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Global librarian - because libraries make their communities smarter. Also: #23mobilethings developer, Dad, Crowdfunder, Music listener. Based in Denmark, Europe. I believe the best library is created by being globally inspired and transforming that inspiration into acting locally in your community. Currently working with library development at Guldborgsund Libraries and involved in global projects like #23mobilethings, The Library Avengers, and a project about using Nudging theory in a library context.

Crowdsourcing the Future of Libraries

Choosing the future of libraries - #cyc4lib post it
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:
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International Think Tank: Choosing the Future of Libraries

In a week I will be enjoying the company of librarians from all over the world at my library. I am looking forward to welcoming the conference Cycling for Libraries. I can´t wait to meet you all!

While the conference are at my library the theme will be “Choosing the future of the library” and you can help contributing to the topic by making comments here or writing me at twitter. My take on this is that we as library professionals are the ones that shall choose what the future of libraries will be – so let´s get to work and make it happen.

Can we stand any more talking about the future? I think we can because we will have the wisdom of almost 100 library brains from different cultures, but the core of what we do as libraries in our local communities are the same. This could bring us further.

We will be discussing the theme in different settings during the day – but we have two hours to:
Develop a framework for the discussion
Have a Skype in session with my very valued colleague and friend Buffy J. Hamilton who is an advocate for idea and learning-driven libraries and for embedding the librarian in the community.
Have some time to self-reflection
Generate Ideas  together

The outcome will be documented and I can´t wait to share it with you.

This video of R. D Lankes . The author of The Atlas of New Librarianship is the best possible introduction to why I think this is important and why we should use the opportunity to discuss this theme when the international think tank of library lovers park their bikes for a few hours.

The future of libraries – Why Seth Godin and Bobbi Newman are both right

I really  like when libraries escape the echo-chamber big time like with Seth Godins post about what libraries should be be in the future and the importance of librarians. I also like Godins post a lot and I agree with him on what should be our focus in the future.

I am glad that not all librarians agree with everything Seth Godin said in his post, because we need the debate to be even sharper on the future of libraries – because we are the ones deciding that future. We as library professionals.

I don´t think Bobbi Newman is wrong when she advocates for access to (e)books and online databases for those who cannot afford to buy access themselves. It´s not “defending library as warehouse as opposed to fighting for the future”
Actually I think it is exactly what Seth Godin advocates for when he says the mission is to “take the world of data, combine it with the people in this community and create value. ” –  for all people – those who can afford to buy it themselves and those who cannot. That is still the base of democracy and libraries have a role to play here.

The goal is connecting people with information and helping them navigate it.  Connecting people to other people in their communities and experts worldwide. Being a center of idea development, facilitate learning  and knowledge creation and being “librarian as producer, concierge, connector, teacher and impresario” – One of the means is providing access to  information until everything is free.

Some good posts (among many) about Godin´s “The future of the library”
Bobbi Newman “Seth Godin Misses the Point on Libraries, Again”
Buffy J. Hamilton: “Are Librarians, Not Seth Godin, The Ones Missing the Point on Libraries?” 
Andy Woodworth: “Bring Me the Head of Seth Godin!”
P.C Sweeny: “Seth Called Us Out On Our Bullshit And Folks Got Mad”

Save our libraries day

It is easy to be proud of being a librarian because you know what power libraries have and what a big difference they can make in people’s lifes.
Libraries worldwide are going through rough times. In the UK fellow librarians and library lovers are campaigning saturday 5th february – and this campaign is really something.
Not only have librarians made a huge effort to make this happen but this is beyond the profession. People are going to visit their libraries because they recognize the importance of libraries. That is nothing less than amazing. Good work fellow librarians. You make libraries that people want to fight for keeping. That does inspire us all.

It is a UK campaign but it echoes world-wide. Because when a library is in trouble all libraries are in trouble – and librarians may lose their job but the people who lose their library lose their learning center, their house of inspiration, a local meeting point, their democracy center and so much more…

Have a great “Save our libraries day”. Show up at your library and check out as many books and CDs as you can carry – check out some ebooks too. Follow this ‘sliding scale of spare time’

…And remember (To cite some of Phil Bradleys bumper stickers …):
Libraries; more precious than the Ring.
Libraries; tastier than 2 hobbits breakfasts.
Libraries; more trustworthy than the Fellowship

Go to Phils webstore to buy some cool World War one & two inspired posters that help the campaign. Phil will pass the money he earns on to charity.

Also visit Voices for the library

[Image from CILIP website]

Day 4 and 5 of #libday6

This will be a good meetingIntro:
I´ll keep it short….. And then again. If I don´t I have an excuse for another relisten of the new amazing Iron & Wine album… Listen here

Transparent leadership:
A few thoughts about transparent leadership. I like the idea but it is often impossible. There are a lot of things to consider when dealing with people so I won´t be able to share every detail – to protect the innocent – of course. But hey – you don´t want them anyway.

Lot´s of meetings
After being sick Tuesday and Wednesday I had a lot to catch up on. We have a vacant position in the children’s library. I had some meetings with children’s librarians about this. Some meetings about staffing reference desk issues. We are weeding the collection very hard right now. This called for two short meetings too. I also had a meeting in the leadership group. Interesting times.
Lot´s of emails to answer too by the way and a bit of management by walking around…
– and general making to-do list smaller because I am on vacation next week – YAY!
I added a few pictures to flickr – most of them pre – work. Check them out.

When you cycle for libraries you also need to sleep
Do you know about the international library conference Cycling for libraries? They will visit one of our branch libraries and our main library. I am looking forward to receiving library people from all over the world and hosting a part of this great event. I have been in contact with local hostels to secure accommodation for the 100 people participating. Yesterday I received the final confirmation. So why is the idea about a conference like this so great? Read my greeting here. Follow the #cyc4lib hashtag on twitter.

#buyalib
A few emails to the other members of the #buyalib team. We are very excited about continuing the project by donating the collected money and thereby laying the first bricks for the library. We are working on a plan for getting info from the library to blog about so all you awesome contributors and supporters can follow the project along with us in the future. This is a spare time project so also thank you to patient wife and kids.

I promised to keep it short? Libraries and Quora
Well Iron & Wine is still playing here. I´ll leave you with a few tweets I found interesting last night about libraries and Quora. Well is this the way to do it guys? Thanks @telephase and @ranti for a great discussion.

libraries and quora

First day of #libday6

If you followed my #libday6 tweets today, you already know about tasks I had at my library. If you want to catch up, I inserted my tweets at the bottom of this post.
I want to make a short post about what I learned and relearned today…

  • It is hard to book accommodation for 100 people for a library conference Cycling for libraries #cyc4lib in my city when the man I am trying to reach is on vacation in Cuba! #learned
  • Our film streaming service is a success #confirmed and we must use more funds on this. #learned
  • Coffee should get it´s well deserved place in the periodic table among the other elements #relearned
  • Our new catalogue on courses for the spring looks fantastic #learned
  • I work with awesome librarians #confirmed
  • You must not be afraid to solve a conflict even though it is unpleasant. You must solve it to feel better yourself and for the work climate to be a success and you must stand up for what you believe in. #confirmed
  • It is hard to unlearn #relearned
  • To do list will never be empty #relearned – and I guess that´s a good thing.
  • My colleagues are caring people #confirmed
Some of todays questions from patrons
  • About our film streaming service
  • Lot´s of music questions today (Most about recordings)
  • People who wanted to scan some documents
  • People wanted to connect to wi-fi
  • Travel guides
  • Crime stories
  • Can you help me spell some words?
  • A couple of school projects (good ones!)