onsdag den 29. juni 2011

Dans and Inaugural Banquet at ALA Annual Conference 2011 - 10 #ALA11

Som de fleste store konferencer slutter American Library Association Annual Conference også med en middag. Det er en såkaldt "black tie dinner", hvor alle bestyrelsesmedlemmerne deltager sammen med særligt indbudte, så det er kun 150 af de 30.000 deltager der er med til den. Som dansker mærker man virkelig de kulturelle forskelle og middagen understregede også at fastfood er opfundet i USA. Fra vi sattes os ved bordet til vi havde afslutter de 3 retter gik der 38 minutter. Vi brugte så heller ikke tiden på pjat som at skåle og lignende, da det jo ikke er noget man gør i isvand. Men det er fantastisk at opleve deres tilgang til denne event. For det er en event mere end en middag. Hele deres nyvalgte bestyrelse bliver præsenteret og kommer vandrende med ledsager ned genne rummet på den røde løber for at tage opstilling foran scenen. Man kan virkelige mærke prestigen i at være valgt til bestyrelsen i den amerikanske biblioteksorganisation.

En af grundende til at middagen skal overstået så hurtigt er ikke kun deres hang til ”fast food”, men fordi den nyvalgte præsident kommer med sin tiltrædelsestale. Den nye president er Molly Raphael, tidligere direktør for Multnomah County Library i Portland. Hendes tema er “empowering Voices”, altså at vi skal være tydelig i at fortælle at bibliotekerne gør en forskel og de er nødvendige. Hun fortalte bl.a. om en ingeniør som havde skrevet til hende.

Han havde gået i gymnasiet men ikke klaret sig så godt og havde ikke opfyldt kravene i fysik og matematik for at komme på universitetet. Så var han gået på det lokale folkebibliotek, begyndt at søge på det pensum han skulle lære og fået hjælp af personalet. Kommet i gang med at læse op og til sidst opfyldt kravene. Han havde skrevet tak til hende, tak for at han var kommet videre, tak for at han havde fået en karriere og at han ikke var kommet dertil uden bibliotekerne og personalets hjælp.

Den historie om mange andre om hvordan bibliotekerne er den institution der er grundstenen i videnssamfundet og gør folk i stand til at komme videre og klare sig selv, skal hele tiden fortælles, specielt i den tid med økonomisk krise. Molly Raphael er tydelig I sit budskab og høstede store klapsalver.

Når middag og tale er overstået spilles der op til dans, det vil sige overgangen er meget pludselig og pludselig er alle på gulvet og danser i deres helt egen rytme eller til tider i en indøvet fælleshed. Det går også rimelig hurtigt, for festen skal jo slutte senest kl 23.00 – virkelig en oplevelse. Vi forlod den eftermiddagen, da vi ikke lige kendte rytmen de dansede efter, men fik snakket med en del fra den store verden

tirsdag den 28. juni 2011

Closing General Session - Molly Shannon - 9 #ALA11

The Closing General Session at American Library Association Annual Conference is always a great experience this year was the last speaker Molly Shannon

Molly Shannon, whose debut children’s book Tilly the Trickster will be published in September 2011 by Abrams Books for Young Readers, is one of the most recognizable female comedic actresses in entertainment through her work on television and in films. The Emmy-nominated actress is known for portraying exuberant characters and became famous for her roles on Saturday Night Live. Molly has appeared in numerous hit movies, including Superstar, Never Been Kissed, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and featured on top-rated television shows, including Glee in 2010, and 30 Rock, Scrubs, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, Sex and the City, and The New Adventures of Old Christine, among many others. Her talents extend beyond comedy. Molly recently starred in the hit Broadway show Promises, Promises and begins a new chapter as an author as the feisty, mischievous young heroine in Tilly the Trickster find her way to children, parents, and all of her fans.

mandag den 27. juni 2011

Copyright is a permant challange for libraries 8 #ALA11

Jeg var spændt på at opleve workshop om copyright I Europe og opleve diskussionen I et amerikansk perspektiv på American Library Association 2011 Annual Conference i New Orleans

Desværre bragte diskussionen ikke noget nyt frem andet end den grundlæggende konklusion.

