Keynote: “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“ – My slides

I was happy to make the keynote for “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“ today. You can access the recorded version here.

Thanks to everyone who participated… Here are my slides… Feel free to follow up with questions.

We’re On Borrowed Time – Ben Glover on libraries and music

Ben GloverHello Ben. Thank you for doing this interview about music and libraries… Let me ask you:

How did a library ever make a difference in your life and (or) your community?
I grew up in a small village that didn’t have a permanent library but I remember very clearly for most of my early childhood a mobile library that visiting the village twice a month…I think it was every second Tuesday it came and parked at the seafront. So the visiting library always represented a little bit of excitement for me as a child, it was definitely something which I looked forward to arriving. This mobile library was an important resource to the village back then as it mean’t that the locals had access to books without having to travel long distances for them.

Is there a librarian in your life – for better or for worse?
No, not presently…

Your songs are stories and libraries are full of stories – Do you see other connections between your art form and libraries?
Stories are massively important to me and songs are basically stories in musical form.  Stories help us communicate, break down barriers, allow us to find refuge in shared experiences and can give us strength and comfort at times when we need these. Libraries are filled with the works of writers who have used stories to share their experiences and that is what I’m trying to do in my songs. So yes, there is certainly a connection here.

You write love songs – Why is love so fascinating to write about ?
I believe there are two main forces at play in the human condition – love and fear. Everything else is sparked off by these two, therefore love is a massive well to draw from and write about. Love, or lack of it, is what shapes our relationships and our interactions with each other and these are the things that I like to write about. It’s a central theme to so many things that you can’t avoid writing about it.

What inspires you when you write and what is a good song?
A good song is one that resonates with the listener in a true and meaningful way. It’s something that hooks onto your soul and makes you feel something real.
I write to make sense of my own experiences, to find some order. It’s my way of working out and working through the core issues that I face in life. Songwriting is one of my main vehicles of self expression so I am inspired to write because I am inspired to attempt to interpret what’s going on in my world.

If you did choose to write a song about a library (hint!) – what would the title be?
That’s a tough one! What about “We’re On Borrowed Time.” I might go and start tinkering with it…!

 Can a good song change the world? – or the life of an individual?
Individuals can change the world by changing themselves. It is very possible that a song can change an individual so it follows that a song can be the source of a change in the world. A good song can influence our lives deeply so it definitely has a power if we let it in close enough.

I know you have an interest in history and are inspired by good people like Van Morrison and Robert Johnson… Name a few more of the people you admire (Please)

Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, WB Yeats…the list could go on! I am drawn to people who’s work has stood the test of time and who’s art still speaks as powerfully in the present as it did in the past.

Have you ever performed at a library?
The school I attended sometimes put on concerts in the library and I played at some of those over the years. The school was formerly built as a stately summer retreat in the mid-1800’s and the current school library is in one of the oldest parts of the building . Maybe I didn’t appreciate it fully as a teenager but looking back now it was a grand room to perform in!

Thank you so much for participating Ben – and Thank you for your support for libraries and for your stories and beautiful music.

Ben’s new record, “Atlantic” will be released worldwide on September 1  – 2014. Until then PLEASE visit Ben Glovers website – and buy some of his wonderful music. You can also follow Ben on Twitter and  like him on Facebook. Ben is one of my favorite Instagrammers… He takes awesome photos.

Library advocacy… In stop motion

I want to share this library advocacy stop motion video with you.
In 70 seconds it shows some of the great stuff the library offers – and yes… It IS starring a cat as important supporting actor.

The movie is made by awesome librarian, upcoming stop motion director and good friend Christian Lauersen . Enjoy!

Newest version of 23 Mobile Things is from Philippines and Singapore – Video Greeting

It is privilege to see new versions of 23 Mobile Things living and thriving world wide. The number of people in the library field that is learning together about mobile technology and using this technology to deliver library services to their communities is growing. Thank you to all the learners and organisers keeping this program alive and making it better all the time.

Thank you Joan and Karyll for the great version for Philippines and Singapore.

There and back again: 23 Mobile Things

There and back again: 23 Mobile Things | 23 Mobile Things.

Right now a lot of people are doing the Singapore, Philippines version of the 23 Mobile Things program. This is a guest post by Kathryn Barwick, Mylee Joseph and me for the awesome new program with a greeting to all the learners. Follow the link to see how the Singapore, Philippines are rocking 23 Mobile Things…

The Library is the Hummingbird

janholmquist:

I am proud to be featured with this article in the first edition of “The Library Effect. The goal of The Library Effect is to share stories about the many facets of library activities — and their outcomes — with a general audience.

Please visit The Library Effect to read the rest of my article – and find out why I believe the library is the hummingbird.

Originally posted on The Library Effect:

The legend of the hummingbird reminds me of all the amazing things libraries do every day to support healthy communities and to empower the citizens within them:

One day, a long time ago in a faraway place, or so the legend goes, there was a huge forest fire raging the countryside. The animals were terrified. They were running around, screaming, crying and helplessly watching the impending disaster.

In the middle of the flames, and above the cowering animals, was a tiny hummingbird busy flying from a small pond to the fire, each time fetching a few drops with its beak to throw on the wild flames. It kept repeating this over and over and over again.

After a while, an old grouchy armadillo, annoyed by this ridiculous useless agitation on the part of the hummingbird, cried out: “Little bird! Don’t be a fool. It is not with those miniscule drops…

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World wide thoughts of a Danish librarian

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