A Scandinavian approach to Libraries

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Thorhauge Consulting is an independent consulting and advisory service working within public service culture- and knowledge institutions.  I give lectures, run seminars, facilitate strategy-development processes, write reports and evaluate Projects. My focus is on the transformation of cultural habits and institutions in a globalised digital World.

Starting in the summer 2012 after 37 years of service in different positions as lecturer, researcher, consultant and for the last  15 years as CEO in the Danish Agency for Libraries and Media, I now offer a variety of services – coaching, advising, facilitating, evaluating, reporting . A particular focus is on public libraries, that I have been working with actually since I as a very young man started as a student worker at Aarhus Public Library in 1967! But my fascination of libraries started in my very early childhood and has been a lifelong love affair.

For more than thirty years I have been working in an international context. My first book in English, ‘New Trends in Scandinavian Public Libraries’ appeared in 1988. Since then I have  been giving lectures worldwide and worked with consultancy tasks in many countries, and also held a position as an EU-project evaluator.

In august 2014 three Scandinavian CEO-colleagues and I formed an alliance, Scandinavian Alliance Group, offering advisory services based on lifelong experience with ‘the Scandinavian Model’ in libraries, archives and other cultural- and knowledge institutions. See our website and our professional backgrounds and offers on ScandinavianAllianceGroup.com.

Since I retired in May 2012, I have had tasks in China, Georgia, Lithuania, England, Scotland, Singapore, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Norway. See my paper Creating a model-program for the building of future public libraries and their role in culture led redesign of urban spaces, created for the Ifla conference 2013 in Singapore.

New Library Concepts

The digital development is changing the media and library landscape day by day. Not just platforms but focus areas. Most of our social institutions – including libraries and media – are rooted in the industrial society and often struggle with a heavy organizational legacy. There are many challenges in the knowledge and innovation society that are impossible to address without changing the organizational levers and strategy. Looking at citizens’ changing needs rather than products is one factor that should be incorporated in the development of new services and distribution strategies. I’ve specialized in this area.

I use my experience in continuous efforts to develop library and media services in an optimum way in relation to social and public needs. I offer:

  • Strategic review of your library. This can either be a single visit with a review of activities and organization, with a subsequent dialog – or a more thorough work on policy and strategy alignment.
  • Strategic review in collaboration with other consultants who are part of my network. For example, a strategic overhaul coupled with a review of the library’s layout and design, or a ‘public service offer’-check.
  • Strategic competency development in relation to new tasks. I can facilitate staff conferences and help organise them.
  • I happily give presentations – see a selection of my shelf products here.

Feel free to contact me by phone +45 2142 6797 or email jt@jensthorhauge.dk

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