Ignite Next Library Talks 2019

“Enlighten us but make it quick!” is the slogan of Ignite Talks

In the past we have been enlightened by many great Ignite Talks at the last Next Library Festivals. This year we are ready to continue the success and of course lift it up to another level. And therefore we called for ideas and proposals. We received more than 70 proposals!

The Ignite Next Library 2019 line up is:

Monday morning, Theme no. 1: Libraries in Times of Social Crisis

Libraries in Times of Social Crisis

Emma Holten, Poetryslammer

Library and Culture Center Herredsvang team up to support the local community

The ignite talk is based on Hasle Library, which is one of the 18 branches in Aarhus Public Libraries. It is situated in the Western part of Aarhus and it is located in the Culture Center of Herredsvang, a community center. The local community is characterized by residents with short or no education, with low incomes and they come from many different cultural back grounds. The social housing is the community center for the area and hostes with the library a lot of activities and programs. Get ideas about how the cooperation has evolved, how the citizens are involved in the development of programs and activities and how citizens' challenges are solved in a strong

Bente Kjærgaard, Team leader, Aarhus Public Libraries, Branches, West and Susanne Bøgelund, Leader of the social housing work/ Culture Center Herredsvang, Denmark

Working for inclusion: the travelling Roma population as active library users

The travelling population of EU citizens as a part of the library’s customer base consists mainly of Roma. The Roma encounter discrimination, inequality, and extreme poverty everywhere. Although the Roma are already customers of libraries, there hasn’t been any customized services provided for them. There has been some co-operation between the Roma daycentre Hirundo and Library 10. Based on this co-operation, we aim to plan services, that encourage and enable the Roma to use library services as equal members of society.

Lack of a shared language has been a challenge. To overcome this obstacle, we are organizing free Finnish language courses in co-operation with Hirundo and the Big Issue magazine. The course participants will receive one additional copy of Big Issue to sell.

The Central Library Oodi encourages an active use of its premises for life-long learning, regardless of one’s background.

Hanna Hopea, Special library assistant and Severi Hirvi, Librarian, Central Library Oodi, Finland

The transformative power of Marvila Public Library

The Lisbon Library Network Strategic Program, Library XXI, proposes the conversion of this network into a 3rd generation one, where people have an active role in the design and development of each library. Marvila Public Library is a priority because it’s located in a stigmatized social neighbourhood.

The library doesn’t do social work, but its daily activity, inclusive and citizenship programs, generate a positive social impact. Art, culture and technology/gaming are also strong bets for their power to build cohesive and inclusive communities.

By heavily investing in creating local partnerships and fostering an environment of total openness and inclusion, the library has been the stage for the collaboration of the all comunity, around cultural projects, such as theatre plays developed with the population, hip hop music shows or even a children's choir.

Susana Silvestre, Head of Division of the Lisbon Libraries Network (Lisbon City Council, Portugal), Portugal

Safe ( r ) Space Libraries

As the world we live in becomes increasingly more segregated and intolerant and starts to resemble a scene from the Hunger Games, the need for socially accessible and inclusive public spaces increases. This need is especially prominent for people in different minority groups. Libraries are one of the few non-commercial spaces that can answer this need. At Oodi we have begun a project called Safe ( r ) space policy. My talk will concentrate on the creation of safe(r) space policy within our community for ourselves - staff and patrons. As library professionals, we must make libraries welcoming, inclusive and safe ( r ) spaces for those who all too often are treated like they are less worthy of safety and respect. As a patron said: “When I see other people, less fortunate than me, being treated with respect in the library, it makes me feel safe.” We cannot hide behind a comfortable façade of neutrality –instead we must actively create communities where especially the least privileged feel safe and welcomed.

Samu Eeve, Information Specialist, Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Helsinki, Finland

Let’s Occupy These F-word* Libraries!

