Indy Library Welcomes German Librarian in Sister City Staff Exchange
May 1, 2013
Library representatives and other local officials welcomed Cologne, Germany library administrator Cordula Noetzelmann (center) for her two-week Sister City exchange during ceremonies at Central Library.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Indianapolis and Cologne, Germany, a library representative from the Cologne Public Library has begun a two-week visit to Indianapolis to share her professional experiences and learn of best library practices at The Indianapolis Public Library.
Cordula Noetzelmann, head librarian of the 11 branches of the Cologne Public Library, was welcomed during official ceremonies at Central Library on May 1 attended by Indy Library staff and representatives of the Mayor's Office of International and Cultural Affairs and the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister City Committee.
Noetzelmann's visit will complete an exchange of library staff that began in August 2012 with the two-week visit to the Cologne Public Library by the Manager of the College Avenue Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, Nicole James. The exchange allows for conversations of shared problems, comparisons of library policies and presentations on various library topics. It is valued as a way to obtain real insights into other approaches to organize, fund and provide services, as well as deepen an appreciation for diversity.
In addition to observing Indy Library facilities and meeting with staff, the German library ambassador will visit a number of Indianapolis landmarks, including the Eiteljorg Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, the Indiana State Library, Connor Prairie and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The City of Indianapolis's relationship with Cologne, Germany was established in 1988 as the second of eight international Sister Cities intended to strengthen partnerships and create opportunities that make Indianapolis a globally-recognized, inclusive city. Other Sister Cities include Taipei, Taiwan; Monza, Italy; Piran, Slovenia; Campinas, Brazil; Northamptonshire County, United Kingdom; Hyderabad, India; and Hangzhou, China.
In 2012, the Indianapolis and Hangzhou public libraries completed the first library staff exchange.
To learn more about the City's Sister City relationship with Cologne, Germany, visit www.indypl.org/sistercities.