Swedish Library Association (SLA) recently launched a campaign, depicting the largest Swedish commercial aggregator of e-books, elib.se, as a ruthless capitalist that step by step, through monopolism and blocking of access to new e-books, is trying to take over the role of the librarian. According to SLA, this state of affairs is threatening the free and non-biased public libraries, and consequenlty, the free and open access of digitized information and culture.
The campaign has received massive support from the cultural sector and also some political support. But what happens when trust between the public and the private sector is under strain? What impact does the hardening debate climate have on the oppportunities for creative cooperation between public libraries and private entrepreneurs? Are we prepared for the public/private tug of war in the digital age?
Åke Nygren and Alireza Afshari
I would like to get to know before the 7th of August what librarians and friends of libraries (who participate in CFL) think about the “e-book” and the challenges (value added tax, the copyright, life expectancy of an e-book in the library) that libraries are facing with it, how are these challenges handled in their country.
I’d like to know how Ranganathan’s Five Laws relate to the electronic world. That’s too big a question, so I’ll try to create a practical example: what do the laws imply for a portable Librarybox, seeded with a little collection of books about Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania? Are all books to be read?
 Librarybox: subspecies of Piratebox – tiny computer with a USB
stick for memory and it’s own local wifi, not connected to the internet, so it may even work on a bike ride.
 Piratebox: http://wiki.daviddarts.com/PirateBox
My question is not how to use all new ways and tools (e.g. social media etc.) in work and in communication both with customers and with colleagues. My question is: how to get out of ones comfort zone in the first place and still plan and implement the changes and innovations in the professional field when your colleagues and clients are satisfied and happy with the current situation and solutions? How to overcome ones conservatism, both of librarians and of their clients? Maybe also a question how to keep the balance between “old” and “new”?
How does Information professionals use Google +, QR codes and other digital forms of communication to share knowledge? What kind of new opportunities does these forms of communication give us, and how can it be used in a creative way? I am sure that Librarians from so many countries will have loads of ideas and ways of using digital communication. No doubt we will have some interesting discussions along the way, and we will all return home inspired.
On the photo I am reading a text hanging from a tree. I made people answer different kinds of questions. I hung all the answers in a tree, so everybody could share the different answers. This is also a way of sharing knowledge. But are we also building a digital tree of knowledge?
Sonia Kirkaldy Nielsen
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.
Dept. of Information Studies, UCLA
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