Who we are

David McDonald: How to search reams of text effectively


My name is David McDonald and I am the Nova Scotia Legislative Librarian, which means I deal a lot with politicians and the law. I have a mandate to ensure that all Nova Scotia government publications, both print and electronic, are freely available to all both now and in the future. As such I am constantly looking for new and innovative ways to provide electronic information to the public. I am a huge advocate of freely available information. I am also very interested in digitizing our existing print government and legislative materials so that they are easily accessible and searchable.
I need to find an inexpensive way to convert unstructured debates from the House into easily searchable text. Debates for one year are often thousands of pages long and they are very difficult to search using the Google appliance. So if any one has any ideas on how to search reams of similar text effectively, I’m all ears. I am an avid cyclist and have cycled all around the world. I haven’t made it to Australia yet, but I will.

Hannah Lee: Volunteers in the library


My name is Hannah Lee and I am a library technician from Alberta, Canada. I work in a small public library that’s serves a population of around 7, 500 people. My job consists of many different aspects; from helping with circulation duties, reference questions and computer help to administrative duties, my days can hardly be considered dull. This will be my first cycle for libraries, and though I wanted to train hard and help prove that Canadians aren’t always the slowest, my training slowed down over the summer, so I am quite nervous (but exited!!) to cycle with all you energetic library lovers.  What id like to discuss is volunteers working in the library and how they can  be properly utilized without over stepping boundaries such as over powering staff roles and responsibilities.

Sonia D. Kirkaldy Nielsen: Librarian’s skills needed


I’m Sonia D. Kirkaldy Nielsen and I live in a comunity just outside of Roskilde in Denmark. I work in the library at TV2 and I have been biking with  Cy4Lib three times previously. I look forward to meeting new and old participants. When I am not working at TV2 I do volunteer work and of cause spend time with my husband and 5 year old daugther. I am very active in “Cycling without age” where I am coordinator of Roskilde. In “Cycling without age” volunteers cycle with older people in Rickshaws. (http://cyclingwithoutage.org/I would like to talk to you about our librarian’s skills in relation to organizing volunteers and structuring our database in “Cycling without age”. How do we use our skills and how we do make our knowledge visible for people who do not work within the library world? – How can we “sell” our skills to others?

Ināra Kindzule: New technologies in libraries


My name is Ināra Kindzule. I’m 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. 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 and journals on music, dance, theatre, films, sports and scores. I’m interested in new technologies in libraries  and continuing education as a library and information professional. This is my fourth C4L. Looking forward to seeing you all in the Nordic countries!:)

Aija Jankava: School libraires


My name is Aija, I’m from Latvia.  I am a school librarian and library teacher in Secondary school library. There’s never been a doubt in my mind that the Library-teaching is a personal art and the most important tools for a successful school library are imagination and inventiveness. I do believe that an effective school library is a library lead by librarian, who has clearly defined his/her role in information literacy process. This is my fourth C4L.

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Andrea Oelgarten: Working with digitization and cataloging

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My name is Andrea Oelgarten and I have studied library science in Berlin. Cycling for Libraries I saw in Berlin in 2011. A friend has often participated and told about it, which made me more curious. For lack of  time and private matters it was not  possible for me to attend earlier. But here I am now. I’m curious about the people who participate on the route and of course to the libraries. Currently I am working in a digitization project and in a cataloging team of SRZ.

Mariël Geens: Speaking up for good library services


My name is Mariël and I work front office in a big branch library of the library network of Antwerp, Belgium. I love helping people with and advising them on multimedia, music, film and language learning (that’s my department), and I’d like to do more. So now I’m training to become a media literacy coach. To conclude this course I’m doing a project to further media literacy amongst colleagues, advise management on learning needs and find co-conspirators to discuss the need for a local communication strategy that is complementary with the city policy. These are my main challenges for the moment. 