In this short talk we will focus on the Future of this Fantastic, Freedom Fighting and Fearless community institution, which is the library, and we will pitch the concept of a conference we will be organizing in Romania in 2020. We strongly think that unless all types, shapes and forms of communities take over, occupy and employ the Full potential of public libraries (resources, services, collections, networks) one can not become Fully a member of a participatory democracy. We will offer special promotions to attendees and presenters who will want to come to Bucharest in June 2020 and share their experience with libraries from Eastern Europe and Caucasus area.

Camelia Crisan, PhD, Executive Director and Claudia Serbanuta, PhD Community Development Manager, Progress Foundation, Romania

Loneliness and libraries – a presentation of a work addressing a society problem

Loneliness is a major problem in society today. In Denmark a 2015 report by the Mary Fund shows that almost 5% of the population aged 16 years and over is lonely. It also shows that being married or being in work is protective factors when it comes to loneliness. In other words, there is a greatly increased risk of feeling lonely if you are unmarried, divorced or unrelated to the labor market. Looking at age, it turns out that the proportion of loneliness is greatest among young people (16-29-year-old) and the oldest elderly (85+ years). It is important knowledge in the fight against loneliness. This year the UK-government appointed a minister for loneliness to fight the problem. According to a 2017 report more than 9 million people in the country often or always feel lonely. Inspired by these facts, a project and a report which The Danish Think tank Libraries of the future has published, Viby Library has been working together with local partners to make efforts to fight loneliness. In this ignite you’ll get knowledge about which role the library can play to fight loneliness. We’ll give you some examples on how the library, in cooperation with local organizations, can facilitate a program, that makes people meet and grow a community. The ignite also tells the story about a community started by Viby library as one way of doing it. It focuses on gathering people and giving them the feel of cohesion. The library facilitated the first 5 get-together. At the 6th meeting, the group was ready to plan a new schedule of activities in the local library branches and out in the city of Aarhus. Still in cooperation with the library, but in a more independent way. It turns out, that one of the major difficulties for lonely people is to do something on their own. It is much more fun to do things with somebody!

Emil Brøsen, Librarian and a candidate in film studies and Hans Jørgensen, Teamleader, Aarhus Public Libraries, Branches, South, Denmark

Building Climate Smart Rural Public Libraries –Reconnecting Communities with Nature

Agriculture is the biggest contributor to the Nations’ GDP. Sustainable Agriculture practices includes applying crop rotation, embracing diversity, adoption of integrated pest and nutrient management, inclusion of livestock, and adopting agroforestry management, and so on thrives in a well balanced ecosystem and has a greater impact on production. Lower yield impact farmers livelihoods. Sustainable Agriculture practices and farmers livelihoods are interdependent and highly sensitive to the current adversities of changing climate, and has now become one of the main factors for farmer’s suicide and migration, especially in India. Additionally, rural communities are poor and under nourished, have limited access to information, lack understanding of adaptive measures, and are unaware of timely solutions that can enhance their livelihoods. Being caught in the vicious cycle of lack, even the farmer’s children are choosing to move away from their home town and in some cases their agricultural lands are sold, seeking greener pastures in developed cities. Those who migrate, leave their families behind and women are seen to be have taken over farming practices. These sudden and incremental shifts within the rural communities suggests that there is increased state of vulnerability among women, children, youth, farmers and senior citizens due to disturbances in the local economy, social requirements and the environment they live in.

Priyanka Mohan, Strategic ProgrammeLead, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India

Library services to people experiencing homelessness

The number of people experiencing homelessness is on the rise across the world.

People experiencing homeless need library services. They need to access internet, make use of digital self service. They need cultural experiences and reading just as much as any person living in a villa. Additionally, more than most they need a place to sit downside, that feels safe, that is maybe warm and where nobody expects them to buy anything.

The situation they are in means they face more barriers than other library patrons. This talk why it is important to talk about these barriers, how to lessen or eradicate them. And examples from libraries that have done this.

