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Geert Lievens: innovations to a better connection with the audience


My name is Geert Lievens.

I work as an expert for the provincial library policy in Flemish Brabant (Leuven – Belgium). We support public libraries in their accession to the Vlaams-Brabant library network. We supports the libraries in their transition to RFID self-service towards a userfriendly accomodation. I also support public libraries in updating their skills: interactive information mediation, media literacy, mobile libaryservices, …

The topic I would like to discuss is “what innovations can contribute to a better connection with the audience?” Better integration between the offline & online library? What skills do we need to make this happen? More communication and teaching skills? More attention to the user’s perspective?

Twitter: @ geertlievens
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geert.lievens

Inkeri Häkkinen-Vuorinen: Digitizing newspapers


Hello! My name is Inkeri Häkkinen-Vuorinen, just call me Inkku, if you like.

I work in The National Library of Finland, the Centre for Digitisation and Preservation. Our situation is Mikkeli, small town in the midle of Finland. I am working as an librarysecretary, and we preserve newspaperes by microfilming and digitizing them all. The main problem is those copyright issues and rights-holders and how to put all newspers in networks.

But anyway, That is my first time to cycling for libraries, and I wait to learn, enjoy, share, listen, ask questions, laugh and look at France towns and countryside.

Facebook adress is inkerihakkinen(at)hotmail.com

See you soon!


Khue Duong: Internationalization of academic libraries


With globalization, an increased number of students study overseas, whether for a full degree or for a year abroad.   Academic libraries (and perhaps also public libraries in big cities) must be more inclusive and responsive to the information needs of this multi-lingual, multi-cultural population.  I would like to engage in conversations with other participants about how to serve international students more effectively: from marketing and outreach to the actual delivery of various information-literacy services.



Science Librarian, California State University, Long Beach

Maria Leutina (Masha): People don’t like reading


In my city a few people are really interested in libraries. Maybe not in libraries only but in reading books generally. I don’t know how to make others believe that reading is better than watching TV every day and doing nothing… One of my classmates even don’t know that there’re libraries in our city. I was shocked when I heard about it.

Some people say that books are boring and not interesting. I tried to talk to them and I understood that we are too different, although we’re contemporaries. This misunderstanding really upsets me. How can I lead people around me to read books?
P.S. Perhaps It looks like a too global problem in my version – my friends say I always overdo everything

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leutinama

See you soon!

Eeva Rita-Kasari: An oasis of silence or a public living-room


An oasis of silence or a public living-room? The conflicting needs of customers

I work in a small public library (ca 300 square metres) in Helsinki, Finland. The library space is recently renovated, with cozy furniture and colourful artwork. Since the renovation, there has been an enormous increase in library visits. Some of the visitors come in the library to study or read the newspapers, while others come to hang out or participate in various kinds of events. In other words, the small library space is often packed of customers with very different views of what a library should be. So my question is: how could we make everyone feel comfortable, whether they seek silence or a lively buzz? Could there be a compromise of some sort?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! A bientôt!

Best wishes,
Eeva Rita-Kasari

Karen Holt: Library Marketing


Hi Everyone! My name is Karen Holt.

I’m the Head of Reference & Instructional Services at the University of Texas – Pan American. I live on the United States-Mexico border and work in a bilingual, bicultural community.

Every academic library that I have worked at has struggled with the same issue. How can we better inform students about our services? Over 1,500 students recently took our library survey and the vast majority of them did not know about most of services, such as library instruction and receiving circulation notices by text. As a leader for outreach initiatives at my library, I want to do a better job of getting the word out about our services. I hope to chat with each of you about your marketing initiatives and bring back some ideas for how we can better market our services to students.

Twitter – @karenholt
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/karenaholt
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaholt

Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at Cycling for Libraries this year!


Sophie Courtel: What libraries can do to attract more people

Sophie Courtel

Hello everybody !

I am one of the foolish people who is going to cycle with you this summer ! I am Sophie Courtel and I work in a public library in Paris, where I organize all the events (book club, concert, story time, etc.). So I would like to focus on what the libraries can do to attract more people and what are the different responses to this problem in the library world, what works or not.

I work in a very popular part of Paris and it’s really difficult to find a way to attract people or even to interest them : film projection, story telling isn’t really working, as soon as the child is over 10. So I would like to find other ideas, long-term projects to help me.

I am on Twitter : @missbouquin

See you !

Kari Haatanen: User interface development for electronic resources in academic libraries


Adding learning aiding functionality into the design.

Kari Haatanen
Helsinki University Library

Alireza Afshari: Library space and innovation


My name is Alireza Afshari (called Ali), and I work as a library manager for outreach library activities at the Public Library of Stockholm. In addition to this, I will as of the beginning of October also assume responsibilities for a couple of branch libraries. My question concerns one of these libraries.

As David, April and Caroline I am also curious about space and innovation. My case is somehow different from theirs because I work at a public library: In November this year Stockholm Public Library will open its latest and newest library within an area with many immigrants and a high level of unemployment among the youth. I think the best way to encourage our young users to come to the library is to offer activities which are somehow different from schools, such as Maker Space, fab lab etc. In Sweden, as far as I know, there is no public library which offers learning workshops in this way. Denmark and Finland have already started using library spaces for learning workshops with the help of laser-cutters, 3D-printers and so on. The question is how we can combine these kinds of workshops with literature? In other words: How do we combine innovation and tradition?

Alireza Afshari

Luc Bauwens: What is the impact of the economic crisis on libraries?

Luc Bauwens

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)

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