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Visualisation of Montreal libraries

Visualisation has been done of the most popular collection areas at Montreal Public Library, Canada.  It turns out that manga is really really popular.  You can see the branch by branch breakdown of who uses the library, and what is the collection mix at each branch.

More information and the visualisations are available from The Gazette website.  Make sure you explore the different data option, and mouse over the visualisations as they present different data.

Via Infodocket at Library Journal


Taking the lead 2014

Taking the Lead participants shared their work at a presentation day in the Dixson Room on 1 August.

Taking the Lead is a leadership program for NSW public library staff. This was the third time it has run. Over a 5 month period participants attended two 2-day workshops in Sydney; and worked together in teams on shared action learning projects, meeting regularly in between via teleconferences, online chat or face to face. The team presentations were impressive as the participants shared their ideas. There was much enthusiasm, energy and fun in the room, but underlying all that was the undeniable hard work the groups had put into their presentations and the tools connected to them.

The importance of partnerships was highlighted, as were asking the right questions, connecting to guidelines and standards, resisting duplication, being bold, practical and different.  Other points raised were, don't fear failure, make sure you prototype, move forward, build on knowledge (which means you need to know what has come before), and choose or develop good practive examples.

It was obvious that a lot of research, thought and planning contributed to the end result. It also highlighted the importance of working in collaboration with people at different libraries. The outputs from the groups will be of interest to the entire library network.

Here are the links:


The value of digital inclusion

Our Tech Savvy Seniors partner Telstra has shared a recent BT study on the value of digital inclusion.  The study, published in June 2014, shows the social value of getting online and outlines a model for valuing digital inclusion projects based on the categorisation of users.

 The greatest benefits are realised for the new user and are calculated as being £1064 per annum. This value comes from increased confidence, financial savings and increased convenience, reduction in boredom, opportunities to participate in hobbies, new job seeking skills, and reduction in social isolation.

 The study outlines some interesting statistics: of the 50 million adults in the UK, 6.4 million adults have never been online; this is in contrast with the fact that 89% of public services are now online.

 The study can be found at


Libraries for the People: The 11th Australian Library History Forum

Bookings are now open for Libraries for the People: The 11th Australian Library History Forum at the State Library of NSW on 18-19 November 2014.

As part of our celebration program for the 75th anniversary of the NSW Library Act 1939, this year’s forum will focus on the development of public libraries in Australia.  Speakers include current and former library staff, consultants, academics and researchers.  Topics include governance and legislation, personalities, services to indigenous communities, library referenda and public library predecessors and competitors.

A full program and booking information is available at:

Book your place before 12 September to secure the early bird rate of $140 (full price $220). 

Audiences in the past have included a wide range of people with an interest in libraries and books, including librarians, historians, library educators, students and library ‘friends’.

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