My greatest professional concerns are the library policy and education situation in my country, staff well-being, the skills and talents library assistants need to develop to continue to provide the best possible  services to our superdiverse and largely underpriviliged patrons, and what these services need to be. I’m also passionate about sustainability in all its shapes and forms. C4L is a way of killing many birds with one single stone. This is my third time. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and to talking about these and many other work, food, drink, bike and general life related subjects!

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Urpo Nylander: New libraries and IT


Hi there! My name is Urpo Nylander and I’ve been part of the orange team since 2010. I work at Helsinki City Library as IT-designer and my main project at the moment is the upcoming central library. Waiting so much to see you all!!!

Bo Jacobsen: The library challenge


The evolution of information flow has forced our hands as public libraries and not only us, on a global level. Just as books once advanced from slabs of parchment to paperbacks, they are now transforming again, from paperbacks to pixels. With Plato only a download away libraries have lost their monopoly on knowledge. American library director Darrell Batson expressed it this way: “We’re caught between two worlds, the print collection has fallen 20 percent since 2009. But libraries have to evolve or die. We’re probably the classic example of Darwinism”. 

By the way I´m Bo, Library Director of  the Vesthimmerlands Libraries. And I am very pleased to show you my “home grounds”.

Maria Šimunović: Helping and educating library users


My name is Maria Šimunović and I’m a librarian from Croatia. I work with students and researchers helping them to find literature and to manage a big amount of information for research purpose. My primal interest are official publications and providing information for all kind of users, educating them and helping them to realise simple way to find information. I’m also very active in Zagreb library association and Croatian library association as an editor of web page and social networks. My goal is to show that libraries are fun place and that librarians are fun and interesting people. This is my second C4L (C4L Amsterdam-Brussels 2013 ), and I’m looking forward to meet new librarians and library lovers as well as reunion with veterans of C4L.

Khue Duong: Data management, data curation, open access initiatives…


I’m Khue Duong, a science librarian at California State University, Long Beach.  I support physical sciences disciplines such as geology, math, physics, chemistry, environmental science, etc. This is my second cyclo-biblio trip.  The last one (Montpellier-Lyon)  had such a positive impact and wonderful interactions that I have to come back for more. For a conversation starter, I really like Cory Stier’s musing (Hello Red Deer, here comes Cory!) about the relevancy of the profession and the purpose of library services.  Beyond that, I’m interested in learning more about data services at your workplace: data management, data curation, open access initiatives with publication and sharing data sets, teaching data literacy, etc. 

Casey Goodrow: Working with video games


I am Casey Goodrow, a library lover and lover of librarians (in particular Annie Pho). This will be my second cyc4lib, having accompanied the group on a lovely tour from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2013. So what do I do, and what problem will I be trying to solve? I am an independent video game artist/designer/writer working on a nonviolent first-person exploration game about an old woman on a meditative hike seeking to escape the cycle of rebirth. While there are numerous problems to be solved on a day to day basis in my line of work, as well as larger cultural problems that video games play a part in, I hope to spend most of my cognitive energy on the trip enjoying the countryside and, of course, all of you! I look forward to visiting libraries across the Nordic region and learning about the challenges they face and the creative ways in which they choose to face them.

Phil Segall: UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

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My name is Phil Segall and I work for an academic library service in leafy Kingston-upon-Thames, south-west London. This will be my third Cycling for Libraries and one of the things I really like about the whole idea of the tour is that it promotes a more sustainable way of life. This is also something I keenly advocate for in my work and I am lucky enough to be able to regularly get involved in ecological projects at the university; from chopping down invasive rhododendrons (hence the photo!) to bee-keeping and eel monitoring!

Part of my role also involves me looking at ways in which the library service I work for can reduce its environmental impact. Examples include promoting the reuse of books withdrawn from our stock, reducing printing volumes and cutting down on energy usage within our four libraries. My department participates in a national annual environmental accreditation project called the Green Impact scheme (http://www.green-impact.org.uk/) here in the UK and our team recently went and bagged a whole raft of awards for our efforts!

