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Aija Jankava: Libraries are essential resource for transforming lives


Hi, all dears. I am school librarian for 22 years and would like to say – if societies have any hope of surviving and prospering, I believe that preserving libraries is vital.

There is no service in a society which does more for the advancement of a culture and education than libraries do. I am passionate about it.

Libraries are without question an amazing resource for transforming lives – we act in the world into which none of us had access before and we ran with the things we learned.

Aija, Latvia

Claudia Serbanuta: Is Everyone Welcome at the Public Library?


Public libraries are dedicated to providing services to all members of their community.  However, librarians face many challenges in implementing this desideratum.  From not being aware of special groups in the community, to budgets that force decisions that are exclusive to some populations, to allowing stereotypes to influence the librarians’ work, and so on, the reality is that in each community there are people who can be better served by the public library. During this unconference I will be inquiring my fellow librarians about the challenges they face when trying to serve different minorities and groups in their communities. In an increasingly global society, public libraries should and can serve their public in all its diversity.

Claudia Serbanuta (Twitter Blog)

Emily Meyer: How do lifelong learners stay organized?

Emily Meyer

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

Åke Nygren: What makes you motivated to go to work?

Åke Nygren, photo by Gitta Wilén
A couple of weeks ago, at IFLA Camp/Library Creative Laboratory in Kaliningrad, my collegue Ali and I gave a short talk on the subject of Motivation: “What makes you motivated to go to work?” Check it out here:
I’d like to continue the conversation around this topic:
  • How can we stay motivated when we face e.g. a societal crisis, a dysfunctional organization or lack of funding?
  • In hard times, how can we nourish our core values and re-discover our real driving forces?
Let’s gather good examples on how to deal with hard times in order to convert the obstacles into new exciting possibilites! Looking forward to seeing you all next week! 🙂
Åke Nygren (

Karen Holt: University Libraries and the Digital Humanities

Karen Holt

I’m interested in how university libraries and librarians are working with digital humanities projects. There are so many thought-provoking projects involving data, text, GIS, and visualization being developed on university campuses right now, and I think it’s a really exciting area for libraries to move into. I would like to be more involved in this work, so I’m curious about…..

  • What kind of infrastructure does your university and library provide for digital humanities work?
  • What types of digital humanities projects have you and/or your library been involved with?
  • How can libraries provide support for these projects?
  • How can we market our skills to faculty for these projects?
Karen Holt (Twitter)
Formerly of Northwestern University in Qatar and currently looking for a new position

Tarja Vuorinne: More surprises!

Tarja Vuorinne

After a hard year at work I’m so happy meeting you all and cycle with you! I want to be more playful and joyful and that’s why I’m interested in all kinds of surprises we and other libraries have invented and given to our customers and non-customers also: library bikes, pop-up-libraries, blind-dates-with-a-book, messages inside books or in the library space? What more could we do – inside and outside the library, by us or by our clients or together with our clients?


Vicky Duncan: how do we build capacity in research?


I work in an academic health sciences library.  Our national health sciences library conference has just ended, and one issue that arose was the desire and the need to do research in our field.  The major hurdle is that most of us feel ill-equipped to do “proper” research, since the majority have just taken one research methods course during our library training.  So how do we build capacity in research?  One idea that came up was the concept of a “mentorship program”.  I do sit on the Research Committee for the Canadian Health Libraries Association, so I would like to try to tackle this challenge.  Any experience or ideas that you have for me would be most welcome!

Thanks, and look forward to seeing you soon!

Vicky Duncan
Health Sciences Library
University of Saskatchewan

Till Kinstler: What is the price of software development for libraries?


I work at a library consortium and do software development for libraries there. In the last two years a colleague and I established all kinds of services around VuFind, an open source “library resource discovery portal” (or just call it “catalogue” 😉 ) software. We offer hosted installations, all kinds of individual customisations, development, coding, consulting, everything you want… Because this service is not part of our consortial base services (which are free for consortium members), we have to charge libraries. We decided for a simple pricing model: There are low, fixed prices that cover basic installation and maintenance costs. All customizations should be billed to match (real) costs/effort. The overall goal is an affordable offer for different needs.

One thing we got completely wrong in the beginning was the calculation of effort for library specific customisations. We roughly looked at the implementation complexity, estimated the time needed, added an N % “overhead surcharge” and wrote an offer (call it the “naive software developer’s pricing model”). If we were a company, we would have gone broke within weeks, because our calculations were way too low.

Why? It turned out, we spend much more effort on communication with our customers than on software implementation. But even if we adjusted the N % surcharge I mentioned above (means: became more expensive), we wouldn’t have a sufficient pricing model. Because the software implementation tasks for our customers tend to be rather trivial, while the communication effort is rather high, and more or less independent of the implementation effort. Basically, we could give away coding/implementation for free and just charge communication. Because we want to continue offering an affordable service, we are trying to change our pricing model and make communication more efficient. We have some ideas how to do that. I am looking forward to discuss them with you from your customer’s perspective. And maybe you have even better ideas for us how to establish a cost-covering, but still affordable pricing model?

Till Kinstler (Twitter)

Ella Mustamo: Library and politics


Is the idea of the public library itself a certain political act? Freedom, equality, the values of civil society, non-consumerism. Librarians are not just officials. Do we necessarily have to be politically neutral? And is it possible, really? (Inspired by Anne Waldman, a legendary beat-poet and an activist who performed on Saturday at Annikki Poetry Festival in Tampere, Finland.)

Ella Mustamo


Ann-Christin Karlén Gramming: The importance of continuing education as a library and information professional


I have been thinking about the importance of continuing education for a while. Most professional organizations offer courses and another way is taking university courses or even getting a second degree. There are loads of available courses both online and physical. These course have the added benefit of university credits.

A third way is doing online e-courses via Udacity or Coursera or other MOOCs. While online colleges probably won’t replace in-person education it’s great way of combining work and studies. Last but not least, attending conferences AND unconferences like cyc4lib is also a way of exploring new issues and meeting colleagues. The  biggest benefit as I see it is personal and professional development. Another benefit is the opportunity of networking, with librarians as well as other professions. I would like to discuss how you approach organize your continuing education. Does your employer recognise your effort?

 See you in a week or so!

Anki (Facebook Twitter LinkedIn)
Gothenburg Sweden



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