Relatively early in its creation process, the Model Programme decided to enter into dialogue with its end users. As early as 31 October 2012, the Model Programme was pre-launched in a beta version at a kick-off conference with the participation of some 150 library developers: mayors, culture politicians, directors and key staff at technical departments and culture departments, library managers and their key staff. Read about the kick-off conference.
On 9 April 2013, the model programme's organisers invited people to attend a halfway conference that focused on how public libraries can match new needs and new behaviour by thinking in terms of new interplay between space and function. The participants were some 85 library managers and development staff as well as key staff from municipal culture departments. Read about the halfway conference.
When in January/February 2013 the Model Programme completed our mapping of Danish municipalities' new design and new construction of libraries, we tested the municipalities' interest in participating in a tailor-made design workshop as we believed that obvious advantages could be gained from a dialogue about how local libraries can develop spaces and interior design solutions that match new needs. It turned out that the interest in participating was great. 40 municipalities with a total of 47 library projects wanted to join the competition for the three design workshop courses we offered.
The three winners were selected after thorough deliberations and dialogues with a number of municipalities:
Billund Municipality. Read about the workshop in Billund
Sønderborg Municipality. Read about the workshop in Sønderborg.
Thisted Municipality. Read about the workshop in Thisted.
At the conference ‘A New Tool for the Libraries’ held at Islands Brygge on 25 September 2013, the Danish Agency for Culture and Realdania launched the Model Programme for Public Libraries. The program was transferred to an operational phase, which is constantly developed. Read about the conference.