Sonderheft des Scandinavian Public Library Quarterly über Bibliothek 2.0

In der letzten Ausgabe des Scandinavian Public Library Quarterly geht es (auf englisch) um soziale Netze und rund um die Bibliothek 2.0. Ein Artikel (“Interaction: Anything goes 2.0”, S. 6-9) ist von LibWorld-Autor Peter Alsbjer.

Das gesamte Magazin (PDF) kann man hier herunterladen.

[via Peter Alsbjer]

The LibWorld Cover Contest

After receiving overwhelming positive resonance from our readers and our LibWorld authors we would like to publish a book with updated LibWorld articles. And now we are searching for the ultimate LibWorld book cover!

When you are inspired by the idea of connecting global librarianship and maybe you are a bit talented in graphics: Make a book cover and send it to us. Deadline is 6th of July. We will make a public vote for the winner. And the winner wins the book cover. 😉


  1. The book (including the cover) will be published under a creative commons licence (
  2. Size: 15,24×22,86mm (6″ x 9″); Pixel: 1913 x 2925
  3. The Cover can be sent to us .PSD file or as .GIF file. We would appreciate to get both.
  4. The artwork should include:
    • The publisher’s name: Infobib
    • The book title: LibWorld – library blogging worldwide
  5. You can get more information at (where the book will be published)
  6. We welcome the use of Free/Libre Open Source Software. Please send a note if you use such software (for example GIMP or Scribus).
  7. Please send your artwork to
  8. Deadline: 6th of July

If you have questions and comments, please use the comment funktion beyond.

Libworld – USA

United States Library and Librarian Blogs

In recent years the blogosphere of the USA emerged as the most advanced worldwide.
In september 2007 the Online Education Database wanted to find out “which librarian bloggers have the biggest reach”. [1]
The result was clear: Twenty of the 25 biblioblogs with the biggest response came from the United States, four were Canadians and one from the Philippines.

We are pleased that Sarah Houghton-Jan accepted the challenge to make an overview of the wide biblioblogosphere of her country for our LibWorld series. Not an easy task to undertake!
„Libworld – USA“ weiterlesen

LibWorld – Switzerland II

This week our LibWorld journey stops once again in Switzerland. After Heidi Stieger introduced the German-speaking biblioblogosphere of Switzerland to us, Jean-Phillippe Accart continues with the frenchspeaking blogosphere. He is Head of Information and Public Services at the Swiss National Library, has always been very concerned by exchanging and sharing information with other library professional since 20 years. His own website has been created in 2003, and a new version relaunched in 2007. The same year, Archimag, a French professional magazine, has designated JP Accart as one of the five people that have mostly influenced the French-speaking library world. Among other books, the last one, “Le Métier de documentaliste”, is considered as a reference book in librarianship.
„LibWorld – Switzerland II“ weiterlesen

Libworld – Belgium

Belgium is a founding member of the European Union whose most important institutions are based in Belgium’s capital Brussels. [1]wikipedia The administrative structure of Belgium features a federal state with several regions: “the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north, with 58% of the population, and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia, inhabited by 32%. The Brussels-Capital Region, although officially bilingual, is a mostly French-speaking enclave within the Flemish and near the Walloon Region, and has 10% of the population. A small German-speaking community exists in eastern Wallonia.” [2]wikipedia

As our guest author today we welcome Laurent Meese from the Scientific Library of the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences in Brussels. His blog “Bibliothecaris in Blog” is accessible via
„Libworld – Belgium“ weiterlesen


Libworld – Peru

With about 28 million inhabitants Peru is the fourth most populous country in South America as of 2007 [1]Wikipedia . It has to deal with difficulties of a developing country: “43% of the population live under the poverty line” [2]Wikitravel . “Literacy was estimated at 88.9% in 2005; this rate is lower in rural areas (76.1%) than in urban areas (94.8%).” Although Primary and secondary education are compulsory and free in public schools [3]Wikipedia our guest author Eduardo Meza Valencia points out Peru’s problems concerning illiteracy.
You can reach Eduardo Meza Valencia’s own blog ‘Ciencias de la Información’ at
„Libworld – Peru“ weiterlesen


LibWorld and beyond: do we need global LibNews?

Our LibWorld project is growing and growing, and it seems to me, that the next step can be made. Blogging is about communication, so let’s communicate!

Idea: Bibliobloggers from all over the world are making news compilations every now and then, tagging them in a special way. English language as a scientific lingua franca would be first choice for such articles. Now, there are two ways to realize this:

Suggestion A: the manual approach
The article authors are tagging their articles in a social bookmarking tool. I would suggest bibsonomy, it’s much faster than But any service will do. If this is too much work, I would volunteer to do that for all. [1]As long as it’s not 20 articles per day! ;o) With manual tagging we would avoid a lot of spam.

Suggestion B: the automatic approach
Everybody tags those articles for himself. Let Technorati et al do the work of collecting. This would be vulnerable to spam.

How to tag?
The tags should follow strict rules. Are we librarians, or not? Maybe something like:

libnews_XY with XY=top level domain

That would be …

  • libnews_be for Belgium
  • libnews_fi for Finland
  • libnews_de for Germany
  • libnews_in for India
  • libnews_ru for Russia
  • libnews_us for USA …

… plus libnews as a general tag for all articles.

Example with Bibsonomy:
German tag. German feed.
Global tag. Global feed.

Example with Technorati:
All that technorati finds for libnews_de. Could take a while until this article is indexed.

By the way: Jemory had a similar idea, and Netbib (German) is discussing almost the same, too.

To answer my initial question: Do we need global LibNews? Yes. For me it’s just a question of how to do it.

Your comments, thoughts, suggestions, please!


1 As long as it’s not 20 articles per day! ;o)

Libworld – Japan

From Malawi we are jumping to Japan, the next stop of our Libworld tour. This issue is a cooperation of two bibliobloggers. Sho Sato, an undergraduate LIS student of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Tsukuba, wrote the main article. He is known in the Japanese biblioblogosphere as min2-fly. His blog is wonderfully named “Do Snails Dream of Electronic Library?”. The second contributor is known as katz3. He wrote the introductory part of this article. More details about their blogs can be found in the article.
„Libworld – Japan“ weiterlesen

Libworld – Malawi

Malawi is a state in South-East-Africa and it is one of the poorest countries in the world. The majority of the populace has to get by with less than 1 US Dollar per day. Since 1995 Malawi offers free primary school classes, so today nearly 80% of children in a school ready age attend classes. There are four universities in Malawi.

We are pleased to present you the first African article in our LibWorld series, it is written by Kondwani Wella. He is a Mathematics with Computer Science student at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and graduate in Mathematics Education (BEd) and Computer Science (Postgraduate Diploma) from University of Malawi.
His blog “This is Wella, K Speaking” is a forum for librarians and information professionals.
„Libworld – Malawi“ weiterlesen

LibWorld – Italy

This is the christmas edition of our LibWorld series. Our guest author today is Bonaria Biancu. She’s working as technologist in the Library of the University of Milano-Bicocca. She’s a widely known as an library 2.0 advocate. Consequently she blogs as The Geek Librarian and lets us participate in her speeches at slideshare. Bonaria Biancu introduces the Italian biblioblogosphere to us, which really looks like a very colorful one.
„LibWorld – Italy“ weiterlesen