October 1, 2007

The Dutch Invasion, Part Deux

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You have new Picture Mail! Erik and Jaap, the guys from the Delft Public Library who visited the Chicago area in February to talk with librarians about gaming, are coming back this month on a nationwide tour to explore innovation in U.S. libraries. Yes, a nationwide tour. Only these two could pull off something this ambitious. They’ll be driving cross-country on their way to the Internet Librarian conference in California at the end of October, stopping at the following libraries along the way:

  • New York Public Library
  • Darien Library
  • Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County
  • Ann Arbor District Library
  • Mortenson Center
  • Council Bluffs Public Library
  • Denver Public Library
  • Salt Lake City Library

They’ll be talking with librarians, interviewing them on camera, shooting video of services, driving westward, participating in the annual “gadgets” presentation at the IL conference, and then heading home to create another great documentary (like the one they did for their first trip). They’ll be in the Chicago area around October 20-21, and I can’t wait to see them again. If nothing else, we will definitely have another video game night. 🙂
If you’re on or near their route, consider contacting and getting together with them – I guarantee you won’t regret it. Their enthusiasm and creativity is infectious. I mean really, who else do you know who could get funding for such a big idea as this?
me and erik When Erik first drew up the plan on a napkin in February, I loved the idea of librarians as “shanachies.” Their theme is “Keep stories, tell stories, make stories.”

“Originally the shanachie in Ireland was a very important person who in rank came after the chief and the druid carried the gift of keeping and telling the stories. They travelled the country and were given free lodges and food in return for stories. The gift was passed on when the Shanachie died.”

More info is available on the official Shanachie Tour site. They’ll be posting a video diary there as the trip progresses. I can’t wait to watch what they do next!


  1. Watching out for that video game night! Here is the napkin you mentioned. It also answers your last question 🙂
    SeeU soon.

    Comment by Jaap van de Geer — October 2, 2007 @ 12:23 am

  2. I’m excited about their visit. Our charge now is to see what we can come up with to show them, for there is so much: Virtual Village & the new Discovery Desk, ImaginOn and Studio I, Teen Second Life and Eye4You Alliance, the Game Lab and Gaming Zone or the Learning Lab & Learning 2.0. Rest assured we will find something to talk about, especially as it pertains to gaming.

    Comment by Matt Gullett — October 2, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

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  4. We finally got a chance to visit the library of these fellas two weeks ago. Fell in love with their organisation 🙂
    Take good care of ’em!

    Comment by Edwin — October 3, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

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