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  • 1. Erik Thorlund Jepsen Danish Agency for Libraries and Media Digitizing Danish Libraries: Experiences and initiatives
  • 2. Agenda
    • The Danish Agency for Libraries and Media
    • Societal and economic challenges and opportunities
      • + Digital Denmark: Strategies, Services
    • Danish Libraries
      • Structure, Legislation, Strategies
    • Digitizing Libraries
      • Experiences and learning's, Future work
  • 3. The Danish Agency for Libraries and Media
    • Agency under the Ministry of Culture
    • The central government organ for libraries and media.
    • Handles a number of administrative tasks in relation to the libraries, including administration of the Act regarding library services.
    • Deals with development tasks in association with the libraries’ activities and administrates a number of subsidy schemes within the library area.
  • 4. The Danish Agency for Libraries and Media
    • Mission Experiences and knowledge for everyone
    • supporting and developing access to knowledge and understanding in an inclusive democracy
    • Tools
      • Strategic development together with stakeholders (committees, conferences, ad hoc meetings…)
      • Subsidy schemes (development pools + Central Libraries (6 regional libraries)
      • Administration of central services
        • National Bibliography
        • National transportation system
        • Licenses for research libraries – DEFF
        • … .
  • 5. Societal challenges and opportunities
    • Recession? (GNP going down. Payments Balance going up)
    • Demographic changes (were getting old)
    • Fragmentation (ghettos and people out of business – economically and socially)
    • Lack of education and skills (Youth education the largest issue)
  • 6. Societal challenges and opportunities
    • Structure reform 2007 (from 300 to 98 municipalities + 16 to 5 regions)
    • Fusions everywhere (universities and profession schools)
    • Pressure for streamlining public services -> national digital solutions
  • 7. Digital Denmark
    • Strategies (2007 -10 + new on the way)
      • Efficiency, efficiency…..efficiency …better services (Ministry of Finances and Ministry of Science)
      • Cooperation between national bodies and autonomous municipalities (and commercial sector)
      • Pressure for national solutions (but demand for freedom of choice! -> Slows down digital development, organization and business models)
    • Results
      • / (incl. My Page)
      • NemID / EasyID
      • Digital services almost everywhere (E.g.. Tax, application forms..)
  • 8. Danish Libraries - Library Act (2000 - )
      • § 1. The objective of the public libraries is to promote information, education and cultural activity by making available books, periodicals, talking books and other suitable material , such as recorded music and electronic information resources, including Internet and multimedia.
      • The municipal council is obliged, possibly in co-operation with other municipal councils, to run a public library with departments for children and adults.
      • § 9. The county libraries act as main loan centre for the public libraries by endeavouring to obtain material to the extent that the public libraries do not themselves possess this material
      • State Library + Royal Library (Legal deposit +)
      • § 16. Union Catalogue +
  • 9. Danish Libraries - Structure
    • Public library in each municipality – 98
    • 6 County libraries
      • Responsible for supply of materials, development of competencies, agents for nationwide solutions…
    • 2 National libraries (also University Libraries)
    • University and profession school libraries (governed by ‘Ministry of Science’ and ‘Ministry of Education’)
    • DEFF (Danish Electronic Research Library): Governing board for all research libraries
  • 10. Challenges and opportunities – Libraries
    • Digital marketplace
      • Traditional library content and services overtaken by commercial vendors (Free of charge?)
      • Services are innumerable and the market confusing for the citizens
      • Where is the library profile and opportunities in the digital marketplace?
      • Need for libraries to relate strategically to the challenge
    • User behaviour, needs and expectations
      • Individualization
      • Differentiation
      • Impatience
      • Demand for constant access
  • 11.
    • Public Libraries in the
    • Knowledge Society (2010)
    • DEFF Strategy 2011 – 2014
      • On the way
      • Focusing on relation to users with special attention to commercial sector
  • 12. Role of the public library
    • Danish report on: The public Libraries in the
    • knowledge society, 2010
    • Visions:
    • From collection to connection
    • A collective national digital library
    • Partnerships / do what we are good at
  • 13. Danish Digital Library - the vision?
    • To establish a coherent digital library covering all fields of media and library services from baby- to researcher level
    • Corresponding with the library space
    • Aiming at all citizens with segmented services and building on partnerships of all kind
  • 14. How do we get there?
    • Establish a convincing strategy
    • Demonstrating capability by good working examples on new services
    • Lobbying and marketing for a new political understanding of a library concept meeting the needs in the knowledge- and innovation society
  • 15. Digital means ’change’
    • The ’traditional’ library still works well but we loose more and more users if we do not move faster building digital libraries
  • 16. The digital medialandscape is part of a bigger agenda
    • The knowledge and innovation society
    • The changed economic balance between Europe and the new economies
    • The fragmentation of social life and growing tension
    • Needs for better skills
  • 17. The European agenda
    • Knowledge societies imply globalisation and a new competition pattern – jobs are moving east
    • The answer to the challenge is ’innovation’ based
    • on more research, better education, lifelong learning, a strong identity and cohesion in society .
    • We are in badly need of all these elements facing illiteracy, social tension in a more and more multicultural society+
    • the fragmentation and cultural changes in the ’late modern society’ are roaring for counter strategies
  • 18. A new library concept
  • 19. Analogue and digital services should be integrated
    • The physical library space is for public libraries still the hub
    • The activities in the four spaces of the new library concept are virtual & real
    • The programmes support the agenda of
    • society, from innovation to democratic
    • inclusion and participation
    • Partnerships basic for organisation
    • Yet, an average of 8-10 percent of budgets
    • are used on digital materials and services!
  • 20. Some Danish steps so far – integrating virtual and real services
    • Paul’s Giftshop
    • Home work online
    • Literatureweb
    • Ageforce
    • Danish Digital Library
  • 21. The website forms a universe of its own
  • 22. The web for literature ’’ is a new intermediary (works together with reading clubs and DR)
  • 23. Homework-online hits boys that are not visiting the library
  • 24. Empowerment of 50+
  • 25. Next
    • Danish Digital Library – state and municipalities unite
    • Integrated acces/federal search to all relevant material
    • Open source and SOA
    • National solutions on infrastructure, licensing and webservices
    • Local priorities and presentations , local profile in library space and programme
    • Basic collection of web-media for all libraries?
  • 26. Libraries in the digital marketplace
  • 27.
  • 28. Equal access to digital information resources – How?
    • Differences in local priorities
    • -//- economy
    • Should the state subsidy for this?
    • Through county libraries, The State Library, A basic collection
  • 29. Number of Licenses – public libraries
  • 30. Money spent on licenses
  • 31. The library space remains - but virtual services are part of it as water taps in a household
  • 32.
    • Thank you
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