Volume 47 NO. 4 2014

Nursing students studying. Photo: Arne-Harald SteilbuPartnerships produce strong and relevant libraries 

Partnerships are a source of development and strength. Through collaboration with other competence institutions we can build relevant libraries that can fulfil their role in society. This may be difficult, but it is absolutely necessary.

Mikael Petrén Photo: Annika HjerpeLibrary in partnership with publisher

In 2012, Swedish libraries could only use one distributor for e-books, Elib, with one model for e-books and a single, set fee for libraries to pay. The publishing house Ordfront decided not to join Elib, thus, no libraries could let their users borrow any of Ordfront’s e-books. This frustrated the Stockholm Public Library and so, to solve the problem, the library formed a partnership with this publishing house.

Nichesourcing – a new form of research partnership for libraries

With the arrival of new metadata models, vocabularies and tools, cataloguing in libraries will step into a more multidimensional metadata world in the upcoming years. Record-based cataloguing will be replaced with the linking of metadata, which means creating relationships between entities. Through these relationships, the metadata are linked to each other resulting in a metadata network extending across organisational, sector or national borders.

Lokal partnerships create new institution

The concept for a new kind of cultural institution is the first milestone in an ambitious plan to merge and redesign the library, museum and local archive in the small town Maribo in the Danish southern province. A report on how to do it has been politically approved. It may well be a model for many towns in a similar situation.

Photo: Celia LibraryA library for all – including people with print disabilities

A print-disabled person is a person who cannot effectively read print because of a visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability. How do public libraries serve these users? What types of services and books are available to them? How large on average is the number of people with print disabilities?

Editorial: Are we really so international?

For national libraries, there is really no difference between being national or international. Every national library around the world encounters similar issues. The Nordic countries are true leaders in many of these issues: Norway is, hands down, the leader of digitisation, Iceland is the leader of seamless solutions (free access to web archives for all), Sweden has gained a good reputation for making functional general plans, Finland has been a forerunner in web archiving, digitisation, the digital library system (the nationwide Finna), et cetera, and Denmark – they know themselves how good they are…

Viewpoint: Value creation through partnerships
Releasing our institutions’ full public service potential!

In DR’s (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) Cultural Heritage project we have focused on USE=VALUE. Value can be very tricky and hard to measure, whereas in my experience value through partner-ships can be much easier to measure – especially when partnerships are used in areas where you normally would measure your results. And in my mind, they are the only way we can fully release the enormous potential we and our institutions have as public service institutions.

Mayor Charles Tøsse reads poetry amid spectacular scenery in Stordal. Photo: Hallgeir HoveStordal library is on a roll

In Stordal, the mayor, the chief municipal officer and volunteers hold poetry readings using tree stumps and rocks as their stage. The school headmaster sings traditional “stev” tunes that echo from the mountainsides, and an immigrant from the Netherlands evokes enchanting sounds from his “tussefløyte”, a folk instrument similar to a recorder flute. Stordal Public Library has mobilized the local inhabitants, and the poetry readings are one of the events to which local people and users contribute actively.

Inspiration The Arduino electronic platform is a part of the technology that, it is hoped, will rouse the interest of children and young people in the natural sciences. Photo: Helén AnderssonMakerspace

In Vaggeryd, in the county of Småland, there is what may be Sweden’s first makerspace in a library. Here, the library is making space for all kinds of creative expression; everyone is welcome to learn from one another.


Give a book to a none-reader! Campaign photo from Denmark is Reading day Photo: Mette UdesenWorld Book Day in Denmark – an initiative under Denmark’s Reading

In 2013 Danish minister for culture Marianne Jelved launched Denmark’s Reading – an ambitious project aiming to inspire some of the 40 per cent of Danes, who are not keen readers, to get reading. Now the minister launches the second initiative of the campaign – a Danish version of World Book Day on April 23rd 2015.