October 16-18 Monterey Marriott
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

D103 - Innovation & Excellence in Libraries: Copenhagen & Ontario Models

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sanne Caft, Deputy Director, Copenhagen Public Libraries
Stephen Abram, Principal, Lighthouse Consulting, Inc. & & Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL)

Book-lending is declining, and there is a critical library bypass. When our position as a library is closely linked in the public eye to lending books, and librarians are on call in the physical library, we need to rethink the entire concept of what we do as library professionals and how we do it. While still maintaining that ever important library DNA, the Copenhagen Libraries are undergoing massive changes in both form and function, which calls for a radical new role for staff members, new targeted library services, increasing self-service, and a more digital mindset. The Copenhagen Model explains the why, the how, and the what in a strategic and practical turnaround of the libraries. It shares tips for other libraries in other countries to use in their communities. Abram then shares the “better together” strategy used by Ontario Public Libraries and its three representative associations to increase funding, develop stronger ties to decision makers, and share the tasks for library success province-wide. Get tips for building your support team and lots more!

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