Participants 2014

Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard: Library-didactive approaches in informal information-dealing situations


‘Ello everyone, my name is Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard. I work at Copenhagen Public Libraries.

I’m currently on loan to Kultur Valby, which is a hub for alot of facilities including sports facilities, libraries, theaters and culturehouses (open workshop buildings for the public). We’ve also decided to build, host and run a FabLab.., That’s where I’m employed. My work is to plan and hold educational tracks from the facilities but also open up the technology for the wider public. I’m sort of a library liasson or the rather I’m heading up the collective effort to test and find relevancy between the so-called makermovement/cocretion and libraries.

What I find interestng and what really lies at the core of my work is not 3D printing, lasercutting or programming but rather the good ol’e question of how we as librarians make available the relevant information that ties into the themes that we focus on. For me it boils down to finding that library-didactive approach to the informal information-dealing situation that were faced with everyday. That’s what My head will be filled with under the helmet!

Jean-Philippe Aynié: Squeezed by technology…?


Hello everyone, my name is Jean-Philippe Aynié. I work at the law and economics academic library of Montpellier as a manager in charge of the students’ training programs and the users services.

I would like to take the opportunity offered by C4L to share with a hundred of librarians a concern with which many people agree but don’t talk that much. I mean the way we work as librarians in a world where the pace of our lives is getting faster and faster. Underlying this issue is the role of new technologies: have they delivered the expected benefits they were supposed to give?
In fact I would like to subscribe to this sentence of French movie-maker Pascale Ferran about her very last movie “Bird people” and share it with you :

“I tried to see how the world would come into myself. With this time acceleration, this constant process, object and activity change make me crazy. Also, with the changing definition of public space that is increasingly becoming an extension of the private space due to the fact individuals can now extend their private sphere because of the technology progress. We say that the world is becoming more difficult to understand, but I have a different view and I’m ready to think that the outcome of this evolution will be positive. The fact of the matter is that we are numerous to hope for something different.”

I would like librairies as well as our librarian task bring a part of the answer. In my opinion, C4L falls within this scope.

See you very soon…

Je m’appelle Jean-Philippe Aynié et je travaille à la BU droit et sciences économiques de l’université de Montpellier où je suis en charge des services aux publics et de la formation des étudiants.

Ma participation à C4L est très simple : saisir l’opportunité que représente la rencontre d’une centaine de bibliothécaires à vélo, venus de tous pays pour discuter d’un sujet de préoccupation dont j’ai le sentiment qu’il est assez partagé bien que peu exprimé. Je veux parler de la façon dont nous travaillons et de ce qui nous motive aujourd’hui en tant que bibliothécaires dans un monde qui se caractérise par l’accélération de nos rythmes de vie. Derrière cette interrogation se pose la question des nouvelles technologies : celles-ci ont-elles apportées les bénéfices escomptés ? En fait je voudrais faire mienne et partager cette réflexion de la cinéaste Pascale Ferran qui disait à propos de son tout dernier film « Bird People » :

« J’ai essayé de regarder comment le monde entrait en moi. Avec cette accélération du temps, ce changement incessant de régime, d’objet, d’activité, qui en fait me rend dingue. Avec également cette modification de l’espace public qui devient une extension de l’espace privé, chaque individu y prolongeant, grâce aux nouvelles technologies, sa bulle privée. On dit que le monde est devenu incompréhensible, je ne le pense pas et je suis prête à penser qu’il va accueillir quelque chose de bien. Le fait est que nous sommes très nombreux à aspirer à autre chose. »

J’aimerais que les bibliothèques, que notre travail de bibliothécaire apportent une partie de la réponse. Pour moi, C4L s’inscrit dans ce cadre-là.

A très bientôt,

Emmanuel Courtine: How do librarians give access to e-collections in our catalogs?


My name is Emmanuel Courtine and I’m a cataloging librarian in an academic library, called « Cujas » Library in Paris.

This library is for affiliates of the University of Paris 1 and 2 – Sorbonne, and our field is law. My work deals with cataloging printed books in French, English and German. I catalog rare old books from our rare books collection, part of which is being digitized, in cooperation with the French National Library.

I’m interested in the future of our catalogs, related to e-books and e-collections. Nowadays, e-collections are accessible through portals which enable federated searches in metadata stored in knowledge bases (or using link resolvers) and in records produced by librarians. National agencies, like ABES, deliver metadatas in the context of national licences, which can be used by union catalogs or knowledge bases, in order to describe e-collections. Therefore, catalogs are not alone to give access to ressources in our libraries. What will be the place of our catalogs in the digital library ?


Tom Brumfit: Physical space in academic libraries


Tom Brumfit

Hello everyone, I am Tom Brumfit, a Document Delivery Librarian at the University of Bath.

I’m interested in the use of physical space in academic libraries. How can academic libraries accommodate a growing student population’s demand for physical space for group and private study; what effect does that demand have on librarians’ attitudes to their print collections and how best to meet information demands through electronic means and document supply services.

Looking forward to meeting you all on the 6th!




Gert-Jan van Velzen: Building a collection of digital publications

Gert-Jan van Velzen

Hi, My name is Gert-Jan van Velzen.

I do work as account manager for the Dutch deposit collection of the Royal Library (KB) in The Hague. Unlike many other countries, the Netherlands has no legal deposit. We ask the publisher, institutions, foundations, associations as well as individuals to deposit one copy for free at the Royal Library in The Hague. When it is not possible for the publisher to deposit without payment there is a possibility to pay the publisher. But 90% of all publications are received without an invoice.

The focus of the Royal Library is changing from print to digital publications. The KB has made an agreement with Google to digitize 160,000 royalty-free books from the 18th and 19th centuries. There are also other initiatives to digitize other parts of the collection including journals and handwritings. Except digitization the KB tries also to collect more and more directly digital publications.

With the help of IBM a e-Deposit system was built originally for articles from scientific journals and later on also for loading monographic publications with the purpose to keep them save for long term digital preservation. At the moment a new system is build but unfortunately there are many problems. Because of this a part of my work to collect more digital publications stagnant at the moment.

I hope I can learn and hear from other librarians (hopefully from other National Libraries too) how they are dealing with the issue of building a collection of digital publications and how to give access to them for the long term.

Besides my work as account manager I am also secretary of the KB works council. At the moment we are very busy with an integration process with The Netherlands Institute for Public Libraries (SIOB). Starting January 2015 SIOB and his staff will be part of the KB.So for me it is also very interesting to learn more about public libraries and in particular, how they cope with digital information and digital publications.

Virginie Eck: Ça veut dire quoi être bibliothécaire aujourd’hui ?


My name is Virginie Eck and I work at the public library of Lyon, France.

I’m in charge of one the 15th libraries of the city, the Saint-Jean’s library, place of the official Cyclo-biblio arrival on the 13th of August. Last february, I joined the french team of Cyclo-biblio to organize with Lara the arrival in Lyon. I hope you will enjoy it !

I think my question will spread and be debated everyday during the travel …

What does being a librarian today mean ? Ça veut dire quoi être bibliothécaire aujourd’hui ?

Cultural organizer, information manager, purchaser, computer scientist, marketing specialist …. are a part of the librarian’s skills needed today.
What about the role of the librarians dealing with evolution of the material and immaterial medium, the way of using the library, with the changes in the information seeking, and the evolution of the social context (more and more homeless or unemployed)?
How can we succeed in understanding the needs of our (new) visitors ? which new skills do we have to get ?

Animateur, documentaliste, acquéreur, informaticien, spécialiste en marketing …. une partie de la panoplie des compétences requises en bibliothèque aujourd’hui. Entre l’évolution des supports, matériels et immatériels, des usages, des besoins et l’évolution du contexte social (de plus en plus de chômeur et de SDF… ), quel est le rôle des bibliothécaires et comment connaitre et répondre aux nouvelles demandes de nos (nouveaux) usagers ? quelles sont les nouvelles compétences requises ?

Homework #1 is already done : I went on the top of Mont Ventoux (1911m) last spring…
Homework #3 is also ok !

I’m looking forward to meet all of you very very soon


Antoine Torrens: How can libraries favour access to neutral information in a digital world ?


Hello everyone, my name is Antoine Torrens and I live in Paris. As a librarian, as a library user and as a wikipedian, I feel very concerned about information reliability in the digital world.

