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Challenge Accepted! Libraries Facing the
Demographic Change
What does demographic change mean for
libraries?
03.03.2015 1
...
Content
03.03.2015 2
Introduction
Approach
Method
Findings
Conclusion and Outlook
References
Introduction
03.03.2015 3
• project seminar on demographic change at
Berlin School of Library and Information
Science 2014...
Introduction II
• digital society
• aging society
• depopulation
• only a few
international
contributions
iSchool Berlin. ...
Introduction III
03.03.2015 5
• bring the topic to a transnational
level
• demographic changes are
everywhere
• many libra...
Approach
03.03.2015 6
Purpose:
• create more awareness to the topic
• start a discussion on demographic changes in
librari...
Method
03.03.2015 7
• compiling a list on all aspects of a
"demographic change":
aging, changing ethnics, population growt...
Method ll
03.03.2015 8
We asked:
Are there any (public, privat or mixed) national,
provincial or local projects that deal ...
Europe
03.03.2015 9
Maps of Net. (2012).
Findings
Adopt a Kiosk
• project by British Telecom
• old phone boxes convert to libraries
• literature supply for structu...
Findings ll
03.03.2015 11
• phone box carries 150
media items
• donations not only from
private persons
• authors, publish...
Findings lll
Airport Library Schipol
• project to ensure literature supply while
traveling
• bring Dutch culture to travel...
Findings lV
• ca. 1250 media items within library (books,
music, etc.)
• financed by Dutch ministry of education
and publi...
Findings V
Book Boat Epos
• library service along the west coast of Norway
• idea came up in 1959
• run and financed by th...
Findings Vl
03.03.2015 15
• changing cultural program for children and
adults
• about 6.000
books
• 150 small
communities
...
South America
03.03.2015 16
Maps of Net. (2012).
Findings
03.03.2015 17
Biblioburro
• donkey library in nothern Columbia
• started in 1990's by Luis Soriano
• education fo...
Findings ll
• numerous articles and reportages, movie
• noticed by the national government, library
society
• donkey libra...
North America
03.03.2015 19
Maps of Net. (2012).
Findings
Spectrum Scholarship Program
• promotes diversity in libraries
• financed by ALA
• established in 1997
03.03.2015...
Findings ll
• scholarship for underrepresented groups in
libraries workforce
• helps aspirants to earn a master’s degree
•...
Findings lll
We Need Diverse Books
• campaign that addresses lack of diverse
narratives in books
• to change that, they ad...
Findings lV
• promoting diverse books at schools
• diversity festival
• educational kit for teachers (planned)
• financed ...
Africa
03.03.2015 24
Maps of Net. (2012).
Findings
ACP Street Libraries
• project by the Fraunhofer Institute Portugal
• established in 2012
• aims at literature su...
Findings ll
• developed especially for younger library users
in developing countries
• digitized material shall be made ac...
Findings lll
• combination of classic street libary and new
technologies
• street library app is planned in a medium time
...
Asia
03.03.2015 28
Maps of Net. (2012).
Findings
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)
• India is facing change in social and gender
equalities
• islamic university in ...
Australia
03.03.2015 30
Maps of Net. (2012).
Findings
Clunes Booktown
• numerous booktowns around the world
• rediscovery in 2007
• financed by the
government and
dona...
Findings ll
• 2007 first booktown festival with 18.000
visitors
• infrastructure
and population
expanded
Clunes Booktown. ...
Conclusion and Outlook
03.03.2015 33
• demographic changes all over the world
• many efforts and activities to deal with i...
Conclusion and Outlook ll
03.03.2015 34
• libraries always mirror their societies
• libraries try to adapt actively
• some...
Conclusion and Outlook lll
03.03.2015 35
• in Asia projects deal with several topics
(literature supply in rural areas, ge...
Questions
• What about islamic countries?
United Arab Emirates etc.
• What about Eastern European countries?
• What about ...
Thank you for visiting us.
Marten Grunwald
Anika Wilde
Berlin School of Library and Information Science,
Germany
03.03.201...
References
Berlin School of Library and Information Science (iSchool Berlin). (n.d.).
2013/2014 Bibliotheken und der Demog...
References II
Broteng Christiansen, A. (2012, February 1). The book boat Epos – a floating
library. ThorNews. Retrieved fr...
References III
Reel, M. (2005, September 5). A four-legged drive to help rural readers. The
Washington Post. Retrieved fro...
References IV
Asia
India court library ban on women ‘unconstitutional’. (2014, November 14).
BBC News India. Retrieved fro...
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Anika Wilde, Marten Grunwald: Challenge Accepted! Facing the Demographic Change #bcs2015

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Talk given at the BOBCATSSS 2015 conference - http://www.bobcatsss2015.com/.

Demographic change is everywhere and a continuous growing topic for libraries and information institutions.
Flexibility, new ways of distributing books, communication with other institutions around the library are the keywords while creating practical solutions.
Our aim is to give an overview about Demographic change, to identify the process, presenting German and international problem solving strategies and getting in touch with new approaches through the discussion of our paper at the BOBCATSSS conference.

