I am interested in exploring the “image” the library is “selling,” and developing alternative platforms to interface with the public, including library artist residencies and locally elected classification systems. Branding and marketing are popular approaches many libraries feel forced to adopt to stay competitive, keep their image fresh and relevant, and maintain funding. In an over-saturated ad culture where it is increasingly necessary for the recipient to tune out messages entirely, let’s use our medium, information, creatively. If we are losing patrons to the internet and digitization, in our strategizing to invite them back in, let’s consider what libraries offer which online searches don’t: physicality, qualia, architecture, politics, community, light, human guidance, local historical archives, public space, etc. Let’s utilize the challenge of relevance as a means for institutional innovation.
The challenge I’ll try to solve, is to find new ways how small public libraries could co-operate and share ideas more openly with large libraries and how both could benefit from co-operation
Espoo City Library
What should the public library provide to the customers in the internet? I mean besides an access to the library database and the services concerning the customer account (renewals, reservations, payments…)
Should we recommend novels? Recommend music, games, language courses, links to internet sites etc? Give online homework-help? Some educational entertainment to children? What?
See ya all soon in Rostock and have a good time in Denmark!
Turku City Library
Council services, such as social and health care, education, child-care and culture/the arts, depend on the money available. In small towns there can be a main library and several branch libraries in different districts. People can come to a library to read newspapers and other publications, free of charge. People have access to computers, as many services are run online. The Library is a place to meet people and spend time and, of course, to borrow books, cds and films.
Many councils need to save money and one alternative is to shut down branch libraries. This is alarming as libraries offer services to the elderly, families and those who do not work. They will miss out on a place where they can get information and spend time for free. Not everyone has easy access to the main libraries that are often in the centre of town. How can we save the small, but vital, local branch libraries?
The National Library of Finland
I would like to think alone and together with you about what are the strengths the public libraries. What are those strengths today and what could they be tomorrow? I’m sure there will be a competition of public funds and it could be useful to be able to describe our strengths anytime in one’s own words & enthusiastically!
Secondly, i’m also interested in the possibilities of open data. What kind of mobile apps are possible by using open data?
Espoo City Library
You all have some really interesting and good ideas about library work. I am looking forward to discussions about all the different issues. No doubt, we will come up with some good ways to solve the different tasks within the field of library work.
I have mainly been working at picture and media libraries. For a few years I worked in the archive at a Danish financial news paper (Børsen) and an image library (Scanpix). The last 4 years I have been working in the library at TV2. At TV2 we catalog the news programs, archive the footage and do research for the journalists.
The library is the ”memory” of TV2 and it is very important to be able to go back and find footage, interviews and other things that have been broadcastet. For some people it is difficult to ”see” the importance of the library because we work in the ”background” and behind the scenes. Other places I have work it has also been difficult to make the library more ”visible”. My questions are:
- How do we make library work more visible?
- Are we to ”silent”?
- How do we get out there and show people what we do?
- Could we be more visible by finding new areas where our library qualifications can be used?
Sonia D. Kirkaldy Nielsen
TV2 library, Denmark
Hi everyone! I’m interested in what libraries and file-sharing communities can learn from each other.
I became interested in this whole topic when trying to purchase sound recordings that students or faculty had requested at our library. You see, part of my job involves working as the music and dance librarian here at our university. I noticed that there were some things that I couldn’t buy, no matter how hard I looked, because they were simply out of print or were unavailable through second-hand sellers. But I was able to find many of those same requests through peer-to-peer networks using torrent-tracking sites. It made me realize that these sites and communities often play a valuable archival role and provide access to all kinds of important cultural and intellectual work.
I think that many of the positive aspects of these communities and sites are often left out of the discussion, and the conversation frequently shifts in other directions. Some positive aspects that I have discovered are: dedicated user groups, community spirit, and high-quality standards for both media files and the associated metadata. I think it’s worth thinking about the connection between libraries and file-sharing communities and what they can learn from each other.
Concordia University Library
A big concern for me as head of the digital library department in the GBV library consortium is to support my colleagues to make better software for OUR libraries and we quite often feel kind of hindered by existing software solutions, partly quite monolithic old-fashioned systems we are bound to use. And the companies providing this software in fact react quite often only very slowly to our demands.
So I am happy that in the last 5 years we have build up our own development group using open source sw (vufind, solr, lucene, shibboleth). It is a good start, but there is still a long way to go and cyc4lib I’d like to use to think and talk about how we can improve this process, how we can become much more independent from the big providers and what can I do to help make both libraries and ourselves more brave to dare to use these open source solutions. Some libraries already are doing that by their own, some don’t dare and some simply don’t have the resources to do so. One chance with cyc4lib for me is to meet a lot of people from libraries worldwide and I hope to get a lot of stimuli from you and a better understanding of the libraries situation wrt. to my questions mentioned here.
Library executives, staff and customers are confused. New methods of service and new partners should be integrated in order to survive in a world where library financing is being reduced. Some of us are ready to accept all kinds of co-operation and circulation forms while others are trying to prove that this way libraries are going to loose the last of their credibility.
My concern is how to get these two parties to come closer to each other?
Turku City Library