Libraries in Networks Creating Participating Co operating How to arouse curiosity Pedagogical co operation and ideas at libraries Elina Harju Tampere City Library Pirkanmaa Regional Library Tampere F

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Libraries in Networks Creating Participating Co operating How to arouse curiosity Pedagogical co operation and ideas at libraries Elina Harju Tampere City Library Pirkanmaa Regional Library Tampere F

Pedagogical skills and tools are the magic words that open the locks and arouse curiosity This paper sums up some of the pedagogical ideas that have been tried out at Tampere City Library Finland Very often co operation adds value and gives new pers

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Libraries in Networks: Creating, Participating, Co operating How to arouse curiosity? Pedagogical co operation and ideas at libraries Elina Harju Tampere City Library Pirkanmaa Regional Library Tampere, Finland Abstract The library is a treasure chest. Pedagogical skills and tools are the magic words that open the locks and arouse curiosity. This paper sums up some of the pedagogical ideas that have been tried out at Tampere City Library, Finland. Very often, co operation adds value and gives new perspectives. The Netti Nysse Internet bus is a pedagogical experi ment in itself

and a result of extensive co operation. The Photo marathon, Digital stories, Human Library, Treasure maps, Complaints choir and Book statues are examples of educational and fun ways of working together. The principles of co operative learnin g are a good basis for training at libraries. Libraries and learning In the Nordic countries, libraries have always been connected to learning. In these countries, libraries are part of lifelong learning, part of non formal adult education traditions. Trad itionally, non formal education (folkeoplysning in Danish, fri folkbildning in Swedish) has had a

specific pedagogical approach. It focuses on community, dialog and interaction. It depends greatly on the willingness of the people to learn and on their hung er for knowledge and skills, but also on the joy of learning. What do libraries do for learning? We have our collections and we help to teach people how to find the right materials. That is significant and so important. We answer the questions people ask; often we can be pedagogically a bit passive and traditional. We rely on pedagogical practices of classroom teaching; we are even on the free side of education, on the non formal side.

One reason for that is that we have no experience of anything else. We need partners and pedagogical knowledge. We could link our subjects more closely to life, challenge people to find good questions, offer different viewpoints, arouse curiosity, let people do and share. Let them be inspired and surprised. One of our mai n jobs could be to encourage people to ask questions. Half of the learning is already done, when a good question is put forward. Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers , said Voltaire Libraries could work more closely with cultural, com munity, business

participants and offer our customers different kinds of learning possibilities. At Tampere City Library, we have tried different ideas. We are happy to share some of them. The heaviest and the most yellow mobile service the Netti Nysse I nternet bus as an example of co operation and pedagogical goals
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It began as a question, how could we help people get started with computers and the Internet? It was January 2000. We had access to an old articulated bus belonging to the city public transpo rt

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1\VVHVSXUSRVHLVWRHQFRXUDJHDQGJXLGHSHRSOHWROHDUQDERXWFRPSXWHUVDQGWKH Internet . It is a place where people can go to discover how information technology can be useful and also fun as part of their everyday lives. Netti Nysse also provides new models and solutions for instruction in the basic information technology skills. It has ser ved as a door opener to the information society for over 10 years. Netti Nysse is a name specific to the Tampere dialect and maybe sounds a bit of an odd

name for an internet bus. The laid back name and colorful appearance are a deliberate attempt to dispe l the mystery surrounding the information society and to lower the threshold to access it. Image is significant. The most important thing, however, is for the same policy to be continued and for patrons to have positive learning experiences and to believe in themselves as computer users. You can receive instruction at Netti Nysse when you are part of a group of 7 10 people who are eager to learn and sign up for a course at the Netti Nysse office. The group can be from an organization,

neighbors, acquaintan ces, anyone. Coming as part of your own group creates a sense of security and the group leaders handle the task of communication. Organizations and associations have been active users of Netti Nysse. Netti Nysse also arranges open groups allowing individua ls to enroll. Basic instruction is free for Tampere organizations and for private individuals residing in Tampere. Our patrons have done a splendid job in marketing our service. This is another example of good quality work. Feedback from patrons has been e xcellent. The free, doorstep service and, above all, the

professional skills of our instructors are appreciated. There are four employees working on Netti Nysse who are customer service professionals. They possess the skills to explain things in a user fri endly way and in plain language. The good sense of humor and patience of the instructors and their ability to create a relaxed atmosphere are vitally important in the face of this new and perhaps intimidating topic. In the early days, patrons were curious about the colorful bus, but it does not travel far. Our job has been to arouse curiosity in what the Internet holds. Give them hints to find

ways to use and enjoy information technology in their everyday lives. The Netti Nysse Internet bus has also been an active partner at many kinds of occasions and events. Together with different cultural and business participants, we have organized things like outdoor movies, photo marathons and multimedia art exhibitions.
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Photo Interne tbus Netti Nysse Photo marathon combines words and places Photo marathon provides a set time and specific themes for photos. We have organized three hour photo marathons. The theme of one marathon was local poetry and the photos depicted verses

by local poets. The theme of another photo marathon was local rock lyrics. Photographers received new verses of rock songs every 2 hours and photos could be uploaded to the Internet from the Netti Nysse Internet bus or from home. Photo marathons are organized tog ether with the local photography school and the local culture festival. The Photo marathon is great fun and makes people consider their home environment from new angles. What kind of photo would you take relating to the verse below? Trolls are part of a forest gang, not the dress coat bunch. They do not crawl between two sheets Photo

