It is always interesting to bring different kinds of perspectives and disciplines together. That is what The INFORUM conference does and I am looking very much forward to giving a keynote at this years conference and to participate and learn from the other professionals attending. INFORUM focuses on electronic information resources and their professional use in science, research, education and business. It is a unique event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe.
It is designed for librarians from academic and public libraries, managers, researchers, doctors, university teachers, ICT specialists, public administration employees, students, and other people interested in the issue. Since 2003, INFORUM has expanded its territorial focus from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to include other Central and Eastern European countries.
Last year 420 participants were registered at INFORUM, 30 papers and 10 posters were delivered and 21 companies presented their products at the exhibition. Find more information about previous INFORUM conferences on the statistics page.
I am also looking forward to meeting up with Marydee Ojala again and to hear her keynote at the conference. I will keep you updated on my learnings from INFORUM.
I am inspired by this Bossa Nova song from the wonderful people at The Royal Library of Denmark – The Faculty Library of Social Sciences
In fact I am inspired by most things they do… Their LEGO stop motion movies and music would still be cool even if did not have the underlying message to the students that the library is there to make them information ninjas.
Listen – enjoy the Bossa and share it with your favorite library lovers…
And if you are so inclined – and can stand a little library industrial – re-listen my avantgarde song – Go to the library 🙂
Credits for Go to the library
Written, produced, mixed, all instruments and vocals: Jan Holmquist
Lost in your time (at the library) is probably the first bossa nova library song in the world. Made by Los Bossa Bibliotheca and publiched by Go To The Library Records / Faculty Library of Social Sciences
Credits – for Lost in your time (at the library):
Guitar – Jens Stein Jørgensen
Vocals – Simon Roland Pedersen
Percussion – Rasmus Rindom Riis
Double bass – Ida Duelund Hansen
Lyrics – Anders Bonatto Fisker
Producer, mixer and sound wizard – Mads Korsgaard
Bossa boss and executive producer – Christian Lauersen
Head groupie – Stine Agerbæk
Layout – Rasmus Rindom Riise
What is the first good idea you will steal and use in your library? This is one of the questions a buzzing room full of motivated and skilled public librarians discussed at a two-hour workshop at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney on June 9th. Other themes were what new skills our profession needs and what focus we should have as a profession to actively support leaning in our communities. We also talked about what new skill is on our own bucket list of things we want to learn in the near future.
I think it is very important that we as library professionals are active learners ourselves and that we have a plan for our own learning. This is another way of thinking of ourselves as learning professionals – and I believe it will sharpen our focus on the learning needs of our communities as well. I therefore recommend professional development programs like 23 Mobile Things (Proudly developed in cooperation with State Library of New South Wales own Mylee Jospeh and Kathryn Barwick)
One of the things I will be inspired by in the near future is this very interesting Lifelong Learning Strategy from the City of Canterbury
This is a very good example of a learning strategy that has focus on the community and communicates the importance of the library as an active strategic learning institution to both citizens and the political level.
Another document that was referred to at the workshop is this interesting article from New Zealand about adult learning (Thank you for sharing Michelle)
The more than 60 participants in the workshop had interesting ideas about working together with museums to share the knowledge they have about our communities in new and inventive ways within a library frame – New contacts will be made.
Ideas about how we reach the young people who lack digital skills by talking to the digital skills they actually already have were also a very interesting discussion.
We also shared experiences about makerspaces and agreed that it is more about sharing knowledge and creating stuff together than it is about technology.
Thank you to all of you who participated in the workshop. I was glad to have the opportunity to present my mindset about Global Librarianship for you – and to learn with you during our interesting discussions. I appreciate your feedback and your strong participation – it was a real pleasure to work with you.
And remember: Libraries make their communities smarter.
This work by Jan Holmquist is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Change is happening fast in our societies these years. For libraries the environment around us and the need for information has been changing a lot going from the industrial society over the information society to the knowledge society.
Countries around the globe compete not only on low cost but also on the knowledge level of their populations. Libraries are more important than ever. Libraries support learning on all levels in our communities every day. Both formal learning and informal learning.
To be even more relevant as the learning hub of the community in the future we need to upgrade our skills about how people learn, unlearn and relearn. It is said that the loosers of the future are the poeple who can not learn, unlearn and relearn. Libraries are the right institutions to bridge the learning divide.
Here are my slides from todays workshop. Thanks to everyone who showed up and shared their knowledge – It was a pleasure learning with you.
There are 65000 libraries in Europe welcoming more than 100 million people each year. That is an amazing knowledge infrastructure to make our communities smarter.
In this short video some of these statistics and core values are shared.
Libraries connect people and their knowledge – and support learning and knowledge creation.
Spend 90 seconds watching this video to celebrate and highlight the difference libraries make everyday across Europe and the rest of the world.
Libraries change lives.
The video is published by Public Libraries 2020 and The Reading & Writing Foundation. It is also strongly approved by the Library Avengers.
Exciting treasure hunts in the urban space
In Nykøbing Falster, Guldborgsund Public Library invites local citizens and visitors of the city on interactive walks around the town as part of the project Hidden Treasures. Through their smart phone, ‘treasure hunters’ can have a new and different experience of the town and its history.
With the project Hidden Treasures Guldborgsund Public Library wants to meet people in the urban space in a fun and engaging way. We aim to turn the local cultural and literary history into a vivid experience. Through a series of riddles and problems, the inquisitive-minded will hopefully see the town in a new light.
The interactive walks offer three different themes: a trip back to explorer and author Peter Freuchens’ Nykøbing Falster in the 1920s; an insight into the town when author Knud Romer grew up in the 1970s; and a contemporary tour with focus on local food from Falster.
You can read more about the project on Tame The Web
Alma – One day we will be in charge 2013-07-16 15.31.48, a photo by janholmquist on Flickr.
This is one my favorite photos. My daugther Alma found a stone near the Berlin wall – East side gallery on our summer holiday this year – She was sure it was from the remains of the wall. It had a slight blue tone – and she held it to this painting saying she found the spot where it did fit.I took this picture and later I saw the writing on the wall ” One day we will be in charge”… This makes me happy and full of hope. Alma sure does make this world a better place.
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….
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
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.