Participants 2012

Agita Virsnite: find the balance between virtual and real

The balance between virtual and real. How not to lose any of these values.
Google books, e-books, , e-readers, paper format.
But….. what holds back?

Moowing forward- personal tranzision.

Agita Virsnite

Katia Shklyar: multicultural library?


Nowadays in Finland and in many other countries are a lot of talks about immigration and the role of newcomers in the society. Library is not an exception and as “a place which is open for anyone” it gets even more pressure. Some libraries want to develop as “multicultural”. But what does it mean? Is it really necessary to develop “special” “multicultural” services (for immigrants)? So dear colleagues, I want your opinions about the issue and some examples of successful and/or failed initiatives.

Katia Shklyar

Juha Kortesluoma: public living rooms vs. peace and quiet


Many (or at least some) public libraries are evolving to be more and more like event venues and public living rooms. Living room like children’s and youth’s sections with video games etc. have been popular among younger patrons and parents have liked them too. On the other hand, many people think that libraries should be places of peace and quiet. How would it be possible to combine these two opposite interests? Is the only possible solution to profile libraries as public living room/event libraries or as quiet libraries (or if the library is big enough, to provide separate sections for both purposes)? Is time up for quiet public libraries?

Juha Kortesluoma

Kaisa Inkeroinen: What means good quality of customer service to us and what it means to our customers?


What means good quality of customer service to us and what it means to our
customers? Do we consider same things as good customer service? And how to measure it? I’d like to find some new revolutionary method other than surveys or these happy face or not so happy face machines.

Kaisa Inkeroinen

Ilze Marga: How to organize events in the city center?


How to organize events in the city center? I have good practice now but I will be pleased to know the experience of others. And languages practice, of course, too.

Ilze Marga

Anssi Sajama: library fees—what should be free for all?


Does your library have services that cost? Libraries should have equal services for everybody, which usually means that the library use is free of charge except for material fees (i.g like copying paper) and fines (i.g for returning books late). In what cases can the library have fees on a service and not put its customers in an unequal position?

Anssi Sajama

Hilde Nelissen: the library in 2020?


Where are we going and how can I keep up with the fast changing library world ? As a solo-librarian I’m daily challenged: I want to inform myself to keep my users informed … but also have to keep the library running. How do other solo-librarians manage ? I hope to learn from you all about databases and interesting websites. And of course I’m specially interested in learning from university- and scientific libraries.

I recently engaged myself to a group who’s doing project in developing countries. I really want to work on this topic as well because this is again, like this biketrip, a professional and personal challenge.

I’m ready to share my experience and learn from you all so I can start working again after this trip with renewed energy !

Hilde Nelissen

Ingrida Bučionytė: what do you need to do or know to become a helpful information tool for a doctor?


I’ve just started my job in the library of medicine. So it’s very interesting how coleagues from other medical libraries work these days. What do you need to do or know to become a helpful information tool for a doctor?

Ingrida Bučionytė

Raimonda Mockutė: debtors


I‘m working in academical library. And we have a problem with the students who terminate their studies – they leave university and forget (or don‘t want) to return books to the library. Maybe someone of you have valuable experience how to recover books from these debtors?

Raimonda Mockutė

Sören Niehäuser: The library as the main learning space in university – chance or risk?


Historically, the function of libraries in Colleges and Universities has been to store printed media and provide it to teachers and scholars for learning and research. As it was often not allowed to take books on loan to work at home, the library also has a long tradition of being a „Learning Centre“ where students sooner or later will have to come to work.

All that described above has changed a lot since a couple of years. Online ressources, E-books etc. have become more and more important, students have become more and more mobile in their work with Laptops etc.

Interestingly, as the library environment has the reputation of beeing a good place to learn, at least in Germany the use of library buildings as learning space has to the joy of the library officials,not decreased, but in the contrary, significantly increased, much aided by the provision of of highspeed W-Lan, Power Sockets etc.

With that developments in mind, it seems easy to argue: „We (as Library/Librarians) will remain very important in the academic world as we are the preffered learning environment which we provide to the students together with our information ressources, print and online.“ But will that be the case? University officials in Germany sometimes argue: „Well, objectively seen the refectory can provide learning space as well, as can multi-function seminar rooms etc., there is no need to focus on the library when it comes to learning space, its just a question of the right technical equipment, furniture etc.“

Nontheless it seems that students prefer libraries for their learning, even if the university provides learning space somewhere else. Undoubtedly thats a nice thing for us as librarians, but that leads to important questions:
Is being a „Learning space“ the future of the library? Can providing space for learning really compensate the possible loss of the importance of physically accessed media?