Poem: Juha Siro, photo: Helena Antikainen
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Digital Stories make memories visible Netti Nysse´s Digital stories workshops encourage peo ple to think back to their lives and create short stories. In Digital stories, we normally combine still, scanned or digital photos and the voice of the storyteller. We try to use the simplest possible and the most accessible tools, while our patrons are n ormally computer beginners. At the moment, we use Movie Maker software and a basic voice recorder. We have created digital stories with different associations and groups mainly with older

people but also with primary school English learners. As Daniel Me adows says, digital stories are "Short, personal multimedia tales told from the heart." So they are and very empowering ones too. Borrow a person Human Library Human Library is described on its own website as follows ( http://humanlibrary.org/ ): "The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialog, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding. The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its si mplicity and positive approach. In its initial form, the Human Library is a mobile library set up as a

space for dialog and interaction. Visitors to a Human Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with "people on loan"; this latter group being extremely varied in terms of age, ge nder and cultural background. The Human Library enables groups to break down stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner. It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and under standing." In Tampere, our office for youth services has helped us organize Human Libraries very successfully. Libraries can be exciting places The

library is full of treasures. We have organized Treasure Map adventures for families as well as for adults. People love to solve puzzles and to have a chance to peep into the library´s hidden storage areas. One of our treasure maps ended on the library roof. The treasure map could also easily reach outside of the library walls. Quite often it is a good idea to step outside.
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Photo Treasure map of the Tampere City Library /HWXVFRPSODLQ The Complaints choir http://www.complaintschoir.org ) is a Finnish innovation. There are good instructi ons on the web pages. The

energy put into complaining is available in a creative and fun form. We had a complaints choir at an international Living Library workshop. The complaints were collected from around Europe and a musician was hired to compose the s ong, take the rehearsal with us and we then performed publicly. Our chorus was: /LEUDULHVDUHQRWDERXWERRNVDQ\PRUH The Internet is all that people want to explore. I don't want to work during the summertime! Books full of stains. No bags when it rain s. Toilets are dirty.

,DPVRWKLUVW\2XUFRPSXWHUV\VWHPGRQWHYHQWDONDERXWLW Participating in a Complaints Choir is very therapeutic and fun. Maybe next time we will write a song when we need to ask for more money from the politicians? Or maybe s tudents could study social injustices through writing and singing a song? Libraries would be there to arouse curiosity, help students to find the facts, encourage and offer a place and an opportunity to study. Why not? Liberate your books! Book crossing

http://www.bookcrossing.com ) encourages book lovers to release books. The purpose of Book crossing is to " Label, share, follow, breathe new life into books". Instead of letting your old favorites collect dust pass them along to another reader. Our online archival and tracking system allows members to connect with other readers, journal and review literature and trade and follow their books as lives are changed through "reading and releasing". This might be one tool to encourage younger people to get involved with books and reading? Book statues Libraries always have old books that have been

removed from the shelves. Those are good materials to use to create statues and works of art.
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Photo Book sta ue Learning is a bit tricky Many research results show that learning happens best when the learner is active (see table 1) and the target of learning has a meaning and a useful place in his or her life. At schools that is often no t the case, unfortunately. But at the library, we are free from strict curricula and forms. We are in the middle of life, in the middle of knowledge and in the middle of literature. All we need is a bit of pedagogy. Way of Teaching Will be

remembered afte r 3 hours Will be remembered after 24 hours Will be remembered after 72 hours Learner listens 70 10 % Learner sees 72 20 10 Learner sees and listens 85 65 50 Learner tells 90 80 % 70 Learner does him/herself 95 85 80
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Lea rner tells, discuss and does things 99 90 90 Table With a bit of time, courage and help Some effort and planning is needed when assembling a Complaints choir, planning a treasure map, organizing a photo marathon or a Human library. There are also easier ways. There are quite a few pedagogical approaches that give us lots of possibilities, but

do not necessarily cost anything or require much time. For example, co operative learning offers a lot of simple tools that can help i n a classroom situation and make learning more interactive and fun. Cooperative learning is an approach to organizing classroom activities into academic and social learning experiences. It differs from group work, and it has been described as "structuring positive interdependence. Students must work in groups to complete tasks collectively toward academic goals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooperative_learning Our challenge could be to develop pedagogical

practices within the libraries. Librarians need to have experiences of this and to have a bit of courage. They need pedagogical training. I would also open the doors of the library to some professional teachers, trainers and artists to develop the pedagogical practices of the library by working together. There are plenty of pedagogical possibilities that would help make libraries more vivid and exciting places.