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Presenation at Libraries Futures conference in Adelaide

Presenation at Libraries Futures conference in Adelaide

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  • 1. The Rejuvenation of Blue Mountains Libraries via children’s and young adult programs Vicki Edmunds Manager, Libraries Blue Mountains City Council
  • 2. Introduction
    • Declining trends
    • New staff strategy
    • New programs
  • 3. Background
    • Blue Mountains
    • Library Service
    • Usage and statistics
  • 4. Unique geography of the Blue Mountains
  • 5. Circulation Statistics 1% 546,459 2006 8% 545,700 2005 -3% 503,296 2004 -2.20% 520,979 2003 -4.50% 532,473 2002 0.30% 557,508 2001 -1.50% 556,070 2000 7.10% 564,700 1999 -1.40% 526,850 1998 -6.20% 534,355 1997 -1.30% 569,373 1996 -1.40% 576,992 1995 -2.50% 584,984 1994 -1.80% 599,857 1993 -1.40% 610,751 1992 3.90% 619,713 1991 596,479 1990 % Total Loans Year
  • 6. Visitation Statistics 460,987 2005/06 459,355 2004/05 449,768 2003/04 457,513 2002/03 467,795 2001/02 483,105 2000/01 499,994 1999/00 Patron visits - All branches Year
  • 7. Change Management Program
    • Library Management Team
    • Strategic Plan
    • Children’s and Youth Services Team
  • 8. Storytimes
  • 9. Fab Friday
  • 10. School Holiday Activities
  • 11. Theme Nights Pyjama parties
  • 12. Theme Nights Library and Information Week
  • 13. Theme Nights Halloween Party
  • 14. Theme Nights Dads and Sons World Cup Night
  • 15. Youth Programs
  • 16. Youth Areas Springwood Branch Library
  • 17. Youth Area Springwood Library with Aerosol Art installation
  • 18. Children’s Areas Springwood Branch Library
    • Children’s Area “Before” and “After”
  • 19. Children’s Areas Blaxland Branch Library
    • Children’s Area “Before” and “After” images
  • 20. Babytime
  • 21. Toy Library Launch
  • 22. Toy Library
  • 23. New initiatives
    • Babytime Club
    • Youth Club
  • 24. Benefits to the Library Service Children’s and Youth Library Usage 65,474 48,098 6,226 1994/95 70,167 46,450 6,087 1995/96 69,290 44,120 5,332 1996/97 65,678 42,580 4,974 1997/98 69,465 45,894 4,809 1998/99 64,571 44,018 4,571 1999/2000 63,355 42,932 4,391 2000/01 57,205 42,949 4,473 2001/02 54,957 40,503 4,208 2002/03 52,007 38,656 4,201 2003/04 50,630 48,908 4,344 2004/05 57,342 53,994 3,925 2005/06 Circulation - Junior Circulation - Easy Membership under 12 Year
  • 25. Changes to Statistics ↑ 30% ↑ 55% ↑ 26% Programs ↑ 1% ↑ 2% Not available New Memberships ↑ 1% ↑ 8% ↓ 3% Loans ↑ 1% ↑ 5% ↓ 2% Visits 05/06 04/05 03/04
  • 26. Conclusion
    • Reversal of trends
    • Staff commitment
    • Use of Media
    • Long-term vision
  • 27. Questions?

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