Marie Engberg Eiriksson, Consultant and team lead Gladsaxe Public Library, SC member of the IFLA section Library services to people with special needs and contributor to the 2018 IFLA repport Guidelines to Library Services to People experiencing Homelessness, Gladsaxe Library

Race Matters: Courageous Conversations at Richland Library

In the summer of 2015, nine African-American worshippers were killed by a white supremacist at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina (USA). As our state mourned the victims and struggled with issues of race and racism in our communities, Richland Library leadership was moved to respond.

Georgia Coleman, Richland Library, US

Tuesday afternoon, Theme no. 2: Civic Media and Data Democracy

Civic Media and Data Democracy

Emma Holten, Poetryslammer

Engaging children as reading ambassadors to promote leisure reading

As part of Albus international literature festival and a municipal strategy we collaborated with schools in Aarhus and Filmbyen Aarhus to educate children aged 12-14 year to be reading ambassadors. Based on design thinking methods we planned a process and carried it out in real life. The result were 16 ambassadors that during the festival filmed and interviewed authors attending the festival.

The long-term goal is to educate more ambassadors and that they will act as an inspiration for their peers.

Mette Rabek Poulsen, Teacher and Librarian, Family & Children, Dokk1, Aarhus and Sif Lüscher Rauff, Projectleader ALBUS, Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark

Oodi - New frontiers in a Library environment

Oodi is the new central library of Helsinki that provides new ways to create, learn and experience. I will present how creating music and other media projects and events go on at Helsinki´s new central library Oodi. Those projects include our workshop to build modular synthesizer, our new immersive space Kuutio (“cube”) and programming music. For us who work at Oodi the whole building is an experience to learn and create. We use new technologies and new kind of spaces to teach people to find ways to develop, communicate and learn new techniques in our library. By providing the latest technologies and specialized facilities for people, we guarantee the way for everybody to develop new skills and ways to communicate in modern culture, society and media.

Petri Hellgren, Media worker, Culture and Leisure Sector, Helsinki Central library Oodi , Helsinki, Finland

Ways of telling history from public libraries in Colombia: the patrimonial collection of Acción Cultural Popular (ACPO) and Radio Sutatenza’s educational system

During 2017, the exhibition "Radio Sutatenza: A cultural revolution in the Colombian countryside (1947-1994)" was on view at the Luis Ángel Arango public library in Bogotá, Colombia. Radio Sutatenza was one of the most interesting Catholic efforts to combat illiteracy among adult peasants in rural Colombia. This exhibition became a meeting point for researchers, rural leaders trained in literacy programs, radio enthusiasts and activists, and organizations for the agricultural development. This talk will focus on the narratives around the history of this multimedia-based literacy program. Also, I will talk about the features of designing an exhibition like this in a public library and the creation of networks of people who find in the library a place to build their own memory.

Juan Pablo Angarita Bernal, Director of Digital Library BibloRed – Red Distrital de Bibliotecas Públicas of Bogotá, Columbia

A Life presented to the Archive Brings Life to the Archive

Aarhus City Archives ran a campaign to collect life-stories told by citizens themselves or presented by others – relatives or staff-members. What stories were voiced and how did they empower both the archive and the story-teller herself?

Søren Bitsch Christensen, City Archivist, Aarhus Stadsarkiv, Aarhus, Denmark

"How the university library adopt trending technology and become partners in research”

A talk about developing in house competencies in the qualitative data analysis program NVivo, aiming to teach students to get more out of their data and researchers to build better projects. The library being in position to offer this service across departments, gives students and researchers equal access, and collaboration with the faculty and research community gives the library an opportunity to become a visible partner in research.

Jeannette Ekstrøm, DTU Library at Technical University of Denmark and Hazel Engelsmann, Aarhus University Library, Denmark

Score a Book!: Combine football with reading, because you can score anywhere

Score a Book! is a unique reading program for children and families in The Netherlands. It combines football with reading, because you can score anywhere! Score a Book! uses the power of football to strengthen reading pleasure and reading motivation in children and families. Professional footballers are used as role models.

