In biblical terms we have this Diaspora at the moment when considering the library online services. There are all kinds of somewhat dated commercial OPAC systems and at the same time some great open source concepts are available but not in wide use. Are we in fact old fashioned when we think that customers would like to visit our web pages? Is there ways to integrate our online services to the social media? Or should we implement some other ways to develop a concept of The One Ring to rule them all. I’m really interested to be hearing of all kinds concepts that are being used to serve our customers online.
In city of Lahti, Finland, the politics decided that branch libraries will be closed down and transformed into library stands that will operate mostly in lobby premises of other civic services, eg. health centers, maternity clinics and senior houses. A public library is of course a place where many communal services can be provided. However, in this model the library is only in position of an additional service, not the main actor. This has been seen as a step to a path where libraries can be closed down easily, without resistance of loud and annoying citizen acts.
Can these kind of libraries – or joint stands – be seen as a tool to maintain at least some library services in cities with economical difficulties or are they just a political trick to get rid of costs when needed?
Library is still strongly tied to a certain place. A branch library creates different practices of everyday life when compared to main library, it’s part of social ecology of its area.
What could the staff of public libraries do to make an influence that libraries as physical spaces wouldn’t extinct in situations like this?
There is much talk about the changing mission of the library. If the library was previously science center, but now it’s more like an entertaining place. Is this correct? Perhaps a healthy conservatism is needed for the library, otherwise this place should be called differently?
In any case it is necessary to preserve the best traditions of the past for the library? Or not?
I will start my new job at Karolinska Institutet University Library (a medical institute) in August, as a web content manager. I’m interested to hear stories and ideas on how to develop a research library website, and how to use free online software and digital services to enhance and improve the content. Or if it’s not free, how do we know that we’re spending money on the right services? I’m also interested in how to further explore the power of social media to better communicate with our users. Which tools for who and why? I want to explore the endless possibilities, and hopefully end up having a subject for my thesis in the master programme I’m also studying at the moment, “Digital services: culture, information and communication”.
With so much of our information coming from corporate or powerful lobbying sources can libraries be an alternate resource and be effective in providing information to enable us to make our own opinions? Can libraries be the “go to” resource for straight talk on climate change, health care, finances, and political objectives? Can libraries be pro-active or reactive rather than passive information holding resources? Can libraries promote critical thinking? Can libraries effect change?
My question is that why libraries (not all but most of them) are confined only to books? They can have other ‘things’ also: for example, movie-dvds, video-games, models and graphics, activities, puzzles etc. Most of the university libraries have books only; it seems that the libraries are meant only for the nerds. How can the library attract students with different interests?
Although I am not responsible in our library (Aalto University Library) for communications, I am interested in improving the forms of communication. It seems that many of our customers do not know about all our services, and our website could be better. Also, I would like to develop our self-study guide, and help our students and researches to search information and materials. I do not expect to solve this issue by the 7th of August, but I hope to get some new ideas when cycling across Estonia and discussing with other librarians.
I’m deeply interested in the development of a collaborating on a regional and international level in the field of documentary heritage digitization. So I’d like to discover successful examples of such cooperation, to discuss its problems and perspectives, as well as to get to know about the policy of access to digitised resources in different countries. And also how the problem of copyright preservation is solved in the libraries, in view of using all these digitized materials.