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Showrooms are spaces for testing ideas and prototypes of the library as public spaces and a hub of the society. As part of the Next Library® Conference Berlin 2018 and the Berlin Library Festival, they are an extension of the library into the public space or into the urban society/community. At the same time a "docking" of the urban society to the library takes place. More than just the presentation of best practice examples, the showrooms are all about trying out, exploring and to co-create.

Libraries for Democracy
13 – 16 September // Golden Container

After the Internet of Things, now comes the Internet of Persons: Shared Studios is the name of a collective from New York that uses its experience in art, design and technology to build an Internet that makes deep and moving human encounters possible. Multimedia technology is contained in a solid, golden, walk-in container. It enables festival and conference visitors in Berlin to exchange ideas live and in life size with people who are in one of the more than 30 locations of comparable containers somewhere in the world as discussion partners, lecturers, artists or critics and tell their stories. This showroom is realized in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and poses the central question: How can libraries counteract undemocratic movements?

Rooms für Community Building und Coworking: What Will the Future Hold?
13 September // Campus, Room I

Lifestyle diversity, Work 4.0, mobile societies and the rapid spread of platform models pose many challenges for the library space of the future. What is the next logical step, and what role will community building and coworking play?

Olaf Eigenbrodt, from the State and University Library of Hamburg, and Andreas Mittrowann, from ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH, will develop visions and concrete scenarios for the library space of the future jointly with conference participants. Feel free to join the Showroom Session on Thursday at 11 am.  

Sewing Rebellion & Boulder Public Library Makerspace
14 – 16 September // Campus, Room I

Mend the World is a collaborative mending experience developed by the Sewing Rebellion & Boulder Public Library makerspace, BLDG 61. Workshop participants will make-and-take embroidered Call to Action patches to take back to their communities. We will facilitate the making of a collaborative world banner. We invite libraries around the world to host and add to this 'living document'. This partnership exhibits the power of the library as an open platform for activism, democracy and free speech. Join the Interactive Session on Friday, 1.30 pm. 


AVA: Creating a New Library
13 – 16 September // Campus, Room C

Find out the meaning of “AVA” and shape your third place in the library context manually and via iPad. Discuss about library architecture and share your library of the future with conference participants and the world on social media.

Your ideas will be part of a unique collection of library buildings in an analog and digital way. Enjoy the creative and inspiring atmosphere in the showroom of the Stadtbibliothek Reinickendorf, the public library of Berlin’s municipal district Reinickendorf.
Sessions in the Showroom take place Thursday and Friday, 1.30 pm.

Important note: In order to be able to make the most of the offer, we ask interested persons to bring their own memory stick (with a free storage capacity of about 1 GB).

Goethe Institute Munich
13 September // Campus, Room D

The showroom of the Goethe-Institut will present a series of short videos to give you an overview of the broad variety of projects its libraries are working on. There will be two round of discussion moderated by Leonard Novy, who prepared for the conference a series of interviews on Join the Showroom talks at 12 - 12.30 pm and 3.30 - 4 pm. 

The VR adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”, which is also part of the showroom, allows people to discover the world of Gregor Samsa and to experience the transformation into a giant insect.

Handcrafts & Library
14-15 September // Campus, Room D and Bus

The Steglitz-Zehlendorf City Library, one of Berlin's most successful public libraries, presents the mobile library and, in a separate showroom, topics like the changes in the library world and "Handcraft & Library", showing small machines, bookbinding tools and examples of bookbinding. At creative stations you can produce fanfold booklets, bookmarks and thread-stitched notebooks.

Wissenteilen / “Sharing Knowledge”
13 – 16 September // Chaos Cloud

Knowledge in the “Cloud of Chaos” – the experiment of an encyclopaedia: In the course of one year, the association “S27 – Art and Education” searched for Berlin’s hidden knowledge (Website only in German). Together with various artists, children, teenagers and in cooperation with libraries and schools we tested all sorts of research tools. The results of the experimental programme “Sharing knowledge” are illustrious archives. During the Conference we invite you into our cabinet of wonder: A showroom full of strange objects, fragments and videos can be complemented by every visitor with their own knowledge and interests. The project was a cooperation with Zentral- and Landesbibliothek Berlin and was funded by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung.

New technologies and intercultural programs in libraries
13 – 1
6 September // Campus, Room E

The Pankow Municipal Library (Stadtbibliothek Pankow, Website only in German) invites guests to learn more about three current focal points at our library. First, we offer the opportunity to gain practical programming experience via the Open Roberta Coding Hub.

Within the framework of our MakerSpace project, visitors can also design their own library bags using cutting plotters and heat presses.

And, finally, we will also be showcasing our work with migrant organisations, which serve to enrich our library with multilingual services.

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