Model Programme for Public Libraries

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Model Programme for Public Libraries Launched

At the conference ‘A New Tool for the Libraries’ held at Islands Brygge on 25 September, the Danish Agency for Culture and Realdania launched the Model Programme for Public Libraries.

The invited approx. 140 conference participants were primarily managers and key staff from municipal culture and planning departments and from municipal libraries. Most came from Denmark, but Norway, Sweden and Finland were also represented.

The conference included a number of inspiration presentations about innovative Nordic library development, and a number of group exercises within four selected themes with the objective of pressure testing the tools and obtain early feedback about relevance, strengths and possible omissions.

Four presentations

The participants listened to presentations by:

What can the Model Programme be used for?

Through interviews with the library managers from the three libraries that have completed design workshops facilitated by Signal Architects, and presentations from the Steering Committee's three library representatives, proposals were made as to how the Model Programme can be used.

Thematic workshops

The participants had the opportunity to participate in one of the following thematic tracks:

The library in the urban space: How do new libraries find their unique platform amidst a local culture offer? And how do you create linking spaces between the library and the town, which can contribute to a vibrant urban space, and which would ideally attract more visitors to the library?

The flexible library: Many users, many needs, loads of ideas, but limited m2 and resources.

The library at the multi-purpose culture centre: What are the library's core services in the multi-purpose culture centre – how is added value created in the community?

The library and young people: Danish libraries are finding it difficult to match older children and young people's needs with offers and attractive settings. What do young people think, and what do they want to use the library for?

Each thematic track started with a common inspiration presentation, after which participants divided into smaller table groups and continued a facilitated discussion.

All four themes attracted many participants, and enthusiastic discussions supplied important insight that the Model Programme will be able to use in the continued work.

Report from the four themes to follow.

15. Sep 2016 at. 13:21

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