Tag Archives: Global librarian

Proud to receive prize for best article 2014 in LIS magazine REVY

I am very proud to recieve the prize for best article in the Danish LIS magazine REVY.

My article [In Danish] is about using Twitter as a professional tool for learning, idea generating and inspiration for global librarians. I have practical examples like Buy India a Library, 23 Mobile Things and definitions about Global Libraianship. I also recommend ways for getting started with this network.

REVY is the biggest LIS magazine in Scandinavia within the college and research library field. They have a lot of good writers and the competition for best article was tough as you can see:

For all you Danish speakers and readers out there – Here is a link to the article

Global librarianship and Gamifying the library experience – My presentations at #ili2014

I was honered to present at this years Internet Librarian International in London, England. Thank you for an inspiring conference with sharing, co-learning and interesting talks with so many wonderful librarians and other library professionals.

For the other presentations I did there about Gamification and Library advocacy – Go to my slideshare page.

I had a very busy schedule at #ili2014

Sessions by Jan Holmquist
Day 1 – Tuesday, 21 October 2014   14.30 – 15.00   A104: Global inspiration, local action (presentation: Global inspiration, local action)
Day 1 – Tuesday, 21 October 2014   15.15 – 16.15   B105: Library labs and digital lounges (Moderator)
Day 1 – Tuesday, 21 October 2014   16.45 – 17.30   B106: Gamification (Presentation: Gamifying the library experience)
Day 2 – Wednesday, 22 October 2014   11.15 – 12.15   C202: Transformational teaching (Moderator)
Day 2 – Wednesday, 22 October 2014   14.30 – 15.15   C204: Extending engagement and remaining relevant (Moderator)

I also did a sharing session / Presentation at the X-track:
Lobby for Libraries – be a library avenger
And I was on loan in  BORROW AN EXPERT and had a wonderful meeting about libraries community engagement and collaboration.

After the conference I went to Norway and did a keynote about the library as a community hub for learning for the very inspiring librarians in Vestfold. I had the chance to stay until lunch and be a part of their day about libraries and learning.

A conference with an unconference track – Upcoming presentations at Internet Librarian International

I liheartke the concept of unconferences very much. The more loose structure can be very liberating to the traditional conference learning experience. Combining a traditional conference with an unconference track is one of the reasons I am looking very much forward to this years Internet Librarian International – and I am proud to be a part of both the unconference and conference track.

I hope to see you there and talk libraries with you. I am doing talks on Guldborgsund Public Library recent gamification project, Global librarianship and on the brand new unconference X track I will share about the library advocacy group Library Avengers.

I am also looking forward to the Hackerspace Conversations between Rasmus Fangel Vestergaard and Jeroen de Boer and to catch Åke Nygreens talk about Boosting ICT training in public libraries to name just a few.

Here is my speaker program – You can also “borrow me” for a 15 minute talk about about community engagement, gamification, communities and collaboration on the X track… London Calling!

Newest version of 23 Mobile Things is from Philippines and Singapore – Video Greeting

It is privilege to see new versions of 23 Mobile Things living and thriving world wide. The number of people in the library field that is learning together about mobile technology and using this technology to deliver library services to their communities is growing. Thank you to all the learners and organisers keeping this program alive and making it better all the time.

Thank you Joan and Karyll for the great version for Philippines and Singapore.

What I spend time on these days

I was recently asked what my next spare time project would be.
I made a short video for you about how my time is prioritized these days. Lots of learning opportunities – I love that.
The video is also a test of the short video blog format that I am considering using more… So tell me what you think?

I expect the library gamification and nudging theory projects I mention will be of global interest by the way.

International librarianship – video by Jan Holmquist

Hi Friends

I met Kate C. Byrne in Helsinki for IFLA 2012 and I was very proud when she asked me to do a short video about international librarianship. The video is intended to add value to Kates presentation – but I hope you like it too – Please connect with me if you want to explore international librarianship with me….