Copyright is a permanent Challenge for libraries

Will keep on keeping on, som Bob Dylan synger.

Oplægget var:

Copyright in Europe and Its Impact
A panel of renowned experts address the differences in American and European Copyright, the challenges of Copyright for e-materials, the essential facts American librarians should know of the European Copyright and European/American Copyright in the context of interlibrary loan.
Speakers: Olaf Eigenbrodt, University of Hamburg, Germany; Kevin Smith, Duke University; Dr. Harald Müller, Max Planck Institute, Germany

Harald Müller fortalte om status på copyrightområdet I EU. Alle undtagen Storbritannien og Irland har ”exceptention larws term of protection” men ellers er ophavsretten næsten harmoniseret i EU altså det med at et værks copyright udløber 70 års efter en forfatters død. (og så har vi i de nordiske lande det særlige, at vi har aftale licenser, men det fortalte han så ikke om)

Han havde en spændende udlægning af den debat som netop nu er i EU og at forlænge copyrighten på musik til 95 år, som jeg virkelig ikke håber bliver gennemført.

Harald Müller udtrykte det på denne måde ”Der er forslag om at forlænge copyright på musik fra 50 år til 95 år. Det er jo nok fordi der er en del fattige musikere som f.eks. Paul McCartney og hans sang ”Love me do” er netop fyldt 50, så nu er ophavsretten udløbet, derfor forsøger musik industrien at få ophavsretten forlænget.

Social OPAC 7 #ALA11

Lidt nørdet snak, for de der vil inddrage sociale teknologier I deres sites og OPAC frisk fra American Library Association 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans..

Lige som i Danmark er der i USA fuld knald på at bygge sites i DRUPAL. The San Mateo County har gjort dette og samtidig har de brugt en speciel OPAC, der giver brugerne en mulighed for direkte adgang til alle materialerne og muligheden for at respondere direkte ved f.eks. at tagge eller skrive anbefalinger.

Workshoppen jeg deltog i havde titlen:

The Library eBranch: More than Just a Website
The San Mateo County Library launched a brand new eBranch (smcl.org) on April 12, 2010. This presentation will explain the evolution of the eBranch, lessons learned the first post-launch year and implementation of SOPAC, the Social Opac. Other topics include: choosing a CMS (and why we chose Drupal); vendor selection; our favorite features; engaging staff in content development; and improving the user experience.

The San Mateo County Library har opbygget deres nye site I DRUPAL. De har I denne site indtænkt en masse sociale teknologier, som Flickr-, event-og book carousel, samt indbygget blogs, så personalet kan lægge elementer ud og være i dialog med brugerne. Det er der også flere der forsøger sig med i Danmark, teknologien er der jo, så skal vi bare være bevidste om hvordan vi bruger den.

Men udover dette har de også taget en ny OPAC i brug, som altså er en Social OPAC (SoPAC), der giver brugerne en nem mulighed for at lave egne profiler, næsten gennem ”Single sign on” og lave egne bruger profiler, samt berige materialerne med tags, anmeldelser, anbefalinger, kommentarer og ratings. Og det er ikke kun henvisninger til materialer som man så kan bestille der er mulighed for, nej der er fuldtekst e-bøger, lydbøger og hvad man nu ellers efterspørg. Og direkte fra deres hjemmeside, når man først er logget ind én gang.

Det virker og brugerne er tilsyneladende vilde med det. Det bør vi nok dyrke lidt mere i Danmark.

