Programme | National Library of Estonia


Tomorrow is T-Shaped: Work and Competencies in 21st Century Library
27 May

Moderator: Argo Kerb, Head of Communications and Marketing, National Library of Estonia 

11.00-11.15 Welcome - Janne Andresoo, Director General, National Library of Estonia 

11.15-11.45 Modalities of Reading, Learning, and Creativity in a Digital Society
Rainer Sternfelt, NordicNinja VC 

What would the labour market look like in the coming years and in more distant future, how should employers and employees prepare for the changes? What are the key work skills and jobs in the future and how would the growing role of AI reshape this landscape? What are the changes facing libraries? 

11.45-12.00 Questions-answers 

12.00-12.20 Current and upcoming perspectives for libraries and librarians
Dr. Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Mexico

What is a Library? One mission of libraries today and tomorrow is doubtlessly to make use of all technological innovations and increase access to collections; on the other hand libraries, in the reign of technology, should also contribute to keeping human contacts between people, to building and safeguarding communities. How can these roles be smoothly combined? 

12.20-12.30 Questions-answers 

12.30-12.50 Innovative and Creative Future Library
Erik Boekesteijn, Royal Library of the Netherlands 

Innovative and creative future library – what kind of employees would it need? Could a library teach its staff to be creative and innovative? 

12.50-13.00 Questions-answers 

13.00-13.45 Lunch 

13.45-14.05 Cooperation and e-Future
Ingibjörg Steinunn Sverrisdóttir, National and University Library of Iceland, Ágústa Pálsdóttir, University of Iceland 

Competencies required from librarians today and tomorrow in order to keep up with the needs and expectations of the society, their library, the users. 

14:05-14.25 Libraries in Latvia: competences, education, development
Agnese Pašāne, National Library of Latvia 

Offering training for the library network in Latvia. Client satisfaction and sustainability of the present training system. New initiatives, future plans. 

14.25-14.45 Future skills of librarians in labor and skills needs studies
Urve Mets, Kutsekoda 

Insight into the Estonian OSKA study of labour force and skills anticipation in the field of culture and creative industries. Overview of ICT skills in libraries on the basis of a study carried out in 2020. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on libraries. 

14.45-15.00 Questions-answers 

15:00-16:00 Discussion panel 

Opportunities offered by innovative technology, expectations of libraries in the future. 

Ott Velsberg – Ministry of  Economic Affairs and Communications 
Piret Hartman – Ministry of Culture 
Sirje Virkus – Tallinn University 
Asko Tamme – Tartu City Government 
Janne Andresoo – National Library of Estonia