Nordic Libraries Annual is an annual conference looking at topical issues in public libraries and library development. The next Nordic Libraries Annual will be held online on November 2, 2023. The conference will examine the self-service use of libraries. The web conference is organized by the Regional State Administrative Agencies in Finland (AVI). It will be streamed by Kirjastokaista (Library Channel). You are very welcome to join in!
What happens when customers have the freedom to decide how and when they use library services? Self-service means inclusion, community and ownership of the spaces, but also permissiveness and trust. It requires practical solutions, safety and tolerance, as well as adaptation of personnel and patrons. The customers’ self-service also affects the professional identity of the library personnel.
What can self-service libraries offer users? What does the freedom of self-realization mean and do we have limits for it? What does the library space allow and enable for independent use with others? What interesting examples can be found in Nordic libraries?
The conference is related to the report on self-service libraries in Finland, which was published in June 2023. The report is available in Finnish (.pdf), Swedish (.pdf) and in abbreviated version in English (.pdf).
The conference is organized by the Regional State Administrative Agencies in Finland in collaboration with Kirjastokaista (Library Channel) and Espoo City Library. The conference is funded by the Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture. This year’s conference will be streamed from Espoo’s new Lippulaiva Library.
Kirjastokaista (Library Channel) has co-operated with the Regional State Administrative Agencies in Finland (AVI) for many years and we’ll take care of the livestream this year also. You are very welcome to join in!
Library Channel LIVE
A two-day webinar “Nordic Libraries Annual: Towards Sustainable Futures” was organized for the first time on the 5th and 6th of November 2020.
All the videos from the NLA 2020 conference
In 2021 the conference was organized online from the 3rd to 4th of November, and the focus was on libraries as well as democracy.
All the videos from the NLA 2021 conference
In 2022 the conference was organized 2nd to 3rd of November in Helsinki, at the Central Library Oodi, and the focus was “Literacy, Libraries and The Civil Society”.
All the videos from the NLA 2022 conference
Nordic Libraries Annual, program
Regional State Administrative Agencies in Finland (AVI) website
More presentations in English on Kirjastokaista (Library Channel)
– Susanne Ahlroth and Riitta Taarasti, 6th October 2023 –