Posted by: bluesyemre | April 19, 2017

Ten Songs about #Libraries and #Librarians by Philip Sutton

The New York Public Library recently published a blog post about favorite fictional librarians. I’m a librarian who plays music—and the drummer in my group is also a librarian—which got me thinking about songs about libraries and librarians. I came up with this list of ten songs about libraries and librarians (researched at the library). Suggest your own favorites in the comments section below.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 19, 2017

The #Book Seer (What should I #read next?) @bookseer

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Posted by: bluesyemre | April 19, 2017

#IFLA Global Vision Discussion #iflaGlobalVision

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The challenges facing the library field from ever-increasing globalisation can only be met and overcome by an inclusive, global response from a united library field. IFLA’s Global Vision discussion brings together thousands of representatives of the library field worldwide to explore how a connected library field can meet the challenges of the future.

IFLA launches and facilitates this global discussion at a series of high-level meetings and workshops in different parts of the world following the kick-off event in Athens, Greece. Numerous meetings and online threads led by librarians from all over the world will build on the momentum started in Athens. Simultaneously, this dedicated “Global Vision” website provides key information about the initiative and will also provide support materials as well as interactive mechanisms (e.g. real-time voting) that allow active participation in identifying future challenges and prioritizing actions that the library environment could take.

Conclusions from this conversation along with voting data will then be gathered and analysed by IFLA. This unique material will provide a basis for the IFLA Global Vision report which will be published in early 2018. Based on the report, the library field will develop concrete work plans on how to put our collective vision of the future into practice. We firmly believe that only a unified and connected library field will be able to fulfil one of the true potential of libraries: to build literate, informed and participative societies.

Together we create the future. Join us!

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 19, 2017

Odunpazarı #ModernSanat Müzesi 2018 sonunda açılıyor…


Müze binasının yapımını Japonya’nın tanınmış mimarlarından Kengo Kuma üstlendi. Sanatçı, müzenin mimari felsefesini şöyle özetliyor: “Doğa ile mimariyi, ‘bina’ ve bulunduğu ‘lokasyon’ arasında güçlü bir bağ kurulmasını sağlayacak şekilde harmanlamak. Bunu sağlamak için kolayca temin edilebilecek ahşap, taş ve kâğıt gibi doğal ve yerel malzemeyi kullanmayı tercih ediyorum.” Müze 2018 sonunda hizmete açılacak.


Color! Something Pretty, or is There Much More To it?

Did you know the color black is used for the products and branding of large enterprises like automobile maker Jaguar, mobile device stalwart BlackBerry, and luxury fragrance firm Chanel because it evokes the feeling of authority, power, and elegance? Data reveals that it is the most popular color for marketing luxury products and is most common in the tech, clothing and car industries. Black is also a common color of products that consumers purchase on impulse.

Regarding gender, shades of blues and greens are popular among both sexes, but black is preferred more by men and women prefer purple. Overall, it is softer colors that women are attracted to whereas men are drawn to so-called bolder colors.

But are colors that important? It is not something most of us think about when we go through our daily routines. Science has long known that color can impact our behavior and emotions, and therefore it is an important aspect of marketing. In short, if used correctly color can help convey the desired public image for a company (see black = authority, power, and elegance), and create the right emotions in people to make sales and conversions more likely. There is a reason clearance sale displays focus on red. Red is a color that evokes urgency and can even raise our heart rate.

The psychology of color is explored further in a new infographic from, which you can view in full below. It provides 40 facts that are backed up by data, which is useful if you are looking to increase your website conversions. The graphic reveals that 52% of people will not return to a website if it has bad aesthetics. 93% say their online purchases are influenced by the visuals of the website, and 42% judge a website based on the web design.

In other words, if you do not get your design and color scheme in order, forget about making sales!

