The library – a bright spot? Biblioteket – en ljuspunkt?


Venue: ABF building, Erlander hall; Sveavägen 41, Stockholm. The whole event will be streamed via Zoom and recorded. Link to the Zoom-event. Grateful for notifying maria.bergstrand (at) in advance if you intend to participate!

The Peoples´Forum is a critical “shadow conference” that is arranged just before Stockholm+50, the UN conference to commemorate the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in the Swedish capital and to «celebrate 50 years of global environmental action».

Time: Tuesday May 31, 2022, 17.00 pm -18.45 pm UTC +02:00 (time converter)

Purpose: to show that – and how – the library can contribute to “sustainable development” and “global justice” and thus be “a bright spot”.

The workshop will be in English (the first Zoom part) and in Swedish (the following physical part). Both with time for discussions.

Program with speakers and approximate times

1700 Welcoming remarks: Mikael Böök (, Maria Bergstrand, The World Library.

International Zoom panel (in English)

1710 Emily Drabinski, Critical Pedagogy Librarian at the Mina Rees Library at the Graduate Center, City University of New York; elected as president of the American Library Association for 2023-24. Topic: “Labor organizing in the library sector.”

1720 Anriette Esterhuysen, former chair, Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Committee, former executive director, Association for Progressive Communications, Johannesburg. Topic: “libraries as community spaces – spaces of sanctuary, of learning, of safety, of being able to access and build knowledge available on the internet, but mediated by information literacy and critical thinking”

1730 Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Distinguished University Professor of Librarianship-University of South Florida, School of Information. Maintainer of substack “Ebla to E-Books: The Preservation and Annihilation of Memory”. Topic: “Convergence of Libraries and Cultural Heritage Institutions”

1740 Summary of the Zoom panel 


1755 Pause

Panel i Erlander-salen (panel in the Erlander Room, in Swedish)

1800 Lars Ilshammar, Biträdande nationalbibliotekarie, Kungliga biblioteket (Deputy National Librarian, National Library of Sweden) Ämne: ”Vad är ett bibliotek – och vad borde det vara i en digital tid?” (Topic: “What is a library – and what should it be in a digital age?”)

1810 Elisabet Rundqvist, bibliotekarie och handläggare, Kungliga biblioteket (Executive officer at the National Library of Sweden). Ämne: Att för en stund få vara människa. (Topic: To be allowed to be a human being for a while.)

1820 Nick Johnson Jones, chef för konst och bibliotek i Huddinge (Head of Art and Libraries, Huddinge, Sweden). Ämne: Folkbiblioteken gör oss verkliga för varandra. (Topic: Public libraries make us real to each other.)

1830 Sammanfattning (Summary) Lena Lundgren (BiS), Anders Ericson (BiblioteketTarSaka)

1835 Slutdiskussion (Final discussion)

Organizers:, Bibliotek i Samhälle, Världsbiblioteket

Contacts:  Mikael Böök (mikaelbook ät , phone +358-44 5511324) , Lena Lundgren (lena.a.lundgren ät

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