In this talk we will show the collaboration between libraries and professional football clubs. Participants will discover the power of football and how, through technology, it can be used to change reading behaviors. So put on your football shoes and show your skills, because this talk sets you in motion!

Jolanda Robben, Advisor, Biblionet Groningen, Netherlands

Experimental learning project in Iso Omena Public Library

Antti Luoto, Chief Library Pedagogue, Iso Omena Library, Espoo City Library  and Pudi Kettunen, Chief Library Pedagogue, Iso Omena Library,  Espoo City Library, Finland

Monday afternoon, Theme no. 3: Temporary Spaces

Temporary Spaces

Emma Holten, Poetryslammer

Gagarin – Exploring library agency for youths in urban area

Nydala, a part of Malmö, socially disadvantaged and with a high concentration of ethnic heterogeneity and lack of residential stability. There is no library in the area at present. Malmö City Library gets a call from the organization HelaMalmö, telling us one of the things the youths in the area wants from a new meeting place is a library presence. We listen to their wants and needs and find a strong will for social organization that corresponds well with the library’s commitments, vision and strategy.

Rickard Sjöholm – Librarian and team leader of the Gagarin-team at Malmö City Library, Malmö, Lisa Berger – Librarian and member of the Gagarin-team at Malmö City Library and Martin Memet Könick – Head of Section for the section for Youths aged 9-25 at Malmö City Library, Malmö, Sweden

Summer Garden: from parking plot to an oasis of citizens

Summer Garden at Rikhardinkatu Library is a success story of how we have transformed our dull backyard at the very center of Helsinki into an inviting and colorful oasis to spend time, read, play and meet other people. First Summer Garden was made for a week by our staff members in summer 2014. Since then we have arranged it every summer. We have also found partnerships and that has helped us to grow and have more events in the garden. In the summer 2018 we had an umbrella sky over the garden and we kept it open for three months. Approximately 14 000 visitors came to see it. Summer Garden is a project that has given joy to the customers and citizens as well as to our staff members.

Heli Roisko, Chief Librarian, Chief Librarian Rikhardinkatu library/Helsinki City Library, Finland

Libraries For All… and Libraries In All Places

As the third largest library in the world, NYPL houses 55 million items in 92 locations and serves over 17 million patrons per year. As we face evolving user needs and variable resources, we are continuously exploring ways to sustain and innovate service delivery in order to reach underserved populations in New York. For NYPL, that means creating mobile library spaces in schools, hospitals, prisons, railways, and redefining our presence in online communities. These dynamic spaces help us extend the Library’s reach by building community connections and partnerships and meeting users where they are—whether through storytimes in public parks and laundromats, mobile libraries at Rikers Island jail and family shelters, free ebooks in public transit, live-streamed early literacy programs, or Insta-stories available anytime, anywhere. As we build relationships outward into our communities, we invite others in, transforming our spaces as centers for responsive practice.

Crystal Chen, Maggie Craig and Katrina Ortega, Senior Librarians, The New York Public Library, United States

“Encourage the Unexpected – Showrooms as Testing Grounds”

This Ignite Talk will cover in 300 seconds a few of the lessons learnt from the temporary campus space of Next Library® Berlin 2018. We will touch upon the type of mindset that is helpful when going for temporary spaces, show the importance of communication, trust, expectation management and flexibility and last but not least will skim through the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to cooperating with partners. We may have problems with building an airport, but we’ve managed a pretty impressive temporary Next Library® space!

Tim Leik, Programme Manager Sunday Events and Juliana Pranke, Head of Customer Service Unit, Central and Regional Library Berlin, Germany

'Grass Root Libraries Revitalizing Rural China'

Since 1990s, with the young generation migrating to the cities for jobs, leaving children and the elders behind, grass root libraries started to pop up throughout China's rural landscape to revitalize their home villages. Founded by highly motivated cultural leaders, these bottoms up libraries answer the specific needs of each community. They are diverse with some concentrating on improving reading opportunities while others seek to provide a public space as well as a cultural and information center. Since 2007, professional organizing efforts helped connecting these libraries to develop vibrant capabilities, making them important community centers which were developed from the community, operated by those in the community and for the benefit of the community.  

