Digital services in the public library. Jens THOURHAUG


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Digital services in the public library. Jens THOURHAUG

  1. 1. Digital services in Public Libraries Jens Thorhauge Danish Agency for Libraries and Media
  2. 2. Do we agree on the vision? <ul><li>To establish a coherent digital library covering all fields of media and library services from baby- to researcher level </li></ul><ul><li>Corresponding with the library space </li></ul><ul><li>Aiming at all citizens with segmented services and building on partnerships of all kind </li></ul>
  3. 3. How do we get there? <ul><li>Establish a convincing strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating capability by good working examples on new services </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying and marketing for a new political understanding of a library concept meeting the needs in the knowledge- and innovation society </li></ul>
  4. 4. Digital means ’change’ and ’divide’ <ul><li>The gap between analogue and digital media is growing </li></ul><ul><li>The ’traditional’ library still works well but we loose more and more users if we do not move faster building digital libraries </li></ul>
  5. 5. The digital medialandscape is part of a bigger agenda <ul><li>The knowledge and innovation society </li></ul><ul><li>The changed economic balance between Europe and the new economies </li></ul><ul><li>The fragmentation of social life and growing tension </li></ul><ul><li>Needs for better skills </li></ul>
  6. 6. A European agenda <ul><li>Knowledge societies imply globalisation and a new competition pattern – jobs are moving east </li></ul><ul><li>The answer to the challenge is ’innovation’ based </li></ul><ul><li>on more research, better education, lifelong learning, a strong identity and cohesion in society. </li></ul><ul><li>We are in badly need of all these elements facing illiteracy, social tension in a more and more multicultural society+ </li></ul><ul><li>the fragmentation and cultural changes in the ’late modern society’ are roaring for counter strategies </li></ul>
  7. 7. E-book service is also part of a bigger agenda <ul><li>An e-book platform is not enough </li></ul><ul><li>Developping a new library concept </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public service concept: services for all citizens, segmentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competting with other information services: the library niche </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating new organizational frames </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No library is an island: (inter)national development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Break up of traditional library collection oriented organisation </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. A new library concept
  9. 9. Analogue and digital services should be integrated <ul><li>The library space is for public libraries still the hub </li></ul><ul><li>The activities in the four spaces of the new library concept are virtual & real </li></ul><ul><li>The programmes support the agenda of society, from innovation to democratic inclusion and participation </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships basic for organisation </li></ul>
  10. 10. Some Danish steps so far – integrating virtual and real services <ul><li>Paul’s Giftshop </li></ul><ul><li>Home work online </li></ul><ul><li>Literatureweb </li></ul><ul><li>Ageforce </li></ul><ul><li>Danish Digital Library </li></ul>
  11. 11. The website forms a universe of its own
  12. 12. The web for literature is a new intermediary
  13. 13. Homework-online hits boys that are not visiting the library
  14. 14. Empowerment of 50+
  15. 15. Next <ul><li>Danish Digital Library – state and municipalities unite </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated acces/federal search to all relevant material </li></ul><ul><li>Open source and SOA </li></ul><ul><li>National solutions on infrastructure, licensing and webservices </li></ul><ul><li>Local priorities and presentations, local profile in library space and programme </li></ul><ul><li>Basic collection of web-media for all libraries </li></ul>
  16. 16. The library space remains - but virtual services are part of it as water taps in a household