Bibliotek 2007 / Library 2007

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

Award winner

Short description of the project

Bibliotek 2007 is the story about how borrowers in the smallest municipality in Sweden got access to one of the largest book stocks in the country. It is also the story about how accessibility increased for borrowers in general and the disabled in particular.

Current status and future steps for the project

The EU funded project ended in March 2007 but the cooperation between the six municipalities continues. A common library system has been the mainstay with a joint catalogue and a single library card. Audioindex is a revolutionary aid for visually impaired. A new joint library web site is being developed with the following catchwords: Innovative = innovation geared to people’s needs, desires, behaviour. Intuitive = high accessibility and adapted to different target groups. Informative = provide answers to questions and offer services that are requested. Interactive = serves as a virtual meeting place, that is to say a place where people can log in and exchange views. is regarded by many as an answer to the Library 2.0 concept model.

Lessons learned

If there is a willingness to cooperate, then most of the problems will be resolved.

Award info
Award category: scarce resources
Award type: award
Award year: 2007
Project type
Sector: Education (higher and lower), training and learning
Type of activity: cooperation
Keywords: library, municipal cooperation
Short English description: a new library catalogue allows residents in a number of municipalities to access the largest book magazine
Further information
Organisation: City of Umeå
Other applicants:
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation:
Number of people involved:
Country: Sweden
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date: 2000/01/01
End date: 2007/12/31

Bibliotek 2007 / Library 2007 (56.047396, 12.732935)
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