The Goethe-Institut Programme with IFLA Emerging International Voices
They are young, they are bold and they are connected – and they are the future of our libraries. 22 emerging international voices discuss the role of digital libraries – and digital technologies in libraries – in their countries.
The first session focused on what we mean when we talk about digital libraries. Paricipants explored the different ways in which digital tools can enhance existing library services, as well as making it possible to offer new ones. The focus was put on the process of creating digital libraries: how can we make sure that we create platforms that suit the users’ needs?
The seminar took place on 8th October 2020 with Partha Pratim Das (National Digital Library of India) and Katie Moffat (The Audience Agency).
Online Seminar Recording From a Physical to a Virtual Community Space: What is Possible?
Libraries are often seen as ‘third spaces’, or a key part of the ‘social infrastructure’ of the communities they serve. Much of this is based on the physical spaces they offer. We want participants to be able to explore the question of how increased use of digital tools – in particular remotely from the library – is likely to affect this aspect of libraries’ work. What do we know about how people interact with digital offerings, and how both to attract new users and keep those who are already there?
The seminar took place on the 15th October 2020 with Kathrin Schuster (Munich City Library) and Luke Swarthout (New York Public Library)
Online Seminar Recording Competitors, Comparators, Complements? Digital libraries and Internet Giants
There have been many obituaries written for libraries, and yet they remain stubbornly present and popular with communities. Nonetheless, the rise of commercial internet platforms, facilitating both access to information and other everyday activities, does oblige the field to think about how libraries prove their ongoing importance for society. We want participants in this session to explore questions around the purpose and value-added of libraries in a world of digital platforms, what we can learn, and where we can focus.
The seminar took place on the 22th October 2020 with Marie Ostergaard (Aarhus Central Library) and Harry Verwayen (Europeana)
They are young, they are bold and they are connected – and they are the future of our libraries. 22 emerging international voices discuss the role of digital libraries – and digital technologies in libraries – in their countries. Join the discussion and participate in a series of online seminars with the best experts in the field.
The three online seminars will take place on the 8th, 15th and 22nd October 2020 at 1PM - 2 PM CEST and will be open to the public. The seminars will be followed by a 45 minute masterclass with the speakers during which the participants of the Emerging International Voices Programme will have a chance to discuss the subject further. The outcomes of the project will be published on a platform goethe.de/EmergingInternationalVoices as well as IFLA website in the form of statements and articles by the participants as well as a collection of best practice examples of libraries worldwide engaging with their communities digitally.
„Emerging international voices“ is a joint project of the Goethe-Institut and IFLA. Its long-term purpose is to establish an international network of young individuals engaged in library advocacy in their countries. The participants had been chosen by the local Goethe-Institutes in an open call process.
In cooperation with
The libraries of the Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut’s network of 97 libraries in 70 countries offers worldwide access to over 800,000 media. Every day the libraries of the Goethe-Institut receive about 1,000 requests for information.