Parallel Library Services Wiki

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Welcome to the Parallel Library Services wiki. Here you will find information about the workshop series' background, programme and schedule, as well as ever-growing lists of libraries, organisations, practices and tools (not to mention librarians). This wiki is a shared resource and collaborative read/write publication for the participants of Parallel Library Services.

Other resources include:

  • Etherpad browser-based collaborative writing software
  • parallel-library a shared digital library for Parallel Library Services participants (requires user registration)


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Parallel Library Services is a workshop series that documents the many actions and situations that libraries and amateur librarians facilitate.

It sees libraries as not just places to keep books and files, but as sites where important social practices are performed: annotating, community-building, reading together, supporting, organising, structuring and many more.

It aims to collect and document these actions hands-on; sharing discussions, perspectives, tools and techniques while experimenting with free software to create one, or many libraries in parallel.

How can libraries offer each other support while maintaining necessary difference? What knowledge and know-how can assist and what are the tasks of librarians to come?


The programme of 12 workshops will be held (mostly) every two weeks between October 2021 and March 2022. Each workshop will be approximately 2-3 hours. During these we will:

  • engage in critical discourse on library practices and knowledge distribution
  • collectively gain knowledge and know-how in the setup and maintenance of digital libraries
  • support each other in experiments with free software tools to organise, classify, distribute and annotate digital collections
  • collect and document techniques, tools, workflows and discussions
  • connect and strengthen a network of amateur digital librarians


October 2021

1: First meeting, Introductions, Code of Conduct and Infrastructour

Wednesday 13th October, 2021, 16:00-19:00 CEST

2: Introducing digital library types and setup

At Varia (Gouwstraat 3, Rotterdam), and online at
Wednesday 27th October 2021, 16:00-19:00 CEST
Guest: Luke Murphy (Bibliotecha, Varia)

November 2021

3. Organising library structure, classifying and cataloguing texts

At Varia (Gouwstraat 3, Rotterdam), and online:
Wednesday 10th November, 2021, 16:00-19:00 CET
Guest: Lozana Rossenova

4. Imagining librarianship, Experiments with document conversion

At Varia (Gouwstraat 3, Rotterdam), and online at
Wednesday 24th November 2021, 16:00-19:00 CET

December, 2021

5. Digitising, scanning, processing and republishing

At Varia (Gouwstraat 3, Rotterdam), and online at
Wednesday 8th December 2021, 16:00-19:00 CET

January, 2022

Annotation tools and strategies


February, 2022

Collaborative writing and self-publishing workflows


March, 2022

Experimenting with the database, Documentation and debrief

Publication launch at Varia