The 8th German Library Congress organized by Bibliothek und Information Deutschland (BID) has been moved from March 14-17 to May 31-2 June.
This year’s convention motto is #CreatingFreeSpaces. The experiences during the pandemic have made clear how important the link between the digital and analog dimensions is. Deciding exactly how to fill the free and open spaces in libraries is a process that is constantly being reviewed.
At this congress, FOBID and BID complete their collaborative project, which has been running since 2018.
The congress will be held as a face-to-face event with digital elements (livestream). The congress programme and registration for the congress will be activated on 15 February 2022.
Please join us onMonday, June 14, 2021; 11:00 – 12:00 (CET)
Through Citizen Science, the fruitful connection between libraries and citizens got a new impetus and framework. In this session the speakers will introduce the topic with an overview of the concept of Citizen Science and its relation to Open Science and present examples from GLAM institutions to inspire the participant for their own activities.
Elisa Hermann, Information Procurement and Information Management, Museum of Natural History, Berlin
Irene Haslinger, Library Director at the Technical University Delft
Barbara Lison,Library Director at Bremen Public Library
The online seminar is free of charge and in English; registration is required. The seminar will not be recorded. Presentations will be sent to the participants afterwards.
Please join us on Monday, May 17, 2021; 11:00 – 12:00 (CET).
Agile Working?! Everyone is talking about it, but what does it mean exactly? This webinar offers an introduction into the basic ideas of agile. It aims to show what agile means in everyday work situations and how it can shape leadership and collaboration in teams. With specific examples we will highlight where which forms of agile work are helpful in order to meet the ever new demands and challenges that libraries are facing today.
Sven Strobel, Leibniz Information Center for Science and Technology University Library, Hannover
Gert Staal, managing director Library Lek & IJssel
Dr. Christina Riesenweber, Freie Universität Berlin, University Library
The online seminar is free of charge and in English; registration is required. The seminar will not be recorded. Presentations will be send to the participants afterwards. Registration is required: https://eur-nl.libcal.com/event/3696413
The online German-Dutch dialogue on the future of libraries continues!
Please join us on Monday, April 12, 2021; 11:00 – 12:00 (CET).
The national library (KB) in the Netherlands offers central digital services to public libraries and to patrons as well. How these services were initiated in the past and how the situation is currently will be presented and compared with the situation in Germany. Because of the political system and the cultural sovereignty of the federal states, the support of smaller public libraries in Germany is not centralized, but so called ‘Fachstellen’ in various federal states offer services to their libraries. This system, its tasks and services are presented – decentralised or centralised support for public libraries – what are the advantages and disadvantages? And what effects will the pandemic have to these services in the future? How will the idea of the third place be connected with the need to offer mobile services for the library users during and after corona?
Oke Simons, Fachstelle Schleswig-Holstein
Sander van Kempen, National Library (KB), Den Haag
Erna Winters, Bibliotheek Kennermerwaard
The online seminar is free of charge and in English; registration is required. The seminar will not be recorded. Presentations will be send to the participants afterwards. Registration is required: https://eur-nl.libcal.com/event/3602794
Please join us on Monday, March 15, 2021; 11:00 – 12:00 (CET)
The role of libraries is changing rapidly. This raises the question what kind of staff libraries need to make these changes successfully. Competent staff is crucial for positive user experiences, but which competencies do we require? We see a tendency to move away from ‘classic’ library skills like towards more generic skills like tech-savvy and entrepreneurial. How do we recruit our future colleagues? It can be a challenge to attract the people we need if the first association with libraries all over the world is ‘books’ rather than ‘databases’. What can library schools like in Germany contribute to training our future staff? Or should we focus more on training on the job like in the Netherlands?
Ute Engelkenmeier, Head of Service and Information, Technical University Dortmund
Matthijs van Otegem, Library director, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Harm Derks, Head Library Services, Free University Amsterdam
Please join us on Monday, February 15, 2021; 11:00 – 12:00 (CET)
Is Artificial Intelligence good or bad news for libraries?
