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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

Kari Haatanen: User interface development for electronic resources in academic libraries


Adding learning aiding functionality into the design.

Kari Haatanen
Helsinki University Library

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

Helga Tormane: In & out library


Topic i am interested in: events and activities for young readers and how to make them function (practical examples).

Helga Tormane
librarian, Children’s Literature Centre
National Library of Latvia


Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard: Patrondriven innovation, how to facilitate changes in the library?


Or how to engage the public by allowing them to change the public space. The librarian as a facilitator and expert on how and why we conduct our business in a certain way. I’ve recently started a new job as project manager in a public FabLab, the programs that we’re going to run out of the FabLab are focused on the democratization of the information contained in 2/3D design, prototyping and manufacturing facilities. As a part of the project we’ve declared our libraries and cultural centers as hackable, in the sense that we’ve decided to let our patrons influence the look and functions of the facilities. As part of this process it’s become obvious that the better we’re at communicating how and why our services run , the better and more engaging the experiences. My questions focus on the role of the staff in a process like this. What skills, tools and methods can be adapted towards facilitating the whole endeavor.


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:

Looking forward to your response,

Sanna Koskela: “Home service” by public libraries


During our unconference I plan to find out about “home service” by public libraries. In Finland home service is basically just bringing books home to people unable to visit library due health issues etc. The service is free, but surely it could something more than carrying books. Many elderly people come to library to learn about tablets, laptops, smartphones. To update their skills. I reckon this kind of service should be provided by “home service” as well. People unable to leave home need this service the most? Experiences/ideas from other countries? Could library do this work together with social services, for example?

Sanna Koskela

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)

Oswald Kaipainen: Time for innovation


I’m Oswald Kaipainen from Espoo City Library. I work as a librarian in the children’s department of the second largest library of Espoo called the Apple Library. The Apple Library is most likely moving to brand new larger premises in 2016. The new library will break many traditional library concepts as it will share the same space with other municipal and state services such as health center, dental care center, maternity clinic, Common Service Center, Social Insurance Institution and possibly youth services. Some political decisions are still pending, but the project seems almost certain to progress.

Our greatest challenges include forming solid and innovative cooperation between the different service providers and building the best possible services for our existing and new patron groups. We have gathered a team to defeat the upcoming challenges and I hope to learn and bring something to the table from the great library minds riding with me in the Cycling for Libraries 2013.
See you soon!
Oswald Kaipainen

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