. This is supporting and promoting ICT-literacy and assisting citizens to acquire net-search and net-use skills. These abilities are considered fundamental in a democratic e-society.
One of the DLA’s main focuses now is to highlight and promote the concept of the modern library, i.e. the combined physical and virtual library. This modern library offers both traditional services such as books and other printed materials. However, in accordance with the law, it also offers full access to digital documents and resources, and assists users in searching for relevant material on the internet.

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