And more practical: What makes a library such a good learning space that it will be the long term winner of the „competion of the different learning spaces“? What can, on the long run, the library offer that other service providers can’t?

Sören Niehäuser

Marina Vazhnik: what future at scientific branch libraries during a digital epoch?

I work in the Belarus Agricultural Library ( in a department of Personal Users’ Service (Personal users are what come to library. Except them we have collective users. There are the organizations and institutes which our library serves under contracts, giving the information on “desktop”).

Last years, despite comfortable conditions (use in service of modern technics and the technologies, open access to printing fund and electronic resources, free preservation of the information, scanning, copying, the order for delivery of documents from domestic and foreign information centers, etc.) the steady tendency of reduction of users’ quantity coming to library was outlined.

The professional purpose of my trip – is an exchange of experience in service of users of scientific branch libraries.

Marina Vazhnik

Ann-Christin Karlén: ways of making digital material visible in the physical library


In my library printed books are still very much in demand but e-books and datdatabases are becoming increasingly important.
How can we bridge the gap between the physical library and the digital resources? I would specifically like to discuss ways of making digital material more visible in the physical library.

Ann-Christin Karlén

April Kessler: Academic and public library partnership


How can we, as an academic library, partner with and better promote the public library to our students, staff, faculty and alumni? When students graduate they no longer have the same kind of access to the university resources. The public library provides excellent resources, but our customers are often unaware of how the public library can serve their needs. We are also the primary resource of leisure reading for 30,000 staff members – reinforcing the idea that the academic library is their only library option even though we purchase a limited number of popular materials. How can we provide the best service to all users while maximizing limited resources?

April Kessler

Michael Rücker: how to create a global OPAC?

Something I find very interesting and worth investigating is the unification of search engines and databases. It’s a utopia, but what I want is a single search interface for all libraries and article databases worldwide. Is that even possible? Does it have disadvantages? What would you have to do (in theory) to accomplish something like that?

Michael Rücker

Sonia Kirkaldy Nielsen: digital communication

How does Information professionals use Google +, QR codes and other digital forms of communication to share knowledge? What kind of new opportunities does these forms of communication give us, and how can it be used in a creative way? I am sure that Librarians from so many countries will have loads of ideas and ways of using digital communication. No doubt we will have some interesting discussions along the way, and we will all return home inspired.
On the photo I am reading a text hanging from a tree. I made people answer different kinds of questions. I hung all the answers in a tree, so everybody could share the different answers. This is also a way of sharing knowledge. But are we also building a digital tree of knowledge?
Sonia Kirkaldy Nielsen


Juliane Rummelt: how to connect?

I want to learn about new and different ways of connecting with librarians and information professionals from all over the world. We can learn so much from each other everytime we meet in person but it would be great to continue this exchange via Internet. Facebook may be a beginning but not everyone has an account. So, how is it possible to network and keep in touch with all the great people from C4L, IFLA Congresses and other meetings?

Juliane Rummelt

Corina Ciuraru: the library – ONGs coalition

I have been thinking for some time what can I do to in order to attract more users in my library. I have always had the exact same answer to this problem: really useful community services. I have understood in time that we are not able to do everything alone and that we need partnerships. One of the best partners are the ONGs with people with lots of ideas, but limited resources. We, the libraries, do have resources, but we don’t always have the necessary creativity so we can complete each other’s. This way I have learned how to proceed in order to realize modern, innovative and useful services for the community.

The first step was to create the library’s own ONG, which is, in fact, an ANBPR branch. This way I have managed to communicate easier the other ONGs and, at the same time, have offered new possibilities for my colleagues to affirm themselves in the same professional association. It is wrong to say that I have just started this project. I have ended many others partnerships in order to fulfill my most upon dream: to realize a coalition between the ONGs, citizens and the local administrative on the side of my library. With each partnership signed we managed to attract a new category of people: the teenagers, and also volunteers, old persons and people with disabilities, etc. It is quite hard to make the library appeal to those groups nowadays.

