October 31, 2014

This Week in Libraries: Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer, founders of TWIL

The story behind TWIL. The most interesting libraries around the world. Fanmail and the potential of podcasting. This and much more in this week’s episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation! thisweekinlibraries.com

Dear Subscribers and Viewers,

We have come to episode 100 of This Week in Libraries, and for this special episode we are back at DOK, the famous Library Concept Center in Delft the Netherlands.

In the previous episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with David Dewane, Founder/Executive Director of Librii.

In this episode, after 99 guests it is time to turn the tables and sit in the hot seat ourselves, so we asked the great Stuart Hamilton, director, policy and advocacy at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), to interview us. Stuart, together with Gene Tan, director of the National Library of Singapore, is the only guest who has been on the show twice, and it is an honor to have him back on the show as a presenter.

During this episode we talk with Stuart about the story behind TWIL and where the idea of a library video podcast came from. We talk about our travels in search of best practices on the ShanachieTours  and the most interesting libraries around the world. But of course we also talk about the importance of sharing knowledge and the need for “global reach and local touch,” as Barbara Ford of the Mortenson Centre once put it. The combination with our work for Doklab, the idea of an Extreme Library Makeover, reactions to the show, and how it has changed people’s views—or not—and more in this episode of TWIL: your regular dose of library innovation!
Enjoy, and see you next episode of This Week in Libraries.

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The National Library of the Netherlands (KB)
The Dutch Library Association (VOB)
The Public Library of Amsterdam (OBA)

 

 

This Week in Libraries About This Week in Libraries

Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer are library innovators with a worldwide following. In 2007, they began a video project called Shanachie Tour, where they travel the globe to learn about and share library best practices. In 2008, they published a ShanachieTour book (tinyurl.com/shanachie). In 2009, they were the first Europeans to be named Movers and Shakers by Library Journal. In 2010, they co-founded Shanachie Media and were the first to start an online video talk show, called This Week in Libraries (www.ThisWeekInLibraries.com). In 2012, they co-founded Doklab, a private innovation consultancy that focuses on storytelling to connect people to collections (www.doklab.nl/en).
Previously, Erik and Jaap worked for DOK, the library concept center in Delft, the Netherlands (www.dok.info). DOK's unique community space and open-minded attitude toward innovation has won many awards, making it a well-known example of a 21st-century library. Erik, a communications specialist, first worked in the marketing and communication department, then in the innovation department. Jaap, a librarian by degree, built an ILS from scratch (called Clientrix), then was head of the science and innovation department. You can email them at thisweekinlibraries@gmail.com.

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