Cycling For Libraries – Berlin Seminar

On Monday, June 6, 2011, the Berlin Seminar Cycling for Libraries: Shifting Traditions – Librarians on the move took place under the auspices of the Kooperativer Bibliotheksverbund Berlin Brandenburg. Cyclists and interested locals were cordially invited.

The conference was located is Zuse Institute in Berlin-Dahlem. The motto for this one-day seminar was the same as for the tour: Shifting Traditions – Librarians on the move. In the spirit of the BarCamp culture, on the one hand, topics that have already been discussed by participants while on the move will be elaborated, on the other hand, there was the possibility to register one’s own session spontaneously.

A framework programme with a keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Martin Grötschel (Zuse Institute) and impulse presentations by Dr. Robert Kaltenbrunner (Bundesinstitut für Bau, Stadt- und Raumforschung) and Lukas Koster (University of Amsterdam) finished off the conference.

After the conference, a first highlight of the “Berlin Package“ , a social evening for all, was scheduled

It tookplace at a location that could not be more appropriate in the context of changing traditions in librarianship and librarians that have embarked on the task of shaping the change- the old Tempelhof Airfield

Until 3 years ago this former airport premises used to be an inner-city airport with a long tradition connected to (West) Berlin have gradually been made available for new forms of use by the Berlin population since they have been opened for the public.

A cycling path in summer, a location for fashion shows, a well designed cross-country runners course in winter or the (planned) new site of the Zentral- & Landesbibliothek: at Tempelhof Airfield it becomes absolutely clear that the end of traditions may entail a lot of new beginnings.

With this in mind, the first “Berlin Day” with the “Travelling People” finished in a large circus tent with a barbecue, lots of music and beverages before getting up and starting the next morning with the bicycle advocacy ride to the Bibliothekartag.

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