I am proud that the new “International Conference on Design and Development of Public Library Services” chose me to do a keynote about librarians as a driving force for the SDGs.
The librarians skillset and knowledge of the community combined makes the librarian the perfect driving force for supporting people to have real impact on meeting the SDGs
“A librarian is a connector of people, knowledge, learning and communities. She is the friendly neighbourhood hero actively working to make communities smarter – one person at a time. She knows her community and can translate complicated information into new learning opportunities”
The audience in the conference hall – and online – had very good questions. What an honour to meet colleagues from Iran in the conference hall – even though I was only there via the virtual platform.
Here is my presentation:
Here are the slides:
Please connect with me – and let us continue the conversation.
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