Thank you participants in Aveiro and online for your feedback and positivity. I was honored to be part of your wonderful conference.
Public libraries are about providing access to information for all citizens. They are also about giving the community members the best possibilities to transform that information into knowledge.
When we look at libraries not only as a place for cultural inspiration or a house full of information -but also as the learning hub in the community, we focus on different ways of connecting with the community and new ways of delivering library services. We also have a new approach to what skillset librarians need to make this happen.
In this talk, I focus on practical examples from my work as a library director in Denmark and New Zealand. Examples of working with learning as a strategy and how that impacted the library services delivered and how libraries reached out to the community.
Libraries worldwide share the common goal to empower people and communities through knowledge, learning and cultural inspiration.
Global problems require global solutions. During the ongoing pandemic, scientists have been working together towards a vaccine on a worldwide level. As with the pandemic, the climate and biodiversity crisis is not a problem that respects national borders. For us to be able to reach the UN’s global goals in 2030, we all need to work together. All people, all communities, all librarians, all companies, all regions, all nations.
In this Ignite talk made for #nextlibrary I make a case for global cooperation between libraries. I also suggest what skills and infrastructure librarians need to work together globally to actively support our communities in meeting the 2030 goals.
In the interactive session “SDGs are global – Libraries deal with them globally”, I hosted a dialogue process calling on the wisdom of the room to further discuss: “How can libraries work together globally to actively support our communities in meeting the 2030 goals?”
UPDATE: On 10th June 2021 The Danish Government published their new action plan for how to live up to the SDGs. Libraries have a huge part to play. This is a significant game changer in Denmark. I am beyond excited about this. I will keep you updated.
Here is in my translation what it says about libraries.
The Government will strengthen the libraries’ work with and dissemination of the World Goals to make the libraries a facilitator for the popular anchoring of the UN World Goals. The initiative involves i.a. events on the World Goals in libraries, a World Goals certification program for libraries and skills development for librarians regarding the dissemination of the World Goals
Libraries are all about the communities they serve. At the heart of Global Librarianship is the combination of global inspiration and local action. I was interviewed about community focused libraries for the Princh blog.
Here is a small sample 🙂
What is the definition of a library nowadays?
The library is the community’s hub for learning and knowledge creation. Libraries simply make communities smarter. In a world with more and more information librarians and libraries are vital, because they have access to and know how to distribute the right information and knowledge to the citizens in the knowledge economy.
I am very excited to be able to learn with NEXT Library conference participants in Aarhus in mid June. Together with Dr. Michael Stephens and Mylee Joseph, I will be leading an interactive workshop at the conference and we need your input to help us make this workshop really effective for the participants at this year’s conference.
“Change” and “disruption” are not only popular buzzwords. Technology, economy and politics are forces that are changing the world as we know it and our communities at a fast pace. Libraries are embracing and responding to these changes and have different strategies for maintaining and increasing their relevance to their local communities. But to embrace change, and be a driving force for what rapidly changing communities need, librarians must have skills to both anticipate and adapt to change as well as being effective community connectors to drive change.
In business and leadership literature “dynamic capabilities” describes the characteristics of a firm that can adapt to changes in the environment and survive, while businesses that fail to adapt can slip from world domination to bankruptcy with examples often mentioned like KODAK and NOKIA.
In the global economy our countries, cities and communities compete on skills, know-how, adaptability and connectivity to get knowledge jobs in their area. Communities need assistance to anticipate and adapt to the world as it changes around them. Libraries can play a vital role in providing opportunities, tools and experiences for their communities to learn and to develop the dynamic capabilities needed. Librarians as effective “community learning connectors” can be change agents and drivers for development in our communities for many years to come.
How do we insure the folks serving our varied constituents have the skill sets and attitudes required of the modern library worker.
In our workshop we will use Michael’s “formula for success” to facilitate participants own ideas:
Essential Skills + Mindset² X Support = Success
Each part of the formula is vital. The outcome does not work if any of them are removed.
What do you think:
What are your thoughts on the content in Michael Stephens Essential Skills + Mindset² X Support = Success
In what way can libraries enhance a community’s adaptability to change?
Do you have examples of libraries in your community acting as community learning connectors and helping to respond and adapt to change?
What skills are needed for library staff to be effective community learning connectors?
What skills and mindset will help library staff continue to adapt to rapid change into the future?
Please share your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag #LibraryChangeAgent all kinds of contributions are welcome. Make a short video, use words – or draw your perfect set of skills… Be creative. We think that is one of the important skills needed 🙂
“As a collection of 39 chapters addressing 7 key areas within the LIS field, I truly believe the success of this book lies within its historical context of the field, its current relevance to today’s complex LIS environment, its identification of essential and emerging issues, and its wealth of resources, tips, and strategies that will guide LIS students and professionals in their academic and professional pursuits. Promotion of the book has already begun and includes a combination of brochures and flyers, advertisements, and press releases across various platforms.” Writes editor Dr. Sandra Hirsh from San Jose State University School of Information.
I am excited about this book because there are so many great authors and interesting subjects – and because I have a chapter in the book myself. Chapter 38: Global Learning Networks.