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23 Mobile Things – My slides from #ili2013

I was proud to present at this years Internet Librarian International in London, England about 23 Mobile Things. I had Michael Stephens and Mylee Joseph join me via video and had an absolutely wonderful time at this conference.

I was also proud to moderate a session and to be on the closing plenary with Donna Saxby and Marydee Ojala. Thank you all of you – and thanks for sharing you knowledge at your presentations and between sessions. Here are my slides:

Here is a link To Michael Stephens video.

Here is Mylee Joseph & Kathryn Barwicks slides

23 Mobile Things, Danish libraries and global librarianship

I had the privilege of guest teaching Trent Hills MLIS class from the University of Washington in Copenhagen where they are studying for 4 weeks at international summer school. Thanks for having me.

Due to an accident (I hope you feel better Trent!) I was not able to get online and I promised the class to share links – So here they are:

23 Mobile things:
Exploring ways that libraries and library staff can use mobile technologies to deliver library services, to engage with their communities and for their own professional development.
You can read more about 23 Mobile Things on this site including link to the original Danish version. Projects that build upon our project can be found here.
Want to know more about the 23 Mobile Things team – Here you go.. – And if you got any questions look at the FAQ and feel free to get in touch.
23 Mobile Things are on twitter – use the hashtag #23mobilethings
Try looking at some of the things and explore the thinking points. I see them as a very strong part of this learning project.

Some of my sparetime projects that I mentioned:

Buy India a Library:
Crowfunding project using social media. 100 awesome people from all around the globe donated and here is the result. This is the #buyalib team 

Help This Week in Libraries:
First the link to the awesome show about library innovation – This Week in Libraries
The crowdfunding project Help TWIL partly funded the 3rd season of the show and raised awareness about its importance.
You can watch the shows online for free – Here is the show with yours truly
And here is the Help TWIL team.

Global librarianship

better togetherConnect worldwide. It is so much easier to work with people from another part of the world than I imagined and you learn so much by doing that. I wrote a post about it.

Be inspired globally and translate ideas so the make sense in your community. The local community is the main focus for the global librarian.
If you want to connect globally use social media and consider the awesome International Librarians Network.


Cycling for libraries:

I mentioned the fantastic moving unconference for librarians and library lovers – Read more about it on their website. When Cycling For Libraries visited my library the international think tank worked with crowdsourcing the future of libraries.

Danish Libraries:
We spoke about the Danish library system, funding etc… You can read a bit more here.

Current Projects – Libraries / Gamification / Nudging:
I am curently working on projects about how libraries can use gamification in a meaningful way to meet people where they do not expect to meet us.
I am also working on a project about nuding and libraries. More info will be available on this blog when the projects go from planning mode to action mode.
Here is the link to the library gamification example I mentioned from Moraine Valley Community College Library and the awesome Troy Swanson.
The other example was Library Game by Shay Moradi.

The future of libraries – Why Seth Godin and Bobbi Newman are both right

I really  like when libraries escape the echo-chamber big time like with Seth Godins post about what libraries should be be in the future and the importance of librarians. I also like Godins post a lot and I agree with him on what should be our focus in the future.

I am glad that not all librarians agree with everything Seth Godin said in his post, because we need the debate to be even sharper on the future of libraries – because we are the ones deciding that future. We as library professionals.

I don´t think Bobbi Newman is wrong when she advocates for access to (e)books and online databases for those who cannot afford to buy access themselves. It´s not “defending library as warehouse as opposed to fighting for the future”
Actually I think it is exactly what Seth Godin advocates for when he says the mission is to “take the world of data, combine it with the people in this community and create value. ” –  for all people – those who can afford to buy it themselves and those who cannot. That is still the base of democracy and libraries have a role to play here.

The goal is connecting people with information and helping them navigate it.  Connecting people to other people in their communities and experts worldwide. Being a center of idea development, facilitate learning  and knowledge creation and being “librarian as producer, concierge, connector, teacher and impresario” – One of the means is providing access to  information until everything is free.

Some good posts (among many) about Godin´s “The future of the library”
Bobbi Newman “Seth Godin Misses the Point on Libraries, Again”
Buffy J. Hamilton: “Are Librarians, Not Seth Godin, The Ones Missing the Point on Libraries?” 
Andy Woodworth: “Bring Me the Head of Seth Godin!”
P.C Sweeny: “Seth Called Us Out On Our Bullshit And Folks Got Mad”