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Tamworth Library - The living room concept


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Presentation by Kay Delahunt at the Country Public Libaries Conference 2005 at Gosford NSW

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Tamworth Library - The living room concept

  1. 1. Tamworth City Library A Living Room Library
  2. 3. Objectives <ul><li>Encourage client independence </li></ul><ul><li>Create a cosy atmosphere where clients are comfortable to linger, browse or read </li></ul><ul><li>Cater for different styles of using the library. i.e the browser versus the catalogue user. </li></ul><ul><li>Display and promote awareness of the complete range of formats available for use. </li></ul><ul><li>Entice clients to explore new formats. </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate electronic resources so they become less threatening for clients who are shy of technology. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Floorplan <ul><li>Long narrow site/building </li></ul><ul><li>Entrance 1/3 way down the building </li></ul><ul><li>Living Rooms (mostly ”u” shaped areas) used to break up the length of the building and take away tunnel effect. </li></ul><ul><li>Some shelves are on wheels so that areas can be “opened up” for events, displays etc. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Foyer Returns Chutes
  5. 6. Characteristics of “Living Rooms” <ul><li>Broad subject “rooms” with comfortable furniture scattered throughout. Lounges, lounge chairs, bean bags and coffee tables </li></ul><ul><li>All formats interfiled in each room: Junior & Adult Reference , Non-Fiction, Magazines, CDs, Video, DVD, etc and PCs which default to a “pathfinder” screen for the subject area. The default page includes subscription databases and Internet Links. Some areas have extensive pamphlet collections and there is lots of “face out” display. </li></ul><ul><li>Drink vending machines (Coke and Coffee) </li></ul>
  6. 7. Vending Machines
  7. 8. Entrance Doors Music Living Room
  8. 14. Subject Groups <ul><li>Choice of subjects for subject grouping is not a “ one size fits all ” for public libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of loan statistics for non-fiction by Dewey 10s. i.e 610s 620s etc assisted in determining the groupings. The popularity of subjects such as agriculture and medicine became apparent from these reoprts. </li></ul><ul><li>The layout of major bookstores also influenced the subject grouping. For example after visiting Borders Bookshop it was decided that politics should go in the history room and that language tapes should be located in the travel room. </li></ul><ul><li>Local profile- population has high child and youth age groups, agricultural area, country music capital. </li></ul>
  9. 16. Rooms <ul><li>Large Rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Literature & Film </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture & Gardening </li></ul><ul><li>Health & Sport </li></ul><ul><li>History ( includes Politics) </li></ul><ul><li>Local Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Science & Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Medium Sized Rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Cooking & Craft </li></ul><ul><li>Travel ( includes language tapes) </li></ul><ul><li>Biographies </li></ul><ul><li>Law and Business </li></ul><ul><li>Religion & Philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Art & Photography </li></ul>
  10. 17. Locating the rooms Traffic flows & relationships between areas <ul><li>Information desk opposite entrance & circulation next to exit. </li></ul><ul><li>Music Room first thing users see when entering library </li></ul><ul><li>Law & Business Living Room and Health & Sport Living Room given high profile, visible from entrance and close proximity to information desk </li></ul><ul><li>Youth area near the front with high visibility inside and outside the building </li></ul><ul><li>Travel Living Room near Youth area </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s corner at rear of building with colourful pathway. </li></ul><ul><li>Science & Technology Living Room next to Children’s area to encourage boys into transition to information resources </li></ul><ul><li>Cooking & Craft nearby to Children’s area so parents can browse while storytime is in progress. </li></ul>
  11. 18. Health & Sport Living Room
  12. 19. Health & Sport
  13. 20. Public Access PCs scattered throughout Living Rooms <ul><li>22 public access PCs </li></ul><ul><li>Some are dedicated PCs in living rooms with default pages promoting subject databases and web links for the living room subject area </li></ul><ul><li>Automated booking system linked to library management system borrower file </li></ul><ul><li>Clients can book for themselves using borrower number and PIN </li></ul><ul><li>Booking system features include reports on usage, booking limits ( 2 per day) sessions close down at end of booking and at closing time, session termination can be carried out from the nerve centre. </li></ul>
  14. 21. Literature & Film Living Room
  15. 22. Workflow <ul><li>New collections codes set up in library system </li></ul><ul><li>Library closed Monday mornings Aug- Dec 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>All staff involved – assembly line process </li></ul><ul><li>Worked through the non-fiction completing about 5 bays each Monday. Unprocessed returned items not shelved until processed. </li></ul><ul><li>Process = weeding / room allocation / collection & call no prefix change on system / spine label generation/ match item and spine label/ security strips inserted/ reshelved </li></ul>
  16. 23. Evaluation <ul><li>Increased usage. Some change in proportion of information/recreational use </li></ul><ul><li>Changed patterns of library use – borrowers staying in the library longer. </li></ul>
  17. 24. 2.1 682 1449 Travel 1.1 1811 1909 Science & Technology 1.8 408 729 Philosophy & Religion 1.0 219 210 Music 1.0 991 972 Law 1.2 1910 2289 History 1.3 1879 2475 Health & Sport 3.0 817 2437 Craft & Cooking 2.4 638 1542 Biography 1.6 646 1064 Art& Photography 2.0 600 1189 Agriculture Turnover 6 months 30/6/05 Stock Loans
  18. 26. Fiction Area
  19. 27. Law & Business
  20. 28. Law & Business
  21. 29. Science & Technology Living Room
  22. 30. Children’s Corner
  23. 33. Other factors which contributed to success of the project <ul><li>Timing - rearrangement coincided with move to new premises </li></ul><ul><li>Naming the concept - both the media and public have been quick to begin using the “Living Room” name. </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership – all staff were involved </li></ul>