Within the vast amount of informations that webbrowsers index but no one is able to master, how can we help keep information unbiased ? What role can libraries play to support, everywhere in the world, access to reliable information ? As information becomes more open, it is also likely to be manipulated politically or commercially. What tools, both technological and conceptual, can we provide our users with in order to favour information neutrality?

Though the mission of our libraries may never have been more necessary, there is a long way ahead before accomplishing it satisfactorily.

Comment les bibliothèques peuvent-elles favoriser l’accès à une information neutre dans un monde numérique ?

Dans la masse d’informations que les moteurs de recherche indexent mais que nul n’est en mesure de maîtriser, comment favoriser une information impartiale ? Quel rôle les bibliothèques peuvent-elles jouer pour permettre, partout dans le monde, l’accès à une information fiable et vérifiable ?
À l’heure où l’information devient enfin ouverte et contributive, elle subit aussi le risque de la manipulation politique ou commerciale. Quels outils informatiques et conceptuels pouvons-nous mettre à la disposition du public pour maintenir la qualité de l’information ?

Alors que la mission de nos bibliothèques n’a peut-être jamais été aussi nécessaire, il reste bien du chemin à parcourir pour y répondre de manière satisfaisante.

See you very soon !


Stine Grabas: How do we innovate libraries?


My name is Stine Grabas and I’m working at the public library in Guldborgsund –Denmark.

On our route last year in the perfect summer weather with no wind or rain, we were presented for the slogan “innovate or die”. I would like to know from each of the participants: what have you done to innovate the library or what have been the best project?


Olga Lachenmeier: Digitization and digital reproduction of older prints


Dear cyclists, my name is Olga Lachenmeier. I’m a (cataloging) librarian at the University of Rostock (Germany).

Our team is currently working on VD17 (collaborative undertaking of several German Libraries to completely digitize the printed cultural treasure of the 17th century) and preparing for VD18 (same for the 18th century), that’s why I’m interested in digitization and digital reproduction of older prints in particular.

How do your library handle the copyright law (not for 17th-19th centuries, of course)? Are you doing something special out of your digital collections? How do you store the images? Are you planning to publish some digital editions? What about OCR (in particular Blackletter)? Do you use a workflow-program for digitization?


Nigel Schofield: Hoping to meet some old friends and make some new ones


Hello my name is Nigel Schofield and I never really liked homework. So yet again it seems to be late.

For my sins of which there must be many I work in the interesting field of finance and IT as a Project Manager. (Don’t worry I won’t talk about it unless you do). I love cycling and since last years trip I have become more fond of libraries. (It appears some sell beer !)

How I came to be on last years C4L is a bit of a story that I won’t go into here. Anyway I enjoyed it so much I am back again and hope to meet some old friends and make some new ones.

See you all soon.

Cindy van Ryn: I would like to see our libraries becoming more of a community


Hi Friends, my name is Cindy van Ryn. I am an Interior Designer and live in Toronto and joined last years trip with my cousin who is a Librarian. I had such a wonderful trip with the group last year, I had to come back!

Although I am not a librarian, I love libraries and reading. I thoroughly enjoyed touring all the different libraries and soaking in their different architecture and services. To be able to borrow things like tools, toys or art blew me away! It really opened my eyes to how libraries are really trying to become a welcoming environment in Holland and Brussels.

My local library is not as progressive. There aren’t many comfortable chairs, you can’t get a coffee or a snack and you are even discouraged from talking. You go in to grab a book (if you know what book you want) and leave.

I would like to see our libraries becoming more of a community and a place you can go to chill with a book, a lap top, or a friend. A place you choose over Starbucks, with comfortable seats and you can have latte and relax and realize more what a library has to offer, even if by chance. A place you go to visit not just to check out a book, but a place that feels as comfortable as home.

Look forward to meeting, cycling, and visiting libraries with you all!


Anne-Lise Millan-Brun: Il n’y a pas de problèmes, il n’y a que des solutions


Afin que toute la communauté de Cycling for librairies sache bien que cette année, elle a choisi la France pour pédaler, une certaine compréhension de la langue de Molière est vraiment recommandée. Since we are going to ride in France, understanding a few word of French is highly recommended…

Mon nom, my name Anne-Lise Millan-Brun. Je suis seule dans la bibliothèque (très spécialisée) où je travaille, c’est mon principal problème au quotidien. As an isolated librarian, (I work in a very specialized library) I miss sometimes to have a colleague, some professional company.


J’ai hâte de tou(te)s vous rencontrer et pédaler de Montpellier à Lyon en votre compagnie ! I can not wait to be with all of you and cycling together from Montpellier to Lyon !

Bien amicalement, friendly greetings !

Chris Fitzpatrick:


Chris Fitzpatrick

How do we as create usable sustainable technology that people actually want/need while ensuring the values/practices of both an inclusive community and functioning meritocracy? I have no idea.



Michel Guégan


My name is Michel Guegan.

I have no problem with Libraries. I have a dedicated librarian at home for my own and private service. Top class ! For the ones who don’t know, I’m the Anne’s follower.


Patrick Fellgiebel


Hi everyone, my name is Patrick Fellgiebel.

I am a carpenter and work in a small company – mainly building furniture and other equipment for pharmacies and shops – in Berlin. The reason why I’m taking part in Cyc4Lib2014 is my girlfriend (a librarian) who told me a lot about the last three tours which made me curious. For me, the trip will be a challenge (cycling, viditing libraries and talking about library themes) but also vacation. I want to get to know new people and just want to have a great time with all of you.

Kristian Ujlaki: Library as a third space and lifelong learning


Hi, my name is Kristian Ujlaki and for 15 years I work at public library in Koprivnica, town in Croatia with about 30.000 inhabitans. I am senior librarian and I work as head of Scientific department.

I am interested in social role of modern libraries in local communities – how can we trully be recognized as third space, „living room“ and „working room“ of some communitiy? Which partners should we looking for, how to find lobbyists and how to create better public image of public libraries. We have experiences in working together with different organizations and associations of people with phisical and mental dissabilities, blind and visualy impaired people, minority groups (Roma people)… These were successful programmes and activities and our library received national and international awards for some of them. But we want to do more – especially for those groups that have problems with social inclusion.

I’m looking forward to meet everyone!


Terttu Mylläri: Cooperation between libraries and adult learning institutions


Hei everyone, I am Terttu Mylläri from Finland, working in Kalliola adult learning centre in Helsinki. I am planning and organizing courses and I cooperate with different organisations.

I have a background of working in librariesn but nowadays I am an enthusiastic library user. I took part in Cycling for Libraries from Copenhagen to Berlin in 2011. This year I will also cycle together with my husband Kimmo.

I would love to visit French libraries and would be interested to discuss cooperation between libraries and adult learning institutions.

Waiting for seeing you all soon!

Best regards,


Maximilien Petit: Bibliothèque, politique et cultures numériques

Hello everyone ! I am Maximilien Petit, a librarian at La Petite Bibliothèque Ronde (a library for children). I want to discuss several topics with you : politics, libraries and digital cultures.

Maximilien PETIT, bibliothécaire jeunesse et responsable multimédia à La Petite Bibliothèque Ronde de Clamart (92).

Quelle que soit la forme d’une bibliothèque, ce qu’elle symbolise est éminemment politique. En France, c’est “l’année des bibliothèques”. Les bibliothécaires hésitent à se mettre “Tous à poil”, ne savent plus s’il s’agit d’ouvrir mieux ou plus les bibliothèques le dimanche et sont tiraillés entre les injonctions de censure et le bon sens concernant les questions culturelles avec lesquelles ils font corps. De quelle manière les bibliothécaires à l’étranger (et cyclistes pour l’occasion) organisent leurs relations avec la politique, les élus ?

L’éducation populaire, en France, arrive à fabriquer “du politique” en partant des expériences quotidiennes qui font sens pour les publics qu’ils espèrent toucher. La démarche de l’éducation populaire, tournée vers la vulgarisation politique et la construction de savoirs utiles, peut-elle inspirer les bibliothécaires (qui travaillent notamment dans les cités) ?

Le numérique en bibliothèque est une antienne que l’on ne présente plus. Néanmoins, est-ce que les cultures numériques peuvent contribuer à insuffler “du politique” en bibliothèque ? Est-ce que les philosophies liées aux cultures numériques telles que le partage des savoirs et des pratiques, la création collaborative, la construction/déconstruction du multimédia peuvent avoir du sens sur le terrain social et culturel en bibliothèque ?

