Libraries are awesome places. Every time I think of all the amazing things I can learn in the library, I get goosebumps. That said I think that we could be doing some things even better. I want to know how we can foster innovation to make sure that we are not only getting patrons what they want, but also what they never knew they wanted until they got it. Then, how do we promote all the cool and relevant things we are doing, so that people know about them. I look very forward to meeting you all and learning about how you promote innovation at your library!
I hope to know more about the libraries what we will visit: their services, e-resources management systems and future developments. How libraries are coping under economic and social pressure (e.g. decreasing population in the three Baltic States, budget cuts, transition to digital content)? Whether it creates a need for new forms of collaboration and cooperation between libraries and other institutions?
I hope we can exchange experiences and ideas on these topics during our trip!
After our conference, I will begin working as a Youth Services Librarian in a community library (in the U.S.) that currently is accessible primarily by car (the surrounding neighborhood isn’t really meant for walkers, and I don’t believe that bus service comes to the library).
I am interested in reaching out to children and families who don’t use the library and am looking for ideas on how to draw them in and also how to serve them if they do not have a car (or a parent who is interested in driving them, or can’t because of work schedule, etc.).
My problem is about library responses to changes in the publishing industry, specifically with regard to the increasing popularity of self-publishing. As the number of self-published works increases so too does the variety. The extant collection of self-published works now includes everything from traditional “vanity press” titles to (a few) genre best-sellers by first-time authors to established authors who reject publishers’ offers in favor of a DIY approach.
Collection development policies typically do not include self-published works unless there is a high public demand for a particular title. This is a responsive policy, but as the publishing world changes and self-publishing becomes more established and respected, libraries will need to be more pro-active in their selection of self-published works.
My question is how to develop new policies that allow for greater inclusion of self-published titles while still maintaining the role of the library as an arbiter of quality. This is not so much a question of which titles to add to the library (this will still be subject to local needs and purposes and gets to the theoretical heart of what a library should be) but how to identify and acquire relevant, quality self-published works given limited staff, time, and financial resources.
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.
Yes, libraries are important to our customers in many ways but we also have to convince the decision-makers about our strengths – again and again. I want also to clarify my vision about librarys new services for next 10 years. I’m also interested in values. Could it be possible to provoke more discussion about the meaning and importance of values? If the values are only theoretical, something is wrong. What are the values in different libraries? How are these values expressed in daily life? Why these values have been chosen? (For your information: Values in Espoo City Library are education, courage, know-how and social responsibility.)
Rapid changes happening in the society nowadays require rapid changes from the libraries as well, or maybe even more rapid… And here comes a question of staff motivation. Most people are afraid of changes, it’s natural but we – librarians – don’t have a choice. We must develop our libraries developing ourselves. What are the best motivational tools that can be used for library staff?
Tanya Tupota & Ksenia Timofeeva
Electronic resources keep the public away from the library. Students or researchers think that they don’t need specialists to search information. How do librarians reposition themselves today : new services, new skills, customization ?
In the age of the Internet public libraries have prospered, but special libraries and academic libraries have been floundering. What, if anything, can special libraries and academic libraries learn from the success of public libraries? Are their methods transferable?