Zizhou Wang, Professor, Department of Information   Management, Peking University, Head of the Grass Root Library Association Preparatory Group and  Lu Qiu, Director General, Beijing Brooks Education Center, Deputy Head of the Grass Root Library Association Preparatory Group, China

Gallery for your Dreams

Galleries are usually considered passive places - a space to consume and contemplate. But the potential of those white walls is so much greater. Going where museums haven’t dared to go, the Boulder Public Library has activated its gallery to become a hub of community activity.   Themes and settings within the space change constantly by community design. The space has transformed from settings like a fix-it and mending station, to a playscape focused on housing density to a yarn-bombed hang out.   Here, art is used as a springboard for larger dialogue and community-building happenings. Over time, we have discovered certain qualities that make these projects sing. This ephemeral and experimental framework allows the space to flex and respond to evolving community interests and needs.

Jaime Kopke, Manager of Program, Events & Outreach Manager, Boulder Public Library Boulder, CO, US

Data driven method to understand people behavior in temporary indoor spaces

Research has shown strong relations between the spatial space design and social behavior. Quantifying behavior provides a new tool to progress the architectural design process of indoor spaces to improve the experience and well-being of the users. This study presents a new methodology to measure specific types of human behavior related to social interaction. The new public cultural center “Dokk1” (Aarhus, Denmark) is the case building. The methodology differs from prior research by avoiding wearable devices but solely the use of non-invasive sensors. This change makes monitoring larger populations significantly more feasible and thereby improving the volume of data and the statistical validity of the study. Based on computer vision and sound measures, four specific types of social behavior will be identified, tracked and mapped: large-group activity (>3 persons), small-group activity (2-3 persons), isolated-active and isolated-passive. The long-term aim is to identify a causation between the change in spatial design and people’s social behavior.

Andrew Khoudi, PhD-Fellow, Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus, Denmark

When the wind of change blows, some people build walls and others build windmills - Resilient libraries absorb, adapt and carry on

Resilience is the ability to bounce back, withstand and recover from a crisis /catastrophe or change of any kind. That is the key on not just surviving the change but thriving. I want to ignite your curiosity and eagerness to become more resilient by being aware of your resources and surroundings through mapping your position, resources and background. I'll give examples on the means to share institutional memory, learn innovatively and be aware of the connectedness and common interfaces of people and themes. Next step is to take what has been and what is now and look into the future, forming scenarios and anticipations.

Ulla Pötsönen, Independent library advocate, Czech Republic

Tuesday morning, 4: Game Changing Tech & Emerging Trends

Game Changing Tech & Emerging Trends

Emma Holten, Poetryslammer

No courses, no books, let them learn: building an educational escape room for classes

Gamification and immersive learning; two widely researched educational concepts from recent years. Yet how to put theory into practice? Build an escape room that can accommodate an entire classroom!

Escape rooms already combine elements of gamification and immersive learning by literally trapping players in a story and challenging them to puzzle their way out. With only a limited budget and a small team of skilled employees, we set out to engage a few thousand pupils by building our very own educational escape room, one of the first in the world which is catered specifically to school classes. Our “Educational Escaperoom” challenges 30 pupils simultaneously to complete 15 story-driven interactive installations divided over three themed rooms in order to train their media awareness, computational thinking, IT competence and Dutch language skills. Curious about how we gave 5000 pupils an engaging learning experience, come and visit our Ignite Talk!

