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Better Danish Weather

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  • Last Updated: Thursday, 16 January 2014 20:15
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Well today I couldn't complain about the weather. It was warm and sunny yesterday and we had a marvellous ride through the southern end of Zealand and then took a ferry across to ... Umm... I can't remember the name of the island we're on now but we're in the town of Nykkobing. Today we sort of rode around the coast of this island and came back to the same "camp" (actually pan-abode cabins) as last night. A bus trip was involved. So was a visit yesterday to a branch library in Nykkobing. It's too complicated to explain. I uploaded pictures from yesterday and you can see some of the gorgeous Danish countryside and the friendly colleagues we're riding with. 

After today's ride we gathered in the Central Library in Nykkobing and were treated to a short presentation, streamed from the U. S., from Buffy Hamilton, a high-school librarian who was talking about the amazing successes she's having using the philosophy of participatory librarianship to bring in the activities and creativity of her dual customer base: both teachers and students. Her work sounds like a marvellous example of using the tools of "now" to build her future library.  I tweeted from the presentation today and hopefully you can get a little flavour of the presentation.

Since Library-Futures is my favourite subject, I found today fascinating. The theme of the whole day was built around this subject and we had some great conversations. I traded bikes for a while with Miika from Espoo finland and we had a excellent chat about how the branch library he runs has had a pilot program where a game developer has come in and run game-development training workshops with youth from the community. It's an example of allowing your community to direct the services and outcomes of your library, instead of developing services in-house and rolling them out to a passive customer group. And this, in fact, reflects yesterday's theme: escaping the echo chamber.

 Having a great time. Tomorrow we ride to the south of the island and take the ferry Rostock and it's goodbye Denmark, hello Germany.  

 

 

Danish Weather

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What a day today. We started off at noon from Royal Danish Library in blustery changeable weather which turned to blustery grey weather and then to blustery wet weather. The charming friendly Danes called it "Danish Weather" and the Swedes and Finns agreed! 

 

We visited two public libraries on the outskirts of Copenhagen and were received by the librarians in each one and were fed delicious food. Now we are ensconced in a middle school 10km outside of Koge and I am dead tired so I don't have much to say except: it was pretty cool and, in fact, there's a little video posted.  

 

One thing I have learned today: riding 70km in the rain until  9 at night sure is a great way to beat jetlag! Stay tuned for more tomorrow. 

 

 

Fundraising

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Today I reached my hand into a box and drew a raffle ticket worth $252 with the name of a librarian from my library on it. She was delighted with her winnings and I was delighted too. The raffle was one half of a 50/50 draw. I'm the recipient of the other half. It's a donation to help defray my costs to attend the Cycling For Libraries Unconference. This donation is on top of the more-than-$300 that was raised at a bake sale earlier this month so my amazing colleagues have raised over $550 to help support me.

Wow. All I can say is My colleagues are amazing and Thanks to everybody who helped out.

My friend Jon gets it

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My old colleague Jon Whipple posted about some library-madness that's been going around.

I couldn't describe the problem better than he can so here's his post.

Discovering the Discovery Layer

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I'd been thinking, over the past year or so, how we're going to move forward with libraries for which the collection is not the primary foundation. In fact, I'm preparing an article about libraries as "3rd places" without the collection to anchor that function. It isn't finished yet. 

But in the meantime, I just sat down with several of my colleagues here at the big library and watched a demonstration of Bibliocommons. Very interesting. It may be the case that with bibliocommons, there's a future for the library collection that i didn't see. It's pretty amazing, based on the 1 hour demo I saw yesterday. The "social networking" features, which are talked about so much in library2.0-world but frequently mis-understood and mis-interpreted, pretty well-done here. They appear to seemlessly support the community's interaction with the collection but don't get in the way or become an overt feature. 

So, does it give the building more secure future? I don't know. I haven't had enough time to look , use, and consider it. My library will have a much more thorough look at it during our selection process. But I can see so far that Bibliocommons is all about interfacting online with the collection and presumably patrons will order their choices to be delivered to their nearest branch and then just come in to pick them up. That doesn't necessarily build the case for the "3rd-place". But still, that onlne interaction is really something.

Bibliocommons is online at these three libraries, among several others: Santa Clara County, Edmonton, Oakville Ont.