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Sara Lind: how to implement free online software to communicate with our users

I will start my new job at Karolinska Institutet University Library (a medical institute) in August, as a web content manager. I’m interested to hear stories and ideas on how to develop a research library website, and how to use free online software and digital services to enhance and improve the content. Or if it’s not free, how do we know that we’re spending money on the right services? I’m also interested in how to further explore the power of social media to better communicate with our users. Which tools for who and why? I want to explore the endless possibilities, and hopefully end up having a subject for my thesis in the master programme I’m also studying at the moment, “Digital services: culture, information and communication”.

Sara Lind


Svetlana Lebedava: running with the hare and hunting with the hounds

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There is an ongoing discussion whether results of the research which is publicly funded should be also publicly accessible. On the one hand, several recently started open-access journals (like PLoS, Silence, F1000Research) are not too popular among scientists to submit their papers to. On the other hand, subscriptions are too expensive, and less and less libraries even in big research institutes can afford subscriptions to many journals. On the third side, as an author I still have to pay the same amount of money whether I submit to subscribed journal (where publication costs are officially supposed to be covered by subscription money) or to open-access one (which are non-profit and which publication costs are paid from author’s fees). Why? Might there be a solution to make everybody (public, authors, publishers and libraries) happy?

Svetlana Lebedava


Sonia D. Kirkaldy Nielsen: Build justification for all types of library services

You all have some really interesting and good ideas about library work. I am looking forward to discussions about all the different issues. No doubt, we will come up with some good ways to solve the different tasks within the field of library work.

I have mainly been working at picture and media libraries. For a few years I worked in the archive at a Danish financial news paper (Børsen) and an image library (Scanpix). The last 4 years I have been working in the library at TV2. At TV2 we catalog the news programs, archive the footage and do research for the journalists.

The library is the ”memory” of TV2 and it is very important to be able to go back and find footage, interviews and other things that have been broadcastet. For some people it is difficult to ”see” the importance of the library because we work in the ”background” and behind the scenes. Other places I have work it has also been difficult to make the library more ”visible”. My questions are:

  • How do we make library work more visible?
  • Are we to ”silent”?
  • How do we get out there and show people what we do?
  • Could we be more visible by finding new areas where our library qualifications can be used?

Sonia D. Kirkaldy Nielsen
TV2 library, Denmark


Bruce Pomerantz: Find the balance between an open floodgate and a gatekeeper

When I attended library school and the first twenty years of my career through the early 1990s, I adhered to the principle–as did my colleagues–of providing resources to a library user and let the individual decide which materials were best suited for the intended purpose. I did not and would not indicate which materials were best or prioritize them in any way. During that interim, the amount of information I could provide was finite.  More than likely, the information in all of the resources I provided had been vetted by the publisher and then reviewers.  I could be assured of the validity of the information I provided, no matter which resource the individual chose.

Now, with the World Wide Web, I can assist an individual by accessing any number of online catalogs and almost an infinity of additional resources which have been vetted in varying degrees from maximum to not at all. I have the extreme options of acting as an open flood gate that overwhelms an individual with materials or a gate keeper who, perhaps inadvertently, withholds information the individual could use. How do I balance these two functions?

Bruce Pomerantz
Minnesota State Library Agency


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


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


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


Ann-Christin Karlén: identify 3 ways for cross-sectoral networking

I am a law librarian and as a solo librarian it is very important to network with other colleagues. For the  last 9 years or so I’ve been quite involved with SFIS, The Swedish Association of Information Specialists which has been a great way of networking with colleagues. But my goal is to interact more with colleagues from other libraries, like public libraries, and as my homework for Cycling for libraries, I’ve chosen to try identify 3 ways of reaching this goal. Obviously just participating in cyc4lib will count as a big step towards my goal so I’m not counting that 🙂  Also have recently joined the Swedish Library Association.

In december I attended an interesting session at Online 2010, Helping The Hybrid: Leveraging Personal Networks to Support Changing Roles. Sara Batts, Senior Research Librarian, Reed Smith LLP, UK and Olwen Walker, Information Services Manager, Kirkland & Ellis International, discussed among other things the importance of externa networks and being open to new ideas and  new challenges. I think that cyc4lib encompasses both in a great way.
You can download the paper here.

Please connect with me through linkedin and let’s discuss more ways of networking and breaking donw the barriers between different types of libraries during our ride towards Berlin.

Ann-Christin Karlén
Advokatfirman Vinge KB


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