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Lara Jovignot: How to organize with the French team an amazing cyc4lib tour !


Hello everyone, my name is Lara, I work in the public library in Lausanne, Switzerland (adults section). I am in charge of the collection development (“politique documentaire” in French).

My main issue this year : How to drive 90 cyclists from Montpellier to Lyon safely, and how to keep people coming back next year because they will love this experience!

Best to all of you.

See you soon.

Anne Guégan: Changing the relationship between library staff and students


My name is Anne (don’t pronounce the “e” in French), I work at the University Library of Sciences, Technology and Sports in Poitiers (France).

My interest goes to successful experiences in improving ways to help students and researchers at the University Library. We have a counter-style desk where customers can borrow and return books, ask for refilling the copier with paper or the direction to the toilets, and of course get help in researching information, and lots more…

However, too often, students won’t come to the desk when they are lost in the shelves, when they need help on computer or need advices for their research assignments or other activities. I know there are many reasons to explain that. Sometimes, they apologize for disturbing the staff at the desk! Or they aren’t aware of the services librarians can provide to them. We need to change our ways and become more customer-oriented.

Every idea is a good one. Let’s share our best ideas and experiences.

I’m looking forward to meeting you in Montpellier and hope this unconference and advocacy campaign will be as successful as possible!


Jukka Pennanen: Library as a publishing venue for local and small editions literature


Hi, my name is Jukka Pennanen and I’m currently working in the National library of Finland, Helsinki.

My heart beats perhaps more for public libraries and that’s why I’ve been concerned about the general development where – as it looks – libraries will be left fewer and fewer resources to take care their daily tasks. For a couple of years ago I found myself wondering how the traditional publishing industry overlooks lots of really valuable works, and that these works could actually be utilized in library publishing to benefit library users without distorting the balance between public services and commercial industries.

This could expand library services to a whole new area of business where – with a few exceptions – publishing has been so far eliminated virtually from all other but big editions literature. This could give public libraries the opportunity to raise their significance as an actors and advocates of literary as well as help cultural diversity and multiculturalism.

Publishing services will be offered for individuals and groups whose works do not fit into traditional publishing programs, and which for that reason would go unnoticed and be forgotten. Library’s publishing service can provide an alternative to author’s editions and serve as an opportunity for all works that are of value primarily for local or regional community (culture/traditions).

I would be delighted to discuss this with you.

See you in Montpellier!

– Jukka

Lisbeth Rasmussen: How can the physical design express and display the learning space


My name is Lisbeth Rasmussen. I am Head of the library at The Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark.

My institution The Royal School of Library and Information Science has just merged with the University of Copenhagen. This means that our library will be a part of the collected service for the much larger university library. The challenge for me – and probably for other small academic libraries in the same situation – is to unite the advantages from both library systems: to utilize the larger system to solve certain complex issues for instance access to huge electronic resources and to continue to be an active and integrated part of the institution where we are very close to our users.

In two years we will move to a newly built building and have to establish a new library – it is a big challence and opportunity to new thinking about the role of the academic library f.ex.in relation to the physical design. My primary focus will be how the physical design can express and display the learning space. Will it be a library nearly without books, and what about the roles for the librarians?

Best regards,


Karlo Galinec: Use of new technology in libraries, digitization, social networks


My name is Karlo Galinec and I’m working in public library at Science and study department in small town Koprivnica, at northwest of Croatia.

I’m working as librarian and IT administrator. Main preoccupation is use of new technologies in library and it’s help in providing better services for users. That involve social networks as communication and marketing channel towards end users. How to draw people into library and how to make library and it’s collections more available for students and all other users.

Phil Segall: Is there a place for the “pop-up library” within the academic library sector?


The term “pop-up library” has come to mean a whole host of different things in recent years. These pop-ups range from the hundreds of Little Free Libraries which have literally… well, “popped-up” around the world (here’s a map: http://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/) to more ambitious, semi-permanent structures which have sprung up in prefabricated buildings, on transport networks, theatres and cultural centres – just about anywhere, in fact! These have usually been set up to complement or promote an existing library service but (in worst case scenarios) have also been used as something of a desperate measure to compensate in any way possible for public library closures.

I work in an academic (Higher Education) library here in the UK. I am currently exploring the possibility of introducing a pop-up library of some description, particularly with the aim of reaching out to non-users of our service. At present, I am unclear as to what this will look like. It could be as simple as a small stall, staffed by people from the library, providing basic services such as access to our catalogue and advice on how to find resources, renewing books etc. Other academic libraries have opted to provide a satellite area, outside the library space, containing a sample of the resources which the library provides and promotional materials about the services offered. I would be especially interested to see if others have had experience in this area and to maybe even encounter a pop-up library or two en route!

