GOSFORD LIVING LIBRARY Commenced in 2007
Introduction <ul><li>Heather Davis, Barbara Dawson and Alan Flores make up the Gosford City Library, Living Library Liaiso...
How it started <ul><li>A library customer approached me about setting up a Living Library </li></ul><ul><li>I was wary of ...
The Living Library Steering Committee <ul><li>Included  a psychologist, a sociologist and a teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Orga...
Most potential Books were ideal but: <ul><li>Some had a personal agenda and wanted to preach it to others </li></ul><ul><l...
Obtaining books <ul><li>We advertised on library notice boards </li></ul><ul><li>The steering committee was interviewed on...
Catalogue <ul><li>Stolen generation; Infertility; Adoption; Dentist; raising a disabled child; Eco peace activist; mental ...
We started with 13 books and 34 titles <ul><li>Four months after I was first approached the Living Library was operational...
Security <ul><li>Readers limited to 45 minutes to ensure sessions do not get out of hand </li></ul><ul><li>Several trained...
Some Readers want.. <ul><li>Not just to listen, but </li></ul><ul><li>Answers to questions </li></ul><ul><li>A printed boo...
Benefits <ul><li>Lots of publicity for the library at little cost. </li></ul><ul><li>$6,000 over twelve months  </li></ul>...
Mistakes <ul><li>We relied on the steering committee to manage all the details about the books. </li></ul><ul><li>When boo...
Outside of the box <ul><li>A Tafe college organised for a class to come and speak to a select group of books. Some wanted ...
Next Steps  <ul><li>Library staff will become more involved in logistics and management. E.g. publicity, back up books, re...
Conclusion <ul><li>Living Library is a great experimental medium. </li></ul><ul><li>The Library will get more involved wit...
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Living Libraries

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Presentation by Gosford Library at Library Innovations, SLNSW, 28 November 2008

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Living Libraries

  1. 1. GOSFORD LIVING LIBRARY Commenced in 2007
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Heather Davis, Barbara Dawson and Alan Flores make up the Gosford City Library, Living Library Liaison Team. </li></ul><ul><li>Gosford City Library’s Living Library was one of the first in Australia. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How it started <ul><li>A library customer approached me about setting up a Living Library </li></ul><ul><li>I was wary of tree hugging, whale loving, alternative life stylers taking over my library, nevertheless I agreed to ask Council to provide premises and staff and some funds if a steering committee of volunteers would set it up </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Living Library Steering Committee <ul><li>Included a psychologist, a sociologist and a teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Organised two training nights which were well attended </li></ul><ul><li>Designed and produced a T shirt and organised a party for the first session. </li></ul><ul><li>Vetted all the potential books </li></ul>
  5. 5. Most potential Books were ideal but: <ul><li>Some had a personal agenda and wanted to preach it to others </li></ul><ul><li>Some just want to hear the sound of their own voice </li></ul><ul><li>Some wanted to talk to the masses not the individual </li></ul>
  6. 6. Obtaining books <ul><li>We advertised on library notice boards </li></ul><ul><li>The steering committee was interviewed on local radio and we gave press releases to the local papers. </li></ul><ul><li>The report to council also resulted in a press release and inquiries from potential books. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Catalogue <ul><li>Stolen generation; Infertility; Adoption; Dentist; raising a disabled child; Eco peace activist; mental health; Pinochet regime; Feminist; Home schooling; Allergy intolerance; Single parent; Gambling addiction; Forgotten Australians; Mid life crisis. </li></ul>
  8. 8. We started with 13 books and 34 titles <ul><li>Four months after I was first approached the Living Library was operational. </li></ul><ul><li>We did not bother to take bookings. </li></ul><ul><li>The first three sessions were on a Saturday afternoon and went well. </li></ul><ul><li>It was a great success </li></ul>
  9. 9. Security <ul><li>Readers limited to 45 minutes to ensure sessions do not get out of hand </li></ul><ul><li>Several trained library staff for security. </li></ul><ul><li>Library staff intervene if pre arranged signal given by book </li></ul><ul><li>Books real names not given </li></ul>
  10. 10. Some Readers want.. <ul><li>Not just to listen, but </li></ul><ul><li>Answers to questions </li></ul><ul><li>A printed book to support what they were hearing </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted advice </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted to argue a point </li></ul>
  11. 11. Benefits <ul><li>Lots of publicity for the library at little cost. </li></ul><ul><li>$6,000 over twelve months </li></ul><ul><li>Catering $500 </li></ul><ul><li>Extra staff time $3,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Room rental $1,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Printing $500 </li></ul><ul><li>T shirts, posters $1,000 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Mistakes <ul><li>We relied on the steering committee to manage all the details about the books. </li></ul><ul><li>When books did not turn up to a session we could not contact the lost books </li></ul><ul><li>We should have made readers reserve a book </li></ul>
  13. 13. Outside of the box <ul><li>A Tafe college organised for a class to come and speak to a select group of books. Some wanted to be books to improve their English </li></ul><ul><li>We intend to visit some high schools for select books to talk to a class on a theme e.g. The Vietnam Conflict </li></ul><ul><li>The Probus club are interested in coming to us as an outing. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Next Steps <ul><li>Library staff will become more involved in logistics and management. E.g. publicity, back up books, reminder calls. </li></ul><ul><li>Each reading day will be an event </li></ul><ul><li>Days will be themed </li></ul><ul><li>More attention given to books, do not take them for granted. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Conclusion <ul><li>Living Library is a great experimental medium. </li></ul><ul><li>The Library will get more involved with the volunteers, most likely take a leading role. </li></ul><ul><li>Will develop more theme nights with living books and multi media. </li></ul><ul><li>There will be more outreach and it will be developed more as a tool to develop community </li></ul><ul><li>The Gosford Living Library has a great future. </li></ul>

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