Category Archives: Social Innovation

Keynote: Public librarians: A driving force for the sustainable development goals.

I am proud that the new “International Conference on Design and Development of Public Library Services” chose me to do a keynote about librarians as a driving force for the SDGs.

The librarians skillset and knowledge of the community combined makes the librarian the perfect driving force for supporting people to have real impact on meeting the SDGs

“A librarian is a connector of people, knowledge, learning and communities. She is the friendly neighbourhood hero actively working to make communities smarter – one person at a time. ​ She knows her community and can translate complicated information into new learning opportunities”

The audience in the conference hall – and online – had very good questions. What an honour to meet colleagues from Iran in the conference hall – even though I was only there via the virtual platform.

Here is my presentation:

Here are the slides:

Please connect with me – and let us continue the conversation.

Sustainable libraries: Thank you CIL Connect – Slides are up

In session E201. Sustainable Libraries I contributed with European examples about how libraries are working with sustainability and UNs Sustainable Development Goals. Marydee Ojala did the same from a U.S. perspective.

Thank you for your participation and good questions. My part of the slides is here. Remember that the video will be up on the conference website.

A lot of the links I mention in my talk are in Danish. Here are some of the English language ones:

My article about sustainability in Danish Public Libraries (Published in English and German from the journal “Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis”:
Sustainability in Danish Public Libraries How do the Sustainable Development Goals Inspire their Work?

Scotlands Public Library Strategy :
Scotland’s Public Library Strategy 2021-2025

The UN document that all UN member states adopted in 2015 presents the vision, ambition and the SDGs:
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Also available in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French and Spanish)

Feel free to contact me anytime with questions, your example or for an online coffee and chat about libraries and sustainability.

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…