Greetings

Didier Tronchet – Petit traité de vélosophie

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Didier Tronchet, journaliste, humoriste et écrivain, auteur du “Petit traité de vélosophie” soutient Cycling for Libraries. Voici son message d’encouragement :

“Je soutiens cette belle action symbolique, fraternité évidente entre livre et vélo. Recevez mes encouragements et toute mon amitié”.

Avec l’autorisation de l’auteur, nous reproduisons un extrait du “Traité de vélosophie” :

“Nous, auteur du présent traité de vélosophie, proposons officiellement aux Etats du monde entier qu’obligation soit faite aux dirigeants de tous niveaux d’effectuer, de manière formelle et conformément à des dispositions constitutionnelles intangibles, un petit tour à vélo avant chaque prise de décision. Nous avons de sérieuses raisons de penser que la teneur de ces décisions pourrait s’en trouver modifiée dans le sens d’une plus grande justesse, alliée à la légèreté d’esprit requise (paradoxalement) plus la situation est grave ; autant d’effets avérés du pédalage sur la pensée humaine.”


Dominique Lahary

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De tous cœur avec les valeureuses et valeureux cyclistes pour les bibliothèques ! Leur avenir est assuré puisque même dans ma commune de 17 000 habitants où il n’y en avait pas, une médiathèque est enfin en construction !

Dominique Lahary
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Ancien directeur de la BDP du Val d’Oise
http://lahary.wordpress.com/


Jérôme Kalfon

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Il est difficile et peu recommandé de lire à bicyclette : promouvoir la lecture en pédalant relève du paradoxe. C’est ce paradoxe même qui, sans doute, attirera l’attention sur cette sympathique initiative. C’est l’occasion de découvrir autrement un pays, des paysages, et laisser libre cours à ses pensées, à son imagination, à son amour des mots.  Tiens à propos de mots, on dit que certains roulent à vélo, et d’autres à bicyclette. Les premiers courent, véloces, les autres se promènent… Bonne promenade, donc et qui sait, au détour d’un chemin peut être découvrirez-vous de nouveaux mots ?

Jérôme Kalfon
bicyclettiste au quotidien.


Gilles Eboli

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120 bibliothécaires à vélo sur les routes du sud de la France pour promouvoir la lecture publique est un projet original qui ne passera pas inaperçu. Le 13 août, vous franchirez la confluence entre Saône et Rhône peu avant que le thème ne soit débattu lors du congrès de l’IFLA. Vous serez porteurs d’un message sur le rôle fondamental que jouent les bibliothèques dans nos sociétés. Recevez tous mes voeux de réussite pour cette cyclo-biblio-rando-conférence.

Rendez-vous à Lyon le 13 août et en attendant, je vous souhaite bon vent dans le dos !

Gilles Eboli
Directeur de la Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon 


Jean-Philippe Accart

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“Le sport et l’intellect, rien de tel pour qu’une profession avance, bonne chance à Cyclo-biblio !”

“Sport and brain, the best combination for a profession to go forward, good luck to Cyclo-biblio!”

A bientôt,

Jean-Philippe
Learning Center, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Suisse)

 


Pierre Le Loarer

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À un moment où l’on redécouvre les avantages du vélo en ville (par rapport à l’environnement, la lutte contre la pollution, la nécessité de l’exercice physique, la santé, etc.) via de nombreuses initiatives du type « velib » et autres, pourquoi ne pas considérer les bibliothèques comme le lieu par excellence de l’exercice intellectuel, de la rencontre avec l’autre et de l’échange, du partage des connaissances ? N’est-ce pas ce à quoi l’initiativeCycling for libraries (Cyclo-Biblio) nous invite ?

En souhaitant un grand succès à ce projet en 2014,

Pierre Le Loarer
retraité, bibliothécaire en chef de l’Office des Nations Unies à Genève (2003 – 2011).
Ce soutien à l’initiative Cycling for libraries n’engage que son auteur.


Christian Massault

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Amateur de vélo, assisté pour franchir les collines rhodaniennes, je vous envoie mes vœux de réussite pour votre cyclo-biblio-tour du mois d’août. Je ne pourrais pédaler à vos côtés, étant engagé dans la préparation de votre accueil à Lyon au congrès de l’IFLA. Je suivrais néanmoins avec attention la progression de l’expédition le long de ces routes que je connais bien. Que l’énergie bibliothécovélonomique vous propulse vers la capitale des Gaules, sans vous emmêler les pinceaux.

Amitiés roulantes

Christian Massault
Directeur adjoint de la Médiathèque départementale de la Loire


Welcome to the Hague by Ingrid Van Engelshoven

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Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the Library Capital of the World. As you can imagine, I say this with a certain amount of pride.