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Anika Wilde, Marten Grunwald: Challenge Accepted! Facing the Demographic Change #bcs2015

  1. 1. Challenge Accepted! Libraries Facing the Demographic Change What does demographic change mean for libraries? 03.03.2015 1 Authors Anika Wilde, Germany, Email: wilde.anika@web.de Student Berlin School of Library and Information Science Marten Grunwald, Germany, Email: marten.grunwald@gmx.de Student Berlin School of Library and Information Science
  2. 2. Content 03.03.2015 2 Introduction Approach Method Findings Conclusion and Outlook References
  3. 3. Introduction 03.03.2015 3 • project seminar on demographic change at Berlin School of Library and Information Science 2014 • aim was to publish a publication • German view on the topic was presented in book
  4. 4. Introduction II • digital society • aging society • depopulation • only a few international contributions iSchool Berlin. n.d. 03.03.2015 4
  5. 5. Introduction III 03.03.2015 5 • bring the topic to a transnational level • demographic changes are everywhere • many libraries are affected or will be in the future • Why?: book project had a good resonance at the IFLA 2014 congress
  6. 6. Approach 03.03.2015 6 Purpose: • create more awareness to the topic • start a discussion on demographic changes in libraries • etc.
  7. 7. Method 03.03.2015 7 • compiling a list on all aspects of a "demographic change": aging, changing ethnics, population growth etc. • survey for national library associations, library schools, IFLA-L, individual persons etc. • a literature review was undertaken as well
  8. 8. Method ll 03.03.2015 8 We asked: Are there any (public, privat or mixed) national, provincial or local projects that deal with the topic of demographic change in libraries in your country? As an additional question we wanted to know: What kind of demographic change is the one, that is most recognised in your country?
  9. 9. Europe 03.03.2015 9 Maps of Net. (2012).
  10. 10. Findings Adopt a Kiosk • project by British Telecom • old phone boxes convert to libraries • literature supply for structurally weak regions • started in 2009 03.03.2015 10
  11. 11. Findings ll 03.03.2015 11 • phone box carries 150 media items • donations not only from private persons • authors, publishers donate as well The Adopt a Kiosk programme. (2009).
  12. 12. Findings lll Airport Library Schipol • project to ensure literature supply while traveling • bring Dutch culture to travellers • at airport Schupol, Amsterdam, Netherlands • opened in 2010 • over 1 million visitors since 03.03.2015 12
  13. 13. Findings lV • ca. 1250 media items within library (books, music, etc.) • financed by Dutch ministry of education and public libraries in Amsterdam 03.03.2015 13 Airport library. (2011).
  14. 14. Findings V Book Boat Epos • library service along the west coast of Norway • idea came up in 1959 • run and financed by three counties • Epos started its service in 1963 03.03.2015 14
  15. 15. Findings Vl 03.03.2015 15 • changing cultural program for children and adults • about 6.000 books • 150 small communities • book boat at risk? Andrus. (2014).
  16. 16. South America 03.03.2015 16 Maps of Net. (2012).
  17. 17. Findings 03.03.2015 17 Biblioburro • donkey library in nothern Columbia • started in 1990's by Luis Soriano • education for children Aertes. (2011).
  18. 18. Findings ll • numerous articles and reportages, movie • noticed by the national government, library society • donkey library became topic of children books Brown. (2013). 03.03.2015 18
  19. 19. North America 03.03.2015 19 Maps of Net. (2012).
  20. 20. Findings Spectrum Scholarship Program • promotes diversity in libraries • financed by ALA • established in 1997 03.03.2015 20 ALA. (2014).
  21. 21. Findings ll • scholarship for underrepresented groups in libraries workforce • helps aspirants to earn a master’s degree • all in all 6500$ package 03.03.2015 21 ALA. (2011).
  22. 22. Findings lll We Need Diverse Books • campaign that addresses lack of diverse narratives in books • to change that, they address authors, booksellers, educators etc. • within campaign there are several projects: 03.03.2015 22
  23. 23. Findings lV • promoting diverse books at schools • diversity festival • educational kit for teachers (planned) • financed by donations and book sells 03.03.2015 23 WNDB. (2014).
  24. 24. Africa 03.03.2015 24 Maps of Net. (2012).
  25. 25. Findings ACP Street Libraries • project by the Fraunhofer Institute Portugal • established in 2012 • aims at literature supply for the ACP-region • development of cultural activities (e.g. visual arts, music etc. in ACP-region) 03.03.2015 25
  26. 26. Findings ll • developed especially for younger library users in developing countries • digitized material shall be made accessable • enhance existing system of street libraries • example: street libraries in Ghana 03.03.2015 26
  27. 27. Findings lll • combination of classic street libary and new technologies • street library app is planned in a medium time frame 03.03.2015 27 Street library Ghana. (2014).
  28. 28. Asia 03.03.2015 28 Maps of Net. (2012).
