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Helga Tormane: In & out library


Topic i am interested in: events and activities for young readers and how to make them function (practical examples).

Helga Tormane
librarian, Children’s Literature Centre
National Library of Latvia


Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard: Patrondriven innovation, how to facilitate changes in the library?


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.


Sanna Koskela: “Home service” by public libraries


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?

Sanna Koskela

Oswald Kaipainen: Time for innovation


I’m Oswald Kaipainen from Espoo City Library. I work as a librarian in the children’s department of the second largest library of Espoo called the Apple Library. The Apple Library is most likely moving to brand new larger premises in 2016. The new library will break many traditional library concepts as it will share the same space with other municipal and state services such as health center, dental care center, maternity clinic, Common Service Center, Social Insurance Institution and possibly youth services. Some political decisions are still pending, but the project seems almost certain to progress.

Our greatest challenges include forming solid and innovative cooperation between the different service providers and building the best possible services for our existing and new patron groups. We have gathered a team to defeat the upcoming challenges and I hope to learn and bring something to the table from the great library minds riding with me in the Cycling for Libraries 2013.
See you soon!
Oswald Kaipainen

Stine Grabas: Supporting learning in the libraries


I’m working in a busy public library in Denmark where we work with the community in lots of different ways. One of my main tasks is to help bridge the digital divide by offering and supporting learning in the digital environment. In the end of 2014 all public letters to private persons in Denmark become digital. Many elderly people do not have the skills to use a computer and they will probably get a wild card and still be able to get their papers in physical form. My concern is: How do we make people more familiar or confident with digitization? … And how do we convince the younger people that it is important knowledge?

We focus more and more on learning and supporting learning in libraries. Which topics could be interesting and important in a library teaching lesson?

Stine Grabas

Sören Niehäuser: The Library as a learning space – ideas and experiences

Sören Neu

Nowadays in our profession it’s more and more common sense that the main function of the academic library as a physical place is no longer so much that of a stock of books where people are using reference literature in reading rooms but more that of a learning space for students of all levels. That is seen as a chance for our institutions and includes ideas like lounge areas, cosy sofas etc. Rules shouldn’t been executed there as strict as it used to be to create a more open and friendly atmosphere. But the irony is: If, as a “modern librarian” you don’t enforce rules on silence etc. too much you’ll get complains like “We go to a library because we expect it to be absolutely silent and we want that and no discussion”. But if you enforce the rules, people often are not satisfied as well and use the “Psst!!!” stereotype etc.

So, how do you find a compromise between the demand for silent workplace and the aim to provide a lifely place for cooperative learning and lively personal contacts in your institution? What is your experience and/or solution?

Looking forward to great days in Netherlands and Belgium!


Silvija Tretjakova: Public library services for children and youth


I am interested in up-and-coming public library services for children and youth. Here in Latvia, the jeremiads about the shrinking population are ceaseless, and talk of the importance and significance of each and every child never ends. Yet, were little cooperation and work is done to address the issues.

My goal is to better understand what helps with planning and developing services for these user groups in other countries. What is the government investment model for library programmes that target children? What are the local, regional, and state-level cooperation models?

See you soon,


Emily Meyer: Learning tools, tricks, and tips for personal organization

As lifelong learners, and encouragers of lifelong learning, how do you stay organized? From your professional and personal reading, to conversations, training, and experiences like Cyc4Lib, what do you do with the information and ideas you collect? The resources other people recommend? Do you keep it all in your head, or do you have other systems?

I’m interested in learning tools, tricks, and tips for personal organization, whether low-tech or high-tech. In the past few years, I’ve gone from using a little notebook that I carried everywhere to Evernote on an iPod Touch. I’m wondering what other ideas are out there. This might also lead into the preservation of personal data, and sharing of data, but those could be other topics on their own…

Emily Meyer

Jane Brightbill: Continued accessibility of libraries

Jane Brightbill

My greatest concern for libraries is that they continue to be accessiable to everyone. I think that there is a technology gap between people with many resources and those with few resources. The library provides an important link to technology for people who would otherwise be out of the loop. I think that libraries are the heart of a community and should be a place where people of all ages can come for enrichment, education and discovery.

I attended library school in Tallahassee, Florida 40 years ago and worked as a school librarian for three years. I continued my career in museum education at The Museum of Florida History and The Florida Historic Capitol. I am looking forward to my bicycling experience and meeting people from many different places.

Jane Brightbill

Phil Segall: The role of community libraries

Phil Segall

200 public libraries closed here in the UK in 2012 and the picture is similarly bleak in many counties across Europe and around the world. In some cases, the response of those who oppose the closure of their local library has been to step in and run it themselves. This is often simply the only option available to prevent the loss of the library altogether.

Questions have been raised about the sustainability of such projects, with some activists recommending a more entrepreneurial approach (this presentation from ‘The Punctuated Librarian’ gives examples of such social enterprises happening in the USA). The staffing of community libraries by volunteers is also regarded as a threat by some professional libraries who see this as “job substitution” and a step towards de-professionalisation of library service provision.

As someone working in an academic library, I am also interested in exploring what can be done in a more general sense to encourage co-operation between librarians from different library sectors and across borders… just one of the reasons why I have chosen to participate in Cycling for Libraries this year!

I look forward to meeting everyone in Amsterdam next week!

Phil Segall (@lirarybod, blog The Wandering Librarian)

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