Nordic Library Week and Storytelling at Sundown
Nov 10, 2009 to Nov 16, 2014
The idea behind the week is to promote Nordic culture and Nordic literature in particular. The opening ceremony is special: electric lighting is switched off, candles are lit and the same text is read aloud in all the participating libraries. This is the 18th year that libraries in the Nordic and Baltic countries and Belarus are organising Nordic Library Week. This years theme is: “Trolls in the North”
My Name is Julia, i work not in but for libraries at one of the six existing german library consortias, called KOBV (Cooperative Network of Berlin-Brandenburg Libraries). We develop, host and maintain software and services for libraries within the Berlim- Brandenburg region and even beyond.
Since January this year we are working intensively on a new project named “K2” (KOBV-Portal 2.0), funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) via the Berlin state for the next three years.
The KOBV-Portal has been around for more than 10 years, it was launched already in 2002. It is the research portal for library collections of the Berlin-Brandenburg region, and thus one of our central services for our consortial libraries. Its technologic architecture is based on the concept of distributed search, not wrong nowadays per se, but in comparison to known search websites as GOOGLE very slow indeed, as it queries all catalogs in web real time.
Now that is why we, as a modern service provider, decided to make the portal itself (not only its functions) faster and easier to use for everyone. Basically we aim to offer an easy search module, relevant results and an online interlibrary loan for everyone (whereever they might be located!) “under one roof, at one place” for all of our regional users.
And talking about users leads me to my homework: We know what kind of architecture we need to build the portal and which librarian needs we need to serve , but the individual user with his needs and wishes (for whom we finally develop the portal) is unknown to us. I hope to talk to colleagues from all over the world who meet “the user” everyday. And I hope to learn a lot by visiting different places, spaces, institutions, get inspired by the people I’ll meet on the trip.
Adding learning aiding functionality into the design.
Helsinki University Library
I’m interested to discuss and share ideas of how to implement new technology into the library space that somehow involves touchscreens and/or motion detectors. Currently, I’m collecting data for a master’s thesis in the subject, mostly concerning how touch and movement can (or can it?) add value to a library. Touchscreens are already there for self-service such as check out, how do we go beyond that? How do you develop services that are seamless and intuitive, fun and challenging – and not just “for show”? How do we do it on a library budget?
Looking forward to hear your ideas on the subject!
Topic i am interested in: events and activities for young readers and how to make them function (practical examples).
librarian, Children’s Literature Centre
Or how to engage the public by allowing them to change the public space. The librarian as a facilitator and expert on how and why we conduct our business in a certain way. I’ve recently started a new job as project manager in a public FabLab, the programs that we’re going to run out of the FabLab are focused on the democratization of the information contained in 2/3D design, prototyping and manufacturing facilities. As a part of the project we’ve declared our libraries and cultural centers as hackable, in the sense that we’ve decided to let our patrons influence the look and functions of the facilities. As part of this process it’s become obvious that the better we’re at communicating how and why our services run , the better and more engaging the experiences. My questions focus on the role of the staff in a process like this. What skills, tools and methods can be adapted towards facilitating the whole endeavor.
This is a formula which contains the quiddity of changing proceses. I’m studying and doing a research about book reading habits. I invite you to fill out a questionnaire: http://www.jotformeu.com/form/31645968182363
Looking forward to your response,
During our unconference I plan to find out about “home service” by public libraries. In Finland home service is basically just bringing books home to people unable to visit library due health issues etc. The service is free, but surely it could something more than carrying books. Many elderly people come to library to learn about tablets, laptops, smartphones. To update their skills. I reckon this kind of service should be provided by “home service” as well. People unable to leave home need this service the most? Experiences/ideas from other countries? Could library do this work together with social services, for example?