September 22, 2017

This Week in Libraries: Cycling for Libraries (Jukka Pennanen & Mace Ojala)

Deconstructing the conference model, worries about the future of innovation in libraries and investing social energy. This and much more in this week’s episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation!

TWIL #101: Cyling for Libraries (Jukka Pennanen & Mace Ojala) from Jaap van de Geer on Vimeo.

Dear Subscribers and Viewers,

Episode 101 is recorded in front of the TUDelft Library, one of the most beautiful University Libraries in the world. In this episode we talk with some good friends and colleagues from Finland, who for the third time have managed to accomplish an extraordinary get together of librarians around the world. Jukka Pennanen and Mace Ojala are the proud owners of the idea of an international unconference on wheels known as Cycling for Libraries. This year the group of more than 100 librarians cycled 400km in the Netherlands and Belgium from Amsterdam, to The Hague to Delft, Gent, and the European Parliament in Brussels. The idea behind this trip is to get librarians out of their libraries and offices and away from powerpoint presentations and to come to new ideas in a more engaging, productive, innovative way, which is a lot more fun.

During the show we talk about deconstructing the conference model, worries about the future of innovation in libraries and investing social energy. We also talk about plans for next year and how the guys find the time and energy to make this all happen.

This and much more in this week’s episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation!
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The Public Library of Amsterdam (OBA)

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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 ( 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 ( In 2012, they co-founded Doklab, a private innovation consultancy that focuses on storytelling to connect people to collections (
Previously, Erik and Jaap worked for DOK, the library concept center in Delft, the Netherlands ( 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

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