I am interested in how we, as librarians, information professionals (…or whatever, for that matter!) can contribute to the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgsproposal) and am also keen to hear from others who would be willing to share their experiences of implementing sustainable working practices. Can’t believe Cycling for Libraries 2015 is just around the corner now! 


Twitter: http://twitter.com/librarybod

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/phil.segall 

Web: http://philipsegall.wix.com/wandering-librarian 

Luc Bauwens: Development of public library services in the future


I’m Luc Bauwens and I’ve worked for the public library Ghent (Belgium) that we visited in 2013.  This is going to be my third Cycling for libraries tour.  I’ve made a videoreport of the Cycling for Libraries tour 2014 Montpellier-Lyon.  After all that serious homework, this could be an easy way to get mentally prepared for the next one. I could persuade my partner Lieve to participate in the New Nordic Tour as well.  She’s working in a public library and is a cyling lover but a little bit worried about the Uddevalla– Göteborg  (≈ 110 km ) trip. Our main topic of interest is the vision on the development of public library services in the future.  

Cory Stier: The soul of librarianship?


My name is Cory Stier. I am the Deputy CEO at Red Deer Public Library in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. According to my job description, my responsibilities are supervising I.T. and Technical Services staff, managing our building and infrastructure, contract management, and marketing. Sounds real exciting, I know.  ?  What I feel is my most important responsibility though, is to take care of our staff and make sure that they have everything they need to be successful in their jobs. My philosophy is that staff are the key factor in ensuring the success of any organization, especially libraries. This is my third Cycling for Libraries trip and I can’t wait to meet old friends and make new ones!

So the topic that has been top of mind for me lately is somewhat related to the theme that Rasmus sent out the other day on what is the soul of librarianship. I think that many of the things that libraries are doing to help the community and bring people into libraries is great (e.g. makerspaces, providing social workers to help the homeless, providing workshops on writing resumes and applying for jobs). However, I often wonder whether these types of services are core to what a library truly is, or at least what I see is the core of a library: lending materials for free to a community in order to improve the lives of citizens. If this is not the core of what libraries are, then what is the unique characteristic that sets libraries apart from all the other organizations and agencies in a community? If you take away that unique characteristic, are you still left with a library, or something else?

I wonder too if libraries are still relevant in the lives of the majority of our citizens? As the middle class continues to gravitate towards Netflix, Apple Music and Google Play, services like Kindle Unlimited and Oyster, and Google for doing research, are libraries still going to be needed in 10 – 20 years? If our citizens stop using libraries because they decide there are better alternatives available, where does that leave us as librarians? Should we fight to remain relevant in some way, transforming into something other than a library? Or do we accept the will of the people and accept that we have become irrelevant.

I personally hope that libraries will continue to be relevant for many years to come. I worry though that the skills I learned in library school as they relate to organizing, accessing, and using materials in libraries are becoming less and less important as libraries pursue more and more things such as providing workshops on resume writing or using Arduinos or
transforming into makerspaces. I didn’t go to library school to be a social worker, employment counsellor, or electronics instructor, not that these are bad things. It’s just not what I’m interested in doing. Is there still room in the profession for “old school librarians” like me?

Ok, that’s much more than an elevator pitch, but at least I’ve freed that space in my brain so that I can kill those brain cells with some good European beer or a bowl or 2 of wine. Trust me, I’m not as gloomy as this makes me out to be. 🙂

Chris Fitzpatrick: Open to any and all topics


My name is Chris and this is my third cyc4lib. I’m the lead developer for archivesspace.org. I’m from the USA, but I  live in Uppsala, Sweden (long story).

Katrin Kropf: New challenges

I’m Katrin and I work in the Public Library of Chemnitz, Germany. This is going to be my third time in Cyc4Lib and I’m very much looking forward to cycling with you (again)! I’m a cycling enthusiast and love simple bikes with a story. I didn’t decide yet which of my bikes I’ll bring to the event, but it will certainly not be the one in my picture. 😉 Right now I still deal with the at times very unnerving e-book lending stuff, but I applied for a vacant position as a youth/music librarian in the same library, so fingers crossed I’ll be able to provide our youths and young adults with comics, games, music and whatever I can help them with soon. Of course I’m still interested in digital services and anything new in our developing and changing library world. Can’t wait to see the many familiar faces and new people soon, so, safe getting to Oslo everyone!

