March 16, 2018

This Week in Libraries: David Dewane, Founder/Executive Director, Librii

Building self sustaining libraries in Africa, making use of fiber optic broadband. Finding a new Carnegie model and understanding new information needs. This and much more in this week’s episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation!

TWIL #99: David Dewane (Founder/Executive Director Librii) from Jaap van de Geer on Vimeo.

Dear Subscribers and Viewers:

For episode 99 we are back at DOK, the famous Library Concept Center in Delft, the Netherlands.

In the last episode we had the pleasure of talking to Dan Cohen, Director of DPLA ( Digital Public Library of America ) about DPLA, copyright, free access, and business models, and on how to bring a vast—and still rapidly growing—digital collection to the users.

In episode 99 we take you from America to Africa, and to another great project that brings library services, both digital and physical, to the fast developing continent.

During the show we talk with David Dewane about his Librii project, by which he seeks to built libraries in Ghana. David is an architect with Gensler and a visiting professor at Catholic University in Washington, DC. In 2010 he founded Librii with seed funding from the World Bank Institute. We talk about the challenges of building self-sustaining libraries in Africa and making use of fiber optic broadband, but also about finding a new Carnegie model and understanding new information needs. David raised money and awareness through Kickstarter, a method of crowdfunding that could work very well for more library projects.This and much more in this week’s episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation!

Enjoy, and see you next episode of This Week in Libraries!

Jaap and Erik

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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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