Du kan se mere om den sociale OPAC her www.thesocialopac.net

Og se et par sider der bruger den

http://www.darienlibrary.org/

www.smcl.org

Denne blog er enten blevet spist af aliens eller slettet af dens forfatter - 6 #ALA11

Censur i Kina

"Denne blog er enten blevet spist af aliens eller slettet af dens forfatter" sådan en besked kan man få hvis man søger på sociale netværk og blogs i Kina, fortalte Rebacca MacKinnon fra Global Voise Online. Hun havde selv skrevet artikler på kinesiske blogs om massakren på Den Himmelske Fredsplads i 1989. De var alle forsvundet eller kunne simpelthen ikke oploades. Sådan fortalte hun på American Library Association 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans

Hun fortalte også om den kinesiske søgemaskine baidu.com og hvor meget den sorterede fra. F.eks. gav søgningen på "1989 og Den Himmelske Fredsplads" ingen hits. Nu er google ikke længere tilgængelig i Kina, men det er den jo ikke hos os, så prøv selv at lave søgninger på begge maskiner. Det var blot et af de mange eksempler hun gav på sensur i hele verden fra Bl.a. Rusland og mellemøsten.

Denne mangel på fri og lige adgang til information, får det til at løbe koldt ned af ryggen på et demokratisk menneske og sætte pris på vores frihed. Men samtidig understreger det vigtigheden af at man ikke bare tager ytringsfrihed og adgang til information som en selvfølge. Det er en ongoing kamp for os alle.

Joe Liberman, amazon og wikileaks

Amazon er kendt blandt de humanitære organisationer, der kæmper for ytringsfrihed som en god host, fordi de har høj sikkerhed og er vanskelige at hacke. Disse organisationer udsættes nemlig ikke kun for at blive blokeret af myndighederne i nogle lande, myndighederne forsøger også at hacke dem. Men også Amazon er mulige at påvirke. Wikileaks valgte sidste år at lade sig hoste hos Amazon, fordi de konstant var udsat for hackerangreb. Men da de havde hostet dem nogle dage, blev Wikileaks pludselig taget af. Det skete efter en opringning til Amazon fra den amerikanske senator Joe Lebermand, som mener at Wikileaks er en terrororginisation, så ytringsfriheden er truet fra mange sider.

Dog poop girl

Det er dog ikke diktatoriske myndigheder og ekstremistiske politikere, der truer ytringsfriheden og misbruger de sociale netværk, også alle vi andre skal tænke over hvordan vi bruger de sociale tjenester. "Dog poop girl" et sydkoreansk eksempel på den anden side af de sociale netværk. En pige som i metroen ikke ville tørre op efter sin hund. En medpassager optog det på video og lagde det på nettet. Derefter blev hun forfulgt af vrede mennesker som havde set klippet og det endte med at hun fik en skønhedsoperation for at slippe for forfølgelse.

Ytringsfriheden er dyrebar og en forudsætning for demokratiet, lad os derfor behandle den med respekt, pleje den og passe godt på den.

ALA: Copyright and Digital Media in a Web 2.0 World 5 #ALA11

Now is the the ALA Annual Conference about to end. It's been a great experience and we now have 1 ½days back. With such an exciting program, it's hard to choose, but I plan to participate in;

Copyright and Digital Media in a Web 2.0 World

Presented by the author of the new (2011) book, “Copyright for Teachers and Librarians in the 21st Century,” this presentation addresses copyright and new formats and equipment: ipads, ipods and other hand-held devices; Play-Aways; blogs/vlogs; wikis; Podcasts/vodcasts; Nings; Second Life; social networking; special interest networking, for example Shelfari, GoodReads;

Moodle, Skype, and similar digital communication tools; social bookmarking; web syndication; video streaming; computer/video games/gaming; and open-sourcing/Creative Commons.