The Hague is internationally known as the legal capital of the world. Our city attracts more than thirty thousand expats who work at multinationals such as Siemens or Shell. But we are also famous for our UN organisations such as the OPCW, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the Peace Palace. The Peace Palace, which houses the UN International Court of Justice, is one hundred years old this year.

We will be celebrating this jubilee in several ways, one of which is the Vredesloop Den Haag, a running event initiated by another organisation celebrating its one hundredth anniversary and which is the largest athletic association in The Hague: Haag Atletiek. I myself will be participating in the 10k run.

But you are certainly not sitting still either. You are cycling through the Netherlands. Actually, you are giving us a preview of the Tour de France! There is no better way to get to know our country. There is no better way to get to know each other. After all, this is actually what the tour is all about: an international meeting of professionals.

Today, you are stopping in The Hague. And we want to receive you properly. We are doing this in the heart of Dutch democracy: the Binnenhof. This is the podium for political debate. This is also the best place to talk about the future of our libraries.

Free, unlimited access to information. For every person living in The Hague. This is the main focus for how libraries in The Hague operate. The library sees this as a basic democratic right. This is why they provide such services as free use of WiFi and free access to more than a thousand international newspapers and documents issued by international organisations such as the OPCW. The library’s information specialists provide help in finding the right sources of information. For every person living in The Hague: young or old, highly educated or not, regardless of ethnicity or nationality.

The Hague Public Library promotes itself as the living room for the city, district or neighbourhood as based on the idea of the library being a ‘third place’. It offers a safe environment – the kind of environment you need for free access to information. It offers the perfect place for undisturbed study. It’s the ideal location for interacting with others living in the same district. The Hague Public Library creates no barriers. Our doors are open wide. To people living in our city, for institutions that can offer them something, and for tourists. Our library houses the city’s legal advice centre and the Tourist Information Office. It serves the city and the Municipal Health Service as an information centre. And for people who are unfamiliar with using computers, the library provides targeted training activities and assistance with completing digital forms.

Encouraging media familiarity, language skills and reading for young and old. These are the priorities in our policy. With its training activities in media familiarity, the library is acquainting citizens with new means of digital communication. With its language courses, it is offering immigrants access to the world of information available in Dutch. Not only immigrants but ten percent of ethnic minorities lack sufficient language skills in Dutch.

More and more, the library is becoming a place to work. And I support this development. Traditionally, the library has been a place where citizens find and use information; now it is also becoming an important place for them to generate information. Come and take a look on the fifth floor of the central library sometime. You’ll find dozens of students working here no matter what day you visit. Then you can see what I mean for yourself. Students enjoy the quiet they find here. They also find the information they need for good academic achievement. And best of all: they find each other here.

The Hague Public Library is so much more than a place where books are kept. New challenges lie ahead of us. Challenges I think we should take on. Yesterday, things were good. Tomorrow, though, they’ll be better! With this idea in mind, I am pleased to welcome you. Let’s share our knowledge and talk with each other about the future of the library. To put it in cyclists’ terms, ‘let’s gear up’. The world around us is changing rapidly. So we have to step up our own pace.

But the library is in good condition. So I foresee no problems, only challenges. Let’s take them on together.

Ingrid Van Engelshoven, Deputy Mayor


A greeting from Herman Van Rompuy

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We are proud to publish a special greeting to Cycling for libraries tour from Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council. This greeting is a very nice surprise for many reasons. It’s an invitation to us all to cycle to Belgium, it’s a haiku and it contains a very beautiful and the true idea. It reads as follows:

Lezers van boeken
Verbonden door één verhaal
Vormen een ketting.

Straight translation is roughly as follows:

Readers of books
Connected by a story
Form a chain.

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Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council
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Greetings from Muntpunt in Brussels

Cycling for libraries is coming to Belgium, whoohoo! Muntpunt is very exited about your visit to Brussels. As the metropolitan library, of course located in the beautiful city of Brussels, we hope you will find your way to our brand new building and to all the other gorgeous sites in the Belgian capital.

We wish you a great, safe and meaningful trip and hope to see you in Brussels!

Muntpunt

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Greetings from the flemish library and archive association VVBAD

We are thrilled to hear Cycling for Libraries is coming to Belgium this year! Cycling is a popular sport in Flanders and we have a well developed and extensive network of public libraries. Cycling & libraries: we know it is a winning combination!

Our association was founded in 1921, at the time the first public library act was established in Belgium. So, we have a long tradition of bringing librarians (and archivists) together around their common interests and values, of which freedom of information  is the central one.

