NEXTLibrary - The Danish Libraryassociation


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Today I make presentation at NEXT LIBRARY in the session


I’m going to tell a little about Danish libraries, the special structure in The Danish Libraryassociation, and how we influence the political system, or cooperate directly whit the politicians. see

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NEXTLibrary - The Danish Libraryassociation

  1. 1. NEXT library<br />REACH OUT - How to organize and run a strong library organization in 2011<br />Michel Steen-Hansen<br /><br />
  2. 2. Short introduction<br />DLA ( the Danish Library Association) has a special association structure of local politicians as well as library professionals on the Council. <br />Our President Vagn Ytte Larsen is politician in Odsherred municipality <br />
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  4. 4. ….a littleaboutme<br />Director of The Danish Library Association from December 2008<br />Master of Science (history and geography) Roskilde University <br />Former :<br />Director Slagelse and Ringsted Library<br />Head of a historical archivein Ringsted<br />Chairman of Denmark's archiveorganization<br />Michel Steen-Hansen<br />Director of The Danish Library<br /><br />Let's Link?:     <br /><br /><br /><br />
  5. 5. Free of charge<br />In Denmark almost all the Libraries are funded by tax. <br />We have 98 municipalities and all of them are obligated, by legislation, to have a library and to finance it.<br />In Denmark there is free and equal access to the libraries, meaning that basic service must be free of charge for the public. <br />
  6. 6. It seems that development lead to fewer and fewer libraries, but bigger and better libraries………..I hope!<br />
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  11. 11. Library Association structure <br />The Danish Library Association is organized on the basis of a number of local associations working on regional level.<br />These local associations elect representatives to the Council of the National association. <br />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)<br />
  12. 12. Who are the DLA members?<br /><ul><li>Danish municipalities, represented by their politicians
  13. 13. 2011 - 87 of 98 Municipalities, representing 95,7 %
  14. 14. Library decision makers and professionals as well as library associations and – institutions
  15. 15. Other cultural associations
  16. 16. Students of the Royal Library School</li></li></ul><li>How does DLA work<br /><br />
  17. 17. <ul><li>Lobbying towards all relevant decision makers
  18. 18. Raising awareness and debate on relevant matters
  19. 19. DB Annual Meeting – is the meeting place for politicians and the public library sector
  20. 20. National and regional library conferences on hot topics
  21. 21. Carrying out, initiating and participating in library projects and surveys
  22. 22. Participating in official hearings/central committees nationally and internationally</li></ul>How does DLA work<br />Annual Meeting 2009 <br />
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  24. 24. Challenge<br />Support transformation of Yesterday’s Library to The 21st Century LIBRARY (physical and digital)<br />
  25. 25. Three major challenges for the library <br />Integrate library services in daily lives of citizens<br />Develop new services from user driven innovation<br />Reach out with offers relevant to the whole population<br />
  26. 26. New narrative frame<br />We need to create a new narrative frame<br />Create a definition for what the modern library is <br />Constantly debating <br />how to describe it.<br />
  27. 27. Bringing the libraries onto the political agenda<br />- Let’s do it together ! <br />
  28. 28. Don’t forget us<br />We have to explain who we are, if we want the politicians to remember and understand the modern library<br />
  29. 29. The Newest library act in Denmark 18 May 2000<br />
  30. 30. The modernlibrary<br /><ul><li>is an house of identity
  31. 31. more than just books
  32. 32. developedtogetherwithusers
  33. 33. contributes to the knowledge society
  34. 34. create community benefits and social capital</li></li></ul><li>
  35. 35. New trends- where are we?<br /><ul><li>Digital content is already dominating
  36. 36. Social technologies are entering the library
  37. 37. User driven innovation is a must
  38. 38. The library space is becoming the medium – users define it
  39. 39. New public value and a new commitment to serve all kinds of users
  40. 40. Lifelong learning and promotion of various literacy programmes
  41. 41. Partnerships help the library to serve outside the walls –wherepeopleare</li></li></ul><li>Integrate library services in daily life<br />The library space – the third place – should offer lifelong learning opportunities, cultural experience, inspiration & involvement<br />Download should be permitted to relevant platforms: pc’s, reader devices like Kindl, Ipods, Ipads cell-phones ….<br />relevant e-content – journals, e-books, music, films, multimedia,computer-games<br />on a 24/7 basis<br />
  42. 42. Reach out- relevant offers to the entire population<br />Think in terms of public service<br />Work systematically with new partnerships and varied offers to all segments<br />Meet people where they are:<br />on the web, <br />in their homes,<br />in schools, <br />on the job, <br />in the club, <br />at the concert or the football match<br />
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  47. 47. BringingLibraries<br />On the agenda - Let’s do it together ! <br />Michel Steen-Hansen<br /><br /><br /><br />Let's Link?:<br />              <br />              <br />
  48. 48. Chicago Public Library<br />
  49. 49. Remarkable Danish library buildings and projects clockwise from top-left:<br />Black Diamond/The Royal Library<br />Naerum Gymnasium Library<br />Middelfart ”KulturØen” PL + Experimental Search/ Aarhus PLHjoerring Experience PL<br />