Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Makin' Stories: From New York to Monterey and Now to D.C., Dutch Crew Documents Best '2.0' Practices in U.S. Libraries

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Makin' Stories: From New York to Monterey and Now to D.C., Dutch Crew Documents Best '2.0' Practices in U.S. Libraries

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[Their trip would take them 5,000 miles up, down, and across the United States, documenting what libraries are doing with Web. 2.0 technologies. Along the way these representatives of the Delft (the Netherlands) Public Library Concept Center captured some priceless moments. Video highlights of their 'Shanachie Tour'last fall will be presented in a keynote at the Computers in Libraries conference next month.

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Jaap van de Geer, Erik Boekesteijn, Michael Stephens, and Geert van den Boogaard (left to right). The Dutch toured the U.S. last fall, interviewing librarians about how they are revitalizing their libraries. In the process of touring the nation, they also managed in their documentary footage to capture a portrait of the United States ... set against a pretty powerful backbeat.

In coming to the United States to explore innovation in libraries, Jaap, Geert, and Erik adopted the Shanachie as their mascot. The guitar that accompanied them on their trip was appropriately inscribed with words that should resonate with all librarians: 'Keep Stories, Tell Stories, Make Stories. 'And that they ddin their video diary and blog of the trip (http://wordpress.shana chietour.com).

A very memorable clip from the Shanachie Tour was Erik's interview with Paul Holdengraber, director of public programs, NY Public Library (NYPL), who quips, We have two lions in front of this building, Patience and Fortitude; my job is to make them roar.' He spoke of turning the stately edifice into a library without walls. He wants to make people realize, It's exciting and sexy to think. …

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