Cycling for libraries is a wonderful grassroots events. We will encourage our flemish colleagues to join and we will support the event where ever we can. We hope together we can raise the interest of the press, the public and the politicians for the important role public libraries play in society.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Bruno Vermeeren
Co-ordinator VVBAD

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Hello from Civic Agenda based here in Brussels

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We have been working with technology in Libraries since 2005. Our sister company RegnerateIT led the way in providing Wi-Fi in UK Libraries from 2004 and we now provide Wi-Fi to many UK Libraries and most prestigiously the British Library.

Our real interests are how technology can be leveraged for Economic and social benefit and we identified the Public Library as a key point for delivery in this sector for reasons you as Librarians will know better than we do.

We began an annual discussion here in Brussels in 2009 when we began the European Congress on E-Inclusion and of course we found many voices from across Europe interested in this topic, but we wanted to get the European Commission to become more aware of this conversation and in 2010 the Conference was taken under the wing of the Belgium Presidency of the European Union. This meant that delegations from across the European Union attended and we were given strong support from the team at the Commission dealing with E-inclusion.

In 2011 we were able to link the Conference to the Polish Presidency of the European Union and we were part of the Gdansk Conference at which we were able to bring the Library experience to a mainstream conference on ICT across Europe.

This coincided with the Global Libraries team at BMGF asking us to support their European Union Working Group of 5 countries and their plans to advocate to the Commission for more recognition of the role of Libraries in education and social and e-inclusion and we have had a great year helping them develop their plans.

As the EU plans and funds it’s time towards 2020 we now believe the time is right for Public librarians and their supporters to “ride” to the European Parliament to meet MEPs and to present to them the fantastic opportunity that Public Libraries have to empower citizens of the European Union across its 27 borders and to change lives for the better as part of the EU 2020 European project.

While you take to your bicycles to change the Commission’s perception of Libraries Civic Agenda’s job here in Brussels will be to prepare for your arrival, welcoming you and to make sure your MEPs know you are coming. We will ask a host MEP to bring you into the Parliament building to meet MEPs and their assistants. There will be a reception and activities during the day to give the best chance to meet the Commission and to share your ideas with them.

Civic Agenda will work with you and the team in Finland to develop a “key message” for you to bring and an “ask” to MEPs, to ensure we help them see the link between their EU2020 goals and the work of Librarians in across Europe’s communities.

We look forward to welcoming you to Brussels in June!

Robin Knowles
Civic Agenda


Greetings from Katre Riisalu and Estonian Librarians Association to all the Cycling for Libraries 2012 participants!

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The Estonian Librarians Association is very happy to greet you in Estonia. Our country may be small, but it is rich in contents. We wish you a nice and a meaningful trip, emotional get-together with colleagues and hope that you enjoy the beautiful views of Estonian nature.

I’m sure that this unconference will give you new ideas and knowledge, good memories and good friends.

Welcome to Estonia!

Katre Riisalu
President of the Estonian Librarians Association


Greeting from Kristina Virtanen and IFLA WLIC 2012 in Helsinki

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I want to salute and applaud all the participants taking part in this year’s Cycling for Libraries tour.

I think Cycling for Libraries is a wonderful marketing tool and opportunity to promote libraries in the societies that they cycle through. It is a good occasion for librarians to meet each other in different environments, and at the same time an inspirational and unique possibility to develop future libraries with the discussions and seminars that will take place during the tour.

I am glad to wish Cycling for Libraries success. At the same time I also want to welcome all the participants to Finland after an active tour in the Baltic States; to take part in IFLA WLIC 2012 in Helsinki, or one of the different pre-conferences in the Baltic States or Finland.

Kristina Virtanen
WLIC 2012 in Helsinki
National coordinator


A welcome from Alma Masevičienė and Raimonda Mockutė from Lithuanian Librarian Association

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It‘s great honor to our country that the project Cycling for Libraries 2012 will be started in our capital Vilnius. As saying in our country – good start is a half of work. So we‘ll try to create an unforgettable start for this adventure via Baltic states. We want to wish strength and good wind for everyone and here is an entertaining invitation for all of you! 🙂

See you in Vilnius!!!

Alma Masevičienė and Raimonda Mockutė
Lithuanian Librarian Association


A welcome from Silvija Tretjakova and Latvian Librarians Association

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Hearty greeting to all the Cycling for Libraries 2012 participants! I am impatiently awaiting the end of July when we will be meeting in Vilnius. For me, last year’s ride was the most striking thing I had done in the previous decade. The people I met and the time we spent together cannot be compared with any other mode of communication. The sense of closeness with the journey mates that stems from overcoming, what at least for me was, a physically strenuous journey, is unique. I am overtaken with joy as I am writing back and forth with all of you; I am looking forward to giving you all the best our country has, show you the most beautiful nooks and crannies, visit the best libraries, and introduce you to the supporters of Latvian libraries. We are working hard on the preparations and I do hope we will succeed in showing all we have. We have selected the itinerary, and next week we will help Mace and Jukka chose between two challenging gravel-covered routes between Sigulda and Valmiera. It will be great!