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 18, 2017

Tech Dopp Kit 2



When our founder shared a story about not having a logical place for his “tech” gear when packing for a trip, we conceived the Tech Dopp Kit. As a replacement for using his old toiletry Dopp kit to store his travel destination essentials, we originally designed the Tech Dopp Kit specifically for gear such as TV devices, remote controls, camera gear, cords, headphones, and power plugs.  As it turns out, he wasn’t alone as we learned from a large sample of our community. In addition while primarily designed for the use case to travel with tech we also designed it with enough with flexibility as it’s nearly impossible to predict everything that people travel with. And with that we saw people using the Tech Dopp Kit for a variety of the gear that people didn’t have a logical place to stow when traveling.

Technical Gear

Our audience is largely comprised of pro travelers that work in creative arts and business. These makers range from designers to photographers. The gear they travel with covers a broad spectrum of everything from micro lenses for smart phone cameras to fountain pens. Then you have the more common gear like USB cables, GoPro cameras, Apple TV, portable batteries, and power cords. The word “tech” even in the abstract as we like to think of the term as “technical” and not just “technology.” That said, you can put anything in it — one tester fills their TDK mini with zip locks of marshmallows and peanut butter.

Evolved Storage

The evolved design supports equal storage depth within 2 compartments. Each side has 1.75” of depth for an overall capacity of 3.5” height. This is more than enough room for an Apple Power adapter, Apple TV, iPad plugs and USB cables, stacked. The TDK comes in 3 sizes:

  • Mini 6” W x 5” H x 3.5” T
  • Regular 9” W x 5.5” H x 3.5” T
  • Grande 9” W x 8.75” H x 3.5” T

Each interior includes a zipper pocket that is deep enough to accommodate tablet plugs and other small gear. While it’s designed to be open in order to accommodate a variety of gear, we’ve also included straps so that everything stays put when you’re opening and closing the Kit. The TDK regular and grande also include a strap for a stylus, pen or longer instrument. The overall form factor is “boxy” with rounded corners so that it fits inside of larger luggage in a way that doesn’t damage the corners and maximizes the amount of space it takes up with the amount of gear you can stow inside.

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 18, 2017

The #sleeping habits of geniuses (#infographic)




Posted by: bluesyemre | April 17, 2017

The science of #storytelling (#infographic)



In a bid to give its national volleyball team an edge, Japan has enlisted the help of high-tech training robots. According to New Scientist, these bizarre-looking bots are used to mimic the opposing team’s defense and are made up of three pairs of hands attached to a mobile torso. Mounted to a track, these new digital defense droids slide up and down to pre-set positions, allowing players to test out their spike shots against many different team formations.

Known as the “block machine” these rapid robots can travel at speeds of up to 3.7 meters per second, easily outpacing human players. So far these training machines have been used successfully in several of training sessions for Japan’s national woman’s volleyball team. Yet, with these robots only currently capable of moving in predetermined directions, coaches are looking into equipping them with motion sensors for more lifelike and unpredictable training sessions.


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 17, 2017

ASL-LEX (A Visual Dictionary for #SignLanguage)


Although American Sign Language, used by 250,000 people in the United States, is widely recognized as a rich, complex language, ASL learners and researchers have never enjoyed the kind of large, comprehensive database available in other languages—until now.

A new database of 1,000-plus ASL signs and their lexical and phonological properties, developed by students and faculty at Tufts University and the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience at San Diego State University, won first place late last month in the people’s choice interactive category of the National Science Foundation’s 2017 Vizzies: Visualization Challenge, which recognizes visual conceptualizations that help general audiences understand complex ideas in science and engineering.

Called ASL-LEX, the project is the largest and most thorough database of ASL signs and meanings to date and is already being used by schools including the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts, and Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston, Massachusetts, according to Ariel Goldberg, an associate professor of psychology who heads the Psycholinguistics and Linguistics Lab at Tufts.


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 17, 2017

The World’s Most #Expensive Cities


Tokyo returned to the ranks of the world’s 10 costliest cities in 2017 as Asia’s representation expanded, reflecting the region’s rising clout in the global economy.

Japan’s capital, the world’s costliest city until 2012, jumped seven places to No. 4 this year and Osaka climbed nine notches to No. 5, both bolstered by a resurgent yen, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey showed Tuesday. Singapore and Hong Kong retained the top two spots and Seoul came in sixth. Zurich, the third most expensive, was the only impediment to Asia holding all top five slots.

Asia accounts for 40 percent of the global economy and in the four years to 2020 is predicted by the International Monetary Fund to contribute two-thirds of worldwide growth. At the same time, cities in China, the region’s economic powerhouse, slipped by between five and 16 places due to weakening consumption and a depreciation in the renminbi, the report showed.

Europe had four cities in the top 10, with Geneva, Paris and Copenhagen joining Zurich. The French capital was the only euro zone city among the top 10, remaining “structurally extremely expensive to live in, with only alcohol and tobacco offering value for money compared with other European cities,” the EIU said.

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Posted by: bluesyemre | April 17, 2017

15 characteristics of #Digital Transformation


Digital success isn’t all about technology: The 2015 Digital Business Global Executive Study and Research Project by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte identifies strategy as the key driver in the digital arena. Companies that avoid risk-taking are unlikely to thrive and likely to lose talent, as employees across all age groups want to work for businesses committed to digital progress. The report is online and in PDF form, with a Digital Business Interactive Tool to explore the data set.


SALT Araştırma’nın SALT Galata’daki yeni mekânı Ferit F. Şahenk Salonu 21 Mart Salı günü kullanıma açıldı. Bu vesile ile SALT ekibinden Vasıf Kortun ve Sezin Romi, projenin tasarımcıları ŞANALarc’tan Murat Şanal ve Alexis Şanal ve mekânda kullanılan kütüphane sisteminin üreticisi Ersa Mobilya’dan Aynur Yılmaz ile Ferit F. Şahenk Salonu’nda bir araya geldik. Günümüzde değişen bilgi aktarım yöntemleri, araştırma merkezleri ve SALT üzerine söyleştik.


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 13, 2017

World #Whiskies Awards 2017


Whisky is the new currency that makes the world go round. From the foothills of Scotland to the artisan distilleries of Japan, the choices in liquid gold these days are simply staggering.

Lest we forget, every year the World Whiskies Awards also like to hold a little contest to find the world’s newest and most coveted drop based on taste across a dozen different variations. Well that day has arrived and the best whiskies of 2017 are in.

Presented in partnership with UK-based Whisky Magazine and The Drinks Report, the winners this year hail from Japan, Canada, the UK and the USA. And proving once again that the rise of Japanese whisky is no flash in the pan is this year’s winner of Best Grain, The Fuji-Gotemba Single Grain 25 Year Old Small Batch.

Virtually unknown outside of Japan, The Fuji-Gotemba Single Grain is produced at Kirin’s Fuji Gotemba distillery which started operations in 1973. Its distinct taste is derived from the ample use of pristine waters flowing down from Mount Fuji’s melting ice (we know right – you can’t even make this stuff up).

The ageing process then takes place in x-Bourbon barrels for 25 years before going through two distillation processes to come to the final product  – in very limited batches of around AU$2,000 per 700ml bottle.

The notable list of winners this year also includes:

World’s Best Grain: The Fuji-Gotemba Single Grain 25 Year Old Small Batch (Japan)
World’s Best Rye: A.D. Laws Secale Straight Rye Bottled in Bond (USA)
World’s Best Blended Limited Release: J.P. Wiser’s Dissertation (Canada)
World’s Best Wheat: Bainbridge (UK)
World’s Best Bourbon: John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon (USA)
World’s Best Blended Malt: Johnnie Walker Green Label (UK)
World’s Best Blended Whisky: Suntory Hibiki 21-Year (Japan)
World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt: Venture Chichibu Whisky Matsuri 2017 (Japan)
World’s Best Single Malt: Craigellachie 31 Year Old (UK)

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 13, 2017

#OpenData The Researcher Perspective

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A year ago, in April 2016, Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) and Elsevier embarked on a project to investigate open data practices at the workbench in academic research. Knowledge knows no borders, so to understand open data practices comprehensively the project has been framed from the outset as a global study. That said, both the European Union and the Dutch government have formulated the transformation of the scientific system into an open innovation system as a formal policy goal. At the time we started the project, the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science had just been published under the Dutch presidency of the Council of the European Union. However, how are policy initiatives for open science related to the day-to-day practices of researchers and scholars?

With this report, we aim to contribute to bridging the gap between policy on the one hand, and daily research practices from a global perspective on the other hand. As we show, open data practices are less developed than anticipated, with the exception of fields where data practices are integrated in the research design from the very beginning. While policy has high expectations about open science and open data, the motive force comes not from the policy aims, but in changing practice at the grass roots level. This requires we confront the harsh reality that the rewards for researchers and scholars to make data available are few, and the complexity in doing so is high.

This report is produced in close collaboration between CWTS and Elsevier. Elsevier and CWTS have been long-time partners, and both partners are able to draw on deep knowledge of – and networks in – the world of research. This project was developed as a research project, and it benefits from a well-designed public private partnership. The project team has enjoyed in-depth discussions on matters at the very heart of open data and data sharing, bringing together a team that was built on closely working together in data collection, analysis and writing the report. Now we are ready to share our insights for policy leaders, researchers, funders and publishers alike, bringing the message that at the interface of policy and practice more efforts are needed to make open data a responsible research and innovation action.

Open Data The Researcher Perspective

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 13, 2017

Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 #BannedBooks


The list of the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 is here. This year’s list explores a range of genres (young adult, fiction, memoir) and formats (novels, graphic novels, picture books), but they have one thing in common: each book was threatened with removal from spaces where diverse ideas and perspectives should be welcomed.

The annual list is compiled by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF); OIF calculates the Top Ten by documenting public media articles of challenges, and censorship reports submitted through the office’s reporting form. For an in-depth look at censorship trends, check out the State of America’s Libraries Report.


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 13, 2017

Bir okudular bin dokudular (#Sümerbank Belgeseli)

Türkiyenin tekstil sektörünü kuran SÜMERBANKLILAR.
Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi tarafından ,Türkiye Tekstil İşverenleri sendikası için hazırlanan,Sümerbank’ın Türk sanayisi ve özellikle Tekstil sektörünün bugün dünya pazarında geldiği yerde olmasındaki katkılarının anlatıldığı belgesel çalışması.


Posted by: bluesyemre | April 12, 2017

#PublicLibraries in England (Basic dataset)


Having received validated returns from all 151 library services, for the first time we have been able to publish an open and definitive dataset showing the number and location of all static public libraries (statutory and non-statutory) open in England at 1 July 2016 (this also includes libraries that were temporarily closed on that date, eg. for refurbishment). The dataset covers libraries run in-house by local authorities or commissioned by them from third parties, as well as community-managed and independent libraries. I want to pass on my thanks to Charlotte Lane in my team who pulled this together, and to all the library services who worked with us to make this possible.

Despite all our checking, we know this basic dataset won’t be perfect – handling this quantity of data means the occasional error is bound to creep in.


90’lar Türkiye’sinin rock müzik sahnesinde efsaneleşen bir grup: Blue Blues Band ve o sahneden kayıp giden iki dahi: Bipolar bozukluk nedeniyle 31 yaşında Boğaz Köprüsü’nden atlayarak hayatına son veren Yavuz Çetin… ABD’de Jimi Hendrix ve The Monkees ile paylaştığı sahnede başlayan yolculuğu Beyoğlu’nun otel odalarında yapayalnız son bulan Kerim Çaplı… Blue, 90’larda ve ikilinin hayatlarında derin bir yolculuğa çıkıyor ve toplumla, endüstriyle, en önemlisi de kendi zihinleriyle verdikleri mücadeleye ışık tutmaya çalışıyor. Nihayetinde de geriye şu soru kalıyor: Tüm bu yetenek ve yaratıcılık bir lütuf mu, yoksa bir lanet mi?




Posted by: bluesyemre | April 12, 2017

Starting a #makerspace in an #AcademicLibrary


Makerspaces are cropping up in libraries everywhere, but the process for creating one of these areas in an academic library can often be layered and confusing. This is especially true for librarians and staff who have had very little prior makerspace experience. A factor that can make the process even more difficult is the lack of agreement over what exactly a makerspace is. My personal definition is: a makerspace is a place where patrons have access to tools where they can create and innovate while simultaneously inspiring one another as a community. Like with all things in libraries, that definition can be up for debate!

Over the course of the next several months, I am going to be sharing with you the process of creating and implementing a new makerspace. A little background first: I am the Emerging Technologies Librarian at a mid sized university located in the mountains of North Carolina. Our library has been progressively moving into a more innovative direction, and the makerspace has been a natural extension of that growth. Although there has been a lot of institutional support, we have encountered numerous issues leading up to the creation of the space…

Space Issues

Like many of you, our library suffers from a distinct lack of space. To remedy this, we began a massive library renewal project which heavily featured weeding old materials and the creating of new learning spaces. While our building is only a mere decade old, it quickly became apparent that the changing physical landscapes of libraries were not represented in the original building plans.

Many of you are working in a similar situation; either the library is in an older building, or the current space that you have just never quite seems to accommodate what you need it to. We’ve all been there. The important thing is find a space that will work for you and the makerspace that you are trying to build. There are many factors that should be taken into account that are too numerous to list here, but a few important ones include: Is there enough space for the equipment you want? Will you need access to an outside wall to ventilate your machines? What flavor should your makerspace be? Luckily, my library has finally gotten to the stage of the process where the area for our temporary makerspace has been cleared out. Whew! One hurdle down. That being said, it is a temporary space. Although we will be offering a variety of machines to work with, our space will not reach its full potential until we construct a better ventilated area in the near future. The important thing for right now is that the makerspace program will be able to start helping students and faculty in the early spring.

Creating a Makerspace Theme or Lack Thereof

I mentioned before that makerspaces can have a certain ‘flavor’ or theme. This is especially true in universities. Some can concentrate on arts-based programming and learning, while the most readily recognized types include STEM capabilities. The nature of your makerspace is ultimately up to you – and the patrons that you serve. Even though some makerspaces tend to focus on providing machines and tools that are related to certain areas, others contain a hodge-podge of anything and everything. The makerspace in my library will definitely fall into that category. The people at my library and within our community have a wide range of interests, and our makerspace will reflect that.

Equipment and Budget

Once you have the space and theme, it is time to decide what to purchase for your library’s makerspace. Rule of thumb: always overestimate the cost! When purchasing for a makerspace, there are going to be unforeseen costs to making it all run smoothly, including replacement parts, supplies, and required accessories. While there will always be new and exciting things to buy, it is important to remember that the needs of the patrons come first, so stick to the budget. It is also imperative that the physical space is taken into account. It wouldn’t be a good idea to purchase five 3D printers if you don’t have enough the space to house them. Ideally you would have someone who had the expertise to run each of the machines that you choose to buy. While it is expected that there will be at least a bit of a learning curve, it isn’t generally a good idea to buy a variety of machines if no one in the library has used them before. Getting more people involved is always a good idea, but if you or your staff don’t have any training, starting out slowly in regards to equipment may be the best approach. Academic libraries commonly start a 3D printing service before they move into full makerspace territory. This gives the library a sense of patron demand, and it also allows for staff to learn the equipment properly. My library has used this model and it has been very successful so far.

The lack of physical space didn’t keep us from implementing a 3D printing service, but now that there is a designated makerspace, we need more equipment to fill it. As I mentioned, our makerspace is going to be as eclectic as the student body that we serve. We will have a CNC machine, vinyl cutter and 3D printers, as well as a sewing machine for e-textiles and electronics in the main workspace. I am also creating an area that is specifically for instruction so that classes and workshops are surrounded by the ‘making’ environment as they learn. In addition, we are also tagging on a more nontraditional makerspace element – a virtual reality and gaming room. The room will have multiple gaming consoles as well as the HTC Vive and Microsoft Hololens available for students to explore. We also provide software so that patrons can create video games. The variety of equipment speaks to the varied interests of our students, faculty, and staff.

Developing Curriculum

One of the most vital parts of creating a successful makerspace is developing instruction and activities that highlight student potential. Even though my space was not open this semester, I still conducted workshops about 3D printing, 3D design, Arduino and e-textiles. By offering up these opportunities, I was able to introduce the campus to some of the technology that we currently have and build momentum for the makerspace opening in the Spring. I also partnered with a number of professors who incorporated the technology into their classes.

Next semester, I will be expanding the instruction by adding more courses and creating e-learning modules for patrons to use when learning about the new tools available. There will also be more outreach activities that will consist of directed projects that revolve around one or more machines within the makerspace. The opportunities for expansion are endless!

Are any of you creating makerspaces in your libraries? Stay tuned for the next piece of the makerspace journey.

As anyone who has gone through the steps of creating a new library space knows, it can be a long process. Once the space is identified and the equipment has been purchased, then comes the hard part – actually pulling it all together.

The makerspace at my library opened on January 31st after a frantic couple of weeks in which my team and I worked practically non-stop. I’m going to take a second to brag about my colleagues, both librarians and staff, who were amazing through the whole process. The space never would have looked anywhere close to ready without them! We held a soft opening for the library a little before the official opening, which served as both a thank you as well as an introduction to the new services. One of the most important aspects of opening a makerspace, or really any library space, is getting the support of the people who will work there every day. Publicity is always a factor in opening a new space, and having the library staff on board will translate to a higher degree of support around the campus as a whole. Here are a couple of ways that our library worked to promote the space:

Host an Event!

Creating a grand opening is one of the best ways to not only publicize the makerspace, but also provide an educational opportunity for patrons. When opening your makerspace, giving an opportunity for the machines to be explored by students, faculty, and staff is invaluable. Patrons become more familiar with the space, and it can spark ideas for how they can incorporate certain machines into their projects. Our makerspace is on the lower level of the library, and not immediately visible to people regularly flowing in and out. By hosting a grand opening, we worked to get students down to the new space and tried to alleviate some of the library anxiety that can occur when trying to find a new area.

Incentivizing the Masses

Our opening was over the course of three days, and we created a variety of incentives to check out the space. Besides providing food, there were also a couple of activities that patrons could do, including learning about basic circuits by creating LED Throwies, and making school specific stickers on the vinyl cutter. We also held a prize drawing in exchange for the patrons filling out a makerspace survey. This was a great way for us to collect some initial data while bringing in more visitors, and we gave away a 3Doodler 3D printing pen. In addition, we are also running a month long name/logo contest, with the winner’s design being used for our advertising, and they will win a small 3D printer! The opening was a success, and it drummed up a lot of interest in makerspaces on campus. If creating your own makerspace, definitely consider using the grand opening as a way to do campus outreach in a fun and engaging way!

Initial Educational Opportunities

While the opening was a success, there was a lot more than just putting up physical machines that went into creating the makerspace. In order to make the library into a place of knowledge creation, the makerspace needed to have a very distinct educational element. I attempted to create this by making use of both LibGuides and signage. The makerspace was divided into sections which had complimentary technology. Signs were then created with information that would both jump start projects as well as highlight safety concerns. These colorful signs made the space both educational and aesthetically pleasing. Because the makerspace in my library was created using an already available space and limited budget, it was important to pick and choose exactly what that money could be spent on. For our initial opening, we focused more on machines as opposed to furniture and aesthetics, so including the signage brightened the space. The signs also directed users to the LibGuides if they wanted more information about a piece of equipment, or how to get started. This combination of signs and online material makes it easy for users to begin creating and learning quickly.

