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Maria Šimunović: Helping and educating library users


My name is Maria Šimunović and I’m a librarian from Croatia. I work with students and researchers helping them to find literature and to manage a big amount of information for research purpose. My primal interest are official publications and providing information for all kind of users, educating them and helping them to realise simple way to find information. I’m also very active in Zagreb library association and Croatian library association as an editor of web page and social networks. My goal is to show that libraries are fun place and that librarians are fun and interesting people. This is my second C4L (C4L Amsterdam-Brussels 2013 ), and I’m looking forward to meet new librarians and library lovers as well as reunion with veterans of C4L.

Khue Duong: Data management, data curation, open access initiatives…


I’m Khue Duong, a science librarian at California State University, Long Beach.  I support physical sciences disciplines such as geology, math, physics, chemistry, environmental science, etc. This is my second cyclo-biblio trip.  The last one (Montpellier-Lyon)  had such a positive impact and wonderful interactions that I have to come back for more. For a conversation starter, I really like Cory Stier’s musing (Hello Red Deer, here comes Cory!) about the relevancy of the profession and the purpose of library services.  Beyond that, I’m interested in learning more about data services at your workplace: data management, data curation, open access initiatives with publication and sharing data sets, teaching data literacy, etc. 

Casey Goodrow: Working with video games


I am Casey Goodrow, a library lover and lover of librarians (in particular Annie Pho). This will be my second cyc4lib, having accompanied the group on a lovely tour from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2013. So what do I do, and what problem will I be trying to solve? I am an independent video game artist/designer/writer working on a nonviolent first-person exploration game about an old woman on a meditative hike seeking to escape the cycle of rebirth. While there are numerous problems to be solved on a day to day basis in my line of work, as well as larger cultural problems that video games play a part in, I hope to spend most of my cognitive energy on the trip enjoying the countryside and, of course, all of you! I look forward to visiting libraries across the Nordic region and learning about the challenges they face and the creative ways in which they choose to face them.

Phil Segall: UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

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My name is Phil Segall and I work for an academic library service in leafy Kingston-upon-Thames, south-west London. This will be my third Cycling for Libraries and one of the things I really like about the whole idea of the tour is that it promotes a more sustainable way of life. This is also something I keenly advocate for in my work and I am lucky enough to be able to regularly get involved in ecological projects at the university; from chopping down invasive rhododendrons (hence the photo!) to bee-keeping and eel monitoring!

Part of my role also involves me looking at ways in which the library service I work for can reduce its environmental impact. Examples include promoting the reuse of books withdrawn from our stock, reducing printing volumes and cutting down on energy usage within our four libraries. My department participates in a national annual environmental accreditation project called the Green Impact scheme (http://www.green-impact.org.uk/) here in the UK and our team recently went and bagged a whole raft of awards for our efforts!

I am interested in how we, as librarians, information professionals (…or whatever, for that matter!) can contribute to the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgsproposal) and am also keen to hear from others who would be willing to share their experiences of implementing sustainable working practices. Can’t believe Cycling for Libraries 2015 is just around the corner now! 


Twitter: http://twitter.com/librarybod

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/phil.segall 

Web: http://philipsegall.wix.com/wandering-librarian 

Luc Bauwens: Development of public library services in the future


I’m Luc Bauwens and I’ve worked for the public library Ghent (Belgium) that we visited in 2013.  This is going to be my third Cycling for libraries tour.  I’ve made a videoreport of the Cycling for Libraries tour 2014 Montpellier-Lyon.  After all that serious homework, this could be an easy way to get mentally prepared for the next one. I could persuade my partner Lieve to participate in the New Nordic Tour as well.  She’s working in a public library and is a cyling lover but a little bit worried about the Uddevalla– Göteborg  (≈ 110 km ) trip. Our main topic of interest is the vision on the development of public library services in the future.  

Cory Stier: The soul of librarianship?


My name is Cory Stier. I am the Deputy CEO at Red Deer Public Library in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. According to my job description, my responsibilities are supervising I.T. and Technical Services staff, managing our building and infrastructure, contract management, and marketing. Sounds real exciting, I know.  ?  What I feel is my most important responsibility though, is to take care of our staff and make sure that they have everything they need to be successful in their jobs. My philosophy is that staff are the key factor in ensuring the success of any organization, especially libraries. This is my third Cycling for Libraries trip and I can’t wait to meet old friends and make new ones!