After the ride from Copenhagen to Berlin we claimed to no end what a success it had been! In all Library Association of Latvia meetings, we have been stressing the opportunity for a challenge that Cycling for Libraries offers. We will have supporters join us for many of the legs of the trip through Latvia. Writers have been called on to join conversations with the locals where the library bus Katarina Jee will be stopping.

The destination in Helsinki – the IFLA Annual Conference “Libraries Now! – Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering” – is a spot-on encouragement for librarians all over the world. But first: “Librarians and Library Lovers Now! – Cycling for Libraries in the Baltic States”.

Silvija Tretjakova
President of Latvian Library Association


A welcome from Triinu Seppam and Tallinn Central Library

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On behalf of Tallinn Central Library and many colleagues from other Estonian libraries, I would like to welcome you to Estonia. An initiative like Cycling for libraries will surely enrichen our library community and bring focus to libraries in our society. We wish you (and me) a soft saddle, long and sustained descent (from the hills), strong will and bright thoughts. And I would like to say to all librarians and friends of libraries – you rock! May Aleksander Sibul (the Force) be with you!

Triinu Seppam
Director of Library Services of Tallinn Central Library


IFLA President-elect’s greeting to CFL2012

It is a great pleasure for me to wish again all the best for the Cycling for Libraries participants. This event is for the second time now. It will again become an unforgetable experience for the participants especially,  for the colleagues who meet the cyclists in their own libraries and also for the  citizens who meet them on the way from Vilnius to Tallinn. I am looking forward to see photos, videos, tweets and blogs from CFL2012 unforconference. Welcome to the Helsinki IFLA World Library and Information Congress in August! Safe trip!

Best wishes

Sinikka Sipilä
Secretary General
Finnish Library Association
IFLA President-elect 2011-2013


Katarina Jee joins the Cyc4lib -journey

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Katarina Jee, the mobile library of Tallinn Central Library, was born in Finland in a small place called Kiitokori in 2008.

Katarina Jee got its name from the book “Toomas Nipernaadi”. The book was written by August Gailit, who has enriched Estonian literature, author, who has managed to capture Estonians inner world. In the book Katarina Jee had many boats – and Tallinn Central Library is like Katarina Jee who gives it’s “boat” to the citizens, so it could distribute information and knowledge. Katarina Jee is serving the citizens of Tallinn since 13th of May 2008.

Katarina Jee stops regularly at 26 places all over the Tallinn, in places where no libraries are nearby. She also participates at different events for kids and adults, visits schools and kindergartens. People can choose the book of their interest from the collection of 8000 items. There are about 4000 books in the bus every day, including the classical literature, both in Estonian and Russian. Most of the books are fiction. All the books in the mobile library can be found from the online catalogue ESTER.

In the summer of 2012 Katarina Jee is planning to visit Lithuania, Latvia and Southern Estonia with her friends, the librarians with bicycles. And in that journey in cooperation with librarians and writers she is planning to talk about libraries and literature to all the friends of the libraries among the way. When arriving back to Tallinn, she waves and continues her journey to Helsinki, to meet her friends in IFLA.

In Tallinn on the 8th of August: Tallinn Central Library and the children celebrate the end of the 10th summer reading program “The summer with the book”. All the librarians with bicycles, let’s surprise the children with reading a poem to them in Estonian!

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Kiitokori Oy is the leading Finnish special vehicle manufacturer. Kiitokori is designing, manufacturing and marketing library buses, buses, shop mobiles, medical and health care vehicles, aircraft de-icing vehicles as well as other special vehicles. Kiitokori is a major manufacturer of library buses in Nordic countries.


Greetings from Michel Wesseling

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Greetings from The Netherlands

On behalf of the Dutch Association of Information Professionals (NVB) it is my great pleasure to congratulate the people who took the initiative with the succesful activity that you have developed. I would also very much like to wish the participants all the best in achieving your goal: bridging the distance between Copenhagen and Berlin, two wonderful cities with interesting and intriguing libraries. Cycling from the Black Diamond to Berlin, where the Senatsbibliothek will be opening their new venue at the end of May.

From the country where in 2008 18 million bycicles were owned by 16 million inhabitants I sincerely hope you will not be faced with the headwind many libraries are confronted with nowadays.