GeertLievens: What innovations can contribute to a better connection with the audience?


M name is Geert Lievens and 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? More fablabs? Open libraries in Flanders just like the open libraries in Denmark (for example: Præstø Bibliotek 07:00-23:00) ?
Twitter: @ geertlievens
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geert.lievens

Eeva Rita-Kasari: Promoting love for reading

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I’m Eeva, and I hail from Helsinki, Finland. I work as a children’s librarian at Tapanila Library, which is a branch of Helsinki City Library. I’m responsible for children’s collections and services in my library, which includes all kinds of stuff from story hours to iPad workshops. My greatest passion, however, is to promote love for reading in every way possible, and I’m constantly trying to find new ways to encourage children and young adults to read. I collaborate a lot with local schools, kindergartens, etc. This year’s will be my 3rd Cycling for Libraries trip. Looking forward to seeing you all in Oslo!

Karlo Galinec: IT in public library


My name is Karlo Galinec. I’m from Croatia and I live in small town at northwest called Koprivnica. I work as IT expert in Public library at Science and Study department. This will be my second C4L and I’m looking forward to see old friends and meet new ones.

Vicky Duncan: Assisting students to become effective researchers


My name is Vicky Duncan, and I’m a medical librarian at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.  My areas of responsibility are Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Community Health & Epidemiology.  This will be my third C4L trip, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been assisting more and more international graduate students in my areas over the last couple of years.  They come from all over the world, and arrive with a wide variety of experiences and expertise.  I’m interested in researching what that experience is like for them, and how we can assist them to settle in and become effective researchers and library users more quickly.

Dirk Bogaerts: Communication strategies and embedded librarianship


I’m Dirk Bogaerts, a librarian at Artevelde University college Ghent, Belgium. We have five library locations – I work in three of them (two with, one without a library). My main subject is teacher training, with a focus on early childhood and primary school education. I’m interested in communication strategies and user services. My main challenge at the moment is finding new ways to position ourselves in the organisation, in order to remain relevant for our users. I’m interested in the concept of ’embedded librarianship’: finding ways to integrate our services in the different formations, taking the library to the users, working ‘inside-out’, anticipating user needs, reaching out,…, It’s mostly a question of looking for opportunities to link our information services to the needs of the user. The ultimate goal: active collaboration, participation and interaction: with students, with the teaching staff, with other partners within or outside the organisation. Not evident, but a university college offers some good opportunities to try this out. This is my second C4L; last year I participated in the french tour. It gave me a boost of energy, so I’m looking forward to the ‘Nordic Experience’!

Nathalie Clot: Holistic user experience design in libraries


My name is Nathalie Clot. I’m working for 15 years in French academic libraries, and I’m currently University Librarian & Director at Université d’Angers in France. My first loves as a librarian were medical reference and EBM oriented teaching. Then, 8 years ago, I fell for building management and little team building. Now, I’m commited in holistic user experience design in libraries… and engaged with Ux ideas ! I think it’s a great conceptual framework for redesign and improve all our touchpoints (physical spaces, services, online presence) with our users.

I try to make libraries a great place to be for people, and I’m looking for funny little or big ideas that help to take care of the members of our communities. This is my first C4lib, and if I survive the cycling challenge, a little awesone for a middle-age, mother of four, bureaucrat librarian as me, I hope to find plenty of new ideas, and meet people who like to dream and talk on how to create Usable, Utilisable and Desirable libraries*.

* Great Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches book http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=10981 (if you have not read it yet, do it !)

Emmanuel Courtine: Future of library 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 the digitalized context. How can the catalogs be more visible on the web ?

