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Svetlana Lebedeva: Interaction with scientific libraries – from the user side


I am a scientist, working in biology, and I am joining for one day only mostly for cycling and chatting and meeting old friends! But from the professional point I could share my experience of interaction with scientific libraries – from the user side 😉

See you in Brugge!


Lara Greffet: How can we manage a network of 7 libraries in a city of 130 000 inhabitants?


My name is Lara and I am partially in charge of the collection development at the Lausanne Public Library, in Switzerland, which is actually a network of 7 libraries: one for adults, one for children, 4 neighborhood libraries, and a mobile library. There is a lack of coherence in the network and I really want to work on it. How can we manage this network?

At a strategic level: how can we create a spirit of network, or how to nurture strong relationships between these librairies? What about the relationships between the collections? How can we effectively create ties connecting the libraries and the neighborhoods? At a practical level: how can we organize the document circulation, from acquisition to the public?

Besides, I hope this “unconference” will be the perfect opportunity to share our experiences on the following subjects: strategy (mission, vision), management, collection management (tools, communication, space management), the services provided to customers, etc.


Joe O’Brien: Pirates and readers


I’d like to discuss how libraries will handle issues related to downloading copyrighted material. Should we fight, ignore or promote piracy? Is it time to change and if so, how? And also, what about the role of school libraries in supporting curious minds? And the links between school and public libraries? And what about play? And what else? There’s too much to cover in one homework assignment. We need at least a week…

Joe O’Brien
Amsterdam International Community School  (Facebook)

Vitaliy Datsenko: Librarian as a path to happiness


A lot of people get pleasure from the work of librarians. Many librarians do not imagine another destiny. They feel a sense of its usefulness to humans. Great fortune to be a librarian …

Best, See you soon

Kyiv, Ukraine

Marianne Plum: Cooperation

How can libraries in a small language minority area near the border of a country benefit from cooporation with libraries in the neighbouring country? How can these libraries cooperate to provide better media resources to the citizens of both neighbouring countries?

Background of the questions: I´m a user of the Stadtbibliothek Aachen (“Aachen Public Library, Germany) and of Medienzentrum Eupen (“Media Centre Eupen, German speaking part of Belgium) because that enables me to get the full range of literature/information/media in German (Stadtbibliothek Aachen) and French/Dutch/German (Medienzentrum Eupen).


Marianne 🙂

Merja Marjamäki: Position of a library in the evermoving tides of change

Merja MM

This year is the 150th anniversary year of Turku City Library – it is just the right time to think about our library  and libraries on the whole.  Turku City Library is the library for the region of Southwest Finland. We also form Vaski conglomerate with 17 other libraries. It means great co-operation and responsibilities. Turku Cultural Affair was unified and library started collaboration with Turku City Theatre, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and city Museums. We co-operate a lot with schools. Later Turku Cultural Affairs merged with Sports and Outdoor Activities and Youth Services to form Leisure Affairs. To meet the challenges posed by these organizational changes we are continuously revising our plan of operation. And in the midst of these various reformations the main library is busy to serve 5000 daily customers!

To summarize: I’m interested in the position of a library in the ever-moving tides of change. I’m interested in library networks and all kind of co-operation. And the question about the manner of education we ought to have is valid.

Merja Marjamäki
Children and Youth services, Turku City Library

Artem Artemenka: Customer view

Artem Artemenka

The library was some sacred place where you could take a piece of knowledge in the form of paper book. Booming technologies make us face the challenge: innovate or die. Present library transformed into a hi-tech information provider, where all needed stuff is just one click away.What does future holds for paper books? Will they be left only for technofobes, should solid structures be replaced by virtual ones? Anyway, I guess people should at least have a choice.

Paper books lovers will always exist. And they might wish to meet their like-minded in the same “good old library” for sharing, discussions, debating … and socializing. As an opposite to hi-tech, can see libraries being transformed into sort of “communication centers” or “paper book fans houses” with tea parties, cake parties, whatever. One thing stays for sure: 21+ century libraries should be flexible enough to changing demands of their users.

Artem Artemenka (Facebook)

Alireza Afshari: Library space and innovation


My name is Alireza Afshari (called Ali), and I work as a library manager for outreach library activities at the Public Library of Stockholm. In addition to this, I will as of the beginning of October also assume responsibilities for a couple of branch libraries. My question concerns one of these libraries.

As David, April and Caroline I am also curious about space and innovation. My case is somehow different from theirs because I work at a public library: In November this year Stockholm Public Library will open its latest and newest library within an area with many immigrants and a high level of unemployment among the youth. I think the best way to encourage our young users to come to the library is to offer activities which are somehow different from schools, such as Maker Space, fab lab etc. In Sweden, as far as I know, there is no public library which offers learning workshops in this way. Denmark and Finland have already started using library spaces for learning workshops with the help of laser-cutters, 3D-printers and so on. The question is how we can combine these kinds of workshops with literature? In other words: How do we combine innovation and tradition?

Alireza Afshari

Nastassia Zharskaya and Aliaksei Zhylik: Open access practices


We’d like to know about Open access practices in different countries. First, are they widespread in your communities? Do you have special laws which determine forming, using and spreading of Open access information resources?
And second, how can the libraries involve researchers, scholarly societies, research organizations, universities etc in the Open access movement? How do they promote Open access policies and educate researchers about its advantages?

Best wishes and see you soon!

Nastassia Zharskaya (Facebook) and Aliaksei Zhylik (Facebook)

Zolotareva Nadejda: Librarian – is not only a valuable brain


If your work is not attractive, you can do it. If people think that your work is not prestigious, you prove it.
If you are happy to go to work and your friends doubt that you work in the library, open your own secret.
I love to advertise and do my job fun. It’s not difficult, I just wanted something new, and adventures will find you.

Nadejda Zolotareva (Facebook)
Ukraine (Lugansk)

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