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23 Mobile Things, Danish libraries and global librarianship

I had the privilege of guest teaching Trent Hills MLIS class from the University of Washington in Copenhagen where they are studying for 4 weeks at international summer school. Thanks for having me.

Due to an accident (I hope you feel better Trent!) I was not able to get online and I promised the class to share links – So here they are:

23 Mobile things:
Exploring ways that libraries and library staff can use mobile technologies to deliver library services, to engage with their communities and for their own professional development.
You can read more about 23 Mobile Things on this site including link to the original Danish version. Projects that build upon our project can be found here.
Want to know more about the 23 Mobile Things team – Here you go.. – And if you got any questions look at the FAQ and feel free to get in touch.
23 Mobile Things are on twitter – use the hashtag #23mobilethings
Try looking at some of the things and explore the thinking points. I see them as a very strong part of this learning project.

Some of my sparetime projects that I mentioned:

Buy India a Library:
Crowfunding project using social media. 100 awesome people from all around the globe donated and here is the result. This is the #buyalib team 

Help This Week in Libraries:
First the link to the awesome show about library innovation – This Week in Libraries
The crowdfunding project Help TWIL partly funded the 3rd season of the show and raised awareness about its importance.
You can watch the shows online for free – Here is the show with yours truly
And here is the Help TWIL team.

Global librarianship

better togetherConnect worldwide. It is so much easier to work with people from another part of the world than I imagined and you learn so much by doing that. I wrote a post about it.

Be inspired globally and translate ideas so the make sense in your community. The local community is the main focus for the global librarian.
If you want to connect globally use social media and consider the awesome International Librarians Network.


Cycling for libraries:

I mentioned the fantastic moving unconference for librarians and library lovers – Read more about it on their website. When Cycling For Libraries visited my library the international think tank worked with crowdsourcing the future of libraries.

Danish Libraries:
We spoke about the Danish library system, funding etc… You can read a bit more here.

Current Projects – Libraries / Gamification / Nudging:
I am curently working on projects about how libraries can use gamification in a meaningful way to meet people where they do not expect to meet us.
I am also working on a project about nuding and libraries. More info will be available on this blog when the projects go from planning mode to action mode.
Here is the link to the library gamification example I mentioned from Moraine Valley Community College Library and the awesome Troy Swanson.
The other example was Library Game by Shay Moradi.

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Innovation in Public Libraries – For Alison Miller’s class at iSchool, Syracuse University

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I am very glad and proud to connect with the future of the profession: MLIS students at iSchool, Syracuse University for a talk about innovation in public libraries. Thank you for your time – please feel free to contact me with follow up questions and your views on this topic.

Things I covered in my talk:

Technology and innovation (briefly)
I am working on 23 Mobile things. An internal learning project at my Library that will get a global edition – We aim to teach staff basic app knowledge within the Apple environment and spark curiosity – But also look for ideas that can generate innovation in our reference service and how we reach out to our Community online. The project is open source so you can adapt it. There will be android version in the international edition -You can make the windows mobile version if you like.

Also: Read watch play an international reading group that has a blog and monthly Twitter chats about a given topic is an example of tech innovation to broaden reach and scope of a project.

Leadership and innovations
I am head of development at my Library. A title that in a way makes no sense at all because no one sits in a corner and innovates. If you have one person to innovate in your organization – you are doing it wrong. In my talk I will share thoughts about innovation culture in libraries.

Also: we used LEGO serious play to work with innovation for our Strategic plan.

Mission and Vision statements and innovation
My library has been working with vision and slogan (if not mission) We had the LEGO Serious Play part and all staff was part of the process of working with the vision and how we could make it visible in what we do for our community. Our vision roughly translates to:

Guldborgsund-libraries wants to give added value to our guests no matter where they are  physically or digitally in the areas of cultural experience, learning and knowledge.

Our slogan: Guldborgsund-libraries – More than you can imagine …

Reference Services and innovation
We try to think learning in everything we do and every way we connect with our community. This shapes the way we meet people and how we answer questions. We have a learning area in the heart of the library and try to fascilitate knowledge sharing within the community.
Also: we did a roaming librarian project a while back and we might take it up again soon. It is a simple and good way to connect with people… 

The librarians used a cart and had some books and a lot of info about the library, about online services, Library programs, the children’s library etc with them… They had a Blackberry from which they could access the library catalogue, check out books and register new members. That was the reason we got the idea – because that was possible. They did not check out many books – but they got us a few new members and a lot of good publicity.
Last fall we did the same thing when our book mobile was  part of a culture evening in the city. Two librarians were on the streets to meet people and tell them about the book mobile. We had a contest for adults and one for children there – and we handed out a lot of info on the library.

I did a very short post a while back about this – Where you can see “The ladies in red” with the mini library – See it here

Our members are our guests
The term guests is not strictly internal terminology but we could do more about communicating it to the public.
We will have some changes in the way we meet people in the main library this fall and the way we make our guests feel at home will be part of the planning process. The main shift I can mention is that everybody is more focused on how we meet people and not only on the right answer – but also how it is delivered. I think it is incredible how much actually changes when you change the terminology. Food for thought.

What I did not mention
Innovation happens when you connect with people who think different than yourself. People from other professions and people from other cultures. That is one of the reasons I work with global librarianship – because I think it is inspiring and sparks innovation in my own community. We try to work with a lot of non library partners and I love what happens when we do – We work with the local museum, music school etc and with people from other fields like universities on a gamification project I will share more about soon.

Your feedback inspires
I feel so priviliged to get the chance to connect with you because you have chosen to be in this field and your ideas are highly appreciated – so go out there and participate in making libraries better… Keep the good stuff, change the bad stuff – and tell me and others all about it…