Speaker: Rebecca P. Butler

Creating School Librarians for the 21st Century

Is your library school old school? New standards and guidelines point to the library as a vibrant learning commons, but are the procedures and practices taught in library school changing enough to ensure that this will happen? Attendees will engage in preparing a new model of school library education. Come with your ideas of what new librarians should be learning and doing. Help change the field, one new librarian at a time!


and the

Closing General Session featuring Molly Shannon

We also have a few social events back, it is;

International Librarians Reception

Please join the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating with librarians from more than 80 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. Open to all conference attendees, this reception offers a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world. Join us for a mixing of culture and ideas, regional cuisine, hors d’oeuvres and open bar (this event is free for international librarians).

Inaugural Banquet

Join us for the Inaugural Banquet honoring ALA President-Elect Molly Raphael, the Division President-Elects and the wonderful city of New Orleans. The evening will commence with the ALA Awards Reception and conclude with the inauguration of Molly Raphael as the 2011-2012 ALA President.

And Wednesday morning, we have a 24 hour journey ahead of us. Now I'm looking forward to going home

Hungry Town & New Orleans Food 5 #ALA11

The new item on the program this year, as I wrote about yesterday is The “What’s Cooking @ ALA” Cooking stage will showcase a variety of chefs and authors. Chefs will be heating up the exhibit floor with fantastic displays of the latest cookbooks. Chefs will be there every day to prepare the hottest recipes and to autograph their latest books. Actually it is a very fun and different idea at a conference like this there are very serious

I have made this little video from the event today:

(a good advice, eat always the same as the locals do)

Famed New Orleans Food critic Tom Fitzmorris uses his bestselling books Hungry Town and Tom Fitzmorris’s New Orleans Food to frame the New Orleans restaurant scene and how easily it brushed off the effects of Katrina and the BP oil spill to reach its highest point, in both quality and numbers, in history. He’ll explain how New Orleans food is the last bastion of eating with your heart, instead of with your head, and give examples of great New Orleans eateries. Tom Fitzmorris writes several thousand words a day for The New Orleans MENU Daily, a review of New Orleans dining he began in the 1970s. It’s online at nomenu.com. His radio show airs live 18 hours a week on 1350 AM in New Orleans. A Certified Culinary Professional, Fitzmorris was born on Mardi Gras and he lives in New Orleans still. For more information visit: http://www.abramsbooks.com

søndag den 26. juni 2011

Developing Information Services with User Experience Design 4 #ALA11

Today I will start a little late to the conference (10PM) but it's Sunday;-). Yesterday I was in a world of Semantic Web, Open Source Integrated Library Systems and a lot of e-books I will write more about that later, at American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans

I will start going to a workshop on

It’s All About Them: Developing Information Services with User Experience Design
Applying User Experience (UX) Design to your library’s public services involves understanding your patrons’ needs and preferences. In this session, expert panelists John Blyberg (Darien Library), Cody Hansen (University of Minnesota) and Jenny Benevento (Sears Holding Corporation) will define UX design and explain why it’s important, discuss how it can help improve patrons’ overall experience of library resources and services, and describe how it can be implemented in library and information service settings. With practical tips and examples, you’ll be well-equipped to consider UX issues in your own library.
Speakers: Jenny Benevento, Sears Holding Corporation; John Blyberg, Darien Library; Cody Hanson, University of Minnesota

and then

What’s Cooking @ ALA” Cooking stage

The new item on the program this year, as I wrote about yesterday is

The “What’s Cooking @ ALA” Cooking stage will showcase a variety of chefs and authors. Chefs will be heating up the exhibit floor with fantastic displays of the latest cookbooks. Chefs will be there every day to prepare the hottest recipes and to autograph their latest books….today it’s

Hungry Town & New Orleans Food -

Tom Fitzmorris

Famed New Orleans Food critic Tom Fitzmorris uses his bestselling books Hungry Town and Tom Fitzmorris’s New Orleans Food to frame the New Orleans restaurant scene and how easily it brushed off the effects of Katrina and the BP oil spill to reach its highest point, in both quality and numbers, in history. He’ll explain how New Orleans food is the last bastion of eating with your heart, instead of with your head, and give examples of great New Orleans eateries. Tom Fitzmorris writes several thousand words a day for The New

