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Welcome
Michel Steen-Hansen
Director of The Danish
Library Association
msh@dbf.dk
www.dbf.dk

Let's Link?:
linkedin.com/in...
Short introduction
• DLA ( the Danish Library Association) has a
  special association structure of local
  politicians as...
….a little about me
• Michel Steen-Hansen

• Director of The Danish Library Association from
  December 2008

• Master of ...
The challenges today
• What are the major challenges facing libraries in
  the modern knowledge society and the programs
 ...
Free of charge
• In Denmark almost all the Libraries are funded by tax.

• We have 98 municipalities and all of them are o...
It seems that development lead to fewer and fewer libraries,
but bigger and better libraries………..I hope!
Don’t forget us




We have to explain who we are, if we
want the politicians to remember and
  understand the modern libr...
Bringing the libraries
onto the political agenda
The Newest library act in Denmark 18 May
                  2000
Library Association structure
• The Danish Library Association is organized
  on the basis of a number of local associatio...
DLA Organisation
Who are the DLA members?
 Danish municipalities, represented by their
  politicians
    2009 - 91 of 98 Municipalities, ...
Membership 2008
500
450
400
350
300
                                                Individual
250
                       ...
How does DLA work




www.dbf.dk
How does DLA work                        Annual Meeting 2009



 Lobbying towards all relevant
  decision makers

 Raisi...
Challenges
Support transformation of Yesterday’s Library to The 21st
Century LIBRARY (physical and digital)
A policy should guide us
           between two extremes
UTOPIA
–IT is exploited to create
the ultimate library:
integrate...
There is a route – but it is stony
 We should avoid Dystopia and fight for Utopia

 Develop a vision for the ’new public...
New narrative frame
We need to create a new narrative frame


Create a definition for what the modern
library is


Constan...
The modern library

 is an house of identity

 more than just books

 developed together with users

 contributes to t...
New trends- where are we?
 Digital content is already dominating

 Social technologies are entering the library

 User ...
Three major challenges
                for the library
• Integrate library services in daily lives of citizens

• Develop ...
Integrate library services in daily life
• The library space – the third place – should offer lifelong
  learning opportun...
Reach out
- relevant offers to the entire population

• Think in terms of public service

• Work systematically with new p...
Bringing Libraries
                           On the agenda

                     - Let’s do it together !

Michel Steen-H...
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
Danish library association and the danish digital library
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Danish library association and the danish digital library

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In The Danish Library Association we are always happy to have guests from around the world. This week we had a visit from Estonian Librarians Association and the National Library in Ljubljana.

On this occasion I made a short presentation on Danish Library Association and The Danish Digital Library.

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Danish library association and the danish digital library

  1. 1. Welcome Michel Steen-Hansen Director of The Danish Library Association msh@dbf.dk www.dbf.dk Let's Link?: linkedin.com/in/saintmichels twitter.com/saintmichels facebook.com/saintmichels
  2. 2. Short introduction • DLA ( the Danish Library Association) has a special association structure of local politicians as well as library professionals on the Council. • Our President Vagn Ytte Larsen is politician in Odsherred municipality
  3. 3. ….a little about me • Michel Steen-Hansen • Director of The Danish Library Association from December 2008 • Master of Science (history and geography) Roskilde University • Former : – Director for Slagelse Library – Head of a historical archive in Ringsted – Chairman of Denmark's archive organization
  4. 4. The challenges today • What are the major challenges facing libraries in the modern knowledge society and the programs we focusing on? • How do we define the modern library? • Why is it so expensive to run modern libraries? • How can we make politicians understand the new definition of the modern library and the cost of running it?
  5. 5. Free of charge • In Denmark almost all the Libraries are funded by tax. • We have 98 municipalities and all of them are obligated, by legislation, to have a library and to finance it. • In Denmark there is free and equal access to the libraries, meaning that basic service must be free of charge for the public.
  6. 6. It seems that development lead to fewer and fewer libraries, but bigger and better libraries………..I hope!
  7. 7. Don’t forget us We have to explain who we are, if we want the politicians to remember and understand the modern library
  8. 8. Bringing the libraries onto the political agenda
  9. 9. The Newest library act in Denmark 18 May 2000
  10. 10. Library Association structure • The Danish Library Association is organized on the basis of a number of local associations working on regional level. • These local associations elect representatives to the Council of the National association. • The Council elects from within its members, an Executive Committee with ten members including a President, who is always a politician, and two vice presidents (one of them is a library professional)
  11. 11. DLA Organisation
  12. 12. Who are the DLA members?  Danish municipalities, represented by their politicians  2009 - 91 of 98 Municipalities, representing 95% of a Population 5,5 mil.  Library decision makers and professionals as well as library associations and – institutions  Other cultural associations  Students of the Royal Library School
  13. 13. Membership 2008 500 450 400 350 300 Individual 250 Students 200 Institutions 150 100 50 0 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008
  14. 14. How does DLA work www.dbf.dk
  15. 15. How does DLA work Annual Meeting 2009  Lobbying towards all relevant decision makers  Raising awareness and debate on relevant matters  DB Annual Meeting – is the meeting place for politicians and the public library sector  National and regional library conferences on hot topics  Carrying out, initiating and participating in library projects and surveys  Participating in official hearings/central committees nationally and internationally
  16. 16. Challenges Support transformation of Yesterday’s Library to The 21st Century LIBRARY (physical and digital)
  17. 17. A policy should guide us between two extremes UTOPIA –IT is exploited to create the ultimate library: integrated access to knowledge, culture and support in the daily lives of all citizens… DYSTOPIA – Libraries cannot pay prices on download of copyrighted material – access becomes restricted along with digital monopolies. Digital divide widens and social tension grow
  18. 18. There is a route – but it is stony  We should avoid Dystopia and fight for Utopia  Develop a vision for the ’new public library’  Create strategies on a local, national and European level (and global perhaps?)  Run projects with new services  Take the library out to where people are now  Build partnerships and  Become part of ’new public service’
  19. 19. New narrative frame We need to create a new narrative frame Create a definition for what the modern library is Constantly debating how to describe it.
  20. 20. The modern library  is an house of identity  more than just books  developed together with users  contributes to the knowledge society  create community benefits and social capital
  21. 21. New trends- where are we?  Digital content is already dominating  Social technologies are entering the library  User driven innovation is a must  The library space is becoming the medium – users define it  New public value and a new commitment to serve all kinds of users  Lifelong learning and promotion of various literacy programmes  Partnerships help the library to serve outside the walls –where people are
  22. 22. Three major challenges for the library • Integrate library services in daily lives of citizens • Develop new services from user driven innovation • Reach out with offers relevant to the whole population
  23. 23. Integrate library services in daily life • The library space – the third place – should offer lifelong learning opportunities, cultural experience, inspiration & involvement • Download should be permitted to relevant platforms: pc’s, reader devices like Kindl, Ipods, Ipads cell-phones …. • relevant e-content – journals, e-books, music, films, multimedia, computer-games • on a 24/7 basis
  24. 24. Reach out - relevant offers to the entire population • Think in terms of public service • Work systematically with new partnerships and varied offers to all segments • Meet people where they are: – on the web, – in their homes, – in schools, – on the job, – in the club, – at the concert or the football match
  25. 25. Bringing Libraries On the agenda - Let’s do it together ! Michel Steen-Hansen msh@dbf.dk www.dbf.dk http://biblioteksdebat.blogspot.com/ Let's Link?: linkedin.com/in/saintmichels twitter.com/saintmichels facebook.com/saintmichels

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