So the topic that has been top of mind for me lately is somewhat related to the theme that Rasmus sent out the other day on what is the soul of librarianship. I think that many of the things that libraries are doing to help the community and bring people into libraries is great (e.g. makerspaces, providing social workers to help the homeless, providing workshops on writing resumes and applying for jobs). However, I often wonder whether these types of services are core to what a library truly is, or at least what I see is the core of a library: lending materials for free to a community in order to improve the lives of citizens. If this is not the core of what libraries are, then what is the unique characteristic that sets libraries apart from all the other organizations and agencies in a community? If you take away that unique characteristic, are you still left with a library, or something else?

I wonder too if libraries are still relevant in the lives of the majority of our citizens? As the middle class continues to gravitate towards Netflix, Apple Music and Google Play, services like Kindle Unlimited and Oyster, and Google for doing research, are libraries still going to be needed in 10 – 20 years? If our citizens stop using libraries because they decide there are better alternatives available, where does that leave us as librarians? Should we fight to remain relevant in some way, transforming into something other than a library? Or do we accept the will of the people and accept that we have become irrelevant.

I personally hope that libraries will continue to be relevant for many years to come. I worry though that the skills I learned in library school as they relate to organizing, accessing, and using materials in libraries are becoming less and less important as libraries pursue more and more things such as providing workshops on resume writing or using Arduinos or
transforming into makerspaces. I didn’t go to library school to be a social worker, employment counsellor, or electronics instructor, not that these are bad things. It’s just not what I’m interested in doing. Is there still room in the profession for “old school librarians” like me?

Ok, that’s much more than an elevator pitch, but at least I’ve freed that space in my brain so that I can kill those brain cells with some good European beer or a bowl or 2 of wine. Trust me, I’m not as gloomy as this makes me out to be. 🙂

Chris Fitzpatrick: Open to any and all topics


My name is Chris and this is my third cyc4lib. I’m the lead developer for archivesspace.org. I’m from the USA, but I  live in Uppsala, Sweden (long story).

Katrin Kropf: New challenges

I’m Katrin and I work in the Public Library of Chemnitz, Germany. This is going to be my third time in Cyc4Lib and I’m very much looking forward to cycling with you (again)! I’m a cycling enthusiast and love simple bikes with a story. I didn’t decide yet which of my bikes I’ll bring to the event, but it will certainly not be the one in my picture. 😉 Right now I still deal with the at times very unnerving e-book lending stuff, but I applied for a vacant position as a youth/music librarian in the same library, so fingers crossed I’ll be able to provide our youths and young adults with comics, games, music and whatever I can help them with soon. Of course I’m still interested in digital services and anything new in our developing and changing library world. Can’t wait to see the many familiar faces and new people soon, so, safe getting to Oslo everyone!

GeertLievens: What innovations can contribute to a better connection with the audience?


M name is Geert Lievens and I work as an expert for the provincial library policy in Flemish Brabant (Leuven – Belgium). We support public libraries in their accession to the Vlaams-Brabant library network. We supports the libraries in their transition to RFID self-service towards a userfriendly accomodation. I also support public libraries in updating their skills: interactive information mediation, media literacy, mobile libaryservices… The topic I would like to discuss is “what innovations can contribute to a better connection with the audience?” Better integration between the offline & online library? What skills do we need to make this happen? More communication and teaching skills? More attention to the user’s perspective? More fablabs? Open libraries in Flanders just like the open libraries in Denmark (for example: Præstø Bibliotek 07:00-23:00) ?
Twitter: @ geertlievens
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geert.lievens

Eeva Rita-Kasari: Promoting love for reading

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I’m Eeva, and I hail from Helsinki, Finland. I work as a children’s librarian at Tapanila Library, which is a branch of Helsinki City Library. I’m responsible for children’s collections and services in my library, which includes all kinds of stuff from story hours to iPad workshops. My greatest passion, however, is to promote love for reading in every way possible, and I’m constantly trying to find new ways to encourage children and young adults to read. I collaborate a lot with local schools, kindergartens, etc. This year’s will be my 3rd Cycling for Libraries trip. Looking forward to seeing you all in Oslo!

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