Reda van der Putten, Project Manager and Stijn Lauwen, Instructor Medialab Eemland , Public Library Eemland, Netherlands

A new Participatory budgeting model in Helsinki

The City of Helsinki increases opportunities for direct democracy by allocating 4.4 million euros from the City budget to projects defined by Helsinki citizens. Local libraries are a natural choice for facilitating residents. Therefore during an ideation phase borough liaison with library staff will be holding workshops mostly in libraries to develop ideas. Libraries have also an important role of marketing participatory budgeting and assisting citizens to participate and vote. There is also developed an excellent tool - Participation Game which helps the players in workshops to think of ways in which participation can be achieved. It’s a board game that can be played by anyone who is interested in the operations of the City and the development of them. The on-line process will be using the Decidim platform, which is a free open-source participatory democracy platform. Library staff will be trained to use the platform and they will assist citizens how to use it.

Mariliis Kuukuma, Information Specialist Helsinki City Library, Finland

The (Game) Changing Library

How can a library act as a game changer for a community that has social challenges yet is full of potential? Can a new combination of functions contribute to linking new partners and engaging in new and underserved parts of our communities? Which architectural instruments can help improve democratic thinking and acting?

Our talk present perspectives from Sports and Culture Campus Gellerup, located in a western suburb of Aarhus, Denmark - an area that is the city´s most culturally diverse district with residents from all corners of the globe. A new library combined with different clubs and associations along with a playful activity house for circus, soccer, climbing and potentially a unique public swimming pool, all aiming to work as key components in the revitalisation of the Gellerup district.

We will present the main design approach, snapshots from the user process and the overall vision of creating an open and inviting cultural platform – including a (game) changing library.

Elif Tinaztepe, Associate Partner, Anette Bjerring Gammelgård, Senior Architect,  and Waleria Kudera, Architect, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Aarhus, Denmark

Designing a Social Robot in the Library

We started a Robotics Project in The Central Library Oodi in January 2019. The aim of the project is to design and (eventually) build a Social Robot. The Project will be done together with Futurice, a company that has great interest in social robots, Aalto University Students, and customers.

It will be a journey where all participants will learn about robotics, it’s possibilities and limits in our society. Customers will play an important role in designing the Robot from the beginning. We are trying to rise the understanding of the new technologies in a communal way. We will hold events and workshops that anyone can attend. In my talk I will tell about making this project. This is a communal learning process, where librarians, university researchers, customers and a big company all have a mutual interest: what does and will robotics mean to us in our society?

Library’s role is to create equal possibilities to all citizens to learn and understand new technologies around us. We hope that this project will bring together people from different age groups and backgrounds. We also try to make visible and more understandable the rapidly changing ways of our society. When the project proceeds, we will visualize it in videos and infographics that will be shown in the library and in social media.

One interesting aspect of this project is that we let the customers define what kind of robot they want to develop. We will not give them ready ideas about the robot but instead we let them to invent and create.

Sanna Huttunen, Specialized Librarian Central Library Oodi, Helsinki City Library, Finland

Culture Buddies

“Culture buddies” is a new, groundbreaking concept that brings together newcomers to the City of Aarhus while exploring a cultural site or a leisure activity. The initaitve provides the participants with an entrance ticket to a cultural city mark to start a journey in a new city. The initiative contributes with an intercultural connection or maybe even a new friend - across age, gender and national background - while gaining better knowledge of the culture and leisure scene of the new city.

Lene Hartig Danielsen, Head of Citizens' Services, City of Aarhus, Denmark

From Temporary Spaces to Lasting Communities

In 2015 the refurbished Schiller-Bibliothek opened in Berlin Mitte. The newly modernised building housed the first makerspace in a Berlin public library. Focusing on flexibility, the librarian responsible for the makerspace organised maker events in a shared space in the library. By bringing in equipment as needed and encouraging library patrons to join in, she gradually built a community of makers.

