The new digital publication about how libraries change lives in the European Union is fascinating. Members of parliament and library users tell their stories about the power of libraries – and there is video footage of amazing libraries all over Europe.
The publication focuses on 3 policy areas: Digital inclusion, Lifelong learning and social inclusion. This is not the whole picture – but in just these 3 areas Europe’s more than 65000 public libraries change lives every day.
A surprisingly high number of 18 % of citizens in the EU have never used the internet. Libraries provide free access to the internet for 13,9 million citizens every year and skilled librarians offer guidance that empower people to be digital citizens and understand privacy issues.
Libraries actively support lifelong learning and offer people access to cutting edge technology and digital skills. Thereby they enable people to participate in the knowledge economy. 24 million adults take part in non-formal learning activities at their public library every year making libraries absolutely essential strategic learning institutions that make their communities smarter.
More than 10 % of the population in the EU is unemployed but 250000 people find jobs using libraries internet services every year. Libraries offer cultural, educational and informational activities necessary for personal and group development. They create social cohesion through a sharing culture.
I am proud to have my library featured in this publication by telling Theona Florins powerful story about how my library helped her improve her language skills and how she is using the library to find interesting stories to read to her son that can help him learn Danish and have the same opportunities as other Danish children.
Dive into more powerful stories about how libraries change lives.
The PL2020 tour is proudly supported and partly developed by The Library Avengers
I talk a lot about Global Librarianship because I think it is a very useful model to make things happen in our communities. My definition is that Global Librarianship is when you are inspired by global projects from both within the library world and from other fields and you translate that inspiration into making a difference in the community your library serves.
One of the many ways to get started with a more global view on the profession is to join the International Librarians Network – The biggest peer mentoring program in our field. I am a big fan of the program – and the new short promo video is wonderful ! So use a minute of your life to see if the program can be of interest to you.
Connect and learn with library professionals from another country.
Visit ILN website to learn more.
What is the first good idea you will steal and use in your library? This is one of the questions a buzzing room full of motivated and skilled public librarians discussed at a two-hour workshop at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney on June 9th. Other themes were what new skills our profession needs and what focus we should have as a profession to actively support leaning in our communities. We also talked about what new skill is on our own bucket list of things we want to learn in the near future.
I think it is very important that we as library professionals are active learners ourselves and that we have a plan for our own learning. This is another way of thinking of ourselves as learning professionals – and I believe it will sharpen our focus on the learning needs of our communities as well. I therefore recommend professional development programs like 23 Mobile Things (Proudly developed in cooperation with State Library of New South Wales own Mylee Jospeh and Kathryn Barwick)
One of the things I will be inspired by in the near future is this very interesting Lifelong Learning Strategy from the City of Canterbury
This is a very good example of a learning strategy that has focus on the community and communicates the importance of the library as an active strategic learning institution to both citizens and the political level.
Another document that was referred to at the workshop is this interesting article from New Zealand about adult learning (Thank you for sharing Michelle)
The more than 60 participants in the workshop had interesting ideas about working together with museums to share the knowledge they have about our communities in new and inventive ways within a library frame – New contacts will be made.
Ideas about how we reach the young people who lack digital skills by talking to the digital skills they actually already have were also a very interesting discussion.
We also shared experiences about makerspaces and agreed that it is more about sharing knowledge and creating stuff together than it is about technology.
Thank you to all of you who participated in the workshop. I was glad to have the opportunity to present my mindset about Global Librarianship for you – and to learn with you during our interesting discussions. I appreciate your feedback and your strong participation – it was a real pleasure to work with you.
And remember: Libraries make their communities smarter.
This work by Jan Holmquist is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
A Friday evening in a bar in Melbourne, Australia. More than 60 librarians is gathered to have a good conversation about libraries, professional development, learning and stealing good ideas!
I was proud to do the keynote this evening about Global Librarianship and 23 Mobile Things, Gamifiction, Buy India a Library – and the amazing Dr. V. – and it was wonderful to meet you all. Talk with 23 Mobile Things participants, and highly motivated library professionals – and share a beer with you after “The concert”.
Thanks for your highly appreciated fantastic feedback – and for the invitation.
Global librarian is not a title – it is a choice. Global librarianship is a mindset where you seek inspiration from global projects and translate them into making value in your community.
In my recent presentation at EduTech in Brisbane, Australia I spoke about learning as a core task and strategy for libraries, skills we need to upgrade as librarians and I shared examples of global projects – remixed into local ones. Thank you for a great conference and for the feedback.