- Lauersen (2021). Impact of public Libraries in Denmark: A Haven
- Peet, L. (2018). Rolf Hapel: Toward a Global Instruction and Practice
- Oodi (2019). Helsinki Central Library Oodi chosen as the best new public library in the world.
- Helsinki Invests in its People with a Library that Reinvents the Genre – This is Finland
- In Aarhus (Perhaps synthesize the professional literature about this innovative library? What steps did they take to plan it?…)
- The Model Programme for Public Libraries (What is it? Who originated it? Who is using it? How can libraries use it?)
- IFLA Trends Report (What is it? How does it align with other trends reports and our course?)
- IFLA Global Vision (What is it? How does it align our course?)
- Morehart, P. (2016). Moving beyond the ‘third place.‘
- Stephens, M. (2019). “Dream. Explore. Experiment.” in Wholehearted Librarianship, p. 60
- IFLA. (2015). Responding! Public Libraries and Refugees.
- EBLIDA. (2015). Public Libraries in Europe Welcome Refugees.
- Jagodina Public Library & AgroLib Ja Project
- Schwab, K. (2019). The library of the future is an 80 year-old converted train shed.
- The hospitable library of the future
- European Commission. (2020). DigComp at Work
“I had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of Competency O. For example, if a library provides Internet access and social media classes to a patron who goes on to be a vocal activist about the Syrian conflict, does that count as “contributing” to our global community? If we help to prepare patrons to be global citizens, we’re technically (though indirectly) influencing the world. What about simply looking at the way libraries outside of the United States serve their communities? Is that an example of a library helping their local community or our global community?
I grappled with these (and other) questions until I happened upon a short article in the SJSU SLIS Student Research Journal written by Melanie Sellar, the Librarian Without Borders executive co-director and the professor behind the International Librarianship (IL) course here at San Jose State. She was also the SJSU SLA Student Chapter’s guest speaker on competency O this past October. In her article, Sellar’s preferred conceptualization of the term “international librarianship” derives from J. Stephen Parker’s 1974 definition of it:”
International librarianship consists of activities carried out among or between governmental or non-governmental institutions, organizations, groups or individuals of two or more nations, to promote, establish, develop, maintain and evaluate library, documentation and allied services, and librarianship and the library profession generally, in any part of the world. (As cited in Sellar, 2016, emphasis in original)
* Adapted in part from #hyperlib student Ashton Vagnone