Copyright in Europe and Its Impact
A panel of renowned experts address the differences in American and European Copyright, the challenges of Copyright for e-materials, the essential facts American librarians should know of the European Copyright and European/American Copyright in the context of interlibrary loan.
Speakers: Olaf Eigenbrodt, University of Hamburg, Germany; Kevin Smith, Duke University; Dr. Harald Müller, Max Planck Institute, Germany

And then there is probably time for 3 more workshops during the day before we go out and have dinner with the other Danes who participate, from DBC

lørdag den 25. juni 2011

American Library Association Annual Conference 3 #ALA11

It’s Saturday today and we are still to American Library Association 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans http://alaannual.org/content/conference-overview.

At a conference of this size requires some planning to figure out what to participate in.

My plan for today looks so far like this:
(maybe it ends with something else during the day, as there are many exciting program items. I
will continue to write more about individual experiences, if they bring new excitingthings. Today, it’s for me the most about digital tools and e-books)

EBooks - Has Their Time Come?
The variety of eBooks, whether equipment such as a Kindle or online such as eLibrary, provides a many resources for learning as well as a variety of challenges for managing those resources. This session will address the differences in Kindles, Nooks, iPads, iPods, and online services. It will cover methods of checkout, security, loss, access to materials, cost, and financial implications. A Q&A will allow attendees to share their experiences.

Speaker: Dawn Nelson

Or (but at the same time)

Linked In: Library Data and the Semantic Web
The potential of the Semantic Web is fascinating, but it is hard to see how we transition out of MARC with so much legacy work and so much money tied up. Ross Singer and Eric Hellman will make the Semantic Web seem less futuristic

and more immediate to our profession with an informative discussion of how we can frame library data in a web-friendly way.

Speakers: Eric Hellman, Gluejar Inc.; Ross Singer, Talis Information, Ltd.

Open Source Integrated Library Systems in Consortia
Open source integrated library systems are no longer cutting-edge technology, but managing dozens of libraries on the same system is still a task left to a few brave souls. This program examines five consortia of varying size, type and complexity from Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan and Georgia, who are successfully using either Koha or Evergreen Open Source systems in a union catalog environment.

Speakers: Nora Blake, Massachusetts Library System; Tim Daniels, NA; Randy Dykhuis, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services; Valerie Horton, Colorado Library Consortium

What’s Cooking @ ALA” Cooking stage
A brand new item on the program this year is The “What’s Cooking @ ALA” Cooking stage will showcase a variety of chefs and authors. Chefs will be heating up the exhibit floor with fantastic displays of the latest cookbooks. Chefs will be there every day to prepare the hottest recipes and to autograph their latest books….

…. so I look forward to see, hear and taste

Cooking Favor ites from Teen Cuisine and Super chef Matthew Locricchio w/ Guest Chef Frank Brigtsen
Matthew Locricchio’s bestselling book Teen Cuisine features gourmet American recipes for these young, enthusiastic chefs. He is the author of the best-selling Superchef Series, The International Cookbook for Kids and The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids. He received the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Book for Children and Family in USA and won the Disney Adventures Book Award in the “Hands-On” category. Raised in a family in the catering and restaurant business, he began preparing and enjoying home-cooked meals at an early age. You can find out more about Matthew Locricchio, including information about his books and programs, at his website, www.cookbooksandkids.com. Chef Locricchio will be joined by award winning Guest Chef Frank Brigtsen of Brigtsen’s restaurant in New Orleans. www.brigtsens.com

Reclaiming literacy in digital age
Libraries of all types have literacy, its promotion, and its advancement at the core of their mission. As information resources are found increasingly online, literacy has expanded beyond print to encompass information literacy, media literacy and, most recently, digital literacy. How are libraries responding to the “new” literacy? How will the role of libraries be developed and strengthened in the evolving digital literacy “ecosystem”? Panelists will tackle these topics and engage the audience in discussion.

