“Until the lion learns how to write every story will glorify the hunter” – African proverb

The Digital Roma Library represents a group of individual Roma and organizations, united by a vision to create a library with active participation and real influence from Roma. This project is a powerful protest against how the City of Malmö manages its Roma library and symbolizes a movement towards self-determination and empowerment in matters concerning Roma. Soon, we will also highlight the individual organizations and actors who are key drivers behind the library’s various initiatives and projects.

The project aims to establish an umbrella organization where Roma organizations and individual actors collectively manage the library through democratic, formal, and professional methods. The organization is divided into various units and working groups for specific initiatives and projects, creating a dynamic and efficient structure.

The website romskabiblioteket.se serves as the hub of this digital library. From here, all projects and platforms are linked, including:

Roma Library Magazine (bladet.romskabiblioteket.se): An e-newspaper that covers literature and library issues from a Roma perspective.

Roma Library (romalibrary.com): The English version of the Roma Library, with an international focus.

Roma Library Newspaper (news.romalibrary.com): The English version of the Roma Library Magazine, also targeting an international audience.

Roma Library’s social media: A comprehensive presence on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok, and Reddit.

Roma Library’s Online Database: A database containing books, films, magazines, musical scores, theses, and other materials with a Roma perspective.

Roma Book Fair: An event celebrating Roma literature and promoting education and reading from a Roma perspective.

The first phase of the project involves the development of websites and an online database, with a deadline set for January 31, 2024. The second phase, planned for August 19, 2024, includes the development of a digital librarian based on artificial intelligence, integrated with ChatGPT, to streamline searches and recommendations for visitors.

In addition, intensive planning for the Roma Book Fair will begin in February, in collaboration with various organizations and financiers.

The Digital Roma Library stands not only as an information resource but also as a symbol of the struggle to be seen and heard. With strong teams and advanced tools for online marketing, PR, and SEO, the goal is to attract thousands of unique visitors daily and top search engine results. Using both text and multimedia, the project aims to attract comprehensive and organic traffic to its platforms.

This project welcomes collaboration with both Roma and non-Roma actors and serves as a powerful example of how digital media can be used to strengthen and amplify the voices and perspectives of minorities.