Community Engagement and Collaboration:
     At Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver
 City population                    620,000
 Metropolitan region population     2.5 million

Vancouver Public ...
2009 Collection Use Metrics
Physical Collection Use
 Circulation:     9.9 million items
 Of which:        Print was 6.4 ...
5 Year Borrowing Trends

                      2005        2009      % Change
Print Fiction       4,289,000   4,092,000   ...
Virtual Services
Database logins:
400,000

Website visitors:
4.2 million

Public internet
workstations: 379

Public Intern...
Changing Context of the Public Library

Collections influx
The increasing importance of library as public space
The need f...
The Public Library as Public Space




                             Inclusive welcoming space




The iconic Central Libra...
Library as Gallery and Performance Space
Library as Gallery and Performance Space
Library as Gallery and Performance Space
Library as Gallery and Performance Space
Library as Proactive Content Provider
Library as Proactive Content Provider
Vancouver Learning City
Connecting the Community through Learning


                          Community
                  ...
The City and Senior Governments
Working Together
Conclusions

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  1. 1. Community Engagement and Collaboration: At Vancouver Public Library
  2. 2. Vancouver  City population 620,000  Metropolitan region population 2.5 million Vancouver Public Library  22 branches with2.3 million items in the collection  $40.6 million annual operating budget
  3. 3. 2009 Collection Use Metrics Physical Collection Use  Circulation: 9.9 million items  Of which: Print was 6.4 million items Audiovisual was 3 million items  Holds placed: 1.2 million or approximately 12% of total borrowing  Items borrowed for use by a child: 30% of total  Non-English language items borrowed: 15.35% of total
  4. 4. 5 Year Borrowing Trends 2005 2009 % Change Print Fiction 4,289,000 4,092,000 (-4.6%) Print Non-Fiction 3,050,000 2,850,000 (-6.6%) DVD 858,000 2,086,000 (+143.1%) VHS 902,000 158,000 (-82.5%) CD Music 215,000 371,000 (+72.6%)
  5. 5. Virtual Services Database logins: 400,000 Website visitors: 4.2 million Public internet workstations: 379 Public Internet sessions: 1.3 million Wireless access provided at all branches
  6. 6. Changing Context of the Public Library Collections influx The increasing importance of library as public space The need for proactive and appropriate engagement with marginalized communities Success through collaboration
  7. 7. The Public Library as Public Space Inclusive welcoming space The iconic Central Library A new neighbourhood branch
  8. 8. Library as Gallery and Performance Space
  9. 9. Library as Gallery and Performance Space
  10. 10. Library as Gallery and Performance Space
  11. 11. Library as Gallery and Performance Space
  12. 12. Library as Proactive Content Provider
  13. 13. Library as Proactive Content Provider
  14. 14. Vancouver Learning City Connecting the Community through Learning Community Organizations Vancouver Learning City Vancouver Public Library
  15. 15. The City and Senior Governments
  16. 16. Working Together
  17. 17. Conclusions paul.whitney@vpl.ca
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