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.

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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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