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Yulia Gushul: Partnership between teachers, librarians and volunteers library and state power

I am Yulia from Russia. I am librarian and the teacher of the librarian higher school. I teach courses: bibliographies, data bases, information resources and so on. I am bibliographer too. I work with databases and prepare bibliographic indexes, especially about person.

I study problems of digital divide, of the information of the future, of the information security. I think about such humanitarian problems as psychology of perception information.

I see that me and my students need to know the English language. And I am happy that I can hear the English language and I will try to speak English. In Russia such a possibility little.

I want to find the answers to the following questions:

  1. Our professional future in the networked world.
  2. Open access journals in college library collection.
  3. Information policy, it content and challenges for an effective knowledge society.
  4. E-metrics and library assessment in action.
  5. Metadata practices

And I’ll be happy to invite all to Southern Urals where there are lakes, mountains, mountain bikes, rafting on fast rivers and I ;-))))

Yulia Gushul
The Chelyabinsk State Academy of Culture and Arts


Dace Ūdre: the role of new professionals within national library associations

Section of New Professionals in Latvia is implementing three main objectives:

  • Library advocacy and support of new professionals on a national and international level;
  • Organization of seminars, conferences and exchange trips;
  • Networking and international collaboration.

My aim is to ascertain how new professionals (LIS students and recently qualified professionals) can be involved in activities of national library associations, and whether national library associations support new professionals movement in their countries.

The main question is: What can be done to encourage recruitment and active involvement of new professionals in the library field and activities of national library associations?

Dace Udre
Library Association of Latvia, Section of New Professionals
Cycling for Libraries via Dace: http://udrite.wordpress.com/


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


Till Kinstler: understanding libraries for better software development

I do software development for libraries. I help them getting on the web, to become part of this great, global virtual library and be usable for people on the net.

Over the years I have built up a broad knowledge on technology, data formats, processes, work flows etc. in libraries. But sometimes I feel, I still don’t understand how libraries really work and what they really do 🙂 (beyond the obvious, like lending books, giving reference, helping to find knowledge resources etc.). How do libraries “see” themselves? What is their spirit, what drives them? In my daily work at a service centre of a library consortium I only get a limited and filtered view of libraries. So understanding libraries better, will help me making better software for libraries.

I think, cycling for libraries will be a great opportunity to get more insight into these questions.

Till Kinstler
Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund (GBV)


Patrick Otton: 5 questions to the libraryworld

Questions for the library world. Here are some that I like to think about:

  1. Since I work for a library software company that is vigorously trying to emulate the google experience in their primary discovery tool: Primo, why not just let Google purchase Ex Libris and let Google develop a library app? Call it GoogleLibrary: All content, all the time, in an interface that works! Google knows how to index, Google knows hardware and software, why should Ex Libris be doing this task? I would not mind a few adds. The only possible downside would be the supremacy of google.com. But, why couldn’t google.com become google.gov?
  2. We all live in a democracy. The basis for democracy is the freedom of access to information. Why not install a wikileaks app on all library home pages. An automatic feed of all the information that we should know about, the hidden agendas of the corporate world, the secrets of governments, the power of lobbyists, whatever the military doing? etc, etc.
  3. How can libraries be agents of change? Especially, at this time of global environmental change. Can libraries be a grassroots groundswell demanding the end of the corporate dominance of our existence? End advertizing, (adverse teasing), consumerism, single stream consumption, and our present environmental disasters?
  4. Libraries are dying. What is the future of the library?
  5. Libraries are single modal: primarily addressing the needs of the rich, educated, mobile, northern white society. Maybe at best addressing a small percentage of the global population which by September will hit 7 billion people. So, what about the non library user? Those people who do not even know that a library exists but are perhaps the most in need in terms of access and knowledge. We’ll pass non-library users on our ride. What can we do for them?

I don’t have any answers. Looking forward to sharing some ideas.

Patrick Otton
ExLibris


Natalia Golosnaya: Getting people interested and involved in activities of library

So, few words about my favorite professional problem. I suppose I could identify it as getting people interested and involved in activities of library. More over all the materials in my library are in English, It means that our activities more or less connected with teaching and learning English, and practicing the language skills in general. So, I’m constantly in search of new forms and possibilities for it.

I consider other libraries and librarians experience, ideas, suggestions would be very useful and precious for me and my work.

Natalia Golosnaya

 

 


Arto Teräs: How can libraries collaborate with museums and archives in the digital domain?

The Finnish National Digital Library public interface will offer a uniform view to digital content in libraries, museums and archives. Custom views for various purposes can also be created. On a wider scale, Europeana provides access to content on European level. This offers great new possibilities for collaboration between participating organizations.
I am interested for example in the following questions:

  • Which challenges (especially related to digital content) are common between libraries, museums and archives, and which are unique to libraries?
  • What can libraries give to museums and archives and vice versa?
  • How can we best take advantage of the new user interface? What kind of custom views could be useful?
  • What kind of new experiences can we offer to customers by combining the content and knowledge of libraries, museums and archives?

Arto Teräs
CSC — IT Center for Science Ltd


Mace Ojala: find 4 game mechanisms at libraries

Mace looking for game-mechanics

As my homework for Cycling for libraries, I’ve chosen to try identify four (4) game-mechanics that operate in the library. I think people are challenge-oriented and reward-driven, and all sorts of games are great tools for thinking about this.

I am strongly inspired by Jane McGonigal’s work, her book Reality is Broken: using games to improve the world – Boing Boing, her presentation at TED Gaming can make a better world, and by the critique she is receiving.

In an earlier conversation on Facebook i have said the following (edited):

I’ve tried to look at the library user regulations as a sort of a game… how we give feedback to users via fines, anxiety etc. I would love to spar this thinking with somebody, i’ve done some comparison on the rhetorics of the user regulations and i think at least many finnish libraries could do a whole lot better!

I’m not sure what i’m talking about but, but i’m spitting this out anyway: are students “gaming the system” when they are borrowing out books for their exams? The sooner they get their books, more likely the books will have reservations and they start running a fee (which they propably want to pay off) before te exam. On the other hand, if they hesitate too long, the books might run out if the libraries they use don’t have enough copies for everybody.

One other thing i’ve notied that library cataloguers delay cataloguing of materials in the hope that somebody else in the library consortia catalogues them first, and then they can just copy them. I’ve witnessed this in especially materials that are “annoying” to catalogue… “The best of Frank Zappa (20 cds, two leaflets, a book, DVD, a popup-book, accesscode to a website plus a poster… you know what i mean). The “damage” from an individual cataloguers point of view is the boss, who nags if library patrons have reservations for the material.

Here are some game mechanics i’ve seen at libraries. What else? I want to look at libraries with a gamer’s mindset?

Mace Ojala
Turku City library, Cycling for libraries etc.


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