Why is it a problem? It’s simple: I love the social side of the library, working with people and being near the people who need help. I want that the library for them to become their “third home”, after their “private home” and their “job”, of course.

Looking forward to seeing you at C4L!

Corina (Kya) Ciuraru
County Public Library “Panait Istrati”
Braila, Romania

Mace Ojala: find out why libraries are not Open Data

The Open Data -idea and the movement have been active now for several years. Libraries, and their bibliographical metadata seem like the perfect data to make available in a wider variety of ways; it’s systematically created and maintained, (supposedly) coherent and high quality, well documented, the concept of Open Data is quite easy to understand, the data is propably outside of copyright or the copyrights belong to libraries, it’s creation is typically tax-funded and is of wide interest, Open Data is politically endorsed, there are step-by-step guides how to do it, most if not all of the data is already available online via OPACs and possibly Z39.50 APIs too, libraries claim they are an “open platform” and easily accessible, technological innovation in libraries seems to be quite low… and finally, very few people seem to outright oppose libraries going Open Data.

A handful of libraries have taken the initiative to go their own way and go Open Data. However most libraries haven’t. During the Cycling for libraries -unconference I intend to find out why not.

I believe i can identify top 5 reason why libraries are still not Open Data. Also i hope i can figure out some counterarguments, and perhaps formulate counter-counterarguments to them, together with some other participants of Cycling for libraries.

Mace Ojala

Irmgard Schmitt: Balance of professionalism and empathy in social intercourse with colleagues and clients

The more we are interested in personal matters of our colleagues and the creative background of our clients (authors, translators, editors, publishers) the less time will be for strictly speaking professional and administrative tasks. On the other hand it is not a good feeling just doing the job without any personal feedback. And one day comprises just 24 hours … So we have to find a solution for our individual professional situation beyond time management and social networking.

Irmgard Schmitt

Katia Shklyar: Multiculturalism in the libraries. And one more thing

I have to say that it is quite difficult at the moment to specify some only one professional problem I want to solve. But well… for me was always very interesting inter-cultural cooperation and communication, so one professional challenge to be solved during the trip I would specify as getting new ideas and thoughts about multicultural work in the libraries: from library and customer points of view.

Society in big cities nowadays is not anymore homogeneous and in the library as in a public place different cultures have an opportunity to meet by different means. So I’d like to find among Cycling for libraries people those who work with “multiculturalism” in their libraries and share the experiences, get some ideas/ point of views/ new working methods.

My another mission is to write a colorful and talkative report about C4L for Russian library magazine. Be aware of paparazzi with a pink camera!

Katia Shklyar
LIS student at Turku University of Applied Sciences

Jukka Pennanen: libraries as producers and publishers

My 26 years of work in libraries has been very inspiring and it has given me much to think about. Not least about libraries themselves. Over the years my experience has increasingly confirmed the view that libraries compete with each other too much and cooperate too little, and this will lead ultimately to the detriment of the entire library field. That’s not all bad news. At the same time library education is losing touch with the everyday work in libraries  – supply and demand are not balanced, or there are different opinions about the needs and areas of development. Library work is very pragmatic, but where are the creative new people who manage the development of library work? Our creativity and our visions have proved to be quite modest despite the wide range of great things we have produced.

The mission of our field is also lost. When asked, we do not know how to fit the traditional role of “organizer of information” together with the needs of experienced users of new technology. I would say that we have lost touch with our customers while we are increasingly intertwined with technology, formats and standards. Many players of the field have also become competitors and enemies to libraries, and this can be seen for example in copyright legislation.

We are missing an overview of the nature of the problems we face, but we still dive into the depths of more specialized technical expertise and deeper knowledge of cataloguing and classification. We are some sort of curious and incompatible factor in the current publishing world. I just cannot believe that the core of the problem can be found in either direction. We have already tried these and we can clearly see that they are insufficient to keep us alive for another two centuries, if even two decades.

These are strong statements, but I believe they are true. However, my homework is to find at least one completely new and different task or role which allows libraries to respond to current change while maintaining functional ability and being able to take advantage of the centuries old tradition. In short, I would like to try to find an answer to a question whether libraries really can act as producers and publishers on a larger scale. At least the role must be somehow connected to the traditional role of libraries and deploy it and at the same time give us access from the current impasse.

Jukka Pennanen
The National Library of Finland / The Finnish Library Association (2004-08, 2010, 2011-12)