Now, a few years later, we are giving the maker community in the Schiller-Bibliothek a permanent home, but will continue the idea of temporary makerspaces by introducing a “makermobile” in the district. This new service will bring maker events to new communities elsewhere in Berlin Mitte. Libraries should embrace the idea of makerspaces not as a permanent space but as a concept that cannot be defined by walls or other architectural structures.

Jacqueline Banford, Stadtbibliothek Mitte von Berlin, Sachgebietsleitung Makerspace, Germany

Designing new technologies for libraries

Redia is a danish design- and software company that develops a range of products for libraries, primarily in

Denmark and Norway. We challenge and rethink established ideas - but more importantly, we do so by

cooperating with libraries and their users. In this talk, we want to share some of the technologies and ideas. We are currently working on, including a book-picking robot.

Mette Esager, Lead User Experience Designer, Redia A/S and Jan Thøgersen, Technology manager and engineer, Redia A/S, Denmark

Unlocking the Corley Explorer

The Corley Explorer is a portal into over 60,000 photographs of Queensland houses that featured in State Library of Queensland’s recent exhibition Home: a suburban obsession. It is a new interactive, visualisation and tagging tool developed for the Frank and Eunice Corley House photograph collection. This online platform allows visitors to explore the entire collection, navigate houses by their location and add their own stories about the homes included. To date, visitors have used the tool to geo-locate over 18,000 of the photographs and collect over 1,000 personal stories of Queensland homes.

In this talk, State Library will share their insights about making collections accessible and how they’ve used the Corley Explorer to collect information and stories that enrich data about this important library collection.

View the Corley Explorer. Learn more about Frank and Eunice Corley and the collection. 

Chenoa Pettrup, Program Officer, Asia Pacific Design Library, State Library of Queensland, Australia

PARTICIPATE! Encouraging participation and supporting collaborative learning among citizens in public library events

In this Ignite Talk, we will discuss new design opportunities for adopting Sharable Dynamic Media technology to support collaborative learning among citizens through a wide range of community events and cultural activities taking place in the library. While traditional libraries primarily focused on provision of knowledge, we envision future libraries as “third place,” focusing on “co-creation” of knowledge “with” the community. Specifically, we will demonstrate two new digital services for libraries – EXPLORE and PARTICIPATE – developed by a multi-national team of researchers across Lyon (France), Gothenburg (Sweden), and Aarhus (Denmark), in partnership with their local public libraries. EXPLORE allows citizens to easily find out interesting events happening in their local libraries. PARTICIPATE enables dynamic knowledge sharing among citizens participating in the library event.

Daisy Yoo, Postdoctoral Researcher, Aarhus University (DK / South Korea), Peter Dalsgaard, Professor, Aarhus University (DK), Eva Eriksson, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University (DK), Senior Lecturer, Chalmers University of Technology (SE), Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose, Associate Professor, Aarhus University (DK)


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What is an Ignite Next Library Talk? 

Ignite Talks are short and fast-paced and each talk is 5 minutes with 20 slides that automatically advance in short intervals. The presentations are meant to ignite the audience on a subject or an idea that you think is worth sharing. The Ignite Talks are clustered in sessions and are followed up by talks and Q&As with the audience at the end of each session.

Ignite Next Library Talks must address one of the themes for Next Library 2019: Libraries in Times of Social Crises, Civic Media and Data Democracy, Temporary Spaces and Game Changing Tech & Emerging Trends.

Ignite Next Library is an opportunity for Next Library participants to share innovative projects of international relevance with other Next Library participants. Next Library is all about network and conversations about the library of the future. We hope the Ignite Next Library Talks will enhance connections between up-coming library innovators and experienced professionals across the world.  

Find out more about the Ignite Next Library Talks here!

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Announcement: Keynote by Rolf Hapel at Next Library Festival

Posted by Next Library on May 17, 2021 at 11:00 0 Comments

We are very happy to announce that Rolf Hapel will join us at Next Library Festival on June 3. Rolf will give a keynote: Past the Post-Pandemic Libraries - What's Next?

Read more about the keynotes here.

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