Finalement, quel lien pouvons-nous tisser entre la politique, l’éducation populaire, les cultures numériques et les bibliothèques ?


Paul Costelloe: I would like to see small local libraries thrive


Hi all, my name is Paul Costelloe. I work on European Commission education initiatives, so I primarily come into contact with University libraries.

I would like to see small local libraries thrive, as I have happy memories of mine growing up, so am happy to contribute ideas, although with no guarantee of their usefulness.

Cheers and see you all soon,


Cindy De Smet: How teachers, libraries and publishers cope with new learning environments


Dear cyclists, My name is Cindy De Smet. I’m working at Ghent University College (Belgium), and finalizing a PhD in education at Ghent University. I will cycle this tour with my wife, who already presented herself a few days ago.

In my PhD I’m researching new ways of learning, mixing up the teacher’s role, experimenting with digitized handbooks, but sticking to worksheets on paper. For next year, I received a grant from the Flemish government to continue my research in cooperation with an educational publisher.

I’m interested in how teachers, libraries and publishers cope with new learning environments and shape their role in this challenging new landscape.

You can follow my Twitter account, where I’m tweeting mainly in English and Dutch, and occasionally in French. Some scientific work has been published on Academia.

Kind regards and see you soon,


Lara Jovignot: How to organize with the French team an amazing cyc4lib tour !


Hello everyone, my name is Lara, I work in the public library in Lausanne, Switzerland (adults section). I am in charge of the collection development (“politique documentaire” in French).

My main issue this year : How to drive 90 cyclists from Montpellier to Lyon safely, and how to keep people coming back next year because they will love this experience!

Best to all of you.

See you soon.

Anne Guégan: Changing the relationship between library staff and students


My name is Anne (don’t pronounce the “e” in French), I work at the University Library of Sciences, Technology and Sports in Poitiers (France).

My interest goes to successful experiences in improving ways to help students and researchers at the University Library. We have a counter-style desk where customers can borrow and return books, ask for refilling the copier with paper or the direction to the toilets, and of course get help in researching information, and lots more…

However, too often, students won’t come to the desk when they are lost in the shelves, when they need help on computer or need advices for their research assignments or other activities. I know there are many reasons to explain that. Sometimes, they apologize for disturbing the staff at the desk! Or they aren’t aware of the services librarians can provide to them. We need to change our ways and become more customer-oriented.

Every idea is a good one. Let’s share our best ideas and experiences.

I’m looking forward to meeting you in Montpellier and hope this unconference and advocacy campaign will be as successful as possible!


Jukka Pennanen: Library as a publishing venue for local and small editions literature


Hi, my name is Jukka Pennanen and I’m currently working in the National library of Finland, Helsinki.

My heart beats perhaps more for public libraries and that’s why I’ve been concerned about the general development where – as it looks – libraries will be left fewer and fewer resources to take care their daily tasks. For a couple of years ago I found myself wondering how the traditional publishing industry overlooks lots of really valuable works, and that these works could actually be utilized in library publishing to benefit library users without distorting the balance between public services and commercial industries.

This could expand library services to a whole new area of business where – with a few exceptions – publishing has been so far eliminated virtually from all other but big editions literature. This could give public libraries the opportunity to raise their significance as an actors and advocates of literary as well as help cultural diversity and multiculturalism.

Publishing services will be offered for individuals and groups whose works do not fit into traditional publishing programs, and which for that reason would go unnoticed and be forgotten. Library’s publishing service can provide an alternative to author’s editions and serve as an opportunity for all works that are of value primarily for local or regional community (culture/traditions).

I would be delighted to discuss this with you.

See you in Montpellier!

– Jukka

Lisbeth Rasmussen: How can the physical design express and display the learning space


My name is Lisbeth Rasmussen. I am Head of the library at The Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark.

My institution The Royal School of Library and Information Science has just merged with the University of Copenhagen. This means that our library will be a part of the collected service for the much larger university library. The challenge for me – and probably for other small academic libraries in the same situation – is to unite the advantages from both library systems: to utilize the larger system to solve certain complex issues for instance access to huge electronic resources and to continue to be an active and integrated part of the institution where we are very close to our users.

In two years we will move to a newly built building and have to establish a new library – it is a big challence and opportunity to new thinking about the role of the academic library relation to the physical design. My primary focus will be how the physical design can express and display the learning space. Will it be a library nearly without books, and what about the roles for the librarians?

Best regards,


Karlo Galinec: Use of new technology in libraries, digitization, social networks


My name is Karlo Galinec and I’m working in public library at Science and study department in small town Koprivnica, at northwest of Croatia.

I’m working as librarian and IT administrator. Main preoccupation is use of new technologies in library and it’s help in providing better services for users. That involve social networks as communication and marketing channel towards end users. How to draw people into library and how to make library and it’s collections more available for students and all other users.

Phil Segall: Is there a place for the “pop-up library” within the academic library sector?


The term “pop-up library” has come to mean a whole host of different things in recent years. These pop-ups range from the hundreds of Little Free Libraries which have literally… well, “popped-up” around the world (here’s a map: to more ambitious, semi-permanent structures which have sprung up in prefabricated buildings, on transport networks, theatres and cultural centres – just about anywhere, in fact! These have usually been set up to complement or promote an existing library service but (in worst case scenarios) have also been used as something of a desperate measure to compensate in any way possible for public library closures.

I work in an academic (Higher Education) library here in the UK. I am currently exploring the possibility of introducing a pop-up library of some description, particularly with the aim of reaching out to non-users of our service. At present, I am unclear as to what this will look like. It could be as simple as a small stall, staffed by people from the library, providing basic services such as access to our catalogue and advice on how to find resources, renewing books etc. Other academic libraries have opted to provide a satellite area, outside the library space, containing a sample of the resources which the library provides and promotional materials about the services offered. I would be especially interested to see if others have had experience in this area and to maybe even encounter a pop-up library or two en route!

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Montpellier!


Pekka Heikkinen: How could we maximally utilize the opportunities/leeway given to libraries in the present 2001 Infosoc directive?


My name is Pekka Heikkinen. I work as a legal adviser in the National Library of Finland. Copyright is one of the main topics in my work, besides data protection, secrecy/privacy and of course contractual issues. But unlike for example in data protection, in copyright it is usually (with minor exceptions) possible to conclude agreements with the rights holders.

What can we, the libraries that is, offer to rights holders (except money) in exchange for rights?

Of course libraries also lobby through European organisations like LIBER, EBLIDA and CENL, in order to change the law. But this is a challenging road indeed…

See ya,


Ināra Kindzule: Developing a unitary knowledge organization system


Hi, everyone! I am Ināra Kindzule from Ogre, Latvia. I work as a chief librarian in the Data and Knowledge Management Department of the Bibliography Institute of the National Library of Latvia.

The main goal of the Data and Knowledge Management Department is to realize union data policy and to develop unitary knowledge organization system in the National Libray of Latvia and for library system of Latvia. In my everyday work I’m dealing with indexation of incoming publications, creation of subject records and subject control of national importance databases and union catalogue. Basically I work with books on music and scores. In our work we use Library of Congress Subject Headings. The main problem is how to adapt Libray of Congress Subject Headings to our library system.

Constant is my interest in continuing education as a library and information professional.

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Looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new ones in France! 🙂


Erika Walston: Attracting non-traditional users to Special Collections


My name is Erika Walston. I graduated from library school a year ago and while I currently work outside the library field, I hope to find my way back soon!

I am interested in attracting non-traditional users to Special Collections, and knowing how “open” the collections should be. While I was a graduate student working at the University of Maryland’s Special Collections, I was interested in introducing our collections to non-traditional users, such as primary and secondary school students as well as local groups that might be interested in our collections. How do we draw these people in, should we bother and how do we present the materials in a way people can interact with them, but still protect the materials? Would it make more sense to put our efforts toward promoting our digital collections to allow people wider access or drawing people into the physical library. Additionally should these “non-traditional” users have limited access to certain collections whose materials some might consider controversial.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!


Mariël Geens: The future of music and film in the library


My name is Mariël Geens. I’m from Ghent, Belgium and I work mainly in the music and film department of the district library of Deurne, Antwerp (500 000+ inhabitants). Deurne has some 75 000 potential patrons of 130 nationalities on 13km2. I take care of the language learning section and of our collection of German fiction.

