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Marina Vazhnik: what future at scientific branch libraries during a digital epoch?

I work in the Belarus Agricultural Library (www.belal.by) in a department of Personal Users’ Service (Personal users are what come to library. Except them we have collective users. There are the organizations and institutes which our library serves under contracts, giving the information on “desktop”).

Last years, despite comfortable conditions (use in service of modern technics and the technologies, open access to printing fund and electronic resources, free preservation of the information, scanning, copying, the order for delivery of documents from domestic and foreign information centers, etc.) the steady tendency of reduction of users’ quantity coming to library was outlined.

The professional purpose of my trip – is an exchange of experience in service of users of scientific branch libraries.

Marina Vazhnik

Ann-Christin Karlén: ways of making digital material visible in the physical library


In my library printed books are still very much in demand but e-books and datdatabases are becoming increasingly important.
How can we bridge the gap between the physical library and the digital resources? I would specifically like to discuss ways of making digital material more visible in the physical library.

Ann-Christin Karlén

April Kessler: Academic and public library partnership


How can we, as an academic library, partner with and better promote the public library to our students, staff, faculty and alumni? When students graduate they no longer have the same kind of access to the university resources. The public library provides excellent resources, but our customers are often unaware of how the public library can serve their needs. We are also the primary resource of leisure reading for 30,000 staff members – reinforcing the idea that the academic library is their only library option even though we purchase a limited number of popular materials. How can we provide the best service to all users while maximizing limited resources?

April Kessler

Michael Rücker: how to create a global OPAC?

Something I find very interesting and worth investigating is the unification of search engines and databases. It’s a utopia, but what I want is a single search interface for all libraries and article databases worldwide. Is that even possible? Does it have disadvantages? What would you have to do (in theory) to accomplish something like that?

Michael Rücker

Sonia Kirkaldy Nielsen: digital communication

How does Information professionals use Google +, QR codes and other digital forms of communication to share knowledge? What kind of new opportunities does these forms of communication give us, and how can it be used in a creative way? I am sure that Librarians from so many countries will have loads of ideas and ways of using digital communication. No doubt we will have some interesting discussions along the way, and we will all return home inspired.
On the photo I am reading a text hanging from a tree. I made people answer different kinds of questions. I hung all the answers in a tree, so everybody could share the different answers. This is also a way of sharing knowledge. But are we also building a digital tree of knowledge?
Sonia Kirkaldy Nielsen


Juliane Rummelt: how to connect?

I want to learn about new and different ways of connecting with librarians and information professionals from all over the world. We can learn so much from each other everytime we meet in person but it would be great to continue this exchange via Internet. Facebook may be a beginning but not everyone has an account. So, how is it possible to network and keep in touch with all the great people from C4L, IFLA Congresses and other meetings?

Juliane Rummelt

Corina Ciuraru: the library – ONGs coalition

I have been thinking for some time what can I do to in order to attract more users in my library. I have always had the exact same answer to this problem: really useful community services. I have understood in time that we are not able to do everything alone and that we need partnerships. One of the best partners are the ONGs with people with lots of ideas, but limited resources. We, the libraries, do have resources, but we don’t always have the necessary creativity so we can complete each other’s. This way I have learned how to proceed in order to realize modern, innovative and useful services for the community.

The first step was to create the library’s own ONG, which is, in fact, an ANBPR branch. This way I have managed to communicate easier the other ONGs and, at the same time, have offered new possibilities for my colleagues to affirm themselves in the same professional association. It is wrong to say that I have just started this project. I have ended many others partnerships in order to fulfill my most upon dream: to realize a coalition between the ONGs, citizens and the local administrative on the side of my library. With each partnership signed we managed to attract a new category of people: the teenagers, and also volunteers, old persons and people with disabilities, etc. It is quite hard to make the library appeal to those groups nowadays.

Why is it a problem? It’s simple: I love the social side of the library, working with people and being near the people who need help. I want that the library for them to become their “third home”, after their “private home” and their “job”, of course.

Looking forward to seeing you at C4L!

Corina (Kya) Ciuraru
County Public Library “Panait Istrati”
Braila, Romania

Mace Ojala: find out why libraries are not Open Data

The Open Data -idea and the movement have been active now for several years. Libraries, and their bibliographical metadata seem like the perfect data to make available in a wider variety of ways; it’s systematically created and maintained, (supposedly) coherent and high quality, well documented, the concept of Open Data is quite easy to understand, the data is propably outside of copyright or the copyrights belong to libraries, it’s creation is typically tax-funded and is of wide interest, Open Data is politically endorsed, there are step-by-step guides how to do it, most if not all of the data is already available online via OPACs and possibly Z39.50 APIs too, libraries claim they are an “open platform” and easily accessible, technological innovation in libraries seems to be quite low… and finally, very few people seem to outright oppose libraries going Open Data.

A handful of libraries have taken the initiative to go their own way and go Open Data. However most libraries haven’t. During the Cycling for libraries -unconference I intend to find out why not.

I believe i can identify top 5 reason why libraries are still not Open Data. Also i hope i can figure out some counterarguments, and perhaps formulate counter-counterarguments to them, together with some other participants of Cycling for libraries.

Mace Ojala

Irmgard Schmitt: Balance of professionalism and empathy in social intercourse with colleagues and clients

The more we are interested in personal matters of our colleagues and the creative background of our clients (authors, translators, editors, publishers) the less time will be for strictly speaking professional and administrative tasks. On the other hand it is not a good feeling just doing the job without any personal feedback. And one day comprises just 24 hours … So we have to find a solution for our individual professional situation beyond time management and social networking.

Irmgard Schmitt

Katia Shklyar: Multiculturalism in the libraries. And one more thing

I have to say that it is quite difficult at the moment to specify some only one professional problem I want to solve. But well… for me was always very interesting inter-cultural cooperation and communication, so one professional challenge to be solved during the trip I would specify as getting new ideas and thoughts about multicultural work in the libraries: from library and customer points of view.

Society in big cities nowadays is not anymore homogeneous and in the library as in a public place different cultures have an opportunity to meet by different means. So I’d like to find among Cycling for libraries people those who work with “multiculturalism” in their libraries and share the experiences, get some ideas/ point of views/ new working methods.

My another mission is to write a colorful and talkative report about C4L for Russian library magazine. Be aware of paparazzi with a pink camera!

Katia Shklyar
LIS student at Turku University of Applied Sciences

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