A network of more than 3000 librarians working for the same cause #ifla2010


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.

Hello IFLA –

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.

Bringing the library outside

This is an amazing idea. In Denmark libraries at beaches has been done in Copenhagen (and other Danish cities) – I have not been able to find pictures, but I found this video (It´s in Danish)

Here are some pictures from a library at a beach in the Netherlands

My own library are mobile via bus, and sometimes we meet people like this – the Ladies in red. Amazing librarians meeting people all around the city.

We have the technology to lend out on location via mobile devices and we get good response.

I would also like to introduce one of my library heros Luis Soreano – making a huge difference for children by bringing them books with his mobile Donkey library in Colombia – reminding us about the importance of the library idea.

This post a slightly reworked comment to this post http://www.walkingpaper.org/2825 by @walkingpaper

Library day in the life – Janurary 25 2010

A day in the life of a danish public librarian @janholmquist:

Up early in the morning. Good talk with daughter (3½ years) before we went to kindergarden. She loves her kindergarden and I love the mornings with her. Very cold in Denmark so icy car resulted in being just in time for planned meeting – meeting was rescheduled anyway – and I looked at budget for library project about childrens play in the library – turns out that this project has the resourcesto make playing a very important part of our librarys offer to our youngest patrons – I am proud of the project and the change it makes – and very proud of our skilled childrens librarians.

Then meeting about changing our organizion – hard work – but I believe that it will be for the better.
Writing on a project, remembering to tweet #libday4 tweets – and trying not to get distracted.- Uploading photos to flickr and the libday4 pool.
A short meeting about consumer questions with a lady who has answered such questions for 41 years!

Writing a little bit more – then late night librarian – Not a busy one but a very good evening. Helped students with literature for asignments, got some good music related questions and made a little bit of software support. I am thinking that the library lives up to our slogan – More than you imagine. I guess all libraries do.

Went home to Wife, babyson and daughter. Nice relaxing evening.

World wide thoughts of a Danish librarian

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