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Julia Goltz: KOBV-Portal


My Name is Julia, i work not in but for libraries at one of the six existing german library consortias, called KOBV (Cooperative Network of Berlin-Brandenburg Libraries). We develop, host and maintain software and services for libraries within the Berlim- Brandenburg region and even beyond.

Since January this year we are working intensively on a new project named “K2” (KOBV-Portal 2.0), funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) via the Berlin state for the next three years.

The KOBV-Portal has been around for more than 10 years, it was launched already in 2002. It is the research portal for library collections of the Berlin-Brandenburg region, and thus one of our central services for our consortial libraries. Its technologic architecture is based on the concept of distributed search, not wrong nowadays per se, but in comparison to known search websites as GOOGLE very slow indeed, as it queries all catalogs in web real time.

Now that is why we, as a modern service provider, decided to make the portal itself (not only its functions) faster and easier to use for everyone. Basically we aim to offer an easy search module, relevant results and an online interlibrary loan for everyone (whereever they might be located!) “under one roof, at one place” for all of our regional users.

And talking about users leads me to my homework: We know what kind of architecture we need to build the portal and which librarian needs we need to serve , but the individual user with his needs and wishes (for whom we finally develop the portal) is unknown to us. I hope to talk to colleagues from all over the world who meet “the user” everyday. And I hope to learn a lot by visiting different places, spaces, institutions, get inspired by the people I’ll meet on the trip.

Julia Goltz

Melanie Groh: the location of resources

My name is Melanie and I am working in a small scientific library. There are a lot of free resources like open access journals or PhD thesis on the internet. Unfortunately they are not collected in one single catalogue and they might change location and/or the restriction of accessibility. So, how can we, the librarians, first of all find the different resources and then keep the overview of all, their location and their change of accessibility to provide the best service for our customers? Is there a way?
Melanie Groh

Sara Lind: Touch and movement – how does that fit into a library?


I’m interested to discuss and share ideas of how to implement new technology into the library space that somehow involves touchscreens and/or motion detectors. Currently, I’m collecting data for a master’s thesis in the subject, mostly concerning how touch and movement can (or can it?) add value to a library. Touchscreens are already there for self-service such as check out, how do we go beyond that? How do you develop services that are seamless and intuitive, fun and challenging – and not just “for show”? How do we do it on a library budget?

Looking forward to hear your ideas on the subject!

Sara Lind

Agita Virsnīte: Libraries + readers = reading culture & variability


This is a formula which contains the quiddity of changing proceses. I’m studying and doing a research about book reading habits. I invite you to fill out a questionnaire: http://www.jotformeu.com/form/31645968182363

Looking forward to your response,

Sebastian Wilke: Synergies between library associations and informal learning networks

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For most of us, it is daily routine to: stay in touch with colleagues and friends in Library Land; connect to new people; share news and stories; discuss ideas, problems, projects; work collaboratively on projects. This all mostly happens via informal learning networks that we create and maintain online and is further nurtured through wonderful events such as Cycling for Libraries.

Lots of library associations struggle with this situation because they used to be the main providers of an (offline) infrastructure that exclusively made these things possible for their members for decades. Even more, it seems they are not actively taking part in these informal networks today as described above, but rather react to what is happening around them. As a result, personal members often tend to perceive them as being too bureaucratic and lacking transparent and efficient decision-making processes.

Now library associations need to revisit their standing and self-understanding in the information profession and rethink categories like “membership” and “member participation”. One way to tackle this situation could be to become an active part of the informal learning networks. This could boost member enthusiasm and change the associations’ image into being more transparent. On the other hand, emerging trends and hot topics discussed by the online community could be early and more easily taken into account and supported in the associational context with better human and financial resources.

This, in short, is how I see the current situation in several cases based on my own experience and from what I know from friends and colleagues. I would love to hear about your views. Do you agree on this trend? Are these kinds of synergies already happening in some countries? What could be done both by library associations, by their members and by those using informal learning networks to put these potential synergies into practice?

Looking forward to seeing you all soon in Amsterdam!

Sebastian (@listraveler, blog LIS Traveler)

Ināra Kindzule: New ideas to make digital resources more exciting

Inara Kindzule

My name is Ināra Kindzule, and I work as a chief librarian in the Transport Branch Library of the Riga Technical University Scientific Library.

I’m curious about new ideas, how to make digital resources, like journal data bases, e-books databases etc. more interesting, attractive and exciting for our university students. I’m also interested in new technologies in scientific libraries, how do they influence and change them. And the third issue is continuing education for librarians.

See you soon!

Ināra (Facebook)

Vesna Stricevic: Preservation of historical collections and new ethical dilemmas

Vesna Stricevic

I work in the City Library of Zagreb in the Serials deparment, mainly with old periodicals. For this occasion I would like to talk about ethical isssues that arise with changing positions of libraries and implementation of new technologies. As the community changes, the library need to reassess and adapt its collections to reflect new and differing areas of interest and concern. Although changes are necessary and inevitable, the purpose of libraries basically remains the same – libraries are repositories for humanity’s knowledge; they provide access to informations and preserve world’s heritage.

Through digitization and reformatting, we are able to retain valuable materials but this task implies new ethical dilemmas and difficult choices, especially for selection, storage, accessibility and preservation of original records on paper-based media. Do we consider enough the consequences of hastily made decisions with regard to global culture?

Vesna Stricevic

Barbara Fullerton: Courses and continuing education classes at the library schools

There are a few items I would like to explore on this adventure. I am currently serving on the advisory board of the university of north texas college of information so I am interested in learning what courses are taught at the library schools and what types of continuing education classes are available. I am thinking about the possibilities of adding private investigation classes and licensing as a course or certification. Another item is exploring and gathering information for the U.S. version of Cycling for libraries. The Texas library association will be developing a short ride next year before their annual meeting. So far we have about 100 interested librarians.

See you soon!

Barbara Fullerton
Librarian in the cloud, Inc.
Richardson, Texas

Ann-Christin Karlén Gramming: The importance of continuing education as a library and information professional


I have been thinking about the importance of continuing education for a while. Most professional organizations offer courses and another way is taking university courses or even getting a second degree. There are loads of available courses both online and physical. These course have the added benefit of university credits.

A third way is doing online e-courses via Udacity or Coursera or other MOOCs. While online colleges probably won’t replace in-person education it’s great way of combining work and studies. Last but not least, attending conferences AND unconferences like cyc4lib is also a way of exploring new issues and meeting colleagues. The  biggest benefit as I see it is personal and professional development. Another benefit is the opportunity of networking, with librarians as well as other professions. I would like to discuss how you approach organize your continuing education. Does your employer recognise your effort?

 See you in a week or so!

Anki (Facebook Twitter LinkedIn)
Gothenburg Sweden