Crowdsourcing the Future of Libraries

Crowdsourcing the future of libraries was what the local librarians at my library did with the Cycling for Libraries participants – and you can be a part of this too!

How you can contribute
Make a comment to this post
Add photos of your own Post-it´s about the topic at the Flickr pool  – and make comments there too.
Tweet what your Post-it says with the #futurelib hastag

But first – read what we did at the Cycling for Libraries conference.

What we did
There are many predictions about the future of libraries but which future do we want to choose? #makeithappen
For two hours my library was visited by librarians and library lovers from all over the world. 75 people from 15 different countries took part in the Think Tank about the ideal future of libraries and how to get there. Their bikes were parked and they were tired but motivated after the ride to my library.

The program:
I made an introduction –  painting the framework for how we should work with this topic.
I showed this short video with Professor R. D. Lankes
Everybody got some time to think about what their ideal library of the furture is.
Then they discussed it with one of the other participants.
I said a few more words before introducing our guest of honor Buffy J. Hamilton who made an awesome 20 minute presentation via Skype – and she answered questions from the room.
Then we had the workshop part – With the knowledge and inspiration we now had we discussed and produced post it´s in smaller groups – about the libraries of the future.

See the awesome post it´s here – and add your own wisdom by adding your photos to the flickr pool.

Useful tools:
R.D Lankes model:
Jan Holmquist – Intro Prezi:
Buffy Hamiltons presentation:

7 thoughts on “Crowdsourcing the Future of Libraries”

  1. I watched Mace Ojala and Jukka Pennanen being interviewed on “This Week In Libraries” http://www.thisweekinlibraries.com/?p=308 – I particularly liked the way they explained that the library unconference was the “play” and the cycling tour was the “stage”. Here in Australia we have some motorcycling librarians who take “Biblio Tourismo” on the road each year and visit libraries along the way. http://biblio-turismo.blogspot.com/

    1. Thank You for sharing “Biblioto Turismo” I really like it! It was something very special to be a part of Cycling for Libraries, even though it was only for a few days. I liked the opportunity to arrange a session and also to cycle along afterwards and be a part of the movement – so to speak.

      Thank you also for your good and insightful post: Library Advocacy – Cycling for libraries [Learning 2.0 update]: http://t.co/9yMtqaJ

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