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LIS International Summer School 2017

Designing the Future of Libraries, Learning and Information
24 - 29 July 2017 at Stuttgart Media University, Germany
Target Group: Information professionals, students HdM and other Universities (national/international)

Seminar 1: Socially committed, innovative, accessible to all: Libraries of the Future contribute to the United Nations Agenda 2030
Lecturer: Prof. Cornelia Vonhof, Stuttgart Media University (Germany)
Lecturer: Barbara Schleihagen, Executive Director of the German Library Association (dbv)
24 - 26 July 2017
Language: English
Credits: 4 ETCS
Start: Monday, 24 July 2017, 9:00 h, Room S103, Nobelstr. 10a

Contents: The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) spanning economic, environmental and social development. They lay out a plan for all countries to engage actively in making our world better for its people, with no-one left behind. Libraries are key institutions for achieving the goals.

    The purpose of this course is to
  • to raise awareness of the imperative to make libraries visible as contributors to the UN SDGs
  • to build practical skills of LIS students to show how libraries can prove their impact on the UN SDGs
  • to build an understanding of the need for advocacy and the ability to develop an advocacy plan and condense this in a how-to-manual

Seminar 2: Open Source Library Information Systems
Lecturer: Prof. Magnus Pfeffer, Stuttgart Media University (Germany)
24 - 26 July 2017
Language: English
Credits: 4 ETCS
Start: Monday, 24 July 2017, 9:00 h, Room S102, Nobelstr. 10a
Contents: Library information systems are the core software that automates almost all processes in a modern library. The seminar offers an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience with the installation and configuration of an open source library information system. In small groups they will setup the software to support all typical processes of library workflows: acquisition, cataloguing and circulation as well as the OPAC search functions. They will discuss possible strategies for migration from legacy systems to an open source solution. The seminar includes an outlook on licensing and support options for open source software and current modes of deployment on cloud infrastructure.

Seminar 4: Learning from Arjen Robben; or, developing new library applications
Lecturer: Rob Bruijnzeels, Ministry of Imagination, The Netherlands
27 - 29 July 2017
Language: English
Credits: 4 ETCS
Start: Thursday, 27 July 2017, 9:00 h, Room S102, Nobelstr. 10a
Contents: Libraries are places of learning. They strive to enrich, empower and inspire people in order to support their full participation in society. But what if our fast changing society requires people to develop new competencies, such as creativity, empathy, collaboration and big-picture thinking? Current processes of the library are still primarily aimed at providing and improving access to information produced by others. Although of great importance, these "passive" processes do not actively stimulate people to share knowledge and insights or to engage in conversations. To survive and thrive the library needs to aim for a more active role in people’s lives and in the communities that surround them. But how can this be done? And what would be the effect on the collection and the library space? A new primary process is needed that continuously leads to the creation of new knowledge and insights. But: to start working with this new process (or "operating system") a set of new work forms "applications" is needed. Together the applications form a kind of directive for all activities that take place in the library.

Seminar 5: Conception and design of a Teaching Library
Lecturer: Dr. Wilfried Sühl-Strohmenger
27 - 29 July 2017
Language: English
Credits: 4 ETCS
Start: Thursday, 27 July 2017, 9:00 h, Room S103, Nobelstr. 10a
Contents: Participants learn about the educational objectives of the Teaching Library at university, at school and in other educational institutions. They develop and formulate appropriate goals for teaching libraries. The content spectrum of the training courses and of the courses for the promotion of information literacy is elaborated. The participants reflect and discuss the organizational and structural aspects of the Teaching Library and learn about the requirements, competences and the roles of "Teaching Librarians". The design of learning environments completes the course.

Seminar 6: English for Librarians
Lecturer: Rachel Bull
27 - 29 July 2017
Language: English
Credits: 4 ETCS
Start: Thursday, 27 July 2017, 9:00 h, Room S202, Nobelstr. 10a
Contents: Lecture, video clips, games, talking about your own experiences, example dialogues, unscripted role-play in small groups. The main focus is on spoken communication. Assesssment will be an oral exam in the form of a partner role play during the last course session. The results will be made available in the winter semester. The course is aimed at participants with a CEFR level of B1-B2.
Learning outcomes:

  • increased self-confidence when dealing with English-speaking library users
  • ability to use a broader range of specialist vocabulary for the library
  • improved communicative competence: strategies for dealing with communication difficulties with both 'native speakers' and 'non-native speakers'.

Magnus Pfeffer

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