Michel Wesseling
President NVB


Kick-off party in Copenhagen Main Library

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100 bicycling library professionals from all over the world will arrive in Copenhagen for the mobile conference ‘Cycling for Libraries’. To celebrate the event, the Libraries of Copenhagen hosts a kick-off party! The splendour of it all takes place at The Main Library. There’ll be drinks and food, and wonderful live music with the klezmer band ‘Orkestar Baxtalo’. Meet international elite of fantastic and enthusiastic library professionals. Bring along your best colleague, and help send off the field with a bang!

The address: Copenhagen Main Library
Date: Friday May 27th 2011 6.30 pm to 10 pm
Entrance: Store Kannikestræde 14

There is also a PDF-version for printing and sharing: CFL_invitation eng_ret.pdf


Kirjastokaista.fi – a library web TV

Kirjastokaista.fi is a Finnish library web TV. There are hundreds of videos marketing and presenting libraries and the library sector at http://www.kirjastokaista.fi/. The Kirjastokaista videos include interviews, recordings of events, documentaries and scripted programs in Finnish, Swedish and Eng-lish. Kirjastokaista.fi is funded by the Education and Culture Ministry.

We will be there at Cycling for libraries tour, too! We are involved in filming the whole trip and making sure with you that it will be the most exciting TV documentary about libraries and librarians!


Greetings from Mikko Lahtinen

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Public library is a great equaliser, as Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards formulates in his intelligent autobiography Life. In the Nordic countries the public libraries, with schooling system and health and social services, are essential element of social justice, democracy and welfare. So, Cycling for libraries is a strong act for the common welfare and social equality or, on the otherwise, an act against current neoliberalism with its harsh politics of privatisation, capitalisation and destruction of public services.

Cycling library friends of all countries, unite!

Mikko Lahtinen, “Man of Libraries”

Author of Kirjastojen maa [‘Land of Libraries‘], (Vastapaino, 2010, ISBN 978-951-768-315-9)


Greetings from the National Library of Finland

The National Librarian of Finland sends his greeting on behalf of the whole National library. You have invented a vital and new form of cultural diplomacy. Keep the tires rolling, avoid most of the Gasthauses and bring the message to every library.

I wish a journey of a lifetime to you all!

Kai Ekholm
Director, The National Library of Finland


Greetings from GBV

We here at the computer center of the largest german library union are happy to support the first international Cycling for Libraries unconference and wish all particpants an outstanding event with a lot of discussions on trending topics and a great social event too.

Quite some part of the cycling tour is running across the GBV region and we hope you enjoy the beautiful landscape between Rostock and Berlin with so many lakes and nice spots and get a lot of inspirations and new ideas for all the demanding topics in the world of libraries today.

May the sun be with you and the wind be pushing from the back!

Michael Rathai
Head of Digital Library Department
rathai(at)gbv.de


Greetings from CILIP Cymru!

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Cyfarchion oddi wrth lyfrgellwyr Cymru – greetings from the librarians of Wales, and good luck to everyone on the Cycling for Libraries ride from Copenhagen to Berlin in June.

I’m President of CILIP Cymru, the association that represents librarians throughout Wales. Wales is a mountainous country and not the ideal terrain for cyclists, but many people do cycle here, including Olympic gold medallist Nicole Cook.

What could be a better match than bicycles and librarians?

When ‘safety bicycles’ arrived in the 1880s they came as liberators: for those who lived in unhealthy cities, and especially for young women. Today bikes still mean freedom for millions of people, young and old – as do libraries. Like libraries they do minimal damage to our planet. And bikes are naturally communal: they like to congregate together, and they positively encourage conversation and friendship. Like libraries they radiate enlightenment and delight.

Good cycling and a happy unconference!

Andrew Green
President
CILIP Cymru
andrew.green@llgc.org.uk


Greetings from the Rostock University Library

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Dear colleagues and enthusiastic cyclists!

Rostock, a Hanseatic port city with a history of almost 800 years, is the largest city in Germany’s north-eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and home to the oldest university on the shores of the Baltic sea.

Our port is an important gateway for travellers from and to Scandinavia – it is therefore quite fitting that the Cycling for Libraries Tour will arrive in Germany in our Überseehafen (overseas port)! We are looking forward to your arrival and are especially happy that the initiative and a lot of support for the tour is coming from our Finnish sister city, Turku.

Welcoming you will be a wonderful opportunity for us to discuss new ideas for library and information services in the 21st century – normally, we would have to travel quite far for such an international environment! Together with our colleagues from Rostock City Library and librarians from across the state we are preparing a special half-way event as well as social and cultural events that we hope will get any tired limbs back into shape!

CU in Rostock!

Robert Zepf
Director of Rostock University Library

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Greetings from Turku

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Dear colleagues,

thanks to two innovative Finnish library persons – Mace Ojala and Jukka Pennanen – the library people have the opportunity to experience Cycling for Libraries, the big cycling tour from Copenhagen to Berlin in the beginning of this summer.

