Posts Tagged ‘Libraries’

Hug a librarian day!

March 1, 2013

RIMG0006Today we´re celebrating Hug a librarian day by giving our librarian and desk officer David Nygård a huge hug.

How many hugs have you received so far, David?
Two actually! One related to the day and one that I forced my son to give me.

As a librarian, do you think the demands have changed over time?
I haven’t worked in the field that long, but I believe libraries face new challenges all the time. Right now for example how to include groups like young LGBTQ persons, and how to handle and value new digital formats and forms of expression, like computer games.

What characters should a really good librarian possess?
Endurance, helpfulness and a mind so open it’s almost ridiculous.

How do we make libraries a cool place to visit for youths today?
I’m not sure it’s important that it is considered a cool place. I think it also can function as a resort if you don’t feel cool at all. But it should always be a welcoming place, no matter who you are or what you are looking for.

Just in case someone wants to hug you later on today, where can you be found?
Try to catch me at the Stockholm Metro on my way between the ALMA office and my sons preschool around 16:00.

Philip Pullman says: Leave the libraries alone

January 28, 2011

Last Thursday, Philip Pullman (winner of the 2005 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award) spoke out passionately against the budget cuts facing public libraries in the UK. His entire inspiring speech can be read here!