Klaas Gravesteijn will be the new director of the Vereniging van Openbare Bibliotheken (VOB) (Association of Public Libraries ) from 1 July 2021. He currently works as a policy advisor for association affairs at the VOB.
Interim chair Anne Rube: ‘The board considers it of great added value that Klaas ensures continuity. We are also pleased with his qualities, potential and great commitment to and feeling for the sector and the relationships within it.’
Klaas Gravesteijn: ‘Libraries have an incredibly important function in society. I am happy to contribute to strengthening this. The VOB must be an association for, by and with the members, with an eye and attention for the diversity of the members. In addition, we can continue to grow in our role as a serious and reliable discussion partner for government authorities, stakeholders, and parties in the library network. With the library covenant, we have laid a solid foundation for the collaboration, which we will expand in the coming years.’
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.
This four-part virtual symposia series will explore community-centric approaches to librarianship that push practitioners and scholars into innovative directions. Much has occurred in the last decade that has highlighted the importance of recognizing how institutional oppression and systems of power, global pandemics, and international perspectives inform librarianship. We are seeking abstract submissions for ideas and approaches that can guide the field over the next decade and address the following areas:
Equity, diversity, and inclusion
A “new normal” agenda in a COVID-affected world
Symposia sessions will be streamed live, free of charge.
Please visit the symposia series website to propose contributions by May 30, 2021.
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