The Future is Now! E-books and Their Increasing Impact on Library Services

Over the past 2 years e-books have become an important, but controversial part of library services. This program will focus on the increasing significance of e-books and their impact on libraries. The speakers will: (1) Provide an overview

of the current e-book landscape; (2) Address e-book devices, including technical support; (3) Highlight a successful library e-book program; and, (4) Explore the relationships between publishers and libraries.

Presenters: Tom Peters, CEO of TAP Information Services. Chris Harris, Coordinator of School Library Systems, Genesee Valley BOCES Jamie LaRue, Director, Douglas County (CO) Libraries Peter Brantley,Director of the Bookserver Project for the Internet Archive

Program Sponsor: ALA, Office for Information Technology Policy, E-book Task Force.

Fantastisk levende fortælling - American Library Association Annual Conference 2 #ALA11

Jeg fortalte i sidste blogindlæg, at jeg skulle opleve den amerikanske forfatter, blogger, foredragsholder og youtube projektmager Dan Savage. Han har lavet et projekt som biblioteker og andre informationsvirksomheder bør dykke ned i, fordi det viser hvordan man kan bruge de sociale medier til at nå nye målgrupper og få hvordan det med enkle midler kan lykkedes at få mange mennesker til at bidrage med indhold.

Dan Savage fortalte med stor indlevelse om sit og sin mands (som han sagde "i Canada er det min mand, men i USA er det min kæreste indtil loven måske ændres) projekt It Gets Better.

Et projekt han har skabt for at forhindre selvmord blandt unge homoseksuelle. Der lå både personlige oplevelser bag, egen seksuel preference, men specielt havde en historie om en ung homoseksuel der havde begået selvmord pga. mangelende forståelse fra omgivelserne indtryk. Projektet går i alt sin enkelthed ud på at formidle voksnes gode erfaringer med at være en seksuel minoritet gennem youtube videoer http://www.itgetsbetter.org/

Det var en så rørende historie om hvordan unge med homoseksuel orientering moppes og ikke har mulighed for at få information om, at der er andre der har det lige som dem eller som faktisk har fået et rigtig godt liv med deres seksualitet selvom det måske også har mødt modstand i deres liv. Den manglende information kan måske være svær for en dansker at forholde sig til, men i USA er det ikke ualmindeligt, at man på grundskoler og ungdomsuddannelser ikke har nogle bøger eller informationsmaterialer om det at være homoseksuel, ligesom man ikke undervises i sådanne emner, ihvert fald synes Dan det var påfaldende at han aldrig var inviteret til at tale på en gymnasial uddannelse, når han havde holdt hundredevis af foredrag for unge andre steder bl.a. på universiteterne.

Hans pointe er at vi ved at give information og fortælle at ikke allle er ens kan give folk muligheder i livet de ellers ikke troede de havde. Se selv nogle af de over 5000 videoer projektet indeholder. F.eks. også om den forståelse det har skabt mellem børn og forældre. Forældre som ellers har været tæt på at udstøde deres børn af familien.

Det handler om hvad adgangen til information kan gøre for mennesker og for det at kunne leve sit liv. Men så enkle midler som youtube og et kamera kan man sprede informationer og skabe et bedre liv ...IT GETS BETTER

fredag den 24. juni 2011

New Orleans - American Library Association Annual Conference 1#ALA2011

I disse dage er jeg i New Orleans. En fantastisk levende og festlig by. I centrum mærker man ikke at byen for få år (august 2005) siden var total oversvømmet efter orkanen Katrina. Det da først møder en er et anderledes USA, hvor man fornemmer en næsten caribisk stemning, hvilket understreges af deres cajun køkken. Der er bare fyldt af små restauranter med kvalitet til næsten ingen penge set med danskerøjne.





