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Why the story of Buy India a Library is (still) important

I am very excited to present with Justin Hoenke at Bibliothekartag 2012 i Hamburg, Germany about a project I love and am very proud to be a part of – Buy India a Library

How to use social media for collaboration, inspiration and changing the world will be some of the tracks of our talk. Including a small how to – and facts about the project and the library in Mysore, India. What can you learn from what we did with this project? That is what we will try to answer.

We did not do it alone but with a little help from our friends: Librarians and library lovers from all over the world. 100 people donated more than 3000 Euros and here it is – The Library:

We did this using social media without ever meeting in person. In fact the first time I will meet one from our team is the day before the presentation when I meet Justin in Hamburg. It is not a rare thing to work remote with people you never met – but to gather a team (Justin, Andromeda, Ned, Jan) and fund a library in another country in two weeks. I’ll say that is really something – and the take away is that when we could do it – you can do it too. It’s hard work but it is possible and it is easier than you think.

Libraries are closing all over the world but we just opened a new one funded by awesome people who know that this library will make a huge difference in a local community in India and give children from Mysore, India an opportunity to get important literacy skills and thereby empowering them to live dignified lifes.

This project is an example of egoless social media. Connections matter and because of the connections we made and facilitated, people from all over the world gave Mysore a physical library. Once more, and I can never say this enough, thank you to all those who donated and those who shared what we did. The library is yours, it is ours but most of all – it is the people in the Mysore community that benefits from this library – Just like it should be.

This library, like any other library, will make it’s community better by sharing, gathering  fascilitating and creating knowledge in it’s community…

It Is a Global Profession… If You Want It to Be

It Is a Global Profession… If You Want It to Be

I am very happy to be able to share my thoughts about global librarianship over at Jessica Olin´s great blog “Letters to a Young Librarian”. I hope you will take the time to visit Jessica´s blog and read my post – Comments very welcome.

Get a happier life with your library

Watch this video about Danish public libraries in English for people new to Danish society and tell me what you think.

When you’re new in Denmark a lot of things can be confusing. The library is here to help you! Through the library you have access to a world of knowledge, culture, entertainment, social activites, and much much more. Visit your local library or visit us at bibliotek.dk

Here is an online version of the handout with the same theme:
Get a happier life with your library – ISSUU

Letter from World Libraries


Dear Librarian

Congratulations on joining the team at World Libraries.

We are glad to have you as a part of our world-wide team of library enthusiasts. Your special focus will be to improve your community by sharing and generating knowledge and always contribute to learning.

We also expect you to work for libraries world-wide and to advocate for libraries when you have the possibility. You must implement succesful projects from other libraries when they will make a positive difference in your own community and you must share your projects  so others can do the same.

We expect you to work with relevant organizations in your community to add as much value to as many people as possible in the area you serve. The main focus of our organization is to help and empower people, young and old, with the relevant knowledge and information they need and to inspire them to produce knowledge and works of art and culture. It is also our aim to give people cultural experiences, make relations and  inspire. We meet the citizens where they are in the digital world and in the physical world – and we meet them in their prefered media. Furthermore we speak the language that match their age, level of education and interests.

You are working for libraries at a time when they are more important than ever before. The more information available in the world the more valuable it is to get the right information at the right time. You and your world-wide colleagues are experts in this field. You participate in raising the education level and empowering people everywhere at all levels.

Digital library services are universal. They are supplemented by locally fitted digital and physical library services. That is the way we all make the best libraries in our communities as a team even though we work at very different libraries, types of libraries and in different countries and communities. As a world-wide organization we make people smarter and capable of acting in farming societies, production societies, knowledge societies and experience societies everywhere on our planet.

We offer content in all imaginable kinds of media and we train people in the use of technology and other kinds of literacy. We are happy to add value to information but we also respect and defend People´s right to read what they want and to form their own meanings.

Because we are aware of the importance and the potential you can expect a world-wide information campaign about our organization in the near future.  The campaign will focus on libraries as a modern, innovative and attractive firm: Exclusive – but yet accessible for all.

We are looking forward to working with you in the future. Let´s make the world libraries even better together.

On behalf of World Libraries

Jan Holmquist
@janholmquist

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/loungerie/1470979195/in/photostream/ – by Loungrie http://www.flickr.com/photos/loungerie/

This blog post was original published in Danish as a guest post on Peter Alsbjer´s blog:

Facilitator of crowdsourced ideas

Job titles can be difficult to translate but when attending international conferences Danish job titles does not make sense to most participants – but does any title?

When you need to contact another organization job titles can help you find the right person to connect with fast and easy – But within your own organization – Do job titles do anything other that confirming a structure that is not the best for getting and developing ideas?

My own job title would translate to “Head of Library Development” – But that does not make sense. We need to get ideas and develop them and our libraries together in our organizations and beyond. I see myself as a facilitator of crowdsourced ideas about library development world-wide. We get better ideas and develop them better that way. Afterwards we need to fit them to our local communities to add value there.

So come work with me – I work for libraries – What is your idea?

By the way – You can generate your own library related job title here: http://www.michellemach.com/jobtitles/index.html

3 things that inspired me this week

The Uni

Imagine having the possibility to move the library learning space outdoors to meet the people, creating a place for learning, being inspired and making connections in the community. That is just some of the things The Uni will make possible.

The Uni is a new kind of shared learning environment, capable of supporting a full schedule of public readings, talks, classes, afterschool programs, workshops, and screenings. The Uni’s books establish the tone and set the stage for a variety of street-level learning experiences, from language classes to documentary films to hands-on demonstrations.
theuniproject.org 

I think it is impossible not to be inspired by this but go to the website and see for yourself and learn more about this great project. You can help fund the project if you want, but looking and learning is free.

How did the Uni inspire me: We are constantly looking for ways to connect with the community by bringing the library where the people are. The design makes an open outdoor space for learning and connecting. It’s an opportunity to make “instant library”. I want that! I can imagine it moving from city to city or from country to country promoting libraries by being awesome.

Thank You Nate – for sharing

How to spread the word – TEDx Buenos Aires

How it inspired me: This got me asking the questions: We try to reach non-users of the library all the time, but are we doing it right? If we invited the taxi drivers or hairdressers of the community to an Info-event at the library, what would be the right way to inspire them to inspire others?

Thank You Sally – for sharing

Compact Living – All You Need in a 258 Square Feet Apartment

How it inspired me: Follow your dreams and ideas… How much stuff do we need in our lives? This guy makes the most out of a few square feet. How will we make the most out of what we have, focus on the important and make inspiring libraries with the many square feet we have?
Also How will we focus on what is important in our lives?

Thank You Meredith – For sharing.

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: