Is a library without books still a library?
Hoewel ik niet meer nauw met het bibliotheekwerk van Zuyd betrokken ben, hou ik me nog wel op de hoogte van de ontwikkelingen in het bibliotheekvak. Ik blijf per slot van rekening een informatieprofessional 🙂
Zo las ik het blogbericht Is a library without books still a library? Some thoughts on The Library as spacedoor Christian Lauersen. En dan denk ik: Yes! Zo is het! Zijn website heet The Library Lab: libraries, learning and lego. Geweldige combi toch? 🙂 Deze Deense bibliothecaris van de Roskilde University heeft visie.
Wat inspirerende citaten uit zijn blog:
…. And I think libraries are an important and unique counterpoint to this development as a platform for people to get together, talk, share ideas and opinions in a safe space, both within society and academia.
The physical library space has been going through a highly interesting development and have changes a lot over the years and I like us to think beyond the library as a place for a collection and a traditional study environment with table and chairs. I like to take on a more active approach to the library as place and will give examples on how to do that.
At The Faculty Library of Social Sciences (a part of Copenhagen University Library) we have tried to carry out an active utilization of library space for learning and network activities – and I’m not talking about on the regular library instruction – I’m talking about a facilitating approach where the library actively are setting a platform where people meet and learn from each other.
To meet this change and development in higher education we established Digital Social Science Lab. DSSL is a physical space for education and instructions for data handling within social sciences, it’s software and hardware for harvesting, clearing, analyzing and visualizing various kinds of data, it’s a community but most of all it’s a reaction – a reaction to a changing world and needs of our students, teachers and researchers.
We are trying to create a platform for people to meet and learn from each other in relation to work with data, we are trying to create a community where the library serves as platform and the librarian as facilitator.
In dat DSSL doen ze geweldig mooie dingen. Ze creëren ontmoetingen tussen studenten en onderzoekers rondom data management. Ze organiseren workshops die zowel door experts als door studenten worden verzorgd.
Wat dit voor de bibliothecaris betekent?
Skills? I don’t know. It’s hard to pinpoint sudden skills that goes with this but if you got an eye for bringing people together, can communicate why it’s relevant and got a strong stomach (for all the coffee) you come a long way.
Library without books still a library? If you believe that a library is not only defined by it’s collection but by the way it succeed to support learning, education and research. Remember; A Library is not a goal in itself, it’s a mean to contain those very things. When stuff around us changes, like physical books disappearing from the library, let’s take up an active approach to continuously support and create values for our communities.
Zijn verhaal is ook gevat in een powerpoint. De uitdagingen en kansen van bibliotheken in het hoger onderwijs.
Ik zou zeggen: grijp die kansen!