Min tur til New Orleans er betinget af, at jeg deltager i American Library Association (ALA) 2011 Annual Conference http://alaannual.org/content/conference-overview . Jeg har tidligere deltaget i deres konference, og også selv haft indlæg, men I år skal jeg bare suge til mig og opleve. http://biblioteksdebat.blogspot.com/2009/07/redefining-library-in-political-context.html



Jeg vil starte med lidt stemningsbilleder før jeg i ugens løb bliver mere faglig/nørdet og jeg vil også løbende lægge fotos ud. Og så bliver det nok på en skønsom blanding af engelsk og dansk, men vi starter på mig modersmål.



I år deltager formanden for Danmarks Biblioteksforening Vagn Ytte Larsen og jeg. Han vil også dele oplevelserne på sin blog. http://vagnytte.blogspot.com/ .Vi ankom i går og var lidt groggy efter at have rejst i 24 timer, men efter nogle timers søvn kaldte byen.



Jeg startede min dag tidligt, men at vandre bymidten igennem, for lige at danne mig et overblik. Og jeg faldt sgu øjeblikkelig for dens caribiske stemning, med rækker af huse på et par etager og verandaer på førstesalen ud til gaden og masser af grønne planter, der fylder dem. En by der er skabt til udeliv, hvilket nok er meget fornuftigt, da vi på denne årstid har en gennemsnitstemperatur på 35 grader.





Noget af et chok, når vi bevæger os ind i det enorme konferencecenter som er airconditioneret ned til 20 grader, så man skal passe på og have ekstra tøj med.



Vi indtog konferencecentret om eftermiddagen og blev indskrevet før det blev tid til at opleve det fantastiske cajun køkken byen byder på - man kan næsten ikke undgå østers og så til under 10 kr. stykket kan man næsten ikke tillade sig at sige nej. De fås i alle afskygninger fra helt friske og rå til panerede dybtstegte.







Men med et program på 320 sider er der jo også en del der skal nås og heldigvis kan man plukke som man lyster. Så her på dag to vi konstatere, at vi dog også får oplevet lidt andet end kun Washington Convention Center. Selve konferencen sætter også sit tydelige præg på byen, da vi er over 25.000 deltagere. Det er en fantastisk stemning, med en meget intens fokus på det faglige og ikke så mange sociale impulsive festligheder som man ofte oplever når der er konferencer i Danmark.



I aftes blev middagen indtaget i Bourbon Street. Vi blev fanget midt i et kæmpe skybrud og valgte bare den nærmeste cajun restaurant (Felex’s) som var en undseelig restaurant. Vi blev bænket og fik hurtigt lidt skaldyr på bordet og en øl. Det var fantastisk at se hvordan en flok lokale unge mænd stod ved baren og drak en del øl, men samtid spiste de hele tiden og primært østers. Det ville man nok ikke opleve i Danmark, både på grund af de høje priser på sådan spise og så står unge mænd bare ikke i baren og spiser – særlig ofte.





Faldt over en forretning på havnefronten med denne reklame som min formand synes var rigtig god.



Dette var bare lige de første indtryk fra en dag i byen, som også på min morgentur i morges bød på overraskende charme på det gamle franske marked helt ud til Mississippi-floden.



Men nu går det for alvor i gang med konferencen. Og i morgen er der program fra kl. 08.00 til 20.00 men det er jo også lørdag ;-)



I øvrigt kan man selv løbende følge konferencen her http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/ala11



......og så er der altså bare festligt hvor end man går i bymidten...



Min næste oplevelse vil være:
DAN SAVAGE is the author of the syndicated column, "Savage Love," and the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle’s weekly newspaper. Last fall, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller spearheaded the "It Gets Better" campaign by downloading a video on YouTube after a rash of gay teen suicides: youths who took their own lives because of bullying. Six months later, www.itgetsbetter.org has evolved into a nonprofit organization and a national movement, with over 10,000 videos and growing. President Barack Obama, The Salt Lake City Library, Free Philadelphia Public Library, politicians such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and celebrities like Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres are just a few videos that created videos.