AI and other new evolving technologies will definitely have a strong impact on our future. In this seminar we will explain how AI is changing the way Libraries work and how it is changing the services of Libraries for their patrons. The current most common utilisation of AI in Libraries is the enrichment and linking of metadata, e.g. discovery systems, curation of data, data visualisation. But there is a broader perspective as well: How can Libraries have an impact on the development of trusted and ethical AI? How can libraries play an important role creating ‘AI for the public good’ and make their clients AI-aware? Moreover, how can libraries position themselves into national AI-Initiatives?
Erik Boekesteijn, Senior Advisor at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands, Global Library Motivator
Prof. Dr. Andreas Degkwitz, Director of the Library of the Humboldt-University Berlin
Jan Willem van Wessel, Member of the Board of Directors of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands
Please join us on Monday, January 18, 2021; 11:00 – 12:00 (CET)
Libraries are not only sustainable institutions per se, but they also make an intensive contribution to raising awareness of the need for a sustainable society. Why libraries in the Netherlands and in Germany play an important social role here, how they can contribute and what examples are available will be presented and discussed. The support of international library associations like IFLA and EBLIDA in this global challenge will also be a topic in this online-seminar.
Ton van Vlimmeren, EBLIDA President, Utrecht and Den Haag
Jacqueline Breidlid, German Library Association, Berlin
Hella Klauser, Network of Excellence for libraries (dbv/knb)
On Monday, December 14, the German-Dutch dialogue on the future of libraries continues with a seminar on UX design.
How can User Experience design (UX design) be helpful to all the different needs and expectations of library users? UX design often involves designing websites and apps. But the experience of library users can also be mapped with UX Design to achieve improvements.
In this webinar the two enthusiastic specialists from Hamburg and Amsterdam will tell us more about UX Design in general and the possibilities for libraries. After their presentations time is set aside for questions and sharing experience.
As part of the German-Dutch country initiative, the sector organizations FOBID and BID (Library and Information in Germany) jointly offer a series of online seminars. Each month, topics are discussed that are currently important to the development of the libraries in both countries. From both countries a specialist will discuss topics from all areas of the library landscape such as artificial intelligence, sustainability in libraries, international conferences in times of crisis, UX design and library staff.
The series starts on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 11-12 am with the theme library buildings. “Why do libraries need buildings?”, asks moderator Barbara Lison (Stadtbibliothek Bremen, IFLA president-elect) to the two experts Theo Kemperman, director of the Library Rotterdam, and Olaf Eigenbrodt, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg, member of the building committee dbv / VdB.
Be live at the bilateral exchange of experts – a recording of the event is not scheduled.
Dates and discussion topics:
Monday, November 16, 2020, 11 am: Why do libraries need buildings?
Monday, December 14, 2020, 11 am: UX design
Monday, January 18, 2021, 11 am: Libraries and Sustainability
Monday, February 15, 2021, 11 am: Artificial intelligence and libraries
Monday, March 15, 2021, 11 am: Library staff
Monday, April 12, 2021, 11 a.m. Central service facilities for public libraries
The Dutch delegation visited the congress with 26 participants. In addition, it was good to see that many companies, including their Dutch contact persons, were present with their services and products.
The Dutch delegation had its own stand, which was visited regularly, not only for networking but also because of the typical Dutch cookies (stroopwafels).
The opening keynote by Princess Laurentien was very inspiring. Her explanation of the important role of the library as a third place to stay was a clear statement. The role of the library as a meeting place goes hand in hand with the ongoing digitization. Through the library, people stay connected. This role must be emphasized: seek contact with your customers, with your stakeholders and sponsors. Dutch libraries have been working on this for a number of years and are happy to share their experiences.
The Dutch delegation is looking forward to an inspiring cooperation in various areas over the next three years and would like to thank the organization for the reception in Leipzig.