The future of music and film in the library, the future of the library where I work and the future of the public library in general. I’m passionate too about the future role, necessary skills and needs of the front-office library assistant (or technician) in the library 2.0. So I guess my focus (if you can call it that, see below) will be very much: the future.

Our library is housed in a protected monument of 70s library architecture and there are plans to renovate, even restyle it. But we are on a budget and there are building restrictions. We like our vintage library but we would also like to improve it. We are now figuring out what our role as a library for the people of Deurne will be. I’m interested to know how other libraries in a similar situation (plan to) tackle this, given the cuts in public spending, the pressure of introducing RFID/automated loan vs. the social aspects of our work, the rise of e-books, Spotify and Netflix? How do we saveguard our identity and reinvent ourselves at the same time, how do we to continue to address the needs of our patrons? How do we find out those needs? Do we serve everyone or only special target groups?

I read an article in the most recent issue of the blessed Scandinavian Library Quarterly entitled The public library’s collection in a digital age, which provided me with an angle for my two main issues. If we are indeed to move from a collection oriented library to a citizen-centered library (as the writer of the article claims) what will be our role as front-office library staff? How do we know our collection, and what collection will that be? Will there still be one? How do we advise our patrons? Will they need our advice?

Especially considering the fact that in our library network most back-office work is centralized but our culture policy is not. Like me, many of my co-workers have college or university degrees and a library certificate or degree. We are passionate about what library work we are still able to do in between checking items. Will our skills and talents continue to be needed and, if not, is there time and a budget to change that? Will we be able to use those newly acquired skills? What if organizing, presenting, teaching a group or networking are not our forte? Which talents and skills can we develop, can we use other talents as yet underdeveloped? How do we learn other skills? Will cuts force us to do even less? Will RFID solve that problem? What do we need from our superiors to have job satisfaction and to continue to serve citizens the way we would like to and the way they deserve to be served?

Claudia Serbanuta: Managing libraries towards change


I am Claudia Serbanuta (in the picture with Traian), a doctoral candidate, Graduate School of Library of Information Science, University of Illinois.

I have been recently part of a conversation about how one can bring change into a traditional library. The context is one where access to management positions has been very difficult and (often times) political. This makes innovation and change in general very hard to implement in these libraries.

As there is hope that new managers will be hired for these libraries, I started to think about what skills would they need to bring to the table in order to be able to produce meaningful change? So I am interested to learn about your experiences with/as managers that produce change in your library. How important is for new managers to have a good understanding of their library and a vision of where the library can go? How should they communicate this vision to the staff of the library and the community? What are some productive ways of dealing with resistance to change?

In the big picture of bringing change to the library what is more valuable: having a vision of what that library can be or having managerial experience?

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Kimmo Koskinen: How to promote Open Access to research publications


I am interested to discuss how libraries can promote Open Access to research publications. What kind of incentives for researchers would facilitate the move towards Open Access? Also I would like to hear the views of my colleagues on the role of libraries in reseach data management.

I participated in the first Cycling for Libraries event in 2011 from Copenhagen to Berlin with my wife Terttu who is also participating this year. Looking forward to meet you all in Montpellier.

– Kimmo

Catherine Seigneret: Enabling free circulation of written heritage with open licences and public domain marks

Hello, my name is Catherine Seigneret. I work as a technician in the digitisation service of Bibliothèque Diderot de Lyon, which is a university library.

Digitization of public domain texts sometimes transform them into new editions with new copyrights on them or with restrictions on their re-use. Most of the time, digitization projects really enable free unrestricted access to patrimonial texts. A variety of licences exist for this, like Public Domain Mark, creative commons licences, open licence.

I am interested in the choices that can be made by libraries on this issue.

I am happy at the idea of meeting you all very soon !


David McDonald: Use of Social Media and mobile technologies in libraries – particularly small special libraries


My name is David McDonald – Systems and Library Technology Manager at the Nova Scotia Legislative Library.

My library’s primary function is to serve the information needs of the elected representatives of the Province of Nova Scotia. Our legislature was the first in Canada to tweet the happenings of the House. To date that’s all we’ve really been able to to do. We have to be very careful what we post as we must remain non-partisan (neutral).

We’re finding that more and more of our primary clientele are using mobile phones. We need to find a better way to deliver our products and services to them in a mobile environment.

Lisa Hardy: Alternate service delivery and the library experience


Hi Everyone, I am Lisa Hardy, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I work for Calgary Public Library and I am just transitioning into a new role in Public Facilities Design.

I live in a big and rapidly growing city where we are looking at strategies to ensure that everyone has the service they need and want, even in communities that have not had a library built yet. And in our existing buildings, when our open hours are often not enough to fit into people’s busy lives; how can we provide a library experience to visitors to our buildings even when those buildings are closed? I am interested in ways that interactive technology or alternate service deliveries can help us provide service, an experience, and connection to others where we have no “library” and in our physical locations even when they are closed. We are currently planning for an “open” library which will be located in a busy recreation and community centre and will open in 2017.

I would like to have some conversations about the service delivery model in that library.

Looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new ones in France!

Aija Jankava: “WOW” factor instead of “So – What” factor


Dear all, my name is Aija, I am school librarian for 12 years in Olaine, Latvia

For 3 years I have worked with the local government in order to convince about my library renovation. Recently The City Education Commission gave the green light to start negotiating a contract for architectural services on the project. We have funds for the reconstruction! I am very pleased and excited with that.

And yes: in those discussions with the local authorities I used Delft library concept – innovate or die. Before that I thought that WOW factor in library is indefinable quality, for now I know a definition of this…



Gilles Russeil: Academic and Public Library cooperation


My name is Gilles Russeil. I work in the library of the university of Poitiers in France.

We are currently working on a partnership with the public library of the town. Our 23 000 students are often unaware of the ressources and services offered by the public Library; the residents of the town do not attend University libraries. What services expand to meet the needs of these audiences? How to develop exchanges between professionals from both networks? How to provide additional resources? Here are some questions that interest me and that I want to explore at Cyclo Biblio ?

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See you soon !


Denis A. Tereshin: How can libraries make the literature easier accessible for the reader?


Dear librarians & cycling lovers, my name is Denis A. Tereshin. I work at the department of Applied mechanics, dynamics and strength of machines of the South Ural State University, Chelyabinsk city, Russia.

An issue from the viewpoint of the reader: how can libraries make the literature easier accessible for the reader? There are several separate big and small libraries in our city. Some of them are specialized. When last year I wanted to get one recently published book in the University library, unfortunately, I could not found it in the catalogue. I did not like to go to another library and register there, so I had to buy the book. I wish the libraries would form a network, so that the reader could order a book kept in the big store of a big library form a subsidiary located near his home. Of course such a library network could have different scales: over a city, over a region,…

Looking forward to seeing you!

Denis Tereshin

Bénédicte Fauvet-Messat & Anne Réty: In an immaterial information context, what about physical collections and new skills to develop?


Hi everybody, we are Bénédicte Fauvet-Messat (left) & Anne Réty (right). We are both librarians at the Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon, in the district of la Croix-Rousse. Bénédicte is in charge of the new Music collection, and Anne of Arts and DVD collections.

At a time where knowledge is becoming immaterial, and is being spread and shared on the Internet at fast speeds, how can libraries justify growing and shining a light on their collections so they remain of interest to the public? What if the challenge no longer lied in the collections themselves but rather in services, be it marketed events, more welcoming facilities, or ease of access to said collections (no longer offering on-site access only). What new set of skills do professionals need to develop ?

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We’re trying our best to achieve Homework#1… !

Looking forward to see you all !!!

Leila Juusola: Creating and marketing new services in an academic library


My name is Leila Juusola. I work at the Aalto University Library in Otaniemi Campus, near Helsinki.

We are going to have huge changes and challenges during the next few years: the library building will be fully renovated and transformed into a modern Learning Center. The service concepts and course of actions will be redesigned. Other parties, in addition to the library, will join and offer their services in the same building. So, I’m interested in creating and marketing new services to our customers; students and researchers. How to make the library more visible and attractive place?

At least we need better coordination of services, more effective websites and personalized services. It seems that many others here are considering the same questions, so it would be interesting to share opinions and ideas with you.


Maria Khudoborodova: How can design and environment make work in library easier (for customers and for staff)?


Hello everyone! My name is Maria Khudoborodova. I work in regional scientific library (Chelyabinsk, Russia). I’m a graphic designer and I’m interested in everything that is connected with design, decoration, illustration and other arts.