Although the makerspace has only been open for a few weeks at this point, and has limited hours due to staffing constraints, it has been a success. We have had many students, faculty and staff come to the space to explore and learn a new machine. The University has already added the space to tours for potential new faculty hires. The positive response has been both exciting and daunting – now we just have to deal with keeping up with demand!

Posted by: bluesyemre | April 12, 2017

How to attract more users to the #PublicLibrary?


As we pointed out in the previous post, there are many ways to attract new users to the library’s perimeters, and some of them can be easily implemented.

Didn’t read our first article? You can find it here.

We know that getting started is the hardest part in implementing a new service. Therefore, we talked with Rolf Hapel, Director of Citizens’ Services and Libraries at DOKK1, the main library in Aarhus, Denmark. He provided some insights regarding the library’s activity that we want to share with you. In this interview, you will learn about how DOKK1 was developed and managed to be such a success.

1.When reviewing the statistics in the library sector, we’ve noticed a general trend that the library usage has decreased in the past few years. Why do you think that happened?  
Well, in fact, in Denmark, the library usage has increased over the last few years (usage –  measured in number of visitors to the physical libraries), while the number of book loans has gone down. The explanation for the latter is of course linked to the ever more prevalent digitization of knowledge and cultural content. Even so, the explanation for the increased number of visits to the libraries in Denmark has to do with the fact that, for a number of years, the Danish libraries have been working to establish new and relevant services and business models that for instance contain various elements of citizens’ services.

2.We think libraries should go beyond their main activity when searching for new ways to attract citizens to the library. How are you proceeding at DOKK1(the main library) when implementing a new service and choosing a partner?
Answer: Yes, I agree. In Denmark, there are various good examples of partnerships between libraries and other public entities or organisations from the civic society (e.g., NGO’s, volunteers, etc.). In Aarhus, at DOKK1 we have more than 130 registered partnerships. The process is simple: the partner will bring in an activity, the library will provide space, promote the activity (often via social media) and give help with logistics. The prerequisite, of course, being that the actual activity is aligned with our general purpose of promoting lifelong learning and cultural experience and that it fits in with our program profile. About 60% of our programs are either done entirely or partly by our partners.   

3.Dokk1 has become a community center, offering a mix of library services and public services. How did you come up with this strategy? 
Answer: In 2004 there was a national political urge towards creating a kind of ‘one-stop-shop’ for public service. The reason was that people had to move from office to office just to have trivial processes like moving to another city done. Eventually in 2005 there was a law on that matter that passed in the parliament. To me it was obvious that a municipal citizens’ service would have a lot in common with the libraries, as we in the Danish library act also have an obligation to provide governmental information to the public, as would the citizens’ service.Furthermore, both citizens’ services and libraries were born with a service obligation and the libraries were already there all over the landscape and it would be great for the citizens if more functionality was built in the libraries. So both from an institutional and a user perspective this has been a very good development, even if you probably still can find a few librarians around that might be a bit frustrated over the fact that they have to issue a passport now and again.

4.Has the number of library visits increased since the library opening? Why is that? Do you have some numbers to share with us? 
Answer: Yes, the number of visits has increased dramatically – from around 500,000 per year in the old main library to 1,3 mill in the new.  About 10% of visitors are coming for citizens’ services. Now, almost two years after the opening, there is no sign of a decreased interest – the number of visitors is still on that level.I believe that the reasons for the very high number of visitors are multiple: There are really good spaces for families and children, Dokk1 has also proved to be a great place to study, there are various levels of ‘togetherness’ or ‘remoteness’ that you can choose from, we have a versatile event program with a broad appeal to all kind of user groups, the citizens’ service is easy to find. Overall, we have an open and friendly environment with a nice cafe and a great playground – and there is always something new going on.


