Plugging TWIL

Apr 8th, 2010 Posted in news | 2 Comments »

This Week in Libraries is a new, weekly radio show by two of the three Shanachies – Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer. They broadcast (and shoot video) from the radio studio in the beautiful Amsterdam Public Library, a.k.a. OBA (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam). You can watch it each week on the TWIL site or on Vimeo. I’ve consistently found it interesting and engaging.

This Week in Libraries #4: Helene Blowers, Michael Stephens and David Lee King. from Jaap van de Geer on Vimeo.

Last week Erik and Jaap hosted David Lee King, Helene Blowers, and Michael Stephens, which meant that some of my favorite people were all together discussing innovation in libraries.

When the group was asked, “Will libraries be around in 30 years?” I kept shouting, “Of course, they will be, because communities will still be around in 30 years! Librarians will still be working with their communities to create connections!” My shouts eventually died down when they finally began discussing curating community content toward the end of the show. I’m excited about so many aspects of library and information management, but I am especially excited about public libraries taking on the role of collecting (and then sharing) stories from their community.

Take a look (and listen) to TWIL and especially to this one – my favorite episode so far. And let Jaap and Erik know what you think!