Librarians are describing resources with metadatas, authorities (authors, subjects). How can this work appear in the first results of a research engine, like Google ? How could we give more value to our catalogs ?  In that context, I hope that the new rules of description, Resource Description and Access (RDA) based on the conceptual models of Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) will achieve to that goal. We can already find new catalogs which are based on the FRBR structure (Work, Expression, Manifestation, Item). They federate datas from many catalogs and link their datas to external resources on the web. You can see, for exemple, two catalogs, on the websites http://data.bnf.fr/en/, run by the french national library, and http://www.theses.fr/en/accueil.jsp, run by the ABES, Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur.

Corina Ciuraru: Libraries and information technology

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I am a librarian, head of Automation Department, who work for Braila County Public Library Panait Istrati, Romania. My main tasks are: 

  • Managing the following departments: IT&C, Documents digitalisation, Desktop Publishing , Internet and Electronics references
  • Training librarians and also old people in the correct use of the PC and its applications (Office, Internet etc)
  • Writing and implementing projects –BIBLIONET (as county coordinator), Europeana (local partner), Local History@Your Local Library and others

I have over fifteen years experience in libraries and information technology. I am member of the Impact Group – librarians volunteers who work together for the Biblionet Program sustainability. I write for a few specialised books and articles for librarians and I have many presentations in different professional conferences. I am president of Braila Brach in ANBPR (Public Librarian Association of Romania), so, I work a lot and with local NGO’s .

Annie Pho: How to balance work and life


I’m Annie, and I’m an Undergraduate Experience Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most people don’t really understand what my job title means; but basically, I support undergraduate success through providing research help, teaching, and doing outreach at my university. This is my third #cyc4lib tour, I really like riding my bike. You can tell me how great your cycling infrastructure is, and I can tell you how terrible it is here in the States. I also sit on the editorial board for In the Library With a Lead Pipe <http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/>, an open-peer review OA journal. If you are interested in publishing with us, please talk to me! I’m interested in how others manage their time and projects, balance work and life, and incorporate cats and/or fun into their libraries. Also, if you are attending the optional library visit next Monday (8/31) to Deichmanske, I’m your host so look out for me.

Andrea Hofmann: Profession and challenges in digital society

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I’m Andrea and I live and work in south of Sweden. The last years I’ve become a bike-nerd with doing some mini-tours by myself and every summer an island-vacation on bike with a friend. So it’s nice to be able to combine the things that makes me happy in life. I work in a public library in Kristianstad but lives in Malmö. My main tasks is our digital library, social media, marketing and e-books. I’m project manager for our webb: www.snokabibliotek.se, a webb in corporation for 35 public libraries in the region. So I’m eager to talk about the challenges public libraries have, especially in a digital society and future.

I work with the union on my workplace so I’m also intrested in questions about the profession: challenges, salaries, working environment and competence. It would be intresting to gain knowledge about how it is in different countries. In my leisure time I’m involved with a Swedish library association called “Bibliotek i Samhälle” and with it’s journal bis. You can read more about it at www.foreningenbis.com This is my first tour and I will join you in Gothenburg for the danish stage.

Karen Gibbins: Creative library spaces, Fablabs and maker spaces


My name is Karen Gibbins and I am a public librarian from Swansea which is in Wales, UK. My job title is Principle Librarian for Information and Learning and I am one of 3 managers for the library service in the Swansea area. There are lots of library themes which interest me at the moment but in particular I would like to know more about creative library spaces, Fablabs and maker spaces. I also would like to discover more about income streams for libraries and compare library organisation structures. I am new to the Cycling for Libraries community and excited and feeling intrepid about what to expect.

Colleen Brown: Evaluating and improving user experience


My name is Colleen Brown and I have worked in libraries for more than 30 years. Currently, I work in the adult services department of the Strathcona County public library in Alberta, Canada. I manage the fiction, graphic novel and book club kit collections and lead readers’ advisory services. This year I’ve been experimenting with various types of book clubs – Walk & Talk, Online, and coming soon, Art Lovers – for which we’ll partner with our local art gallery. Something I’m interested in exploring more in the future is evaluating and improving user experience. New Nordic will be my first cycling tour and I’m looking forward to it!