  29. 29. Findings Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) • India is facing change in social and gender equalities • islamic university in Uttar Pradesh • women were banned from university library • issue is discussed in public now AMU. (2001). 03.03.2015 29
  30. 30. Australia 03.03.2015 30 Maps of Net. (2012).
  31. 31. Findings Clunes Booktown • numerous booktowns around the world • rediscovery in 2007 • financed by the government and donations Clunes Booktown. (n.d.). 03.03.2015 31
  32. 32. Findings ll • 2007 first booktown festival with 18.000 visitors • infrastructure and population expanded Clunes Booktown. (2011). 03.03.2015 32
  33. 33. Conclusion and Outlook 03.03.2015 33 • demographic changes all over the world • many efforts and activities to deal with it • demographic change means very different occurences • depends on the region where it appears
  34. 34. Conclusion and Outlook ll 03.03.2015 34 • libraries always mirror their societies • libraries try to adapt actively • some projects deal with demographic changes without the label • in Africa focus on children’s education/ young readers
  35. 35. Conclusion and Outlook lll 03.03.2015 35 • in Asia projects deal with several topics (literature supply in rural areas, gender equality, digital society etc.) • in Europe aging population is the main focus • no responses from eastern Europe and most African countries -> still a developing trend • all in all: important topic with only little public perception
  36. 36. Questions • What about islamic countries? United Arab Emirates etc. • What about Eastern European countries? • What about extraordinary circumstances? Political changes in Egypt, Syria, Africa (AIDS, Ebola) etc. 03.03.2015 36
  37. 37. Thank you for visiting us. Marten Grunwald Anika Wilde Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Germany 03.03.2015 37
  38. 38. References Berlin School of Library and Information Science (iSchool Berlin). (n.d.). 2013/2014 Bibliotheken und der Demografische Wandel. Retrieved from https://www.ibi.hu- berlin.de/studium/studprojekte/buchidee/bi13/. Maps of Net (2012). Retrieved from http://mapsof.net/map/world-political- map-2012. Europe Airport Library (2015). About Airport Library. Retrieved from http://www.airportlibrary.nl/en/about-airport-library.html. Airport Library (2011). The library at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Retrieved from http://www.pri.org/stories/2011-02-16/library-amsterdam-airport- schiphol. Andrus, E. (2014). Literary hoots [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://www.literaryhoots.com/2014/10/just-for-fun-10-unexpected- places-for.html. 03.03.2015 38
  39. 39. References II Broteng Christiansen, A. (2012, February 1). The book boat Epos – a floating library. ThorNews. Retrieved from http://thornews.com/2012/02/01/the- book-boat-epos-a-floating-library/. British Telecom (BT). (2009). The Adopt a Kiosk programme. Retrieved from http://www.westbury-sub-mendip.org.uk/data/documents/Adopt-A- Kiosk.pdf. Westbury-sub-Mendip. (2014). About Westbury-sub-Mendip. Retrieved from http://www.westbury-sub-mendip.org.uk/current/index.php/. South America Aertes, J.M. (2011). Luis Soriano y Alfa y Beto, los biblioburros. Retrieved from http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p5rEVpWk4GQ/TJrLxCeh- sI/AAAAAAAAJCk/fZUq8Uvd_W8/s1600/biblioburro+2.jpg. Brown, M. (2013). Waiting for the Biblioburro. Retrieved from http://www.monicabrown.net/books/images/covers/Biblioburro.jpg. 03.03.2015 39
  40. 40. References III Reel, M. (2005, September 5). A four-legged drive to help rural readers. The Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- dyn/content/article/2005/09/04/AR2005090401379.html. North America ALA. (2011). Spectrum Logo. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/offices/sites/ala.org.offices/files/content/diversity/spectr um/SpectrumLogo_Green_web.png. ALA (1995-2015). Spectrum Scholarship Program. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/offices/diversity/spectrum ALA (2014). ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program 2014. Retrieved from http://www.asianscholarship.net/2014/01/ala-spectrum-scholarship-program- 2014.html. We need diverse Books (WNDB). (2014). Retrieved from https://31.media.tumblr.com/1aa86a084e0739175727d3957e1979c0/tumblr_ inline_n5112r7fp71sz51mk.jpg. 03.03.2015 40
  41. 41. References IV Asia India court library ban on women ‘unconstitutional’. (2014, November 14). BBC News India. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia- india-30061046. Shahid H. (2001). The modern amu seal. Retrieved from http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00routesdata/1800_1899 /aligarhmao/victoriagate/victoriagate.html. Australia Brady, T. (2014). Clunes, Australia. In J. Kløvstad (Ed.), Å bygge ein by på bøker (pp. 113-115). Tvedetstrand: Bokybyen forlag. Clunes Booktown. (n.d.). Booktown festival gallery. Retrieved from http://clunesbooktown.com.au/festivals/clunes-book-town- festival/booktown-festival-gallery/#!prettyPhoto. 03.03.2015 41

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