Circulating Ideas Featuring Jan Holmquist

janholmquist__I am very proud to be the guest on Steve Thomas great podcast Circulating Ideas – A Podcast I think makes a very big difference for learning in libraries and is making libraries better…

Thank you for having me as a guest Steve – and thank you to all who listend and liked – So many shares and positve comments – means the world to me….

Head over to Circulating ideas to hear the show and all the other interesting podcasts Steve has done with inspiring librarians.
Circulating Ideas Featuring Jan Holmquist

It Is a Global Profession… If You Want It to Be

It Is a Global Profession… If You Want It to Be

I am very happy to be able to share my thoughts about global librarianship over at Jessica Olin´s great blog “Letters to a Young Librarian”. I hope you will take the time to visit Jessica´s blog and read my post – Comments very welcome.

Letter from World Libraries


Dear Librarian

Congratulations on joining the team at World Libraries.

We are glad to have you as a part of our world-wide team of library enthusiasts. Your special focus will be to improve your community by sharing and generating knowledge and always contribute to learning.

We also expect you to work for libraries world-wide and to advocate for libraries when you have the possibility. You must implement succesful projects from other libraries when they will make a positive difference in your own community and you must share your projects  so others can do the same.

We expect you to work with relevant organizations in your community to add as much value to as many people as possible in the area you serve. The main focus of our organization is to help and empower people, young and old, with the relevant knowledge and information they need and to inspire them to produce knowledge and works of art and culture. It is also our aim to give people cultural experiences, make relations and  inspire. We meet the citizens where they are in the digital world and in the physical world – and we meet them in their prefered media. Furthermore we speak the language that match their age, level of education and interests.

You are working for libraries at a time when they are more important than ever before. The more information available in the world the more valuable it is to get the right information at the right time. You and your world-wide colleagues are experts in this field. You participate in raising the education level and empowering people everywhere at all levels.

Digital library services are universal. They are supplemented by locally fitted digital and physical library services. That is the way we all make the best libraries in our communities as a team even though we work at very different libraries, types of libraries and in different countries and communities. As a world-wide organization we make people smarter and capable of acting in farming societies, production societies, knowledge societies and experience societies everywhere on our planet.

We offer content in all imaginable kinds of media and we train people in the use of technology and other kinds of literacy. We are happy to add value to information but we also respect and defend People´s right to read what they want and to form their own meanings.

Because we are aware of the importance and the potential you can expect a world-wide information campaign about our organization in the near future.  The campaign will focus on libraries as a modern, innovative and attractive firm: Exclusive – but yet accessible for all.

We are looking forward to working with you in the future. Let´s make the world libraries even better together.

On behalf of World Libraries

Jan Holmquist
@janholmquist

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/loungerie/1470979195/in/photostream/ – by Loungrie http://www.flickr.com/photos/loungerie/

This blog post was original published in Danish as a guest post on Peter Alsbjer´s blog:

International Think Tank: Choosing the Future of Libraries

In a week I will be enjoying the company of librarians from all over the world at my library. I am looking forward to welcoming the conference Cycling for Libraries. I can´t wait to meet you all!

While the conference are at my library the theme will be “Choosing the future of the library” and you can help contributing to the topic by making comments here or writing me at twitter. My take on this is that we as library professionals are the ones that shall choose what the future of libraries will be – so let´s get to work and make it happen.

Can we stand any more talking about the future? I think we can because we will have the wisdom of almost 100 library brains from different cultures, but the core of what we do as libraries in our local communities are the same. This could bring us further.

We will be discussing the theme in different settings during the day – but we have two hours to:
Develop a framework for the discussion
Have a Skype in session with my very valued colleague and friend Buffy J. Hamilton who is an advocate for idea and learning-driven libraries and for embedding the librarian in the community.
Have some time to self-reflection
Generate Ideas  together

The outcome will be documented and I can´t wait to share it with you.

This video of R. D Lankes . The author of The Atlas of New Librarianship is the best possible introduction to why I think this is important and why we should use the opportunity to discuss this theme when the international think tank of library lovers park their bikes for a few hours.