The role of professional organisations in transforming services

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A description of the Finnish Library Association and the work it undertakes on behalf of library services and librarians. Presented by Päivi Almgren at the CILIPS Centenary Conference in Peebles, Scotland on 4 Jun 2008.

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The role of professional organisations in transforming services

  1. 1. The Role of Professional Organizations in Transforming services Päivi Almgren State Provincial Office of Western Finland FLA
  2. 2. Library is the most widely used basic service <ul><li>In 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>18,7 loans and 10,4 visits per inhabitant </li></ul><ul><li>Total of 73 million loans , </li></ul><ul><li>57 million visits and 37 million net library visits </li></ul><ul><li>But still often taken for granted </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>How to highlight the importance and impact that library has for the whole society? </li></ul><ul><li>To be: </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbyist </li></ul><ul><li>Educator </li></ul><ul><li>Developer </li></ul><ul><li>Agitator </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmopolitan </li></ul>
  4. 4. Finnish Library Association FLA <ul><li>Founded in 1910, 2000 members </li></ul><ul><li>Finnish Library Journal 100 years! </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kaapeli.fi/~fla/english.htm# Library%20Association </li></ul><ul><li>http://kirjastoseura.kaapeli.fi/etusivu/lehti/in_english </li></ul>
  5. 5. State Provincial Office <ul><li>Regional administrative body </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.laaninhallitus.fi/lh/lansi/siv/home.nsf/pages/ </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Advocating and lobbying for libraries </li></ul><ul><li>It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single library in possession of good practices but dire resources must be in want of a patron. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Offering futher professional training and support for library professionals </li></ul><ul><li>From traditional to 2.0 and 3.0 librarianship and services </li></ul><ul><li>How to be a happy librarian? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Developing better practices for library services </li></ul><ul><li>FLA work groups </li></ul><ul><li>Projects and campaigns: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/ </li></ul><ul><li>Senior citizenship 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Finland in the Net 2005 </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>From literacy to media literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Super Libby 2007-2008 </li></ul>
  10. 10. National Super Libby-network of professionals http://kirjastoseura.kaapeli.fi/etusivu/seura/mediakasvatus
  11. 11. <ul><li>Starting and participating in actual debates and discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Survey of Internet content filtering practices in public libraries 2008: </li></ul><ul><li>257 libraries: not in use </li></ul><ul><li>189 libraries: tested or in use </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Ignorance is bliss? For 45 libraries.. </li></ul><ul><li>Pornography: from 96 % to 59 % </li></ul><ul><li>From 2 % to 34 % </li></ul><ul><li>Violence is visual </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmopolitan is more than just a drink! </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Many wonderful things will flower </li></ul><ul><li>Thank You </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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