Katti Hoflin is head of the children?s department in the Culture House i
Room for children ? constant evolution: A library with a fully implemented children?s perspective calls for a world of new skills
I will surely speak about what skills are needed in a library of our time! Who is the visitor? What does he or she expect a library to be? Are we out of visitors? Why? Where are they? In “Room for Children”, my library, we have the opposite problem: too many visitors! Why? What is it that we have done right? I will stress two areas that are often overlooked in libraries.
1. The personal encounter. What kind of output should a library-worker have? Maybe some very unorthodox skills?
2. The environment: What is this room communicating? Is it a welcoming atmosphere?
In “Room for Children, we have made an effort to break the boundaries of a traditional library. This was truly a revolution and I will share our experiences of this attempt of developing and changing what a library is!