Linda Freybergis a library and information scientist as well as an art historian. Currently she is working on a doctoral thesis with the title "Iconicity in Information" which deals with the iconic dimension and visualization of digital knowledge organization systems, in particular of cultural heritage databases. She is a PhD researcher at the Doctoral Research Group Knowledge Culture/ Digital Media at Leuphana University in Lüneburg and holds a scholarship at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam (FH Potsdam). There she is an affiliated member of the Urban Complexity Lab and is currently coordinating a project regarding the "Open Access Strategy for Brandenburg". She is a lecturer at FH Potsdam and TH Köln with the focus on Augmented Reality in libraries and the concept "Smart Libraries" and is currently working on a book project on "Smart Libraries" with Sabine Wolf.
Barbara Zoé Kiolbassa M.A.is a research associate at the ZKM | Centre for Arts and Media. She is part of the amazing ZKM | Museum Communication team, focusing on art education, media art, guided tours and projects based on current ZKM exhibitions. She studied History, Art History and Media Studies in the beautiful little city of Tübingen and spent one year close to the Mediterranean at the Université de Provence. She has since worked for the Hafnarhús Art Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland, the GENERATE!° Festival for Electronic Arts in Tübingen, Germany, given guided tours at the Art Basel, Switzerland, and participated in the 2018 re:publica, Berlin, Germany.
Fanny Kranz M.A.works as a researcher, art educator and designer for different cultural institutions in Karlsruhe, Germany. Currently she is a research associate in the field of visual art at the department of architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She studied cultural design, art theory, communication- and exhibition design at the FH Schwäbisch Hall, the School of Arts Loughborough (GB) and the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. In 2012 she was a founding member of fortda as an institutionally independent platform for art education in public space.
Tracy RiemerSince 2007 Tracy Riemer has worked in various positions at the Cologne Public Library, which was named Germany's 2015 Library of the Year. She started her career there while pursuing a degree as a Library Assistant and obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Library Science in 2014. She completed numerous internships during this time, including one at the Yarra Plenty Regional Library in Melbourne, Australia.
She currently serves as a librarian in the Music, Media, and Makerspace Department, as well as the School Services and Outreach Department. She is responsible for the creation and execution of library education programs for students in middle and high school and also conducts intercultural library tours for students taking part in integration and German as a second language classes. She is in charge of the Library's Google Expeditions program and is involved in several gaming and virtual-reality-related project teams.
An active member of the German Library Association (Berufsverband Information Bibliothek / BIB), she serves on the Marketing and Communications Committee.
Dr. Richard StangProf. Dr. Richard Stang, graduate pedagogue / graduate sociologist, is professor for media science in the faculty "information and communication" in the study course "information science" of the university of the media Stuttgart (HdM). He leads together with Prof. Dr. med. Frank Thissen the Learning Research Center of the HdM (www.learning-research.center). Until 2006 he worked at the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) in Bonn. Main areas of work are u. a. Learning worlds, educational and cultural centers, learning architecture, media development, media education and innovation research. He is currently leading research projects on the development of educational and cultural centers and the learning world university. He advises municipalities and institutions (libraries, community colleges, etc.) in the design of learning spaces and cooperative structures. He publishes the series "Lernwelten" at De Gruyter-Verlag. In 2018 he received the award "Zukunftsgestalter in Bibliotheken".
Tomáš Štefekis a qualified librarian and service designer, who has worked in public libraries in various functions for 15 years. He focused on education and PR, while studying master degree in "Information Studies and Librarianship" of the Masaryk University in Brno. After getting familiar with design thinking principles, process and methods, he started to work this way, and after another few years started helping other libraries to grow and get better by showing them a way to do so. Now he is social innovation designer at Brno University, being responsible for design thinking education and activities and a an "incubating" process for libraries interested in social innovations and community services. In a spare time he is a "local information-buddy" for people of his little village.
Dr. Hannelore Vogtis the director of the Cologne Public Library since 2008, one of the biggest library systems in Germany. Before that she was head of the Würzburg City Library which has been the winner in the national library ranking (BIX) four times in row and was elected "Library of the Year". 2015 Cologne City Library was elected "Library of the Year" as best library in Germany and in 2016 Hannelorer Vogt was awarded with the Cologne Cultural Award as "Cultural Manager of the Year".
She is a member of the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Standing Committee, a longtime chair of the Advisory Board "Information and Library" of the Goethe Institute and worked as a Strategic Advisor and Reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Global Libraries, Global Development). Apart from having a degree in Librarianship, she also has a PhD in Cultural Management in the field of library marketing.
She is a consultant for library management worldwide and has many publications to her credit in the field of customer orientation, innovative services and library management.
Sabine WolfDiploma-Librarian, Coach for Communication and Behaviour. Administrator of the subject education and further education for the libraries of the district Berlin-Mitte. Initiator of the mylibrARy-project.
Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam about Library Technology, AR in Libraries and Smart Libraries; at the University of Technology, Arts and Sciences, Cologne,
about Smart libraries
(together with Linda Freyberg). Furthermore courses about Design Thinking, team building, communication and presentation. Several articles about libraries
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