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Be Like Brando: The Library as arena of co-creation and belonging


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Be Like Brando: The Library as arena of co-creation and belonging

  1. 1. Be like Brando: The Library as arena for co-creation and belonging Christian Lauersen Director of Libraries and Citizen services Roskilde Municipality Twitter: @clauersen Mail: ChALS 2018 Gothenburg University Library, September 26
  2. 2. Why is learning important?
  3. 3. Is the library a place for learning?
  4. 4. One way to look at it…
  5. 5. ”A great library should be a workshop as well as a repository. It should teach the methods of thorough research, and cultivate in readers the habit of seeking the original sources of learning” - Justin Winsor, late 1800 Another way to look at it…
  6. 6. The importance of defining your thing
  7. 7. Be Like Brando: 5 ways of defining your learning (using Digital Social Science Lab as case)
  8. 8. Context: Digital Social Science Lab – why and what?
  9. 9. An open platform for education and events on digital methods Hardware and software for harvesting, cleaning, analyzing and visualizing data A dynamic and aesthetically inspiring learning environment
  10. 10. What we do • Events and teaching • Facilitation and curating • Community building
  11. 11. The learning aim of DSSL • A foster awareness and skills on digital methods and data litearcy in the academic community
  12. 12. 5 principles we have used to shape and define the learning in DSSL 1. Why 2. Trust 3. Place 4. Humans 5. Belonging
  13. 13. Be like Brando #1: Always start with The Why
  14. 14. There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it. People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it - Simon Sinek
  16. 16. Storytelling: Data literacy will give you new ways to gain knowledge about the world
  17. 17. Be like Brando #2: Trust matters
  18. 18. 1. Midwives 2. Nurses 3. Doctors 4. Police 5. LIBRARIANS! … 22. Bank advisors 23. Real estate agents 24. Journalists 25. Car dealers 26. Politicians Who do we trust in Denmark? Source:
  19. 19. Trust is crusial for learning and as libraries we are sitting on gold
  20. 20. Be like Brando #3: Places matters
  21. 21. What makes a great place?
  22. 22. Digital Social Science Lab: Flexible, mobile, green, open, purpose, ownership, different, people
  23. 23. An alternative to the classic learning setup
  24. 24. Hardware and furniture is not enough
  25. 25. The librarian The most valuable asset of the library place? It is not the chairs, it is not the tables It is the library staff and the users Be like Brando #4: Humans matter
  26. 26. The Library as place
  27. 27. Traditional learning vs. peer-to-peer learning The users as co-creator
  28. 28. Facilitation of peer-to-peer learning: Digital Methods Sessions, Data Sprints, network
  29. 29. Be like Brando #5: Belongingness
  30. 30. Maslow’s hierachy of needs (1943)
  31. 31. Why do they come? ”The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food” - Dean Ornish
  32. 32. Digital Social Science Lab: Building a community, making students belong
  33. 33. Conclusion? Libraries have an obligation to support learning We are trusted, great institutions and that comes with a responsibility So be like Brando: Take ownership, shape and define your learning
  34. 34. Finally, Brando and a cat Just because it’s nice
  35. 35. Thanks for listening, ChALS! Christian Lauersen Mail: Twitter: @clauersen Blog: Instagram: @librarylovestories