The book IT GETS BETTER: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller was released in March.



In addition to his frequent appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Real Time With Bill Maher, and The Colbert Report, Savage is a regular contributor to public radio's This American Life. He is the author of several books, recently attended a White House press conference on bullying and is currently working on a pilot with MTV.



Dan Savage will sign copies of It Gets Better at the conclusion of the Opening General Session.


Du kan se hvad jeg fik ud af det her Fantastisk levende fortælling - American Library Association Annual Conference 2 #ALA11

torsdag den 16. juni 2011

REACH OUT - How to organize and run a strong library organization in 2011

Today I make a presentation at NEXT LIBRARY

REACH OUT - HOW TO ORGANIZE AND RUN A STRONG LIBRARY ORGANIZATION IN 2011

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.

We have made a small booklet about our organization called

’Political through and through’

GETTING RESULTS FOR MEMBERS AND CITIZENS BY ADVOCACY

Acting and reacting

Communication, Debate and News

Stimulating political action via surveys and lobby activities

INITIATING DEVELOPMENT

Libraries & Citizens’ Services

New library services for children

The digital library

NETWORKING & INVOLVEMENT

Annual meetings

Meetings politicians face-to-face

Professional projects

THE LIBRARIES and our ASSOSIATION

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, As in the other Nordic countries

The Danish Library Association started in 1905. The first milestone, for the association, was successfully lobbying for a library legislation

The result was the first national act In 1920. (only Great Britain had a Library legislation at that time)

This development was only possible because the library pioneers formed alliances with leading members of the society and politicians who supported the library spirit.

In other words, they lobbied for libraries. In this sense we work under the same conditions, to day, as the pioneers.

We too need to form alliances with politicians and related organizations in order to further the cause of libraries.

We still need political support for libraries, and that means we need to develop strategies to gain access to the politicians to convince them of the continued relevance of libraries in modern society.

In the twenty-first century libraries are still a political project with the overall goal of giving all people free and equal access to information, culture and the opportunities to learn.

In a democratic society it is necessary that the citizens have this access - independent of political and religious belief or financial standing

The way in which we are securing this fundamental right is changing just now

Nevertheless libraries still play a vital role in the global information and knowledge society, this role is in transition.

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 and one is a politician.

I think this mix of politicians and library professionals works in a constructive way. Because the professionals inspire the politicians and the politicians give a good insight into how we need to prioritize.

And other times it functions inversely. So I hope we also in the future will be able to get this symbiosis to function and that local politicians want to put as much thought into the matter and will work in our Board, like they do today

Who are the DLA members?

  • Danish municipalities, represented by their politicians
    (this group is in focus, because the also finances most of our work)
  • Another group is the Library decision makers and professionals as well as library associations and – institutions
  • Other cultural associations
  • Students of the Royal Library School

But how is our member composition

Today 87 of 98 Municipalities is a member, representing 95% of population on 5,5 mill residents. We have approxmently 500 ordinary members

Besides all that, (there is direct political lobbying) we of course work with a lot of other things.

For example our magazine, books and our conferences.

How does DLA work

I will just mention our

  • DB Annual Meeting – is the meeting place for politicians and the public library sector
    Here we advocates and debates necessary library development and trying to reaches public awareness through the media
  • We work whit National and regional library conferences on hot topics
  • Carrying out, initiating and participating in library projects and surveys
  • And wee Participating in a lot of official hearings/central committees nationally and internationally

Challenges

Support transformation of Yesterday’s Library to The 21st Century LIBRARY (physical and digital) AND to make the political decision makers understand, promote and finance these changes.

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

We need to create a new narrative frame

Create a definition for what the modern library is. Constantly debating how to describe it

Bringing Libraries - On the agenda


- Let’s do it together !