Libraries Building Community and Library 2.0


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Powerpoint presentation on innovative programs in Australian Libraries, presented at the Computers in Libraries 2007 conference in Arlington, Virginia. Part of my Ramsay Reid scholarship study tour.

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  • Information Librarian - part time, work on virtual services and customer service in biggest branch. Study scholarship. Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation - south east Melbourne, two local government areas. 7 branches and 1 bookmobile serving 265,000 - top 3 fastest growing area in Australia Corporation - tendering.
  • Libraries Building Community and Library 2.0

    1. 1. Libraries Building Community and Library 2.0 Michelle McLean Information Librarian
    2. 2. A Land Down Under <ul><li>Size = 95% of USA mainland </li></ul><ul><li>Population = 7% of USA </li></ul><ul><li>US - 1 librarian per 1886 people (2004 US Dept of Labour) </li></ul><ul><li>OZ - 1 librarian per 1939 people (2001 Census) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Australian Initiatives <ul><li>Libraries Building Community </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries Building Community Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Text appeal </li></ul><ul><li>Inside a dog </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Picture Australia/Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries Interact </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life and Virtual Libraries Interact </li></ul>
    4. 4. Libraries Building Community <ul><li>Study of public libraries by State Library Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>Initial study 2005, update due April 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Reports: Setting the scene, logging the benefits, bridging the gaps, showcasing the best </li></ul><ul><li>Library census 2006 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    5. 5. Showcasing the best 2005 <ul><li>Developing social capital </li></ul><ul><li>Building individual skills </li></ul><ul><li>Reaching out to communities </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a gateway to information </li></ul>
    6. 6. Library Census 2006 <ul><li>Cover all 45 public library services </li></ul><ul><li>33,000 people surveyed </li></ul><ul><li>Representative of all age groups, cultural groups, family backgrounds and geography </li></ul><ul><li>Mainly borrowing books, activities </li></ul><ul><li>High satisfaction with library services </li></ul>
    7. 7. Showcasing the best 2007 <ul><li>Retains same format as 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>New in-depth case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Snapshots of other projects </li></ul><ul><li>Revisit some projects from 2005 </li></ul>
    8. 8. Text Appeal - Literary Dating <ul><li>Hosted by the State Library of Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>Based on Belgium’s “lib-dating” program </li></ul><ul><li>Run over 4 nights in Dec 06, Jan - Feb 07 </li></ul><ul><li>$20 per person, wine & light refreshments </li></ul><ul><li>All booked out! </li></ul>
    9. 9. Text Appeal - Literary Dating <ul><li>320 attended </li></ul><ul><li>200 on waiting list </li></ul><ul><li>Media coverage </li></ul><ul><li>International interest </li></ul><ul><li>Cost recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Future? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Inside a dog
    11. 11. <ul><li>Book reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Author-in-residence </li></ul><ul><li>Previews </li></ul><ul><li>Author interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Book news </li></ul><ul><li>Find good reads </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Competitions </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Since January 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Over 200,000 visits </li></ul><ul><li>1500 book reviews </li></ul><ul><li>800 forum posts </li></ul><ul><li>4000 competition entries </li></ul><ul><li>Positive feedback </li></ul>
    13. 13. “ Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx
    14. 14. Picture Australia & Flickr <ul><li>Partnership between National Library & Yahoo </li></ul><ul><li>Aim to “enrich the heritage collections available through Picture Australia…..” </li></ul><ul><li>Began January 2006 </li></ul>
    15. 15. Picture Australia & Flickr <ul><li>People, places and events </li></ul><ul><li>Over 600 members </li></ul><ul><li>Over 17,000 images </li></ul><ul><li>Current and historical content </li></ul><ul><li>Ourtown - March 07 </li></ul>
    16. 16. Picture Australia & Flickr <ul><li>Copyright ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons licences </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Picture Australia visits </li></ul>
    17. 17. Picture Australia and Flickr <ul><li>Easy to administer </li></ul><ul><li>Issues with tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in use of Picture Australia </li></ul><ul><li>NLA has acquired selected images </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    18. 18. Libraries Interact <ul><li>Nicknamed LINT </li></ul><ul><li>“ Blog central for Australian libraries” </li></ul><ul><li>Across sectors/states </li></ul><ul><li>Independent & IT focussed </li></ul><ul><li>Team of regulars </li></ul><ul><li>Guest contributions </li></ul>
    19. 19. Libraries Interact <ul><li>Since September ‘06 </li></ul><ul><li>Posts </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Topics </li></ul><ul><li>Archived by NLA </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    20. 20. Second Life and VLINT <ul><li>Corporate presences </li></ul><ul><li>Library related presences </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Libraries Building </li></ul><ul><li>Aims </li></ul>
    21. 21. Second Life and VLINT <ul><li>Virtual Libraries Interact </li></ul><ul><li>Spin-off from Libraries Interact </li></ul><ul><li>“ Blog central for Australian Libraries in Other Worlds” </li></ul><ul><li>virtualibrariesinteract. info </li></ul>
    22. 22. Other Projects <ul><li>Reading Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>Summer reading program </li></ul><ul><li>Nov 06- Feb 07 </li></ul><ul><li>20 books </li></ul><ul><li>Author events, blog and website </li></ul><ul><li>SMS votes </li></ul>
    23. 23. Reading Victoria - results
    24. 24. Learning 2.0 <ul><li>Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Using PLCMC’s Learning 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>80 staff and 5 non YPRL participants </li></ul><ul><li>Local expertise </li></ul>
    25. 25. L2 UnConference <ul><li>Held in Melbourne </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted by Yarra Plenty Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Thomastown Library </li></ul><ul><li>Promoted through blog and email lists </li></ul><ul><li>Booked out quickly </li></ul><ul><li>100 attended </li></ul>
    26. 26. L2 UnConference <ul><li>Topics covered: </li></ul><ul><li>RFID </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0=Library 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs and Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging & Social Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual service </li></ul><ul><li>and more </li></ul>
    27. 27. Library Lovers Day <ul><li>Valentine’s Day </li></ul><ul><li>Activities at libraries to coincide </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing feedback </li></ul><ul><li>2nd year </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsorship </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    28. 28. Other initiatives <ul><li>Legal Information Access Centre (NSW) </li></ul><ul><li>Drug Info @ Your Library (NSW) </li></ul><ul><li>Health Information Service (NSW) </li></ul><ul><li>Read around OZ (nationwide) </li></ul>
    29. 29. Michelle McLean Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation [email_address]
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