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Katrin Kropf: why not deliver library materials directly to homes by bike?

In March my library began to deliver media to immobile and elderly library users for free. Last week we started to deliver media to every library customer for a small fee. Media from the central library will be delivered on the next weekday, if ordered before 2pm ? so you can say it’s an express delivery service. We have a few volunteers here, mainly pensioners, who deliver up to 3 media units per library user. Some use public transport, some use their own car. But noone rides the bike… Why?

Does your library deliver books/media by bicycle? Do you get help by external professional courier services? What are the advantages/disadvantages of delivering media with volunteers, with external delivery professionals or with library staff? Why did you go for the bicycle or for other transport options in the end? I’d love to share experience on that issue, because it looks like our current solution (delivery with volunteers) turns out to be not as (cost) effective as initially thought… But I might be wrong, too…


Katrin  Kropf

Antti Impivaara: content description library systems


Everyone knows how far behind libraries lag considering the advances made in the information technology.Why are we so fixed to aging formats and thesauruses that are so behind what’s happening that it’s ridiculous? Where is FRBR? Where is the patron in our data?

A lot of information used to describe content is there only for heritage-reasons, how do we break up from this and start anew? To answer some of the questions would be for one that we might consider hiring outside help, e.g. from the IT-professionals. We can’t all of us be expected to be technically up to the challenge, but we could be in charge of what we want in the first place.

Antti Impivaara

Merja Marjamäki: share and learn best best practices about childrens and teenagers services


In my recent work I’m responsible about children and teenagers services – so I’m going to listen your experiments and practices in that area very carefully during the Cyc4lib.

To think about this homework almost everything in the list has something to do with my daily work:

  • communicating to customers – very important – always
  • I know, we need so much extending the knowledge and skills – and now I’m thinking about those yongsters again
  • what the library can offer to the society, especially for those young ones – I want to talk about this with you
  • childrens and teenages areas are literally out of “hushing and silence” – anyhow in Turku – and it’s accepted
  • in my opinion a public library is and it must be a  place for everyone – for children, their parents and teenagers as well
  • thinking about library staff – I’m eager to start co-operating with volunteers and want to hear your experiments

SoI’m eagerly waiting for Cyc4lib to hear (Library Lovers’ … everyone) Best Practices and to share
opinionswith you.

And maybe, maybe, I can cycle as fast as the slowest of you.

Seeyou soon

Merja Marjamäki
Turku City Library

Hal Loewen: find the most effective ways to teach students and patrons to be life-long learners by selecting the best resources and methods for searching those resources

My homework is to find the most effective ways to teach students and patrons to be life-long learners by selecting the best resources and methods for searching those resources.

Most of my students and many of the patrons I deal with will only search Google and WIkipedia to find their answers. Both are great for finding information but it is important for them to know that there are many other great and specialized databases out there that are better at finding the information they need. They need to be shown how to understand what they are looking for, that is, how to properly define a question. Then they need to be shown how to  select the best databases to answer those questions – the trick is to teach them to be successful at using those databases so they know how and when to use something other than Google and Wikipedia.

Here is hoping the volcanic ash does not keep from making the start of the ride.

Hal Loewen
University of Manitoba

Anne Guegan: learn about library website redesign projects

I am part of a working group which is preparing a new website for the  library of the University of Poitiers (25 000 students). The current  website adress is http://scd.univ-poitiers.fr it’s quite old-style. We are working on a complete redesign. More  specifically I work on the query interfaces, metadata harvesting,  valorisation of the digital production of the University, Web 2.0  functionalities. I have many issues and will appreciate to exchange on  Library websites and to get feedbacks on successful re-design projects.

I would like to hear more about the 23 Ting project which has been  experienced in Denmark according to  a newspaper report in  “Bibliothèque(s)”, the journal of the “Association des bibliothécaires  de France”.

And finally, I was at a meeting last week in Montpellier (France) where  Poul Erlandsen from the Royal Library of Copenhague gave a presentation.  His conference was about sharing resources and delivering books to your  doorstep. I would appreciate to collect some information on this service.

Anne Guegan
Poitiers University Library

Dierk Eichel: how to make a green library?

Libraries have always been the keeper of the cultural heritage of mankind. But with the advent of the industrial era mankind threatens the very foundation of our existence, nature. Now, libraries as keeper of knowledge and educators of society can play a key role in saving the environment and allow for technical advance at the same time. What can, what has to be done by libraries and librarians to reach that goal? Is there room for exchange of ideas regarding the green libraries at cyclingforlibraries? Can this be the starting point of a global green library movement?

I’m looking forward to this adventure

Dierk Eichel
IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG)

Amelia Acker: mobile apps for libraries

Mobile devices and their applications are transforming the landscape of personal computing and information access. I want to start thinking about how we can incorporate mobile apps into the information services that libraries provide to users. What are the tools, skills, and resources that librarians need to build mobile applications for our libraries? How should we teach ourselves new practices for tool building? How can we preserve what we learn, circulate new ideas, and document our failures? What apps do our users need? What apps do they already use?

These are some of the questions I would like to answer during our time together.

Amelia Acker
Dept. of Information Studies, UCLA

Claudia Serbanuta: what was the library of your grandparents like?

For my homework I wanted to propose something that is related to my recent interest in understanding how/if informational needs change in time. I have  a question that i would like to ask each of you – so you’ll probably see me cornering you with my voice recorder to ask you this: how did the “library” of your grandparents looked like when they were your age? And when I say “library” I don’t necessary mean a formal institution with books and so on, but a space where sharing of information was possible. What was the library of your grandparents like?

In a fast-changing technology age and in the struggle to provide new services in our libraries, I think is interesting to think about what are the informational needs we try to address and how did they change in time.

Claudia Serbanuta
University of Illinois

Maija Saraste: how we librarians are able to go on with our librarianship in the changing library?

One of my favorite professional problems is the question how we librarians are able to go on with our librarianship in the changing library. How we can maintain the enthusiasm to work with many kind of customers and the patience to learn new techniques?

For me the cycling event is a good possibility to practice social media. And I want to talk with the participants about the ideas which we have in our library (e.g. regional wiki and virtual culture maps). And then I have to practise my poor English.

Maija Saraste
Hämeenlinna City Library

Ilze Cilipane: How to teach children to spend their free time?

How to teach children to spend their free time? That there is no sense of omission?

I’m working at the National Library of Latvia in Children’s Literature Center. Our visitors mostly are children of the nearest schools and they spend part of their leisure time here – in Children’s Literature Center. At the Center they can read books and magazines, play various board games, use computer or just communicate with their friends and library workers. But still there are children who don’t know how to find a way to spend their leisure time.
How to teach children to spend their free time?

And one of the reason why children are difficult to choose leisure time activities is that they have too many opportunities and they get confused.

Ilze Cilipane
National library of Latvia

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