Librarians Top 20 for 20/20

In autumn 2002 a group of 10 older librarians, accompanied by 10 of their younger peers, gathered together to discuss how our world and libraries would look like in the year 2020.

Some of the participants:

  1. Hans Jansen and …
  2. Frans Meijer and …
  3. Marco de Niet and …
  4. Jan Vanenbergh and …
  5. Leo Voogt and …
  6. Michel Wesseling and …

At the end of the event we put together a top 20, that I list below. Is it still relevant?

Please find the playlist of most numbers on Spotify.

  1. I will survive
    Gloria Gaynor
    Needs no comments!
  2. Ik ben gelukkig zonder jou (I am happy without you)
    Conny van den Bosch
    continuous changes towards more access in stead of ownership of collections (from just-in-case to just-in-time)
  3. Somewhere under the rainbow
    Judy Garland
    Geographical location of the user and place where information resides become less important
  4. Ja, de deur staat altijd open (Yes the door is always open)
    Hanny en de Rekels
    ICT makes the 24/24 library a reality
  5. How the web was woven
    Elvis Presley
    Online will become the dominant manner to produce, distribute and work with information
  6. They can’t take that away from me
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Basic human rights discussion, right to free access to information, information exchange, opinions, privacy, filtering
  7. Ik ben blij dat ik je niet vergeten ben (I’m glad I have not forgotten you)
    Joost Nuissl
    The physical library continues to play an important role: preservation, management
  8. Ben ik te min (Am I to … )
    A continuous preoccupation with the image and state of the profession works out negatively
  9. Kirjasto on siinä… (The library is … ; song to celebrate 200 ears of public libraries in Finland)
    Jukka Hynninen
    globalisation, internationalisation, European legislation
  10. Bridge over troubled water
    Simon and Garfunkel
    societal importance of libraries (social cohesion, communities)
  11. Ik heb geen zin om op te staan (I don’t wanna get out of bed)
    facilitating life-long-learning requires professional and motivated library staff
  12. To know you, is to love you
    B.B. King
    importance of public relations and marketing: (public) libraries are crucial for society, but we need to convince stakeholders about our impact
  13. Money, money, money
    financing, local, state and governmental; commercial sector
  14. Bring it on home to me
    Van Morrison
    key role in facilitating and supporting the individual search behavior en information  usage of patrons (desktop as thé access point to electronic information)
  15. House for sale
    role and importance of the physical library changes – between Kulturhus and the virtual library
  16. All shook up
    Carl Perkins
    conparadox of change being the onlystant
  17. Ain’t that a shame
    Fats Domino
    information gap between the global North and South remains, but thanks to ICT and alternative publishing models bridges seem possible
  18. With a little help of my friends
    Joe Cocker
    Importance if local, regional, national and international cooperation should not be underestimated
  19. Better be good to me
    Tina Turner
    customer oriented and service ethics must dominate our vision and mission
  20. Ik heb eerbied voor jouw grijze haren (I respect your grey hairs)
    Gert en Hermien
    social demographic development, stake holder policies, senior marketing, changes of studentpopulation

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