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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

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

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.

Kick-off party in Copenhagen Main Library


100 bicycling library professionals from all over the world will arrive in Copenhagen for the mobile conference ‘Cycling for Libraries’. To celebrate the event, the Libraries of Copenhagen hosts a kick-off party! The splendour of it all takes place at The Main Library. There’ll be drinks and food, and wonderful live music with the klezmer band ‘Orkestar Baxtalo’. Meet international elite of fantastic and enthusiastic library professionals. Bring along your best colleague, and help send off the field with a bang!

The address: Copenhagen Main Library
Date: Friday May 27th 2011 6.30 pm to 10 pm
Entrance: Store Kannikestræde 14

There is also a PDF-version for printing and sharing: CFL_invitation eng_ret.pdf

Shadow-event in Kymenlaakso -region on 27th May

Cycling for libraries is going viral 🙂 Below is the announcement for an another event inspired by Cycling for libraries. This one takes place in South-Eastern Finland, in the Kymenlaakso -region. Librarians will have a ride, and a meetup on 27th of May.

The really cool thing is, that they are challenging the library users too! Users who tour three libraries in different municipalities of the area by bicycle between the start of the campaign and the middle of September can get win e-book reader. With this they are campaigning their library consortia Kyyti, and their common digital library Excellent work, i’m sure we will hear from our dear colleagues there. Best wishes!

Here is their invitation:

Hyppää Kyytiin!

Kymenlaakson kirjastot järjestävät yhteistyössä kesän 2011 aikana -verkkopalvelunsa markkinointikampanjan, joka toteutetaan pyöräilykampanjana. Idea pyöräilystä heräsi Cycling for Libraries – kampanjasta, jossa joukko kirjastolaisia polkee Tanskasta Saksaan 28.5.-7.6.2011. -pyöräilykampanja käynnistetään perjantaina 27.5.2011, jolloin vapaaehtoiset kirjastolaiset lähtevät pyöräilemään kirjastoistaan niin Etelä- kuin Pohjois-Kymenlaaksosta. Kouvolan kirjastoväen kohtaamispaikaksi on suunniteltu Myllykosken kirjastoa, josta innokkaimmat jatkavat vielä Susikosken silta -kahvioon (Huruksela), jonne myös Etelä-Kymenlaakson kirjastojen henkilökunta tähtää. Kohtaaminen tapahtuu näin ollen klo 12.00 puolivälissä Kymenlaaksoa. Henkilökunnan pyöräily toimii paitsi osoituksena Kymenlaakson kirjastojen erinomaisen hyvästä ja pitkäkestoisesta yhteistyöstä myös työhyvinvointitoimintana.

Pyöräilykampanja jatkuu asiakkaiden kampanjana, jolloin kaikissa Kymenlaakson kirjastoissa on leimauspisteet pyöräilypasseille. Täyteen leimatun passin palauttanut tai kolmen eri kirjaston leiman kerännyt voi osallistua palkintojen arvontaan. Pyöräilykampanjan pääpalkintona on e-kirjojen lukulaite. Tietoa kampanjasta, ohjeita, karttoja ym. löytyy osoitteesta Samaisessa paikassa voi käydä myös haastamassa kaverin kampanjaan mukaan. pyöräilykampanja-aika on 27.5.-15.9.2011. Arvontavoitot jaetaan Aleksis Kiven ja suomalaisen kirjallisuuden päivänä 10.10.2011

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