Please raise your hand if you love your local library. There is no doubt that people value libraries as a great source of information and relaxation during work or leisure time. Nonetheless, by taking a short look at the public library statistics offered by UNESCO, it might seem there is a trend among public libraries to have their funding cut, to have decreased the amount of book loans or to have reduced the number of their branches.

So what can libraries do to fight this trend? The library of the future is not just a place that offers books. There is much more a library can offer to its visitors. To serve as inspiration, we have started a series of posts with the aim to share relevant insights and perspectives from around the world. There are many creative ways to attract more users to the public library. In this first post, we’ll start with three of them.


Libraries are a very trusted source of information and at the same time they are at the heart of the community, connecting people. As we’ve mentioned in our first article, partnerships with other public institutions and private organizations represent a great way to create a community space. But there is also the possibility to create partnerships with other libraries and offer a more attractive service to users. In this post, we will walk you through two ways libraries can collaborate and attract more visitors.


For the second article in our series, we talked with Ian Anstice, editor of the Public Libraries News website in the UK. He talks more about the opportunities and challenges libraries can face when collaborating in their activities.

1. On your website, you have a few articles about library collaboration, which suggest that libraries should combine their activities and offer a mix of library services to users in a region or even nationwide. Why is that?

Answer: Because it’s cheaper and means a better product for consumers. Larger authorities mean greater economies of scale and at the same time, it means that a library user is less bothered by petty boundaries. However, one also needs to be careful about the too large a service. A happy common ground may be a consortium such as LibrariesWest, where local control is kept with the council but many behind-the-scenes tasks are effectively done by one organisation. That seems to me to be the best solution in the harsh financial environment that many UK library systems find themselves in at the moment.

2. What would be the benefits and challenges of this kind of strategy?

Answer: Benefits are economies of scale (sadly, this also meaning less library workers) and an improved access to resources for the public. The disadvantage is a taking away of local control if done badly. One also needs to be careful of fully combining services, as the messy divorce currently under way in the Tri-borough shows (In 2017, the tri-borough broke up as Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea/Westminster mutually accused each other of lack of faith). Nothing is permanent and if one council decides they no longer want to play, this can create an awful and costly mess. And the increased cost is the last thing we need at the moment. One other danger of merging the library services is the loss of local input as to stock.  Waterstones in this country proved the danger of purchasing centrally – usage went down when it did that and it has gone back up again now that individual branch managers have more say.  The same is in libraries. The trick is to combine local choice when it comes to stock and offer, with regional or larger merging of other services.

3. How can libraries organize and what new types of services could they offer if they combine their activities? 

Answer: For the public, a combined library card, stock, and website would be obvious wins in terms of offers. For the councils themselves, it means less need to duplicate backroom staff and have all those relatively expensive senior staff. We already see that in a few, such as LibrariesWest and the London Libraries Consortium (LLC). I would also expect joint training packages, recruitment programmes and promotional activities. Indeed, it does not take a crystal ball to see these things. They’re already happening, but patchily and organically.

4. How would these changes be perceived by the users of the library?

Answer: Library users are so conditioned in the UK to fear that their local library might be closing that anything like this would probably be met with relief at worst. It would also be something welcomed by the government (who are always keen for local councils to save costs and be “imaginative”). There would be some fear of loss of local control but I suspect most people prefer their library services open, first, and everything else, second.

5. Do you have additional comments or advice for libraries wanting to implement new and attractive programs in their libraries?

Answer: Have a think about why you’re doing it. Is it because it looks shiny or you want to get noticed? That’s not so good. Is it something that stands a chance of success after the lifetime of the initial funding? That’s better. I don’t mean avoid things that may fail. Failure is good. Failure helps you and your organisation learn. Just be honest with yourself about your motives. Oh, and most obviously, check to see if it has been successfully elsewhere. There’s a lot of insularity, even now, in public libraries. I firmly believe that we can learn from each other. That’s why I do Public Libraries News. We’re information professionals and part of that means we should be good at doing our research.

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