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Montpellier!


Pekka Heikkinen: How could we maximally utilize the opportunities/leeway given to libraries in the present 2001 Infosoc directive?


My name is Pekka Heikkinen. I work as a legal adviser in the National Library of Finland. Copyright is one of the main topics in my work, besides data protection, secrecy/privacy and of course contractual issues. But unlike for example in data protection, in copyright it is usually (with minor exceptions) possible to conclude agreements with the rights holders.

What can we, the libraries that is, offer to rights holders (except money) in exchange for rights?

Of course libraries also lobby through European organisations like LIBER, EBLIDA and CENL, in order to change the law. But this is a challenging road indeed…

See ya,


Ināra Kindzule: Developing a unitary knowledge organization system


Hi, everyone! I am Ināra Kindzule from Ogre, Latvia. I work as a chief librarian in the Data and Knowledge Management Department of the Bibliography Institute of the National Library of Latvia.

The main goal of the Data and Knowledge Management Department is to realize union data policy and to develop unitary knowledge organization system in the National Libray of Latvia and for library system of Latvia. In my everyday work I’m dealing with indexation of incoming publications, creation of subject records and subject control of national importance databases and union catalogue. Basically I work with books on music and scores. In our work we use Library of Congress Subject Headings. The main problem is how to adapt Libray of Congress Subject Headings to our library system.

Constant is my interest in continuing education as a library and information professional.

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Looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new ones in France! 🙂


Erika Walston: Attracting non-traditional users to Special Collections


My name is Erika Walston. I graduated from library school a year ago and while I currently work outside the library field, I hope to find my way back soon!

I am interested in attracting non-traditional users to Special Collections, and knowing how “open” the collections should be. While I was a graduate student working at the University of Maryland’s Special Collections, I was interested in introducing our collections to non-traditional users, such as primary and secondary school students as well as local groups that might be interested in our collections. How do we draw these people in, should we bother and how do we present the materials in a way people can interact with them, but still protect the materials? Would it make more sense to put our efforts toward promoting our digital collections to allow people wider access or drawing people into the physical library. Additionally should these “non-traditional” users have limited access to certain collections whose materials some might consider controversial.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!


Mariël Geens: The future of music and film in the library


My name is Mariël Geens. I’m from Ghent, Belgium and I work mainly in the music and film department of the district library of Deurne, Antwerp (500 000+ inhabitants). Deurne has some 75 000 potential patrons of 130 nationalities on 13km2. I take care of the language learning section and of our collection of German fiction.

The future of music and film in the library, the future of the library where I work and the future of the public library in general. I’m passionate too about the future role, necessary skills and needs of the front-office library assistant (or technician) in the library 2.0. So I guess my focus (if you can call it that, see below) will be very much: the future.

Our library is housed in a protected monument of 70s library architecture and there are plans to renovate, even restyle it. But we are on a budget and there are building restrictions. We like our vintage library but we would also like to improve it. We are now figuring out what our role as a library for the people of Deurne will be. I’m interested to know how other libraries in a similar situation (plan to) tackle this, given the cuts in public spending, the pressure of introducing RFID/automated loan vs. the social aspects of our work, the rise of e-books, Spotify and Netflix? How do we saveguard our identity and reinvent ourselves at the same time, how do we to continue to address the needs of our patrons? How do we find out those needs? Do we serve everyone or only special target groups?

I read an article in the most recent issue of the blessed Scandinavian Library Quarterly entitled The public library’s collection in a digital age, which provided me with an angle for my two main issues. If we are indeed to move from a collection oriented library to a citizen-centered library (as the writer of the article claims) what will be our role as front-office library staff? How do we know our collection, and what collection will that be? Will there still be one? How do we advise our patrons? Will they need our advice?

Especially considering the fact that in our library network most back-office work is centralized but our culture policy is not. Like me, many of my co-workers have college or university degrees and a library certificate or degree. We are passionate about what library work we are still able to do in between checking items. Will our skills and talents continue to be needed and, if not, is there time and a budget to change that? Will we be able to use those newly acquired skills? What if organizing, presenting, teaching a group or networking are not our forte? Which talents and skills can we develop, can we use other talents as yet underdeveloped? How do we learn other skills? Will cuts force us to do even less? Will RFID solve that problem? What do we need from our superiors to have job satisfaction and to continue to serve citizens the way we would like to and the way they deserve to be served?

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