1 March 2012

Libraries in Networks: Creating, Participating, Co-operating - WLC Satellite event 2012

The satellite conference will be held immediately prior to the World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki, Finland, August 2012.

See: pre-conference website

Venue

Klaipeda, Ieva Simonaityte Klaipeda County Public Library

Theme and Focus

Public Libraries have traditionally worked together to manage and share resources and information, and initiate cooperative projects. Developments in technology have allowed for even greater collaboration and the creation of new networks.

However the concept of a library is changing. If public libraries are to remain relevant to their ever more sophisticated users they have to constantly re-invent themselves; implementing new services, investigating collaborative arrangements and flexible staffing models.

In delivering quality services public libraries are active partners in networks at all levels, raising their profile with government and the community. Through these initiatives public libraries are positioning themselves as places where original ideas are born, hot discussions happen and like-minded persons meet each other.

Public libraries are places where users can creatively solve many problems; develop abilities and competencies; find ideas for their business; and support their interests, life-long learning and well-being. In summary they inspire, inform and entertain.

In today's interconnected world no library operates in isolation. Through the growth of networks library users are at the centre of developing and sharing knowledge. Public Libraries can use this strength to advocate for their place as being necessary and irreplaceable

Contact Rebekka Pilppula, rebekka.pilppula@jns.fi

Public Libraries, Information professionals, Education and training, Cooperation, Conferences, Communities of practice

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