I was happy and proud to be part of this session at IFLA in Lyon, France this year.
Thank you to my wonderful colleagues on the panel and to everyone who took the time in their busy conference schedule to make this session a priority. This was a great learning experience for me as well.
Here are the slides for my presentation:
The whole program for the session looked like this:
IFLA – Lyon, France
Monday 18 August – 2014
MOOCs: Opportunities and Challenges for Libraries – Continuing Professional Development
and Workplace Learning
11:45 – 13:45 | Forum 1
▪ Introduction to MOOCs
Sandy Hirsh (San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science, san Jose,
▪ MOOCs for professional development
Michael Stephens (San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science, San
Jose, United States)
▪ MOOCs and library and information science schools
Wendy Newman (University of Toronto, iSchool, Toronto, Canada)
▪ MOOCs and public libraries
John Szabo (Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, United States)
▪ MOOCs as access to information in developing countries
Loida Garcia Febo (Information New Wave, New York, United States)
▪ MOOCs and Open Education Initiatives
Jan Holmquist (Guldborgsund Librarires Nykøbing, Falster, Denmark)
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.
When you gather librarians from 128 countries in the same city you get a scent of what is sometimes forgotten in the daily work. That librarians are working for the same cause world wide. I had the chance to debate this with some Swedish librarians this morning.
Yesterday I had a look at the exhibitions and was preparing for todays poster sessions. The variety of different ways to empower people and giving access to knowledge and learning is amazing:
Some examples: Using social media to inspire dialogue with patrons (Poster 171), A classification project for children (Poster 100), Sharing knowledge by networking – Information literacy instructors promote open access in Finnish Universities (Poster 99) and the amazing caterpillar project that has made books available to more than 100000 people in Africa (Poster 15)
This was also the theme in this mornings session about Metropolitan libraries with public libraries. Very different approaches to innovation in libraries and how to bridge reading of physical books with the online world. To try something as difficult to make a conclusion of these interesting and diverse presentations it must be: the need to make space for and acknowledge the need for innovation to make sure libraries will be as relevant in the future as they were in the past. To focus on the library as playing a major role in education and learning for life and focusing on the community the library is situated in.
It is about the little positive differences libraries make in peoples lives every day and about the big spectacular projects that drive libraries further in the technologic development that makes us relevant for the online generation.
Let´s celebrate the successes, learn from our failures and let´s get to work. We all have a network of more than 3000 librarians from all over the world to learn from.
Gothenburg: 3300 librarians from 128 countries in the same city celebrating free access to knowledge. A very important cause, and I feel so privilegded to be a part of this exclusive club which main purpose it is to include everyone in it.
I love libraries, because I love what they do – provide access to knowledge and information and empower people world wide. I am looking forward to meeting librarians from all over the world and to learning from the way they think about libraries. I hope to share and network with you all. I will be in Gothenburg from noon Wednesday 11 August until early morning Friday 13 August. I will be attending the conference on Thursday 12 August.
I will be tweeting and blogging about the conference. Tweet me up @janholmquist
I will be focusing on:
Congress track 1: Open access and digital resources.
Congress track 2: Policy, strategy and advocacy.
With Congress track 5: Ideas, innovations, anticipating the new. as my mindset.