Some people don’t think about it, but design plays a big role in our life: everywhere are advertising, signs, indicators, showcases, print ads etc. Everything that surrounds us – affects us (helping us or quite the reverse). My task – is making simple design in the library, that can help to navigate in the library space and bring the attention of important information. Library design should be simple, funtional and understandable to everyone.
So, I’m interested in experience of foreign libraries designs: original ideas, colour zoning (furniture, for example), corporate Identity, prints materials and other things that can makes our life better 🙂


Good luck, see you!

Dirk Bogaerts: How to adapt our communication and library services to a changing context


Hi everybody, my name is Dirk Bogaerts. I’m a librarian at Artevelde University college Ghent in Belgium. We have five library locations – I work in two of them. My subjects: education, early childhood and primary school education.

My focus is how to adapt our communication and library services to a changing context. The context we are working in is changing rapidly: new communication media, changing user profiles & user behaviour, a changing organisation, a changing information landscape, the growing importance of digital information sources, and so on… The question is: how can we adapt or anticipate to these changes, and how can we transform them into new opportunities? In order to remain relevant in an educational context, we’ll have to redefine the role of our library.

Our skills as information and content managers can be useful when we look for new services. New skills will be necessary for the library staff, – but more than ever we’ll have to look for closer collaboration with other partners within or outside the organisation. Communication with our (potential) customers is essential. In our communication strategy, we try to integrate the interesting opportunities created by the variety of new (social) media. They also create new challenges: how to keep telling a coherent, integrated story with a diversity of media.

One more specific problem: how can we offer meaningful library services to an ‘off-library’ campus?

Looking forward to meet, to share, to exchange…


See you soon!


Géraldine Zorer: how to provide a modern service for less than 1500 inhabitants?


Hello everyone, my name is Géraldine Zorer. I live at Coulombs (Eure et Loir) and work at its municipal library.

My main issue is: how can I provide a modern service with all the last technologies (tablet, numeric books…) when there are less than 1500 inhabitants? Furthermore, the library is only 50m² and the village is in a rural department.

Obstinately, the others librarian and I try to attract people, using good books as well as good food. We want to prove that culture can be spread here too, far away from cities. We want to show that sharing knowledge is something everyone can do and that the village’s library is a place to meet other people. Our library is not only a place to find information but also an important place for the social life of our village.

But our most important problem is the cost of this public service, supported by our rural village. Moreover, we have to modernize our equipment (numeric books, tablet, projector) as well as managing formation to keep on with these technologies.

“Rural & Modern”: this could be our library’s motto. But today, it’s just our goal.

Riina Kuivalainen: E-materials – threat and possibility?


Good Evening! Bonsoir!

My name is Riina Kuivalainen. I come from Finland, little city called Mikkeli. I have worked in The National Library of Finland as digitizer and I have studied Digital archiving and preservation. That’s why my library point of view seems to be more about archiving. I’m interested in how to save, use and share material that way it remains reliable, solid and available. Are the eletronic systems the answer? How are things in the future, example changing formats, copyrights?

In other hand people are more and more letting the searhing machines do the job and getting answer’s from first result. Also there is ebooks, e-readers, tabs etc. What is the libraries role in the future? And (im whispering) the big question: Is the printed text slowly coming to its end?

Finally I have to confess: I lost my “library love” years ago when I had my thesis done and I had enough about books! (Can you believe it??)
But happily I have found library again with my 2 year old girl 🙂 Reading is now much lighter:) Our city library is bright, cosy, welcoming place where is even allowed to make some noices 🙂 I can’t wait to see and here how things and places are in your hoods :)!

This is my first time in C4L and also my first big sport travel. Training is on and im going to do homework part 1 in this weeks end:)

Only month to go… See you all soon!

Riina K.

Odile Fagot: Adapting collections with the society evolution


My name is Odile Fagot. I work in a library, in a small village. I can see how the library is important for children, families, and lonely people. I realize that we must absolutely adapt our collections and digital media with the constant society evolutions.
I’d like to exchange about our experiences and our users to offer good solutions.

A très bientôt,

Odile Fagot.

Jean-Hugues Morneau: Cataloguing person authorities records in the new context of semantic web


Hello ! My name is Jean-Hugues Morneau. I work in Grenoble in a university library specialized in medicine and pharmacy.

Libraries have long been responsible for creating new authority records for new authors, be it at the national or local level. One of my main task in my current job is to collect and catalogue medical and pharmaceutical thesis defended in the university of Grenoble (France). During this process I create new authorities for the newly graduated physicians and pharmacists. For the vast majority of them, the thesis is their first document to be described in a library catalogue.

Now, with the implementation of semantic web principles in the professional world of libraries, data that used to be confined in local library catalogue systems is now freely accessible through web search engines.

This brand new visibility can be troublesome though. Thesis authors were not aware that we, as librarians, recorded (for example) their date of birth in our catalogues provided it was printed on the cover of their thesis and as such, considered as a public piece of information. Now, some of them may discover this while surfing on the Internet and get really upset. Practically speaking, this lead to a dramatic increase of authors asking for their personal data to be removed from their person authority record.

So, how shall we answer these requests? Shall we unknit what has been patiently built by generations of librarians? Or shall we instead explain the usefulness of a date of birth for distinguishing homonyms in a library catalog? What is the point of view of the law? What is IFLA’s? What’s yours?

I would like to discuss this matter with foreign colleagues. If you don’t find this issue too technical, of course!

I feel it is all the more interesting that:

1/ Authority records will be a cornerstone of semantic web.
2/ VIAF and ISNI initiatives are gaining momentum.

Take care and see you soon !


Cory Stier: How do we manage our staff, technology, collections, and buildings to ensure an ongoing role for libraries in the future?


My name is Cory Stier.

This is a picture of me on top of the l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris after last year’s Cycling for Libraries tour.

Bonjour mes amis! Je m’appelle Cory Stier. J’habite au Canada dans la ville de Red Deer. Je parle un peu français, mais pas très bien. Il a été 20 ans depuis que j’ai étudié le français à l’école secondaire. Mais, je vais essayer!

Libraries are entering into a new era in which new technologies such as smartphones, tablets, and e-books are transforming the nature of the services that libraries provide. Over 1/2 of the reference interactions taking place in our library now are related to technological issues, but the staff that are working in the reference department are struggling with these types of issues because they were hired for their reference skills not their technical skills. How can we ensure that staff have the technical skills necessary to address the needs of the library’s patrons? As well, in our library, the number of books being circulated has not increased in a number of years and is starting to decline. Similarly, the number of people coming into the library is also in decline. What can be done to stop this decline of circulation and visits? What can be done to increase these numbers?

I’m also interested in new and innovative ideas that libraries have come up with to improve the customer experience. In particular, I am interested in new and interesting ways to integrate technology into library services. Also, as the size of print collections decline with the move to e-book formats, what are some innovative uses of the space that may be freed up in the library? We are exploring the makerspace idea at our library as one option, but I’d like to hear about other non-traditional uses of physical spaces.

Finally, I’m interested in ways to make the library a more comfortable, fun, and inviting place to be and to work. Sometimes I feel that as a profession, librarians get too wrapped in their jobs and forget the fun and joy of working in a library. I’d love to find ways to encourage staff (including myself) to rekindle their passion for libraries. I’d also like to find ways to change the public perception of libraries, so that libraries are not thought of as dusty tombs but as lively and enriching spaces that people want to be at.


I’m looking forward to seeing old friends from last year’s tour and meeting new friends on this year’s tour! See you in a few weeks! 🙂

Andrey Leutin: Measuring library effectiveness in a digital epoch


My name is Andrey Leutin, I am from regional scientific library of Chelyabinsk, Russia, (a 2013-meteorite city).

We all have to plan our future and set the goals to reach. We all have to report the results of our work to estimate our effectiveness. It was not too much a problem earlier – a number of readers visited, a number of books loaned, a number of events organized. But now, what can you count as a good result? A 10,000 likes in Facebook? 500 daily visitors of the library’s site? 300 readers in a town with 3,000 inhabitants? Or 5 readers who were able to find a job last week using library services? Which library is more effective and more deserve of funding?

Obviously, there is no single criterion – there should be a list of them; but then, what are the weights of each? And should they be permanent, or could be changed according to current needs of society?

See you soon!

