Homeworks from previous tours

Reflecting our thoughts and concerns on libraries and their future…

Bo Jacobsen: Reinventing the local library

Bo Benchmark 2013

The topic that I am most focused on to-day is the revitalization of the public library. If you could imagine a local community without a public library, what would make you feel the urge to develop a brand new one? In Vesthimmerland, Denmark, we have asked ourselves and  both users and non-users that question. This spring we have arranged three ideashops for the staff and generated 350+ ideas. We have also asked 864 citizens about their opinions. We are now analyzing the results of this work. Then we will reorganize the us, and then we will act. Our work is based on the DANISH “four-room model”described in Folkebibliotekerne i vidensamfundet (Public Libraries in the Knowledge Society, 2010). The model consists of four overlapping rooms: Inspirationroom, Learning room, Meeting room and the Performative room.

Links
http://slq.nu/?article=denmark-the-public-libraries-in-the-knowledge-society
http://centralbibliotek.dk/sites/default/files/a_new_model_of_the_public_library_-_final_artikel_dorte_skot-hansen.pdf.

Facts about Vesthimmerland and our libraries
Population: 37.500
4 libraries with a staff of 16
5 bookcafeés in villages (managed by volunteers)
Visits (2012) : 256.000
Loans (2012) : 333.000
Opening hours: 7-22 (each day)
Annual budget: 1.7 mio EUR

Bo Jacobsen (Facebook LinkedIn)

Other Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Categories

Archives