Cycling, discussing interesting and important library topics, meeting colleagues, creating new contacts, enjoying the nature, getting into good condition, having fun. That is going to happen on the way from Copenhagen to Berlin from May 27th to June 7th this year. This cycling tour is a brilliant way to exchange ideas and experiences outside comfortable conference rooms, and at the same time it is the most ecological way to connect culture, sports, and human interaction.

I am happy that Turku City Library has the possibility to give home to the project, especially during this year when Turku is the European Capital of Culture. I also thank the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture for funding this project.

I wish favourable winds to the great experience!

Inkeri Näätsaari
Director of Libraries
Turku City Library


“Libraries for the Future – Future for the Libraries”

Berlin will host the 100th Deutsche Bibliothekartag from 7 to 10 June 2011 under the slogan “Libraries for the Future – Future for the Libraries”. The largest central advanced training seminar and scientific conference for the German librarianship has been organised and brought to you by the Berufsverband Information Bibliothek (BIB) and the Verein Deutscher Bibliothekare (VDB) in cooperation with the Deutscher Bibliotheksverband (dbv).

This anniversary celebration of Librarian Day focuses on the future. What challenges will libraries face in the next years, what does society expect of them and what do libraries have to offer society? At the same time, the 100th anniversary also calls for a look back: What have we achieved in the last years, how have we solved the obstacles in our way, and where do we stand now?

Participants will be animated to discuss and benefit from the theoretical, methodical and practical contributions from all fields of the library and the wealth of information of the inland as well as foreign countries.

More information (in German) http://www.bibliothekartag2011.de/

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Grußwort „Cycling for Libraries“

Willkommen zum 100. Deutschen Bibliothekartag

Als Veranstalter des 100. Deutschen Bibliothekartages, der wichtigsten und größten Fortbildungstagung für den Bibliotheks- und Informationsbereich in Deutschland, freuen wir uns sehr, dass unsere Jubiläumstagung der Abschluss der Radtour und das Ziel der sportlichen Kolleginnen und Kollegen sein wird. Cycling for libraries – quasi eine “mobile Vorkonferenz” mit internationaler Beteiligung! Eine großartige Idee, die mich sofort begeistert hat! Die Verbindung von fachlicher Diskussion zu aktuellen, international relevanten Bibliotheksthemen und dem Spaß an der Bewegung und am Naturerlebnis wird nicht nur eine besondere Erfahrung für die Teilnehmer werden. Der Weg von Kopenhagen nach Berlin ist lang genug, um sich informell auszutauschen, Kontakte zu knüpfen und die Köpfe zu lüften. Wir wünschen der Initiative, dass sie auch das Ziel, durch diese ungewöhnliche Aktion Aufmerksamkeit für Bibliotheken zu erzeugen, erreicht. Man sieht es an der wachsenden Zustimmung für das Event: Bibliothekare sind nicht nur in fachlicher Hinsicht ein bewegliches und innovationsfreudiges Völkchen!

Mögen alle Teilnehmer die Tour genießen, gesund in Berlin ankommen und dann mit frischer Energie in die Konferenztage eintauchen. Gut 3000 applaudierende Kolleginnen und Kollegen sind Ihnen sicher!

“Cycling for Libraries” address

As the organizers of the 100th German Library Conference, the most important and largest conference for the library and information field in Germany, we are very pleased that our jubilee conference is the destination of our athletic colleagues and will wrap up the cycling tour. Cycling for Libraries—you might even call it a “mobile pre-conference” on an international level! It’s a great idea that immediately got me excited. The pairing of professional discussion of current and internationally relevant library topics with the joys of exercise and nature will not just be a memorable experience for the participants. The distance between Copenhagen and Berlin is a long enough stretch for informal exchange, to make new contacts and to refresh your minds. Our wish for the initiative is that this unique campaign will also fulfill its goal of drawing attention to libraries. The growing support of this event is proof enough: librarians are a mobile and innovative bunch!

May all participants enjoy the tour, arrive safe and sound in Berlin and immerse in the conference with fresh energy.

A good 3000 colleagues will be cheering for you!

Riedel

Susanne Riedel
(Vorsitzende, Berufsverband Information Bibliothek e.V.) / für die Veranstalter
(President, Berufsverband Information Bibliothek e.V.) on behalf of the organizing associations Verein Deutscher Bibliothekare e.V. (VDB) and Berufsverband Information Bibliothek e.V. (BIB)


Greetings from the Followalibrary Day

 

The organising team of Followalibrary Day supports the Cycling for Libraries initiative fully. In the age where libraries are threatened by closure due to economical and technological developments it is of vital importance to bring libraries and librarians beyond their traditional buildings. Either in the virtual world, like we did, or in the real world, like Cycling for Libraries is doing. Libraries must seize new opportunities in order to keep fulfilling their crucial role of gateways to information. We wish the initiators of this great project the best of luck!