Maruska Nardelli: Libraries and ebook business


Dear all,

My name is Maruska Nardelli. I work in a public library in Split, second largest croatian city. There are several issues that concerns me, but I chose ebook market, current trends and direction of ebook development in library. How to deal with traditional publishers? Have ebooks passed their growing pains? Is it worth the effort since actual percentage of the population that own an ereader or tablet is still very low? Is it a good way to attract new users into library?

Twitter: @MaruskaNN

​See you soon!​

Maruška Nardelli

Susann Försterling: Paths to library profession


What led you to where you are today? How did you find your way into the world of librarianship in the light of different personal and social views and developments regarding librarians and their work places?

I work at a university library today, but about 10 years ago I would not have guessed this, if someone had asked. I am interested in the path that led the participants of cyc4lib to their current profession in the library world. How did (maybe regionally different) stereotypes, social views and personal surroundings influence your way? Is this the profession you’ve always dreamed since you’ve been a child, or did your (job-)life take a major turn at one point?

I’m looking very much forward to the tour! 🙂

See you in Montpellier


Irina Eidemiller and Alec Novysh: E-legal deposit problems



We are Irina Eidemiller and Alec Novysh.

As previously, we are from St Petersburg and working in The National Library of Russia in the research department of collection development. Our department is a leading methodical centre for Russian public libraries.

We are interested in the problem of library collection of print and electronic resources in the digital environment, development e-library collections today and e-legal deposit problems. These problems deal with issues of copyright, electronic legal deposit and so on. We would like to know more about the experience of library collection in France and in other countries.

See your soon.

Irina and Alec

Pascale Sberveglieri: places for the teenagers in a media library?



Hello, my name in Pascale SBERVEGLIERI i live in Seynod (France) Agglomération d’Annecy en Haute Savoie and I am librarian in a town of 20 000 inhabitants.

Quelle place pour les adolescents dans une médiathèque ? Doit-on aménager un espace spécifique pour eux ou les mélanger aux adultes ? Il existe trois types d’adolescents fréquentant la médiathèque :

  • Les lecteurs, qui empruntent des livres
  • Les studieux, qui s’installent pour étudier, ou se réunissent pour effectuer des devoirs en commun
  • Les désoeuvrés, qui occupent les lieux parce qu’ils n’ont rien d’autre à faire.

C’est au sujet de ces derniers qu’il est important de réfléchir.

Même si la médiathèque est un lieu social, source de rencontres et d’échanges culturels, les petits groupes d’adolescents turbulents gênent la quiétude des autres utilisateurs qui recherchent le calme pour lire et travailler. Ça n’est pas facile de les réprimander à chaque fois qu’ils font trop de bruit ou de les mettre dehors quand ils ne respectent pas nos sollicitations. Quelles solutions peut-on trouver pour remédier à cette situation ?

Certains établissements ont aménagé un coin spécial pour ce public.
Comment doit-on meubler cet espace ? Doit-on le laisser vierge de documents ?
Les lieux ne sont-ils pas dégradés ?
Les adolescents livrés à eux-mêmes ne font-ils pas plus de bruit ?

Existe-t-il d’autres alternatives ?

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What places for the teenagers in a media library? Do we have to fit out a specific space for them or mix them to the adults?

There are three types(chaps) of teenagers seeing frequently the media library:

  • The readers, who borrow books(pounds)
  • The studious, which settle down to study, or meet to make homework(duties) in common
  • The persons at a loose end, who occupy places because they have nothing else to make.

It is about the latter that it is important to think. Even if the media library is a social place, a source(spring) of meetings and cultural exchanges, the small groups of turbulent teenagers hamper(bother) the peace of mind of the other users who look for the peace to read and work That is not easy to reprimand them every time they make too much noise or put outside(kick out) them when they do not respect our requests.

What solutions can we find to remedy this situation?

Certain establishments fitted out a special corner(place) for this public. How do we have to furnish(fill) this space? Do we have to leave it blank(virgin) of documents? Are not places degraded? Do not the left to their own devices teenagers make more noise? Are there other alternatives?

Annie Pho: Reaching Out to Our Non-Users


Outreach is an integral part of bringing in new library users, and marketing the wonderful services the library provides. This year, I’d like to learn about creative and unique ways libraries reach out to people who do not normally use the library. Currently, my university has an initiative to help students from underrepresented groups succeed academically, with a focus on the first-year. The library plays a very important role in this, but not all students come to college with the skills necessary to do well and they don’t always see the library as central to their academic success. How can the library help them develop these skills? What can we do to better market our services and resources?

I look forward to learning from everyone and seeing what kind of things they do for library outreach!

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Annie Pho – academic librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Emmanuel Quentin: Les livres numériques en médiathèque.


Hello, Je m’appelle Emmanuel Quentin. Le point que j’aimerais aborder :

Les livres numériques en médiathèque.

Je travaille sur le Pôle littérature de la médiathèque André Malraux, à Béziers, dans le sud de la France. Je m’occupe des acquisitions des livres policiers et de science-fiction, des livres audio et participe aux animations en lien avec ces thématiques. Jusqu’à présent nous prêtions également des livres numériques mais nous avons rencontré des problèmes avec notre fournisseur, certains éditeurs triplant le prix public des documents tout en limitant leur nombre de prêts. Je suis donc absolument curieux de savoir comment les autres bibliothécaires ont opéré le virage numérique et comment ils procèdent pour le prêt des e-books en médiathèque. Mais il est fort probable que mes questions ne se bornent pas à cette unique problématique…

A très, très bientôt !



My name is Emmanuel Quentin and here is the topic i would like to talk about : e-books and libraries.

I work at the literature pole of the library “André Malraux”, in Beziers, in southern France. I am responsible for acquisitions of thrillers, science-fiction books, and audio books, and participate in activities related to these themes. Until now we have also lent digital books but we had problems with our supplier, some publishers triple the documents price while limiting the number of loans. I am therefore absolutely curious about how the colleagues have made the “digital turn” and how they do for the loan of e-books in library. But it is very likely that my questions are not confined to this single issue!

See you really soon !


Mikko Heliölä: Role of self service in public libraries


Role of self service in public libraries: prolonged opening hours, helping library users to help themselves, saving libraries?

I work in a public library in a semi-rural municipality of some 18 000 of population, which is going to shift one of it’s libraries into some more self service next year. It will bring a lot longer opening hours, which will be cheaper as the staff will serve only part of the time. My concern is that how much of additional work does it actually take, when paradigm of helping the library users changes into helping the library users to help themselves? Can workforce be actually saved to create more events and other activities, while there can be challenges due to the self service system and different customer groups?

On the other hand, as the increase of self service can be considered as a rather concrete change in libraries, it may also present the libraries as more modern and more evolved in the future, when the role of libraries change to be more oriented towards meeting places and community centres.

Best regards from Eastern Uusimaa province!


Pascal Wagner: Advocacy for libraries


My name is Pascal Wagner. I work in a small-medium (1000 m²) library in Saint-Jean-de-Védas, a village close to Montpellier. I have been president of ABF (Association des Bibliothécaires de France) from january 2010 to january 2013.

The very simple reason which makes me cycle for libraries is my wish to promote advocacy for libraries. We know well that, despite of big evolution those last years, libraries still have in France a very nerdy and dusty image, which doesn’t – most of time – match with reality anymore. So we have to break this image and promote a new one. “Cycling for libraries” seems to me a very smart, funny, popular operation in this purpose.

In addition, I am quite fond of contacts with foreigners, and I’ll be proud to present my country, my region, my city, and the library I work in !

See you soon !


Stéphane Labbé: How shall libraries adress the closing of cultural retailers in their communities?


Hello everybody,

My name is Stéphane LABBÉ. I’m a PhD student in Montreal, Canada : I’m working on the book supply modes of library users : what do they buy, what do they borrow, and on what basis do they make these decisions?

My issue : Bookstores, record stores and other cultural retailers are closing. How this will affect the libraries? How libraries shall adress this issue in their communities?

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See you soon !


Satu Kemppainen: How can we save the small, but vital, local branch libraries? How can we save the bookmobiles?


I asked this same question on my first Cyc4Lib-tour. Now I link the bookmobiles in this too. How can we save the services of bookmobiles? Is it possible to combine other services on those buses? For example post, bank? In countryside and built-up-areas don’t have any services near. And many people doesn’t have cars.

Council services, such as social and health care, education, child-care and culture/the arts, depend on the money available. In small towns there can be a main library and several branch libraries in different districts. People can come to a library to read newspapers and other publications, free of charge. People have access to computers, as many services are run online. The Library is a place to meet people and spend time and, of course, to borrow books, cds and films.

