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Subject: Future is here: Are we prepared?-Konferens i Island
From: Björn Lindwall <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 18 Sep 2008 09:27:50 +0200

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Future is here: Are we prepared?
New thinking in education for public librarians

Conference in Reykjavík, Iceland
October 22-23, 2008 

Upplýsing, The Icelandic Association of Library and Information
Science, The University of Iceland, Department of Library and
Information Studies and The Association of Directors of Public Libraries
in Iceland invite you to a conference on the future of public libraries,
October 22 - 23, 2008. The venue is the well known conference hotel
Grand Hotel in Reykjavík, Iceland.

The main goal of public libraries has always been to serve the general
public and provide easy access to information, education and recreation.
As such, the public library is a social agent that plays an important
role in every society. The public librarians must react to the
developments in society, lead new developments and adjust their services
to the population at each point in time.

Without question it can be said that serious changes are now taking
place in western societies. Technology is affecting the provision of
information by making it easier for people to access necessary
information and recreation from home through the home computer. The flow
of people from one country to another is increasingly becoming the norm
and public libraries have to respond to the needs of a new clientele. 

What are the social changes that public librarians need to cope with?
What will be the role of public libraries in the future? How can public
librarians respond to new and ever changing demands and adjust library
activities to fit a changing society? How can library schools and
educational institutions provide public librarians with the necessary
training to enable them to adjust their institutions and offer
appropriate services at each given time? These are some of the questions
that will be addressed at this two day conference. 

The conference will focus on three main themes:

Social changes in western societies
The public library as a social agent
Educating public librarians for future roles

The speakers come from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, the Nordic
Countries and Baltic States. By bringing together specialists with
different backgrounds and different roles, it is expected that a
brilliant discussion will take place where people share their views and
experiences, and help us focus on the role of public libraries of the

We look forward to seeing you all in Iceland October 22 and 23, 2008.

Dr. Sigrún Klara Hannesdóttir
President of Upplýsing 

The Future is here: Are we prepared?

New thinking in education for public librarians

Conference site: Grand Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland 
October 22-23, 2008 


October 21 Reception at the National and University Library of Iceland

October 22 

08:00-08:30 Registration

08.30-08.40 Welcome address: Sigrún Klara Hannesdóttir, President of

08.40-08:50 Opening address: Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Minister
of Culture and Education

Social changes in western societies:
Chair and introduction to the theme: 
Sigrún Klara Hannesdóttir

09.00-10.00 Ken Haycock: PEST (Political, Economic, Social,
Technological) Controls: The Future is not what it used to be

10.00-10.30 Coffee break

10.30-11.10 Gauti Sigþórsson: Open sourcing the cultural commons

11:10-11.50 Bjarki Valtýsson: The remixable culture of prosumers and
the role of public libraries

11.50-12.30 Chris Batt: Libraries and revolution: Seven challenges for
the 21st century librarian

12.30-13.30 Lunch 

The public library as a social agent:
Chair and introduction to the Theme: 
Anna Torfadóttir

13.40-14.20 Adie Batt: Everything they never taught me at library

14.20-15.0 Pernille Schaltz: Changing the library: From *book temple
libraries* to meeting places with media, learning and cultural
activities - Danish strategies, challenges and developments 2008

Short examples of innovative public library work 

Kristín Vilhjálmsdóttir: Flying carpet. intercultural get-together 
Katti Hoflin: Room for children - constant evolution: A library with a
fully implemented children*s perspective calls for a world of new
Óskar Guðjónsson: Where do you shelve your e-books? The e-factor in
Icelandic public libraries

Conference dinner 

October 23 

Educating public librarians for future roles:
Chair and introduction to the theme:
Hólmkell Hreinsson

09:00-10:00 Meredith G. Farkas: Librarian 2.0: The future of library
education and the 2.0 organization

10.00-10.30 Aira Lepik: Getting ready: Relationship marketing and
library 2.0

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

11.00-11.30 Samuli Kunttu: Do librarians need libraries anymore? - A
peek to the future

11:30-12.00 To be announced

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13:00-13.30 Ágústa Pálsdóttir: New age competencies: How can LIS
education support challenges and future prospects of public libraries? 

13.30-14.00 Jóhanna Gunnlaugsdóttir: : Broadening the skills of the
librarian: Interdisciplinary training 

14.00-15.00 Panel: Issues in library and information science education

Chair: Sveinbjörg Sveinsdóttir. 
Ken Haycock, Meredith Farkas, Samuli Kunttu, Ágústa Pálsdóttir, Jóhanna

Conference closing 

Eskilstuna stadsarkiv -  Årets arkiv 2008
Björn Lindwall
Kultur- och fritidsförvalningen
ABM Eskilstuna
Kriebsensgatan 4
632 20 Eskilstuna
Tel: 016/ 7 10 18 51
Mobil; 070 600 5594
Telefax: 016/ 14 81 32

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