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The 2015 Next Library Festival invites attendees and partners to participate in shaping the programme and perspectives.

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The themes of Next Library 2015 are

Library Buildings / Space Design / Civic Media / Social Innovation / Service Design / Play & Gamification / The Dark Side of the Internet / Data-Data-Data / Incubator for Creativity & Learning / Opposites Attract

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Comment by Mary Kinyanjui on April 1, 2015 at 10:26

Thank you Eddy for being interested to learn about our ideas in our library. We try to equalize families from poor backgrounds.

Comment by Eddy Barbry on March 31, 2015 at 21:42

The Public Library of Ieper (Belgium) is working together with CoderDojo Belgium vzw to organise interactive and creative sessions for kids and young people - and it is all about coding (and good fun) !



Comment by Lisa Miller on March 25, 2015 at 7:04

The International Librarians Network (ILN) is a facilitated peer mentoring program supporting librarians in their various roles across the globe. Participants register and are paired based on the information they supply and are matched with a librarian outside their own country. The program directors post regular discussion topics and are supported by in-country ambassadors that promote the ILN and support local participants. These roles have all been voluntary to date, although recent changes have been made to incorporate the ILN in order to ensure its long-term sustainability.
My role as ILN Social Media Coordinator supports the work of the ILN and the participants online via Facebook and Twitter (at this time). By sharing news, events and library related content it keeps us connected and educated about the changing roles and challenges in our profession in a global context. 

Comment by Mary Kinyanjui on March 7, 2015 at 7:26

Kenya National Library Service / Kibera Library’s e-learning tablet computers and e-readers project support slum school children, The project uses ICT to equalize opportunities for children of poor families to interact with technology. By pre-loading tablet computers with educational content related to the school curriculum and e-readers with books i.e story books and some curriculum books, the project aims to support classroom teaching across all school subjects (language, science, mathematics, etc.) and to help children improve their marks. The librarian had a number of challenges when implementing, including initial resistance from school heads and teachers, and funds to meet children’s basic needs – i.e food, quiet space to rest, and a safe place to play – for successful implementation. After all the struggle ther was good impact of the project, which has inspired a love of reading among children, increased the numbers of young library users and contributed to improved school results. The librarian has confidence or argues that the Kibera community library’s experience offers a cost-effective, efficient and replicable model for bringing ICT to marginalized children. This is because schools which have never managed to take children to national and provincial schools are making it since the project was implemented in the slum. It is amazing!

Comment by Greg Mickells on December 30, 2014 at 0:24

At Madison Public Library (WI, USA)  we have focused on the flexibility of our space in the new Central Library but I would also like to see focus on how we can begin to re-purpose our older spaces and make them flexible as well. To be able to incorporate our Bubbler concept throughout our entire system and expand on our new ideas like the PlayLab concept for participatory learning.

Comment by Ajit P on October 22, 2014 at 5:14

Dear All,

    Last week, my laptop crashed, my laptop got a "blue screen of death". As marvelous as all our technology is, chronic malfunctions and crashes and the constant demand to keep up might account for the fact that at least one in four of us will admit to physically assaulting a device.

Technology is changing so fast that when we are adopting one version of the software, the other version comes out.Technology is the way which extends humans ability. It is very difficult to obtain a precise definition of technology. It is generally accepted that "technology" is more than just a collection of physical products of science. "Technology" is the link between society and its tools. The creation of computer software and hardware, telecommunications, databases, and the Internet has affected society as a whole, and particularly higher education by giving people new productivity options and changing the way we work.

A mental snowball occurs whenever we allow negative thoughts to build up and race out of control. Its our mental equivalent of our tires being stuck in the mud.The more we spin the brain, the deeper we are stuck. Although mental pressure at work happens mostly to me but I lower my stress with shopping, music , traveling and so on...