Erla Kristín Jónasdóttir: How to reach various groups in the society


My name is Erla Kristín Jónasdóttir and I’m an Icelandic librarian. I have worked for 38 (!) years in the Reykjavik City Library. Now I am a chief librarian in the main library. Reykjavik City Library has also 5 branch libraries, bookmobile and a story mobile; www.borgarbokasafn.is<http://www.borgarbokasafn.is>. I worked in Copenhagen Library in Österbro 1990-1991.

Throughout the years I have seen and been a part of many changes in the public library sector. I have worked on some of them with my colleagues, f.ex. moving libraries to new premises, implementing new services like reference service, school visits, Artotek and all kinds of events and multicultural activities. My main interest now is and has always been on how to reach various groups in the society which we don’t reach and also on how to get more men into the library, both as workers and as guests :-). I am interested in various outdoor activities and I play badminton (indoors). I have never been in such a long cycling tour so this tour is a challenge to me.

Thorhildur S. Sigurdardottir: Collection management, acquisition and weeding


My name is Thorhildur S. Sigurdardottir and my workplace for a little more than 40 years (!) is the library at the University of Iceland, School of Education. My main responsibilities now are in the collection management, acquisition and weeding. After all these years I know the materials in the library quite well JBesides my work in the library I am editorial assistant/copy editor of the Icelandic Journal of Education (Uppeldi og menntun). I very much like all kinds of outdoor activities summer and winter but the tour in September will be my first, but hopefully not the last, long cycling tour.

Robin Neidorf: Libraries and innovation centers

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Hi – I’m Robin Neidorf, the Director of Research for FreePint. My job involves scanning the information industry for emerging trends, concerns, and developments, and then turning those observations into practical research projects to support our customers with making information more visible and valuable in their organizations. It’s the best job ever. Our industry is incredibly dynamic, and there’s always something fascinating to dig into. My current obsession is understanding how information centers are transforming into innovation centers. 

In our customer-base (corporate and government information centers), there’s a lot of concern about “libraries” being old-fashioned, dying entities – “Why do we need a library when everything’s on the web for free?” At the same time, there is a small but growing number of organizations in which the information center is the most exciting place in the business, because it’s transformed into a hub of innovation, and everyone wants to be there.

I’m particularly excited to participate in C4L because I think a lot of public libraries have led the way in this transformation, and I’d like to know more about that journey. At FreePint, we haven’t studied the public library world very much, so this will be a great opportunity for me to get immersed in a different side of our industry.

On a personal level, I love travel (the photo is from a trip to Istanbul), and I’m excited to go back to Scandinavia — I was last there more than 20 years ago. The training has been a highlight of my summer. I’m still nervous about participating my longest bike trip ever, but I am sure it will be fine. 

Patrick Fellgiebel: Librarian lover


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.

Cerasela Georgescu: Books, posters, advertising materials in libraries


My name is Cerasela Georgescu. I work in Braila-Romania, in a public library. I like desktop publishing (abbreviated DTP). My job is make books, posters, advertising materials, photo processing etc. I participated at CYC4LIB 2013 Amsterdam-Brussels. In photo, with my sister Corina Ciuraru, who will participate in the Nordic Tour, too.

Salla Erho and Tuija Jerndahl: The role of libraries in people’s lives and communities

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We are Salla Erho and Tuija Jerndahl working for Rovaniemi City Library (also Regional Library of Lapland). Salla is currently working as deputy library director at Rovaniemi City Library, but returning soon back to her “real” job which is head of children’s and youth services at our library. Tuija is working as project manager dealing with school projects, workshops, mediaeducation and in future more with e-books as well. Her everyday work consist in organizing and promoting reading in many different ways in good cooperation with libraries all around Lapland. As librarian she’s quite green having her background in design – so she could also be considered as a library lover as well. We are  interested in the role of libraries in people’s lives and communities, about library spaces and library marketing. What kind of projects or innovative ideas you have had? Which kind of partnerships and collaborations you have in your community? Do you provide outreach library services? This is our first Cycling for Libraries and we will join you only in Danmark.