Edwin Mijnsbergen
Harriet de Man
Poulus Bliek
Ad Aerts
Lukas Koster
Wilma van den Brink


Libraries are strong – especially together

German Library Association

Cycling for libraries proudly presents one of its active and internationally-oriented partners – the German library Association. The Association has participated in the preparation of the Cycling for libraries arrangements in Germany in many ways on very short notice and thus contributed to the success of this peculiar event. The German Library Association has also been organizing a joint program with the cyclists in Berlin during the coming 100th Jubiläums-Bibliothekartag on 7th June. Cycling for libraries would like to thank the German Library Association for the fruitful cooperation and looks forward to continuing to bring libraries at the center of the information society.


The German Library Association (dbv) is the professional body representing all German libraries and uniting them as equal partners, irrespective of size or sector, ranging from the largest state or university library down to the smallest local community library and including special libraries, church libraries, public library service centres and training institutions. For the past few years sponsors from the academic and economic sectors have actively supported the work of the dbv, which also welcomes library patron groups.

We cooperate with numerous national and international committees and organisations on behalf of our approximately 2,000 members. At the political level the dbv is headed by the President and at the executive level by the Executive Committee with the advisory assistance of a Board including representatives from both the library and political sectors. Nine Sections corresponding to professional areas of interest and 16 branches at federal state level further represent the interests of our members. These activities are supported and coordinated by the head office in Berlin.

We keep our members up to date on our work through our Newletter, the International Newsletter, the dbv yearbook, individual articles in professional journals, our Annual General Meeting and regular updates to our website.

Our aims

The German Library Association exists to promote German libraries and information, the study of librarianship and information science, the further development of libraries and cooperation between all libraries and institutions of librarianship. We embrace the common concerns of librarianship and information.

We focus on strengthening the position of libraries and the institutions of librarianship within politics and society. Our objective is to increase awareness of our impact on culture and education. We promote the advancement of librarianship.

Our mission includes the promotion of reading and the adoption of modern information tehcniques as an indispensable pre-requisite for participation in society, knowledge and information.

Our organisation

The Members’ Assembly is the top-level organ of our association. Assembly members determine the Association’s policy guidelines and so reach decisions on all matters of fundamental importance.

The President and the two Vice-Presidents are leading political or administrative personalities, elected to office by the Members’ Assembly. They represent the Association in the public sphere and advise the Executive Committee and Board on all important decisions.

The Executive Committee is likewise elected by the Members’ Assembly. It consists of three representatives of academic and public libraries respectively. The Chairman or Chairwoman is elected as an additional member of the Board from the academic and public sectors in turn. The Committee is responsible for managing the activities of the dbv and acts as its official representative. The Chairman or Chairwoman must be a professional librarian; the remaining six members represent public and academic libraries in equal proportions.

The Board supports the work of the Executive Committee. Its members include the Chairmen and Chairwomen of the federal branches and sections, together with representatives of national, federal state and local government associations, the German Research Foundation and independent library funding bodies. The Board debates problems of particular significance for the library system and serves our Association in an advisory function.

Our Regional Branches represent our interests at federal state level. Their chief concern is to promote the library and information system within each state, to enhance understanding of its significance and implications, to improve cooperation within the appropriate institutions and to discuss matters of common professional interest. The Regional Branches work closely with the central federal association, professional institutions and other organisations.

Our association is divided into nine Sections. Each Section embraces libraries of similar size or sector, enabling them to collaborate, exchange know-how and work on common solutions to professional problems.

We have created specialist commissions to deal with specific issues.

Commissions

  • Services Commission
  • Management Commission
  • Law Commission
  • Libraries and Schools
  • Libraries for Children and Young People
  • Acquisitions and Collections Development
  • Intercultural Library Work

The Head Office is the central point of exchange, assisting the Association’s organs, running the day-to-day business and linking to a network of multiple contacts.

Partners of the German Library Association

We enjoy the assistance of a number of powerful partners in our work at national and international level, among them institutions at national, regional and local level such as ministries, research organisations and association. In the cultural politics sphere we are able to draw on a pool of partners taht support the area of Book an Reading.

We are active members of, and the main financial contributors to, the national umbrella organisation Federal Union of German Library and Information Associations (BID). At the European level our interests are represented through the BID’s membership of EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations) and world-wide through our participation in IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions). We send delegates to the Permanent Commission for international exchange called Library and Information International (BI-International).