Oh ..! it was technostress...! I define technostress in two terminologies:



What causes Stress by Technology in libraries

  • The Rate of Change of the Technology
  • The Lack of Standardization
  • The Lack of Training Individuals on the Equipment
  • The Reliability of the Technology
  • The Increased Workload Placed on Each Individual
  • The Changing role of Librarians

Ways to Conquer the beast:

1. Manage your energy not your time. We are not running in a marathons everyday yet we try to do the equivalent at our work.

2. Take few minutes relaxation break.

3. Walk outside, take deep breath.

4. Program your computer to clear your temporary files of ur computer device at every 30 days.

5. Keep the status of your gmail or facebook in "Busy" or "Invisible" mode.

6. Turn of rings, pings, dings anything that sings.

7. Work with your team to determine the important and urgent from the unimportant issues.

8. At the end of the day, shut the door of your office, turn-off your computer. Reset yourself and be ready for the new day.

Felt like sharing it with you all... Do you have any experience with technologies ... do share..

Comment by Ajit P on October 21, 2014 at 6:50

One free day as I was roaming in the lanes of south ex in New Delhi, I say a beautiful library I went to inquire about this library as soon as I went inside this library, I was awestruck with its beauty, grandness, well maintained books in shelves, complete peace and serenity..I was lost for a moment before I asked the person on desk about how to get books issued from there. Suddenly, I came to know that this library was shut down due to continuous loss and also due to lack of financial support for this library to grow up and “keep up” with this dynamic environment. I was thinking that this was the death of entire intellectual property.

Here some example how actually libraries are withering away:

1. The burning of the Jaffna library: was an important event in the Sri Lankan civil war. An organized mob of Sinhalese origin went on a rampage on the nights of May 31 to June 1, 1981, burning the Jaffna Public Library. It was one of the most violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the 20th century. At the time of its destruction, the library was one of the biggest in Asia, containing over 97,000 books and manuscripts.

2. The Burning of Alexandria: Alexandria was founded in Egypt by Alexander the great his successor as pharaoh, ptolomyll soter, founded the museum or royal library of Alexandria in 283 BC. The museum was place of study which included lecturer area of gardens, a zoo and shrines for each of the nine muses as well as the library itself. It has been estimated that at one time library of Alexandria held over half million documents from Assyria, Greece, Persia ,Egypt, India and many other nations. Over 100 scholars lived at the museum full time to perform research, write, lecture or translate and copy documents. The library was so large it actually had not her branch or” daughter” library at the temple of Serapis.
The burning of the library of Alexandria by Preston Chesser the loss of the ancient worlds single greatest archives of knowledge the library of Alexandria has been lamented for ages. But how & why it was lost is still a mystery. The mystery exists not for lack of suspects but from an excess of them. The first person blamed for the destruction the libraries none other than Julius Ceasor himself. In 48 BC, Ceasor was pursuing pompey in to Egypt when he was suddenly cut off by an Egyptian fleet at Alexandria greatly.

3. Non compliance: 914 government: added libraries to shut down
[Express new service: Mumbai, Thursday march- 7-2013. ]
Readers who use public libraries in the state may be in for a round shock with Maharashtra government planning to shut down 914 government –aided libraries for flouting rules. The state government had recently commissioned a survey of government-aided public libraries across the state, “We found gross violations at nearly 914 libraries, which we will shut down. The violations include running the library only on paper without adequate facilities for patrons’ inspite of getting state grants,” Ministry for Higher & Technical Education Rajesh Tope said.
The state has 12500 government- founded public libraries for which the state ear marks a grant of Rs-60 crore. The state had decided to inspect the libraries last year. Public libraries are recognized & are given grant-in-aid by the directorate of libraries under the Maharashtra public libraries (recognition for grant-in-aid & building equipment grants) Rules,1970. They are grouped into 4 categories based on number of books & periodicals as well as facilities available for readers. As many 914 of them however, did not comply. The government announced that “we will save around 6-7 crore by shutting down these libraries. This money can be used to improve others,”

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