Many councils need to save money and one alternative is to shut down branch libraries. This is alarming as libraries offer services to the elderly, families and those who do not work. They will miss out on a place where they can get information and spend time for free. Not everyone has easy access to the main libraries that are often in the centre of town. How can we save the small, but vital, local branch libraries?

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Courtney Sutherland: Balancing Librarians and Library Technician roles in the Library.


In today’s libraries the roles between librarians and library technicians have become blurred and overlapped. This overlap can become an issue when dealing with job descriptions and knowing your role within the library. Traditionally technicians are required to support the librarian, but more often than not there are not enough librarian positions available, so the library technician fills the role and blurs the line. In other circumstances some libraries have a suffice number of librarians, however the roles are still blurred in terms of splitting up tasks amongst all staff which causes the job description to overlap once again. I would like to look at this as a focus on our tour to see how or if other libraries face issues with unclear job descriptions or if they find a healthy balance for both library professions.

This could happen in two totally different types of libraries. A library that has continued to grow quickly along with a city has to accommodate this fast growth and thus staff is assigned jobs as needed. This causes a blur in job descriptions and can cause some issues between staff members who are librarians or technicians and do not understand where the line is between their two jobs. The same issue could happen to a library where jobs are being cut and thus causing more jobs to be assigned to the staff members that are left. Do other libraries have this issue? What is the best way to deal with this issue in libraries?

The line that used to be very firm is now almost non-existent; however are the titles between staff doing the same tasks the major thing that separates them? Do other libraries see this as a balancing act between the two professions? What are some of the solutions that allow the lines to be blurred and yet still maintain a healthy work environment?

Finding out if other libraries are having that same overlap between the two professions will be something of key interest for me. Also finding out if other individuals are filling roles in libraries that are different from what they graduated with; for example being a librarian in an assistant role, and if this causes issues.


Lauri Holopainen: Promoting and disseminating workshop activities in public libraries


Hello, my name is Lauri Holopainen. I´m interested in promoting and disseminating workshop activities in public libraries. My question / problem is How to do this? (Link: Sello library (Espoo, Finland) Worrkshop:

Workshops are new kind of Library activities in Finland. We have a few of them already. In Library workshops it is possible: 3D printing, laminating, sewing, stickers, ads, VHS, c-cassettes, LP and Super-8 film digitizing etc. Our customers have found these Workshops in our libraries and they use them a lot. But some important politicians consider that these Workshops are not essential in Libraries. In their thoughts libraries should maybe keep on going like ”in the old times”

Once again: It´s all about attitudes: most of the decision makers maybe think that It´s ok for Libraries to renew all things – but in a conservative way ! !!

How could we convince the librarians, the libraries, the politicians about the need of radical thinking and new kind of services? And how about our own staff? How radical / conservative we are in the libraries? If we really want to renew libraries and to think everything all over again, how can we show this in our daily life in the libraries?

See you all soon,

– Lauri

Gaëlle Bourdon: the image of the library


Hello, I’m Gaëlle Bourdon. I’m working in a library in a village of 3500 persons, Gallardon, near Chartres.

My “problématique” is the image of the library. I like the idea of “third place library”, after home and work… Even if we change in the mind of our members, for the majority of the others we stay a library with just books and a place where they have to respect silence… I ask me and all of you how we could do to change that ! I search answers (but not too expensive too !) Maybe with very big, very original animation ? Maybe with a great campaign of communication ? Maybe with more and more opening hours ?

I really would like find something for everybody (almost ! ) come one time in the library. After they will come back if they want…

See you soon !!!


Katarzyna Kasprzyk: Can a public library really be for all? And does it have to be?


I guess everyone agrees on that public libraries should be accessible for all, no matter age, sex, health, ethnicity etc. Can they though really be attractive for all and do they have to be?

At my workplace we are aware of that we don’t reach the majority of the inhabitants of the area. We are a small library in a multicultural suburb of Stockholm. The place is still pretty crowded many hours each day and our visitors are mainly children and youth. We talk quite often about reaching to new target groups, we try but sometimes we succeed and sometimes we don’t. It’s been raising some questions and thoughts for me.

How can we satisfy different groups of users (not to say about “all”) on a small area with four co-workers? For example, the existing problem is that acceptable sound level differs for a kindergarten group and newspaper readers.

Is it worth to use our limited resources to work actively on reaching new groups? It is usually long and demanding process, what is the cost of such work? (I mean some other group of users will get less attention then). How can we examine which groups would appreciate our services?

Is it better to focus on those who already are our users, listen to their needs and give good service to them? Where is the border of satisfying the needs of a small number of users so that it won’t become a “private” library?

Does really everybody need a library? For example, many of my friends aged 25-35 almost never go to libraries even though they read a lot (buying and exchanging books with friends) and are active culture consumers in other ways. Shall libraries compete with other organisations/institutions/etc. for their attention?

Is it a good idea to specialise a public library and/or choose a profile?

I will be happy discussing these issues with other participants to get some different perspectives and ideas!

Katarzyna ”Kasia” Kasprzyk

Eva Simon: What nowadays should be included in the curriculum of a Library School


Dear cyclists,

My name is Eva Simon. I’m a teacher at the Library School of Ghent (Belgium). Specialties: cataloguing, databases, indexing, linked data, information retrieval, social media. I also work as a freelance consultant and coach for all kinds of libraries. In 2013 I’ve worked for six months in the public library of Marseille. This summer my trip goes from Brussels to Marseille to Montpellier to Lyon to Brussels. In Lyon I have a poster presentation around the Flemish Library Web Awards which I will organize for the 3rd time by the end of this year. I can tell you all about it during our tour.

The topic I would like to discuss is what nowadays ideally should be included in the curriculum of a Library School. What competencies are required in future librarians? Should the emphasis be on communicative skills? Pedagogical? Technical? Is a Library School degree still necessary? Could other degrees be sufficient, e.g. teaching degree, cultural worker, computer professional?

Social media:

Kind regards and see you all in August,


Bo Jacobsen: How to alter the public image of a librarian


How to alter the public image of a librarian – from a dull person, handling old dusty books to a special personal guide in a complex world of knowledge and numerous choices

One hell of a way to alter our image of course is to do the C4L 🙂 But apart from that, librarians in fact do have many skills. We can recommend you a good book. We can find an address. We can show you, how your new smartphone works, and how to use e-books on your iPad. We order professional articles directly to your home, even though we do not understand one bit of the content. We bring you digital literacy.The author Neil Gaiman puts it this way: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.”

Many of a librarian’s skills is unspoken. We do not have paper on them, we have not been taught it. That’s just how it is. We are curious, we are a little detective alike, we will not give up, until you have the answer, you came for. We have a good sense for what it is you really mean, when you ask for something, even when you do not realize what you really want.

So maybe a part of the problem is, that the Library Schools do not teach the things, we really need in the public libraries.

Last month we advertised a new job in my library ”Eventmaker and First Mover” We had 50+ applicants but only 4 educated libraians!


Marion Massip: How to link cultural action with digital documentation


Hi, I am Marion Massip, young librarian, looking for my second job.

I would like to wonder about ways to develop cultural action. Take into account new digital practices can increase our attractiveness for our users, and open new possibilities : more visibility on the web and reaffirmation of libaries’ part in the information society.

I hope I will exchange ideas and have good time with you all.


See you soon !

Melanie Groh: The best way to get relevant literature?


Is a discovery system the best search engine for scientists and students or is the “old” way still the best way to get relevant literature?

My name is Melanie Groh. I am working in a small scientific library. Due to the change the way scientists and students search for information and literature we are thinking of introducing a discovery system. Users ask for a simple, easy to use search engine that covers a wide range of databases and information resources. But is the result really what they want to have? They get a huge amount of hits and have to check them. Would the “old” way, a specific search, to search for information not be be better and it is just about to introduce or train the users more? What is the experience of those who already use a discovery system?


Corina Ciuraru: Creating a network using the virtual space for librarians


Hi! My name is Corina Ciuraru, I am a librarian, head of Automation Department, who work for County Public Library Panait Istrati of Braila (, Romania (,27.946633,12z )

I have over fifteen years experience in libraries and information technology. Also, I am member of the Impact Group – librarians volunteers who work together for the Biblionet project sustainability (in Global Libraries Program).

