Libraries Committee Presentation August 2010


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Presentation made to West Dunbartonshire Council Education Committee, reporting on the PLIQM evaluation of West Dunbartyonshire Libraries carried out in March 2010.

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Libraries Committee Presentation August 2010

  1. 2. West Dunbartonshire Libraries Report on the PLQIM Inspection of March 2010 Public Library Quality Improvement Matrix (PLQIM) for Scotland 24 th August 2010
  2. 3. What is PLQIM? <ul><li>Developed by the Scottish Libraries and Information Council and the Scottish Government, PLQIM is a self-assessment tool used to evaluate how well we are performing as a public library service. </li></ul><ul><li>PUBLIC LIBRARY QUALITY IMPROVEMENT FRAMEWORK </li></ul><ul><li>There are seven areas which are self assessed, known as ‘Quality Indicators’. </li></ul><ul><li>Across these areas, we use PLQIM to evaluate ourselves and to identify: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How well are we doing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do we know? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What can we improve on? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. PLQIM Quality Indicators <ul><li>The seven Quality Indicators are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community and Personal Participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting Readers’ Needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learners’ Experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethos and Values </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organisation and Use of Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Indicators 1, 3 & 4 were assessed in 2010. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>19,517 ( 21.5% pop.) active library borrowers. An increase of 14% </li></ul><ul><li>448,597 visits to libraries in 2009-10. An increase of 2.6% </li></ul><ul><li>Over 44,600 enquiries dealt with by library staff in 2009-10 </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Bookstart – Bookbug </li></ul><ul><li>99% hit rate in providing starter reading packs to babies </li></ul><ul><li>14 ‘Time to Rhyme’ sessions in libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Over 9,300 attendances in 2009-10. An increase of 125% </li></ul><ul><li>Training programme for partners and parent volunteers </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>82, 000 items borrowed by children in 2009-10 </li></ul><ul><li>Library visits available to all P1, P4 and P7 classes </li></ul><ul><li>All projects linked to the Curriculum For Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>233 children completed the 2010 Summer Reading Challenge </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Author events for all ages throughout the year </li></ul><ul><li>14 Reading Groups including one for Carers in West Dunbartonshire </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Comfort Zones’ in Dumbarton and Dalmuir libraries to support adult literacy </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Annual Booked! Festival of Words . 2500 attendances in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>BooXfactor – Teenage festival promoting graphic novels </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Over 106,000 pc bookings in libraries in 2009-10. Increase of 4.4% </li></ul><ul><li>Over 8,300 active computer users </li></ul>Library Learning Centres
  10. 11. <ul><li>1,750 learners have completed courses in IT skills </li></ul><ul><li>144,000 hits to the Libraries’ web site in 2009-10. An increase of 93% </li></ul><ul><li>On-line access to the catalogue, individual accounts, including placing requests, renewing loans and booking a PC; LibraryElf </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Local History Fact Sheets </li></ul><ul><li>574 children entered the 2010 Local History Week competition </li></ul><ul><li>Family history workshops; specialist staff; unique collections </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Links to WDC Planning </li></ul><ul><li>SOA Priority Local Outcome and Targets : </li></ul><ul><li>Improved achievement and attainment through lifelong learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Improved confidence and active citizenship for Children and Young People. </li></ul><ul><li>Improved early years attainment . Parents supported to give their child the best start in life. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased participation in local cultural activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Community Plan 2007-2017: </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting Education and Lifelong Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an accessible libraries service which reflects the needs of our communities in the 21st century. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase interest, involvement, participation, attainment and achievement from early years to adult learning and continue to increase vocational and academic learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Improving Health and Wellbeing </li></ul><ul><li>Create and support informed and responsible individuals in strong, functioning families by providing parenting skill development, working with nurseries, family and carers support groups, health visitors and maternity services. </li></ul><ul><li>Building Strong and Safe Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to develop innovative projects providing high quality diversionary activities for young people. </li></ul>