Susann Försterling: Services at the information desk

My name is Susann Försterling and I live at the Baltic shore, where I work at Rostock University library, mainly in the cataloguing department. At the moment my biggest challenge at work is preparing and realising trainings for my co-workers and other librarians in the basics principles and use of RDA. Another part of my job, that motivates me very much and that I would like to expand in the future, is the service for our library users at the information desk.  New Nordic will be my third tour with cycling for libraries and I’m looking forward very much to meeting you in Oslo! (or one of the other starting points 🙂 )

Elinor Magnusson: Working in a corporate “library”


I am Elinor Magnusson, working as an information specialist at SCA Hygiene Products in Gothenburg. I am a newbe to C4L (really looking forward to it), as information professional I am a senior, I have worked within the field for 22 years. Working in a corporate library is a special challenge. We have to adapt to the company needs and support our colleagues in the best and quickest way. We don’t call it Library any longer,as the word gave the wrong associations within our business. I provide solutions for accessing external information which normally is behind log in and passwords. My main tasks are finding scientific, technical and economic information within our business areas.  When not working, I love spending my time on a boat, e.g. at the bow of a schooner.

David Brightbill: Development of OG3d


I live in a rural cooperative near Tallahassee, FL.  For the last 6 years, I’ve worked in research and development for the Florida Virtual Campus, which among other things, is a library consortium. We provide technology and e-resources for libraries at 28 community colleges and 12 universities.  My current project is the development of OG3d; a collection of education focused printable 3d models as part of the Orange Grove repository.  I’m also very active in our local hackerspace, “Making Awesome”.  This is my second Cycling for Libraries.  I participated in the Amsterdam->Brussels journey. My motto is “love first, adventure second, and safety third.”

Nigel Schofield: Library lover…


This will be my 3rd C4L and not being a librarian I must fall into the category of being a library lover…..

Emma Catiri: Engaging citizens in the use of the library and to design spaces


My name is Emma, I’m from Italy. In December 2013 I started working for the Milan Urban Library System in one of the 24 branch libraries in the city. My everyday work mostly consist in managing and organizing book collections, in promoting reading and learning along with the organization of the available areas assigned to users. In addition, I actively participate in a work group whose main aim is to plan out social network strategies for the Libraries. Actually, I’m studying new ways to engage citizens in the use of the library and to design spaces and services with the users themselves. For this reason I’ll stay in Aarhus during the Next Library Festival 2015.

Triinu Seppam: Library services

At work (July 2015)

My name is Triinu Seppam and I work in Tallinn Central Library (public library) as Director of Library Services. I serve our library users/potential users and librarians so they could offer to our library users best services and service possible. Selection of successful projects and challenges: e-book lending service, sports equipment lending service and „Library bicycle“ in cooperation with Espoo city library.

Jean-Hugues Morneau: Open Access


I work in Grenoble (capital of the French Alps) (or so they say…) as a reference librarian in a University library specialized in medicine and pharmacy. One of my main tasks is to collect the medical and pharmaceutical thesis defended by our students, and also to put most of them online on a national Open Archive repository. To my mind, Open Access is something libraries and librarians should be promoting much more actively. I’m convinced that it is one of the keys that will help make our profession more relevant than ever. I’d be delighted if you could share your own experience about OA during this fantastic New Nordic tour!

Edward Hirst: Subscription databases, statistics, RDA…


I am Edward Hirst and I am the Technical Services Supervisor at Rowan Public Library in Salisbury, North Carolina. Some thing I struggle with is how expensive subscription databases are for libraries to provide, and why we can’t seem to get more use from them. Do you experience this at your library? I work with Statistics quite a bit, which are very important in the library world, yet I don’t think they show a complete picture of what is intended. How are others using statistics and what kind of data are you tracking? Some of my other challenges are adding ebook titles that expire to our catalog and working with RDA cataloging.