the living-room library @ Tamworth Library
Behind the ‘living-room’ concept <ul><li>User independence </li></ul><ul><li>Client-focus </li></ul><ul><li>Most appropria...
Objectives of  the ‘living-room library’ concept <ul><li>Encourage user independence </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage browsing ...
Acknowledgements <ul><li>Sue Ryan, Newcastle Library </li></ul><ul><li>John Stanley, John Stanley Associates </li></ul><ul...
 
 
Hunter vs Gatherer <ul><li>Living-room library layout is designed to be more attractive to people ‘just browsing’ </li></u...
Characteristics of the  ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>broad subject “rooms” for all non-fiction items </li></ul>
 
Characteristics of the  ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>comfy furniture, cosy corners </li></ul>
Characteristics of the  ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>all formats interfiled in each room </li></ul>
Characteristics of the  ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>PAPCs (with Pharos) throughout the library </li></ul>
Characteristics of the  ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>“ face out” displays </li></ul>
Characteristics of the  ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>Room for events </li></ul>
Characteristics of the  ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>vending machines </li></ul>
Determining the subject groups <ul><li>not “ one size fits all ” </li></ul><ul><li>community profile </li></ul><ul><li>ana...
How it works
 
Evaluation: <ul><li>Changed patterns of use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The library  </...
Annual loans
Annual visitor count
People just use it <ul><li>No instructions required! </li></ul>
<ul><li>Law & Business, and LIAC  </li></ul>
the foyer, level 1
The ‘Knit-In’
The ‘island’
Background reading <ul><li>Casey, M. & Stephens, M. (2009). ‘It’s fine to drop Dewey’,  Library Journal , July, p.19. </li...
The Reference collection <ul><li>Quick-reference only shelved separately </li></ul>
The Reference collection <ul><li>Not for Loan items interfiled </li></ul>
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An overview of the "living-room library" concept, as implemented at Tamworth Library, NSW Australia. Presented at the 2010 Reference @ The Metcalfe seminar at the State Library of NSW 04/05/2010.

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  • Pam Langridge, Regional Resources Librarian, CNRL, Tamworth
  • The living room library @ tamworth library

    1. 1. the living-room library @ Tamworth Library
    2. 2. Behind the ‘living-room’ concept <ul><li>User independence </li></ul><ul><li>Client-focus </li></ul><ul><li>Most appropriate format </li></ul>
    3. 3. Objectives of the ‘living-room library’ concept <ul><li>Encourage user independence </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage browsing & exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Interfile & Integrate (formats, media) </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect community interests </li></ul>
    4. 4. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Sue Ryan, Newcastle Library </li></ul><ul><li>John Stanley, John Stanley Associates </li></ul><ul><li>Kay Delahunt, Library Services Manager </li></ul>
    5. 7. Hunter vs Gatherer <ul><li>Living-room library layout is designed to be more attractive to people ‘just browsing’ </li></ul><ul><li>Users on the hunt for specific titles / subjects are better served by the catalogue, or by staff </li></ul>
    6. 8. Characteristics of the ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>broad subject “rooms” for all non-fiction items </li></ul>
    7. 10. Characteristics of the ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>comfy furniture, cosy corners </li></ul>
    8. 11. Characteristics of the ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>all formats interfiled in each room </li></ul>
    9. 12. Characteristics of the ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>PAPCs (with Pharos) throughout the library </li></ul>
    10. 13. Characteristics of the ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>“ face out” displays </li></ul>
    11. 14. Characteristics of the ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>Room for events </li></ul>
    12. 15. Characteristics of the ‘living-room library’ <ul><li>vending machines </li></ul>
    13. 16. Determining the subject groups <ul><li>not “ one size fits all ” </li></ul><ul><li>community profile </li></ul><ul><li>analysis of NF loans </li></ul><ul><li>influenced by the layout of major bookstores </li></ul>
    14. 17. How it works
    15. 19. Evaluation: <ul><li>Changed patterns of use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The library </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shift in clientele </li></ul><ul><li>Increased loans & visits </li></ul>
    16. 20. Annual loans
    17. 21. Annual visitor count
    18. 22. People just use it <ul><li>No instructions required! </li></ul>
    19. 23. <ul><li>Law & Business, and LIAC </li></ul>
    20. 24. the foyer, level 1
    21. 25. The ‘Knit-In’
    22. 26. The ‘island’
    23. 27. Background reading <ul><li>Casey, M. & Stephens, M. (2009). ‘It’s fine to drop Dewey’, Library Journal , July, p.19. </li></ul><ul><li>Fister, B. (2009). ‘The Dewey dilemma’, Library Journal , October 1, p.22-25 </li></ul><ul><li>Rix, W. (2009). ‘Reference collections and staff: retaining relevance’, The Reference Librarian , 50:3, 302-305. </li></ul><ul><li>Singer, C. A. (2010). ‘Ready reference collections: a history’, Reference & User Services Quarterly , 49:3, 253-264. </li></ul><ul><li>Wigell-Ryynanen, B. (2005). ‘In real life’, Scandinavian Public Library Quarterly , Vol.4, p.3. </li></ul>
    24. 28. The Reference collection <ul><li>Quick-reference only shelved separately </li></ul>
    25. 29. The Reference collection <ul><li>Not for Loan items interfiled </li></ul>

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