The topic I’m interested in is creating a network using the virtual space for librarians from everywhere. This network should connect librarians for good-practice exchanges, experiences, partnerships, projects etc. It doesn’t matter how big the library is, I think that we can all learn from one another and that it’s important to communicate. I’d like to hear your opinion and your ideas on the way to make this come true.

FB :
Twitter: @impactlibrarian
Skype: corina.c.

Thank you and see you soon!

Jean Marie Falisse: Is the printed book as a media going to survive the present technological revolution?

Through history, some medias have disappeared.  What makes the book so special that it will resist and survive the present technological revolution? I (try to) follow initiatives like Google Books and the Digital Public Library of America.
My day to day job has little to do with all this.  I am a Physics teacher in a secondary school in Brussels, Belgium.  Recently, in the school, a few teachers decided to open a (very small) library, and in this process I helped to choose and install the software.  Years ago, I worked as a computer scientist in the national library of Belgium.
 Twitter : @JeanMarieFaliss

Jérémie Falisse


Bonjour, Hi everyone!  My name is Jérémie Falisse. I am 16 years old. I come with my father. I live in Brussels. I am in 3rd year at the secondary school Jean Absil. My hobbies are Juji-Tsu, and reading, especially manga’s. When I was 5, my teacher used to call me “Monsieur Livre” (Mister Book). In 2012 (with my father) we cycled 250 km, between Redon (near Nantes) and Saint-Malo, along the canals. In 2013, I cycled from Montluçon (Allier) to Argentat (Corrèze), through la Creuse and the Plateau de Millevaches (977 m).

I speak French. I will be happy to cycle with you for the promotion of libraries, and to practice my English.


Philippe Colomb: Comment les bibliothèques contribuent-elles au lien social


Hi, my name is Philippe Colomb.

Comment les bibliothèques contribuent-elles au lien social ? 

La question de la fonction sociale des bibliothèques se pose de façon toujours plus aiguë dans de nombreux établissements de lecture publique. Comment les bibliothèques peuvent-elles contribuer à retisser du lien social ? Si cette question ne peut évidemment recevoir de réponses définitives et uniques, elle interroge en profondeur les pratiques professionnelles des bibliothécaires. Où s’arrête le rôle des bibliothécaires et où commence celui des autres professionnels ? Quels partenariats peuvent se nouer ? Et comment la bibliothèque évolue-t-elle pour être davantage en prise avec les réalités sociales de la cité dans laquelle elle s’inscrit ? A travers les rencontres et les visites qui ponctueront la randonnée Cyclo-Biblio, j’espère pouvoir échanger avec des professionnel.le.s qui ont mené des projets fondés sur le partage des savoirs et des savoir-faire, sur la conception de la bibliothèque comme un lieu au service des usagers, et sur la volonté de toucher tous les publics, y compris ceux en situation de précarité sociale ou d’exclusion culturelle.

How do libraries contribute to the community?

The question of the social function of libraries has become increasingly significant for many public libraries. How do libraries contribute to the community? If this issue can obviously not receive unique and definitive answers, it questions in-depth professional practice of librarians. Where does the role of librarians end and where does that of other professionals begin? What partnerships can be established? And how libraries evolve to be more engaged with the social realities of their communities?
Through meetings and visits that punctuate Cyclo-Biblio tour, I hope to exchange with professionals leading projects based on sharing knowledge and know-how, on the design of the library as a place users oriented, and the desire to reach out various audiences, including those in situations of social disadvantage or cultural exclusion.

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Geert Lievens: innovations to a better connection with the audience


My name is Geert Lievens.

I work as an expert for the provincial library policy in Flemish Brabant (Leuven – Belgium). We support public libraries in their accession to the Vlaams-Brabant library network. We supports the libraries in their transition to RFID self-service towards a userfriendly accomodation. I also support public libraries in updating their skills: interactive information mediation, media literacy, mobile libaryservices, …

The topic I would like to discuss is “what innovations can contribute to a better connection with the audience?” Better integration between the offline & online library? What skills do we need to make this happen? More communication and teaching skills? More attention to the user’s perspective?

Twitter: @ geertlievens

Inkeri Häkkinen-Vuorinen: Digitizing newspapers


Hello! My name is Inkeri Häkkinen-Vuorinen, just call me Inkku, if you like.

I work in The National Library of Finland, the Centre for Digitisation and Preservation. Our situation is Mikkeli, small town in the midle of Finland. I am working as an librarysecretary, and we preserve newspaperes by microfilming and digitizing them all. The main problem is those copyright issues and rights-holders and how to put all newspers in networks.

But anyway, That is my first time to cycling for libraries, and I wait to learn, enjoy, share, listen, ask questions, laugh and look at France towns and countryside.

Facebook adress is inkerihakkinen(at)

See you soon!


Khue Duong: Internationalization of academic libraries


With globalization, an increased number of students study overseas, whether for a full degree or for a year abroad.   Academic libraries (and perhaps also public libraries in big cities) must be more inclusive and responsive to the information needs of this multi-lingual, multi-cultural population.  I would like to engage in conversations with other participants about how to serve international students more effectively: from marketing and outreach to the actual delivery of various information-literacy services.



Science Librarian, California State University, Long Beach

Maria Leutina (Masha): People don’t like reading


In my city a few people are really interested in libraries. Maybe not in libraries only but in reading books generally. I don’t know how to make others believe that reading is better than watching TV every day and doing nothing… One of my classmates even don’t know that there’re libraries in our city. I was shocked when I heard about it.

Some people say that books are boring and not interesting. I tried to talk to them and I understood that we are too different, although we’re contemporaries. This misunderstanding really upsets me. How can I lead people around me to read books?
P.S. Perhaps It looks like a too global problem in my version – my friends say I always overdo everything


See you soon!

Eeva Rita-Kasari: An oasis of silence or a public living-room


An oasis of silence or a public living-room? The conflicting needs of customers

I work in a small public library (ca 300 square metres) in Helsinki, Finland. The library space is recently renovated, with cozy furniture and colourful artwork. Since the renovation, there has been an enormous increase in library visits. Some of the visitors come in the library to study or read the newspapers, while others come to hang out or participate in various kinds of events. In other words, the small library space is often packed of customers with very different views of what a library should be. So my question is: how could we make everyone feel comfortable, whether they seek silence or a lively buzz? Could there be a compromise of some sort?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! A bientôt!

Best wishes,
Eeva Rita-Kasari

Karen Holt: Library Marketing


Hi Everyone! My name is Karen Holt.

I’m the Head of Reference & Instructional Services at the University of Texas – Pan American. I live on the United States-Mexico border and work in a bilingual, bicultural community.

Every academic library that I have worked at has struggled with the same issue. How can we better inform students about our services? Over 1,500 students recently took our library survey and the vast majority of them did not know about most of services, such as library instruction and receiving circulation notices by text. As a leader for outreach initiatives at my library, I want to do a better job of getting the word out about our services. I hope to chat with each of you about your marketing initiatives and bring back some ideas for how we can better market our services to students.

Twitter – @karenholt
Facebook –
LinkedIn –

Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at Cycling for Libraries this year!


Sophie Courtel: What libraries can do to attract more people

Sophie Courtel

Hello everybody !

I am one of the foolish people who is going to cycle with you this summer ! I am Sophie Courtel and I work in a public library in Paris, where I organize all the events (book club, concert, story time, etc.). So I would like to focus on what the libraries can do to attract more people and what are the different responses to this problem in the library world, what works or not.

I work in a very popular part of Paris and it’s really difficult to find a way to attract people or even to interest them : film projection, story telling isn’t really working, as soon as the child is over 10. So I would like to find other ideas, long-term projects to help me.

I am on Twitter : @missbouquin

See you !

Kari Haatanen: User interface development for electronic resources in academic libraries


Adding learning aiding functionality into the design.

Kari Haatanen
Helsinki University Library

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

Luc Bauwens: What is the impact of the economic crisis on libraries?

Luc Bauwens

Almost everywhere (local) authorities have to economize as a result of the crisis. What impact does this have on the libraries ?  Are they spared because their government considers them a basic need? Or do they head the list of low priorities ? And if libraries have to scrimp, how do they go about it ? What services bear the brunt ? Are there cuts in the collections or operations, the opening hours, the number of staff ? What does this mean for the users ? Are they expected to pay higher fees, for membership for instance or for some services?

Luc Bauwens (BauwensVideo)