At present (June 2015) on this blog we (Finnish Mikael Böök and Norwegian Anders Ericson) cover a small handful of library related topics, but all very important:
First of all Anders follows up his own concept The Library Takes up the Case (LTC). An LTC-page on a library web site is meant to give more availability and more democracy in debates and issues where the information to the public is insufficient and where it is unbalanced; typically where neither the local authority web site nor the local press offer balanced coverage of a controversial development program with consequences for a community.
Secondly Anders tries to cover the ongoing process of the new Norwegian «debate library», originating from the revision of the Norwegian Library Law of 2014 and its brand new expression of §1: «The public libraries should serve as an independent meeting place and arena for public dialogue and debate» . The most radical word here is «independent», which here widens the chief librarian’s authority from media selection to organizing debates. The Norwegian Minister of Culture has stated that «The chief librarians themselves choose and prioritize how they will achieve the goals of the new mission statement […] the library manager should be free to plan activities at a public library. The library management […] will assume a role like the one of an editor».
Mikael joined the blog earlier this year and will emphasize on more strategic and philsophical aspects of the Internet and librarianship. He has coined the phrase «Library Power» and promotes the idea of the library as a Fourth branch of state power. See his writings in English at the bottom of the entrance to his website.
We also share and comment on news, books, conferences etc. on «critical librarianship». Define this as wide as you like…
Our blogposts in English:
- WikiLeaks, Or How the Sad Story of Librarians’ Uncritical Attitude Toward Governmental Information Continues (July 28, 2015)
- The Sad Story of Librarians’ Uncritical Attitude Toward Governmental Information (July 24, 2015)
- The Monroeville HOT TOPICS – Far From Just Another Link Collection (July 21, 2015)
- The Public Library – The Research Centre of the People (July 15, 2015)
- How a Public Library Can Improve Public Participation and Democracy (July 2, 2015)
- The Independent DEBATE LIBRARY is Born! (Nov 24, 2014)