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LIS International Summer School 2018

Socially committed, innovative, accessible to all: Libraries of the future contribute to the United Nations Agenda 2030


Seminar 1: Lobbying and Advocacy: How to promote libraries by changing the world in partnership

23 - 25 July 2018
Lecturer: Barbara Schleihagen, Executive Director of the German Library Association (dbv)
Language: English
Start: Monday, 23 July, 9:00 h, Building Nobelstraße 8 (the curved building), Room i236 (second floor)

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 and LIS practicioners to show how libraries can prove their impact on the UN SDGs
  • to build an understanding of the need for lobbying and advocacy and the ability to develop an advocacy plan and condense this in a how-to-manual.

Seminar 2: New ways of learning in a digital society: Open Educational Resources.

23 - 25 July 2018
Lecturer: Dr. Jürgen Plieninger
Lecturer: Gabriele Fahrenkrog
Language: English
Start: Monday, 23 July, 9:00 h, Building Nobelstraße 8 (the curved building), Room i234 (second floor)

Our ways of informal learning are changing. Open Educational Resources like MOOCs, YouTube, Wikipedia and many other formats change the ways of self-determined learning. But also the way of creating knowledge is changing. Everyone can contribute with their special knowledge to make more information widely and openly available. Wikipedia and Citizen Science are new ways of crowd-based production of knowledge.

  • How can libraries support these new forms of learning and of creating knowledge?
  • How can they become advocates for openness?
  • How can they assist the creators of open knowledge?
  • How can they help that people to acquire the skills to become creators of knowledge?
We communicate this through lectures, discussions, working groups and practice this with exercises and the creation of examples, which should be oriented as far as possible to your practice.


Seminar 3: Re-design the library!

26 - 28 July 2018
Lecturer: Rob Bruijnzeels, Ministry of Imagination, The Netherlands
Language: English
Start: Thursday, 26 July, 9:00 h, Building Nobelstraße 8 (the curved building), Room i234 (second floor)

In a sustainable community values like inclusion, participation, mutual understanding and collective insight are crucial. Such a sustainable community requires people to develop new competencies like 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. So we need to think about a library that aims for a more active role in people’s lives and in the communities that surround them. A library that strives to enrich, empower and inspire people in order to support their full participation in society. But how can this be done? And what would be the effect on the collection and the library space? All public libraries face the same challenge: they need to rethink and rework their processes, spaces and strategies to promote deeper understanding of their collections, greater interactivity and a more meaningful range of activities. Libraries need to tap into the collective insight of people and allow their activities and knowledge to become part of the library. In this seminar we want to investigate the backgrounds of new library concepts and the way we put this into practice.


Seminar 4: Open Data and Open Government

26 - 28 July 2018
Lecturer: Philipp Zumstein
Lecturer: Oliver Rack
Language: English
Start: Thursday, 26 July, 9:00 h, Building Nobelstraße 8 (the curved building), Room i236 (second floor)

Open Data is data that everyone can access, use or share and Open Data increasingly plays a role for achieving the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The main obstacles to overcome in order to open data are legal and technical barriers, which will not allow reuse or make it on a technical level really hard because of the lack of interoperability.
We see three main areas for Open Data:

  • Open Government Data
  • Open Data as part of Open Science
  • Open Cultural Data (e.g. catalog data, scans with OCRed texts, images)

We will cover all three areas and discuss motivation for individual players especially libraries or GLAM institutions (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) to produce Open Data as well as possible drawbacks. As a practical part we will look closer at the collaborative knowledge base Wikidata and make hands-on exercises about contributing as well as reusing data there.


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