Endorsement from Phil Bradley, Vice President of CILIP

phil bradley

Everyone at Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) wishes every success to the Cycling for Libraries project. It’s a marvelous example of the way in which libraries can positively affect local and national communities while at the same time emphasising the importance of the work of both libraries and librarians. Moreover, it’s a wonderful initiative which combines a sound ecological message and illustrates that knowledge and information is dynamic, on the move and exciting – all key elements of libraries in 2011.

Phil Bradley (@PhilBradley)
Vice President
CILIP


Greeting from the Swedish Library Association

Inga-Lunden-pax
Poetry in motion. That must be cycling on your own on your bike in the midst of a crowd of colleagues. A poetry cycle, when the wheel spins silently to the asphalt. It’s a great idea and I know the ideas will flow along the road.

Best wishes!

Inga Lundén
President, Swedish Library Association


Greetings from Guldborgsund libraries

janholmquist

Libraries are moving in the right direction. The Cycling for libraries un-conference is an nontraditional and inventive way to highlight that fact. To tell the world about the importance of libraries in an unexpected way, and to share ideas about the future of libraries across borders while actually crossing them.

There are many good stories about libraries that need to be shared with people who already use libraries, and with those who don´t use them yet. Sharing ideas among the participants will hopefully lead to new and better practices and to new ideas we can bring to life once the bike is parked in Berlin and we return to our libraries. Personally I think I get some of my best ideas riding my bike to work.

I strongly support this conference and I am looking forward to welcoming the participants when you reach the Danish island of Falster.

Jan Holmquist (@janholmquist)
Biblioteksfaglig chef, Guldborgsund-bibliotekerne


Greetings from KOBV Consortium

beaterusch

Cycling for Libraries – a conference on wheels. What a great, compelling idea. As the Cooperative Library Network Berlin Brandenburg (KOBV) we are proud to host the ending conference of this international library project on June 6th, 2011 in Berlin. We are looking forward to welcoming library lovers from around the world. We are sharing a common interest: to sharpen the profile and services of libraries to make them fit for the future.

Beate Rusch
Vice Director of KOBV Consortium


Greetings from Oulu University student-guild Index

index

!Hello!

And greetings from Oulu, the cycling capital of Finland! Oulu is a city well-known for the most extensive cycleway network in Finland and as students we know its value. Bicycle is a dear travelling companion for us all year round. Winter cycling in extreme temperatures is what makes you a real student and a resident of Oulu. As well as saving money, we value preserving the nature and getting exercise. What could be better than combining all these things with a great company of library lovers?

Like cycling, also collaboration with people who have the same interests as us, is close to our hearts. Cycling For Libraries is a great example of the fact that professional co-operation and network building does not have to be boring and overly official. Networking by planning and doing things together, having fun and organizing and participating in a large variety of events is also a core part of the activity of Index, the student organization of Information Studies students in the University of Oulu.

Even though we might not be physically present in the event, we certainly will be following your journey. Happy cycling!

If you want to know more about Information Studies in the University of Oulu, go to the website at http://www.oulu.fi/hutk/info/en/index.html

Taru Tanska
President
Index ry.

Elina Partanen
Vice president
Index ry.


Greeting from the secretary general of the Finnish Library Association

I wish every success for the Cycling For Libraries project. It is a perfect example of the creativity that can be found in libraries. Cycling For Libraries supports the ideology of sustainable development in libraries, it is a concrete and collaborative way to promote libraries and it brings together cycling-minded professionals. This is a real win-win project.

Sinikka Sipilä
Secretary General Finnish Library Association


Greetings from the German Library Association dbv

monika ziller

100 and more cycling international library colleagues are on their way to the 100th German Library Conference—the German Library Association (dbv) is excited about the Cycling For Libraries idea and looks forward to welcome our athletic colleagues in Berlin in June 2011!

Speed, dynamics and motion—such qualities are not only vital to move ahead on a bicycle but are also characteristic for the development of today’s libraries. This shared athletic and fun campaign sends a message against the stale image of libraries, and fits well into the concept of the Jubilee Library Conference. The dbv explicitly supports this international initiative and will encourage our members to participate.

We will experience this journey together and look forward to seeing you come down the home stretch–welcome to Germany, cycling librarians!

Monika Ziller
Chair Executive Committee
German Library Association



Turku managing the cycling project

A new phase in the cycling project began in November when Turku City Library began to manage it. We now have new and energetic members who are taking care of the preparing of the cycling event Copeanhagen-Berlin with us. Turku is the one of the oldest towns in Finland and it shares the title of European cultural capital with Tallinn in Estonia next year. Turku is also a twin city with Rostock, one of our stops in Germany.


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