Recent Library Developments

Access – something for the libraries?
To preserve, to care for and to make collections, objects and archives, accessible – this is the aim and direction of Access, an employment policy initiative of the Swedish government.

The Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs will allocate 250 million SEK during 2006 and the same amount during 2007.

Access addresses itself to public authorities and organisations that span the cultural spectrum. Its purpose is to generate job opportunities. Access, as the project name implies, is the keyword. This is an opportunity for libraries to upgrade previous low-priority projects, perhaps due to lack of funding, such as applying preservative measures to their collections, be they books, documents or pictures of interest and making them more accessible to the public. Access encompasses sorting out, cataloguing, restoration, documentation, preservation and digitization. Costs to employ the necessary staff can be subsidised.

Helena Kettner Rudberg
National Council for Cultural Affairs
helena.rudberg AT kulturradet.se

Enter X – Development of net based e-learning application for children
Danish school librarians and Copenhagen and Odense Country libraries have together launched an initiative for the development of a learning game for children on how to search on the net. The project is called ‘Enter X’.

Research results published in 2004 showing that children’s search on the net was characterized by waste of time and coincidences, inspired the initiators to do something about it. This was also quite in keeping with the wish to encourage cooperation between public and school libraries. The Danish National Library Authority’s development pool has provided financial funding for the project.

The result is now available in a beta version. The basic idea of the game is to teach your search mouse to become more skilled in searching information on the Internet.

So far the game covers three subjects, but further development is going on to cover more and also to follow the application in practice. Scholars from the Danish University of Education, Learning Lab Denmark and the Royal School of Library and Information Science have been monitoring the project.

Jonna Holmgaard Larsen
jhl AT bs.dk
Translated by Vibeke Cranfield

Denmarks first truck library
Bov Public library in South Jutland has as its neighbour a truck centre in Padborg. In 2004 the library started lending talking books on CD to lorry drivers from the centre. The idea, which was realised with funding from the Danish National Library Authority, is to communicate a good story to a target group who are not otherwise frequent users of the library.

Two months after the opening, 90 drivers had registered as borrowers and now 1 1/2 year later, 367 drivers from all over the country are registered who together have borrowed about 250 different talking books more than 6,000 times.

The success of the project has attracted spectacular media attention. The truck centre is always running out of stock – the lorry drivers are queuing up to borrow talking books. From 2006 the project has become permanent.

Jonna Holmgaard Larsen
jhl AT bs.dk
Translated by Vibeke Cranfield

New library cooperates with private companies
Kolding Library in Eastern Jutland (Denmark) could this January open a new building. Kolding Municipality runs as the first in Scandinavia part of the library service in cooperation with private companies.

Read more on www.koldingbib.dk

Photo: Arkitema Photo: Hellen Niegaard