Day 4 and 5 of #libday6

This will be a good meetingIntro:
I´ll keep it short….. And then again. If I don´t I have an excuse for another relisten of the new amazing Iron & Wine album… Listen here

Transparent leadership:
A few thoughts about transparent leadership. I like the idea but it is often impossible. There are a lot of things to consider when dealing with people so I won´t be able to share every detail – to protect the innocent – of course. But hey – you don´t want them anyway.

Lot´s of meetings
After being sick Tuesday and Wednesday I had a lot to catch up on. We have a vacant position in the children’s library. I had some meetings with children’s librarians about this. Some meetings about staffing reference desk issues. We are weeding the collection very hard right now. This called for two short meetings too. I also had a meeting in the leadership group. Interesting times.
Lot´s of emails to answer too by the way and a bit of management by walking around…
– and general making to-do list smaller because I am on vacation next week – YAY!
I added a few pictures to flickr – most of them pre – work. Check them out.

When you cycle for libraries you also need to sleep
Do you know about the international library conference Cycling for libraries? They will visit one of our branch libraries and our main library. I am looking forward to receiving library people from all over the world and hosting a part of this great event. I have been in contact with local hostels to secure accommodation for the 100 people participating. Yesterday I received the final confirmation. So why is the idea about a conference like this so great? Read my greeting here. Follow the #cyc4lib hashtag on twitter.

#buyalib
A few emails to the other members of the #buyalib team. We are very excited about continuing the project by donating the collected money and thereby laying the first bricks for the library. We are working on a plan for getting info from the library to blog about so all you awesome contributors and supporters can follow the project along with us in the future. This is a spare time project so also thank you to patient wife and kids.

I promised to keep it short? Libraries and Quora
Well Iron & Wine is still playing here. I´ll leave you with a few tweets I found interesting last night about libraries and Quora. Well is this the way to do it guys? Thanks @telephase and @ranti for a great discussion.

libraries and quora

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First day of #libday6

If you followed my #libday6 tweets today, you already know about tasks I had at my library. If you want to catch up, I inserted my tweets at the bottom of this post.
I want to make a short post about what I learned and relearned today…

  • It is hard to book accommodation for 100 people for a library conference Cycling for libraries #cyc4lib in my city when the man I am trying to reach is on vacation in Cuba! #learned
  • Our film streaming service is a success #confirmed and we must use more funds on this. #learned
  • Coffee should get it´s well deserved place in the periodic table among the other elements #relearned
  • Our new catalogue on courses for the spring looks fantastic #learned
  • I work with awesome librarians #confirmed
  • You must not be afraid to solve a conflict even though it is unpleasant. You must solve it to feel better yourself and for the work climate to be a success and you must stand up for what you believe in. #confirmed
  • It is hard to unlearn #relearned
  • To do list will never be empty #relearned – and I guess that´s a good thing.
  • My colleagues are caring people #confirmed
Some of todays questions from patrons
  • About our film streaming service
  • Lot´s of music questions today (Most about recordings)
  • People who wanted to scan some documents
  • People wanted to connect to wi-fi
  • Travel guides
  • Crime stories
  • Can you help me spell some words?
  • A couple of school projects (good ones!)

How to collaborate internationally via social media

I want to share what I learned so far from working with amazing people I only met on Twitter for the cause of funding a library in India. We collect funds via social media on our blog. I hope you will support the good cause.

The good news – It is easy to do this:
First let me say that it is easy to collaborate on a project like ours using twitter, emails and wordpress blogs. Of course It takes a lot of time but a project like this would also take a lot of time if it was made by people sitting in the same room. We are four people in the group. Ned Potter who is an academic librarian from the UK, Andromeda Yelton and Justin Hoenke public librarians from USA and I am a public librarian from Denmark.

What tools have we used to communicate?
We use twitter and emails for communicating. Direct twitter messages when in a hurry and Emails for longer messages about plans, strategy and status. We use our spare time and we have families, so sometimes one of us has got a lot of time to put in this project, at other times we obviously don’t – But I am amazed by how far we gone in very little time. It is obvious that it is important that you give what you can and that the others respect when you have other plans. We never spoke about this, it is kind of written between the lines, but I could see the need for some rules in a bigger and longer lasting project.
It would be a good idea to use Skype but it hasn’t been necessary yet. When we reach our goal I think we should set up a Skype meeting celebrating with a drink – but the others don’t know yet (sorry you had to read it here first, guys)

Skype as a tool and why I belive in libraries
I have been so lucky to have a Skype meeting (and one more to come) with Buffy J Hamilton. This meeting was not related to the Buy A Library project. We talked about libraries in US and Denmark and about transliteracy and the power of libraries worldwide. I feel lucky to live in a time where it is so easy to share and communicate. Libraries are more similar across the world than I thought a couple of years ago. What it all comes down to is that we provide access to information and knowledge via all types of media. In some countries the main media is still the book, in others countries there are a variety of important media – but we provide access and support learning and (trans)literacy. That’s why I am a strong believer in the power of libraries.

What tools have we used to promote our campaign?
Our campaign lives on our blog and started as a twitter project. Our followers (and a lot of non-followers too) have been very kind to us helping promote our campaign and supporting with funds. Rosanne Cash who loves libraries supported us with a RT, and she has got more than 17.000 followers – Things like this make a difference. Thank you, Rosanne!
We learned that blogposts supporting the cause made a difference. We can see that in the donation status. We asked others to blog about our cause and have been getting good response… And you can like us on facebook. Please do.

So what to do now?
We will countinue to collect the funds needed for building and funding the library in India. Then we will evaluate and I hope we will have reached our goal so we can celebrate as well.
I really like being in this project. One reason is because it makes a difference and builds a library. How awesome is that? Libraries are closing all over the world, but we are opening one. It’s nice to learn that librarians and library supporters are so generous and the support for our project is amazing. Last but not least it is a great group of wonderful people I teamed up with. I am working with the best and if that does not motivate – what could?

Come work with me – or stay where you are but work with me anyway
I already learned a lot from participating in this project so far – and we are not finished yet. I want to use what I learned to collaborate with even more of you amazing people. I hope you will have the will, the time and ideas to work with a public librarian from Denmark. We could share ideas and thoughts about libraries in different countries or set up Skype meetings with patrons from each of our libraries. I don’t know yet. Maybe you do.
I know that when this project ends I will invite you to come work with me via social media and of course you are all welcome to visit my library.

Please support our cause by donating to Buy a library
[Donate button removed – Yay – we have the money for building the library – Please follow the work on the blog]

Follow a library on twitter

On October 1st 2010 it is going to be #followalibrary day on Twitter. I think everybody should know what their library has to offer for their learning opportunities, for leisure and for inspiring reads, listens and expanding the way we see the world.  I recommend that you follow a library on twitter.

The people behind Follow a library made a challenge:

Challange: Make your own followalibrary promotion video and share it with the world. http://ht.ly/2JRI0 #followalibraryless than a minute ago via HootSuite

Happy follow a library day on twitter!

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.

World wide thoughts of a Danish librarian

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