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Irina Briede: services without border

Adult education center and Lifelong learning offered in the library.

What and how much librarians can do and know-how. What services should the library offer or services (courses, …) that are available in the library.

Irina Briede
Limbazi Main Library


Pamela Martin: How can we improve public library services and encourage young people to engage in library activities?

How can we improve public library services and encourage young people (age group 12 -24 teenagers) to engage in library activities? Currently we have events, but get very low or no attendance.  The offering of pizza does not even entice them to participate in the library events!

How can we identify the needs and develop programs differently than what we are doing so that we can provide services to teenagers?

Pamela Martin
Logan City Council Library


Silvija Tretkova: Time management in librarywork

The ideal library is a cooperation network rich in electronic resources. It enables everyone’s active participation in cultural and life-long learning processes and brings to fruition personal and community aspirations.

The network should be generously funded and promote cultural variations by region. In Latvia, I work on reading promotion programs which involve thousands of children as active readers and critics of the latest books. With that in mind, I see the ideal children’s library as hospitable place, both a virtual and a physical, with books and other media and information platforms. It should provide everyone with media creation opportunities regardless of whether the resulting product is a newly composed musical recording, a theatre show, writing, visual arts, an animation or a documentary. In this environment, every child would be knowledgeable and would feel confident of personal ability. The librarian would feel the same. The questions to ponder while I cycle:

  1. How to accelerate the development of child and teenager user services in the libraries?
  2. How to extend the day to 28 hours?
  3. How to successfully participate in social networking, without using too much time on them?

Silvija Tretkova
National Library of Latvia, Library Association of Latvia


Bo Jacobsen: To find the right path

I see a line of challenges for the libraries in the coming years both virtually and physically. How do we manage to develop our internet services, when Google is God and some of our basic services like book, music and film databases will be commercialized?

However, operating in a small municipality my main concern is how to develop the physical library as an attractive house for the local citizens.

I think it is absolutely necessary that the library is able to act in accordance with the local society and its needs. Being so, I predict that in the future we will see libraries moving in different directions.

Some will grow into local service centres and others will develop partnerships with other institutions and some will partly be operated by volunteers. The challenge will be to choose the right direction for just my library.

Bo Jacobsen
Vesthimmerlands Biblioteker


Hilde Nelissen: Make information fun and available for everybody.

Although heavily advertised as such, the internet does not contain all information available. The library has become an alternative rather than the main source of knowledge. How can I inspire users to reconsider the printed paper ? Perhaps by promoting the hybrid solutions already in place like online catalogues and databases. How can we do that in a playful and attractive way ?

In many parts of the world people do not have access to libraries or knowledge in general. It is our responsibility to help and assist these people. This improves their life but and has also an influence on the western world in more ways than we can imagine. How can we do that ? But even more important: How can we bring and keep this fact in our awareness, because it is so easy to slip back in our own little patterns of life.

In India there is a word that perfectly describes my vision: “Acharia”. It means teaching by example. Distributing information is just one shackle. The manner in which we do that, our conduct, our philosophy, our respect for the ‘other’, our friendliness and openness, will have a far greater impact, especially on the young people we meet on a daily basis.

Which brings me to my final point. Students of all ages are rapidly becoming accustomed to a host of online technologies from web 2.0 to the many social networking platforms. How can we best plug-in these opportunities to interact with our users?

Hilde Nelissen
Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg, Media, Arts & Design Faculty Bibliotheek


Kaisa Inkeroinen: can a library be too much of a living room?

My homework is quite related to one of the topics offered on the Themes for Cycling for libraries. One of the theme suggestions was the role of libraries in rural areas. Providing media, information, social contact space and meeting opportunities was mentioned on the website. As a head librarian of a small library I have often been thinking if we are that and what else we could be without losing our identity as a library.

I think it’s all about being a partner in cooperation especially in a small municipality. Our strengths are long office hours, customer service, being free of charge, system for lending etc. We should find the ways to use these things more so that we could be a fixed part of our community. Still there may be a risk to lose our identity. So my task is to solve if a library can be too much of a living room. Or is it really a risk if we borrow sport equipment or sewing machines etc. In my point of view everybody who comes in is a potential library user or becoming one. So I wouldn’t like to see it only as fishing visitors. When you come in you can accidentally borrow a book if we do things right. And this is also related to the question if only a borrowing customer is a good customer?

Kaisa Inkeroinen
Municipal library in Posio


Ella Mustamo: how far we’re ready to go?

For me,  theme library & society is on focus.  As we know, western society is changing incredibly fast and libraries may drop out.  What about library, financialization, poverty and subcultures, the questions of responsibility?  Library as a public space. etc etc. –themes on our Cyc4lib  map.

Libraries has many functions and activities,  some are even dreaming about sauna in a finnish urban central library. For me, The Question is how far we´re ready to go?  What is a necessary condition / sufficient condition of a library?

yours  ella
picture: Turku 2011
Burning  Love-happening <3

Ella Mustamo
Turku City Library


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