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Jan
13

British Library publishes its new statement of vision and purpose, Living Knowledge

The British Library published its new statement of vision and purpose earlier today.  It is called Living knowledge and contains the vision of where the library would like to be by 2023. You can read about the ideas

or watch a day in the life of the library (speeded up).

There is a Living knowledge blog where you can keep up to date with what is happening with "strategy, key projects and future plans", and you can participate in the discussion via the #livingknowledge hashtag.

Have a look at Living knowledge.


Jan
12

There is still time to complete the surveys about e-collections and non-fiction collections

Your assistance is requested to participate in two surveys which are auspiced by the NSW Public Library Network Research Committee. They are about ecollections and non-fiction collections in NSW public libraries.

We would like to thank the libraries who have already completed these surveys.  You have provided very useful data.  We would like the other NSW public libraries to complete these surveys as we would appreciate a response from each library about these.  Please complete these survey by 9 February 2015. 

Links to the surveys on this page.

ecollections in NSW public libraries

Link to survey

Ecollections are growing in public libraries.  Some libraries report turnover rates very similar to print publications, while others are substantially lower, sometimes even less than the collection size.  Ereaders and tablets are available for loan in some public libraries.  Some are well used, and others are never used. 

Deeper analysis of data and understanding of collection promotion and development would enable the State Library to identify and share good practices for promoting ecollections and ereaders. The objective is to enable NSW public libraries to maximise the benefits and reach of this significant investment. 

Objectives

  1.  To identify the current ecollection usage patterns across NSW public libraries, by format – ebooks, eaudio, emagazines
  2. To identify factors which affect usage of ecollections in NSW public libraries
  3. Develop good practice guidelines for ecollection development, display, access and collection evaluation
  4. To identify current ereader/tablet usage patterns across NSW public libraries
  5. To identify factors which affect usage of ereaders/tablets in NSW public libraries
  6. Develop good practice guidelines for ereaders/tablets and their evaluation

 

Non-fiction 

Link to survey

Over the last decade patterns in nonfiction development and usage have changed significantly. Anecdotally NSW public libraries have observed a shift to internet sources for nonfiction information and a significant reduction in reference and lending adult nonfiction collection sizes and usage and even more significant decreases in junior nonfiction collection size and usage.

However preliminary analysis of nonfiction collection data across NSW public libraries indicates that this decrease in size and demand for nonfiction varies dramatically across different library services. Variation in collection sizes and patterns of usage suggests that factors affecting nonfiction collections are more complex than access to alternative sources on the internet.

 

Deeper analysis of data and understanding of collection housing, display, promotion and collection development would enable the State Library to identify and share good practices for nonfictioncollections and enable NSW public libraries to maximise the benefits and reach of a significant investment. 

Objectives

  1. To identify the current nonfiction usage patterns across NSW public libraries
  2. To identify factors which affect usage of nonfiction collections in NSW public libraries
  3. Develop good practice guidelines for nonfiction collection development, display, access and collection evaluation

 

Project description

The elements of the project would include:

  1.  Analysis of overall trends in NSW public library nonfiction collections and usage data
  2. Identify benchmarks for good practice in nonfiction collection usage
  3. Consultation with NSW libraries achieving high levels of nonfiction usage and satisfaction. Factors for consideration include:

a.       Collection display and housing

b.      Collection signage

c.       Collection development policy and selection

d.      Collection budget

e.       Procurement models for nonfiction collections

f.        Weeding practices

g.       Collection promotion

h.       Nonfiction cataloguing practices and policies

4.      Publication of good practice guidelines for nonfiction collection development, display, access and evaluation in NSW library

Dec
10

Reporting on the uses of #nswpubliclibraries and #libraryact75th

It is almost a year since we started to use and encourage you to use the hashtag #nswpubliclibraries. We launched it with a blog post and were very interested to see what would happen. On Flickr the hashtag has been used over 400 times. The libraries using it include Kiama, Canterbury, Coffs Harbour, Shoalhaven, Mosman and Riverina Regional.  Please add your library photographs to the group.

Instagram (which Public Library Services joined on 10 February 2014) has also featured with #nswpubliclibraries. The hashtag has been used almost 300 times by several libraries including Canada Bay, Campbelltown, Inverell, and Mona Vale.

Twitter shows over 530 uses of this hashtag. This graph shows the most frequent users of this tag. Mousing over the pie chart will show the names of the twitter accounts, and scrolling with your mouse over the image will provide more details. You can look at the tweets too.

#nswpublic libraries is also being used on Facebook - you can see a couple of recent examples here.  If you login to Facebook and search on the hashtag you will see many more. (note - this is a later addition to this post).

In November public libraries celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Library Act. We encouraged libraries to use #libraryact75th across all social media platforms to share stories and photos of their celebrations. Use of the hashtag peaked on 3 November, with libraries taking to Twitter to celebrate the anniversary. Analysis via Twitonomy showed that in the week of 2 November to 8 November 239 tweets were counted using #libraryact75th with a potential reach of 545,072. The number of users in this period was 123. The top related hashtag during this period was #nswpubliclibraries, showing that both hashtags were being used in Tweets.

You can see a summary of the #libraryact75th action on Twitter.

Throughout the month of October, in the lead up to the anniversary of the Library Act, we led a social media campaign called #libraryaday. This campaign featured each library service via the State Library Twitter account and Facebook page and the Libraryact75th blog.

The hashtags #libraryaday and #libraryact75th were promoted. There was a very positive response from public libraries to this campaign, with libraries tweeting about their own library services, other library services and the anniversary of the Library Act.

We are very pleased to see public libraries using their own hashtags – and we did a storify of the examples we have found. Let us know any more examples we should add to it.

Anne Doherty, Edwina Duffy and Ellen Forsyth

Nov
17

#exploreyourarchives - United Kingdom archives promotion

Last week there was a lovely promotion about archives in the UK, called #exploreyourarchives.

As you can tell with the hashtag they made great use of social media. There was excellent cooperation between different archives. There are also some very good examples of the use of Storify.


You can find out more here from the National Archives and the collaborative site

 

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