Public spaces and community engagement
September 22, 2020; 4.30 pm - 6.00 pm EEST
22 Sept. 4.30 pm - 6.00 pm EEST
Sezin Romi, Turkey: SALT Research as a Public Space
SALT Research was launched in 2011, under a not-for-profit cultural institution, which is in public service and is engaging in research projects, exhibitions, conferences and public programs in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. SALT Research comprises a specialized library and an archive of physical and digital sources on visual practices, the built environment, social life and economic history.
22 Sept. 4.30 pm - 6.00 pm EEST
Britta Schmedemann, Germany: Open-air Events, Experiments and Football Fever – The public library is involved!
Efforts to change the image of public libraries are currently in full swing. But how do people who never visit libraries become aware of this? How do we engage people in our digital services, various types of meetings and creative events if the general public still has the perception that libraries are silent places full of dusty old books? The answer is quite simple: we just need to go one step further right outside our own front door!
22 Sept. 4.30 pm - 6.00 pm EEST
Taina Sahlander, Leena Parviainen, Finland: Available and Accessible - Open libraries in Finland!
Physical libraries in Finland can be accessed through three distinct service models, often mixed in any particular library: customer service hours with staff present, self-service and Open library - a library where customers are allowed to enter unattended by the staff, often before or after service hours. The latest branch to see this transformation is Nekala library in Tampere, in a diverse suburb at the South of city's center. Housed in six rental containers, it is the first of its kind in Finland, and the first one in Tampere that is operating solely on a self-service basis.
22 Sept. 4.30 pm - 6.00 pm EEST
Kateryna Aleksieienko, Ukraine: Lviv Libraries - New format, new opportunities!
How are the public spaces influenced by community input? For Lviv Public Libraries system and its 23 libraries, we are sure that public space such as the library can help the society to become more confident. It’s a first step to change your own city or country. Visitors come to library, where they can get knowledge, skill, inspiration by art and communication or participate to events. Library is a safe space for everyone and is useful for any activitiy or mind.
Let's Talk! Let's Ignite Talk!
September 22, 2020; 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
22 Sept. 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
Lotte Duwe Nielsen, Denmark: Public Libraries as Strong Partners for Democracy. A case from Aarhus Public Libraries.
“Democracy literacy builds on citizens’ free access to information, knowledge, open spaces for free meetings and freedom of speech. Democracy is one of the current strategic areas for Aarhus Public Libraries, and we invite partners, citizens’ and communities to use the library as a public space for public debates and join new formats for democratic activities. Aarhus Public Libraries is represented in the project secretary for the Action Group, and partner in the DemocracyLab.” The Ignite Talk will present the preliminary results of the project and will and showcase some of the new initiatives to experiment and strengthen democracy. Hopefully, participants will share new ideas and experiments during Occupy Libraries.
22 Sept. 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
Robert Pelin, Romania: CodeKids - Teaching kids from rural Romania how to code
For the last three years, 90 libraries in Romania have been the place to go for the little coders.: over 2000 kids aged 7 to 14 learned visual coding, Arduino, app inventor and scratch just by going to their local libraries. And they are now preparing for the biggest online Coding Fair. Join Robert Pelin from Progress Foundation to find out more!
22 Sept. 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
Alejandra Quiroz Hernández, Mexico: Libraries Break the Silence on Gender Violence
Confinement stemming from the unexpected pandemic caused millions of women to spend more time with their assailants. Violence against women is an unpleasant reality that cannot be fully resolved. Given the health emergency, reports of domestic violence, rape and femicide increased even when women had to "be safe" at home. Thus, the increase in cases of violence against women is one of the faces of this crisis shared by the entire world. Although there are countries with better programs to deal with or prevent this problem, many others do not. When all else fails, libraries have proven to be places of second response. Libraries, as meeting places and primary points of access to information, can contribute to the eradication of violence against women.
22 Sept. 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
Jana Beckmann, Janna Nikoleit, Germany: New Forms of Urban Intervention Libraries
flex is a studio for spatial strategies based in Hamburg and founded by Jana Beckmann & Janna Nikoleit in 2019. Currently they work on various projects with a focus on scenography and urban practice. They love to create poetic solutions for urban spaces as well as exhibitions. Learn about their projects for various spatial interventions which are closely connected to public library’s and all involve citizen in various forms: KOM:SITZ – the reading pillow // floating library of the future // participative workshops DA SIND WIR
22 Sept. 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm EEST
Simone Stone, USA: Privacy Issues of the Twenty-First Century
Technology, while a necessary tool of our twenty-first century society, can be detrimental to the privacy rights of all nations’ citizenry. The ignite talk will discuss privacy issues of the twenty-first century, address how libraries, as community-centered spaces, can help shape the discussion of internet privacy and security. DNA information, with regards to family members, is readily available online. According to scientists, people can be located by their third cousins via these databases, which compromises safety and privacy for many, especially those who have not purchased or used a genetic testing kit. This is a topic that can help patrons become informed citizens, creating competency in the fight to keep innate, genetic privacy rights of both citizens and immigrants.
Serving communities in time of crisis
September 22, 2020; 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm EEST
22 Sept. 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm EEST
Jan Delong, Czech Republic: Turning the Library into the Local Centre of Help in Times of Crisis
"COVID-19 hit Czech Republic at the beginning of March. We had first case confirmed on 1st of March. We knew that pandemic will hit our country and it was only a matter of time when it will happen. Therefore we started to think about how might we handle the situation and how library could help local people deal with this unprecedented situation." Aren't you curious to learn more?
22 Sept. 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm EEST
Cecilie Lyneborg, Nanna Damsgaard-Larsen, Denmark: Serving Communities in Time of Crisis - With Conversations And Encounters around Literature on Instagram
During the lock down we started to miss conversations about literature with our users of the library. We missed the daily encounters, we missed the connections between people, so we thought – how can we bring people together, share stories and start new kinds of conversations online? We combined the beauty and togetherness of a book club and the inspiration and perspective from meeting the writer in person. Learn more about 10 LIVE Instagram talks and read alongs followed by conversations with 10 writers – local and international. A cooperation between Herlev Library and the lifestyle/book blogger Emily Salomon.
22 Sept. 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm EEST
Dunja Holcer, Dina Mašina Delija, Croatia: Croatian Public Libraries During COVID-19 Spring Lock-Down
This talk will present libraries’ adoption and use of the social networking site Facebook as a response to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as it investigates libraries’ activities as a way of serving communities during the lock-down. The research is based on the analysis of posts created on public libraries’ Facebook pages, and was conducted in July of 2020 on 208 Croatian public libraries, and it shows that Croatian librarians have proved to live up to the challenges of new and unknown situations, demonstrating they can quickly adapt and to appropriately use digital technologies.
22 Sept. 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm EEST
Jennifer Velásquez, USA: The Library is Open in Different Ways - Growing youth participation during the COVID shutdown.
Based on lessons learned in the early days of the pandemic, this presentation will provide rationale and replicable, no-cost strategies for fostering library-based teen-centered experiences that are fully virtual and/or hybrid (physical / virtual). Most importantly - these experiences maintain the mission of teen “ownership” and decision making role in the creation and implementation of library services and programming,