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Nicole Klug
Emerging International Voices

A Munich-based librarian who loves discovering new grounds in the digital and physical world.

Nicole Klug © Studioline Photography What’s a library to you?

Especially the public library is no longer defined by the number of books it has on its shelves, but rather it is now about being a living space for the community. Libraries must adapt to the needs and expectations of modern society, which includes offering digital resources and up-to-date skills development opportunities. More than ever libraries should listen to the needs of the public and doing whatever they can to accommodate them.

What’s the single most essential thing you need in your everyday work?

The most important thing for me is our team here and the daily communication between us (preferably over a cup of coffee) about important tasks and news.

What was the most memorable experience you ever had in a library?

Libraries were the only way to keep up with my reading habit. I discovered a lot of romances here that I still remember well. There our city librarian told me all about her work and I was so fascinated by her passion for the library and for what it stands for. I always remember this speech as long as I visit the small city library in my home town.

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Nicole Klug - Emerging International Voices for Library Advocacy. The Goethe-Institut Programme with IFLA Goethe-Institut | created with Canva | CC BY 4.0

Statement on digital libraries
Libraries are essential to the recovery of the community

When we speak of digital services for libraries, we cannot expect everyone working in a public library to know what is meant. There are so many ways for libraries to develop their individual digital portfolios that it is all too easy to lose sight of the needs of the communities they serve.

Nicole Klug - Emerging International Voices for Library Advocacy. The Goethe-Institut Programme with IFLA Goethe-Institut | created with Canva | CC BY 4.0

Is there a recipe for a successful digital library?
The most frequented cultural institutions in Germany

Digitisation poses challenges for all libraries - and even more so for those in small towns and rural areas. But there are ways to meet these challenges.

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