Publications


Creative Communities: the cultural benefits of Victoria's public libraries

On Friday, 8 August 2014 the Creative Communities report of the State-wide Library Development Project was launched.

 

Building Libraries for Tomorrow: INELI Cohort 1 Collaborative Project

Presentation to the PLVN General Meeting held on 18 March 2014

 

IFLA Trend Report 2013

Presentation to the PLVN General Meeting held on 18 March 2014

Victorian Public Libraries 2030: Strategic Framework 

On Wednesday 19 June 2013, the Victorian Public Libraries 2030 Strategic Framework was launched.

Victorian Public Libraries 2030 Summary Report

Victorian Public Libraries 2030 Full Report

Victorian Public Libraries 2030: Presentation

 

Directory of Public Library Services in Victoria 2014

The Directory is produced by Local Government Victoria and the latest version is located at http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/localgovernment/publications-and-research/libraries

 

Annual Statistical Survey of Public Libraries now located on the left hand information panel.

 

Internet Use in Victorian Public Libraries  

Public Libraries Victoria Network and the State Library of Victoria are proud to present the Internet and PC usage in Victorian public libraries report.
The Internet and PC usage study articulates who uses computers and the internet in public libraries, what tasks they perform and the benefits of free computer and internet access to public library users.
The study has found compelling evidence outlining how these services are essential to a wide cross-section of the community and that it is critical that libraries provide high-quality high-speed computer and internet services as we move towards an increasingly digital future.
I & J Management Services were engaged to undertake the study and completed extensive research into computer and internet usage, demographics and requirements of Victorian public library computer and internet users.
This included surveying nearly 4,000 library users across Victoria as well as completing a series of in-depth telephone interviews.

Internet and PC usage in Victorian public libraries – One-page flyer

Internet and PC usage in Victorian public libraries – Summary Report

Internet and PC usage in Victorian public libraries – Technical Report
 

Directory of Australian Libraries

Available from Auslib Press http://www.auslib.com.au/directories.htm 

 

Public Library Standards and Guidelines 

Beyond a Quality Service - strengthening the social fabric.  Standards and Guidelines for Australian Public Libraries,  

Compiled by LibrariesAlive for Australian Library and Information Association, 2010.

 

Public Library Buildings

People Places - A guide for public library buildings in NSW, a comprehensive list of building standards invaluable for anyone planning a new library in any state.

 

Public Library Funding

 

Social Cities - Grattan Institute Report - March 2012

The Grattan Institute has released Social Cities, a new report about the need to put social connection firmly on the agenda for decision-making about cities at every level - from the overall shape of the city, to neighbourhoods, streets and buildings.

Social Cities argues that the way we build and organise our cities is critical and deserves more attention. Indeed the capacity of growing Australian cities to absorb larger populations and improve quality of life for all residents will depend to a considerable degree on the extent to which the urban environment promotes or hinders social connection.

The report details the importance of relationships to wellbeing, and the harmful impacts where a lack of social connection leads to loneliness, isolation and adverse health outcomes for individuals.
Grattan Institute Report - March 2012

Public Libraries Victoria Network 

 

 

 

New Horizons: shaping tomorrow’s libraries for the Victorian community
A retreat for Victorian public library managers and senior State Library staff, 2010 

New Horizons was the sixth in a series of retreats for Victoria’s public library managers and senior State Library managers delivered under the banner of the Statewide Public Library Development Projects, funded by the Library Board of Victoria with the generous support of Local Government Victoria. The retreats play an important role in joint planning and relationship building among the participants, who are united in their commitment to delivering excellent public library services to all Victorians.

The program began with a lively and provocative workshop led by the team from The Neville Freeman Agency (who produced the acclaimed Bookends Scenarios work with public libraries in New South Wales) utilising the INSPECT process and Zing technology. This scene-setting workshop examined the long-term future and shape of public library services in Victoria, taking into account the major social, economic, political, technological and environmental issues that will be faced. This was followed by presentations from library leaders Pat Losinski from Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, and Winston Ong and Ivan Chew from the National Library Board of Singapore, who presented a kaleidoscope of views and ideas from around the world, covering the immediate issues and challenges for public libraries, strategic responses and inspiring examples of service excellence. The Retreat concluded with an intensive workshop, facilitated by Ian Phillips of I&J Management Services, during which Public Libraries Victoria Network developed a list of potential collaborative initiatives to advance strategic priorities for the next three years. Notes from the presentations can be seen as follows:


Statewide Public Library Development Projects Reports

2008-2011 Projects 

  • Building Knowledge for Library Advocacy

       Dollars, Sense and Public Libraries  - final report of the  Building Knowledge Project

       Dollars Sense and Public Libraries - Technical Report  and Appendices  

  • Shared leadership Program.

      Presentation Day Program

      Strategic Evaluation of Programs - Toolkit and Report

       Partnership Framework. Presentation and Report

       Customer Service Excellence - Presentation and Report

       Library Services to the Babyboomers - Presentation and Report

  

Reports of earlier projects  

Conference and Workshop Reports

 

New Horizons: shaping tomorrow’s libraries for the Victorian community: A retreat for Victorian public library managers and senior State Library staff, 2010, The Country Place, Kalorama
New Horizons was the sixth in a series of retreats for Victoria’s public library managers and senior State Library managers delivered under the banner of the Statewide Public Library Development Projects, funded by the Library Board of Victoria with the generous support of Local Government Victoria. The retreats play an important role in joint planning and relationship building among the participants, who are united in their commitment to delivering excellent public library services to all Victorians.

The program began with a lively and provocative workshop led by the team from The Neville Freeman Agency (who produced the acclaimed Bookends Scenarios work with public libraries in New South Wales) utilising the INSPECT process and Zing technology. This scene-setting workshop examined the long-term future and shape of public library services in Victoria, taking into account the major social, economic, political, technological and environmental issues that will be faced. This was followed by presentations from library leaders Pat Losinski from Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, and Winston Ong and Ivan Chew from the National Library Board of Singapore, who presented a kaleidoscope of views and ideas from around the world, covering the immediate issues and challenges for public libraries, strategic responses and inspiring examples of service excellence. The Retreat concluded with an intensive workshop, facilitated by Ian Phillips of I&J Management Services, during which Public Libraries Victoria Network developed a list of potential collaborative initiatives to advance strategic priorities for the next three years. Notes from the presentations can be seen as follows:

Mobile Libraries

 

The Big Issues: Public libraries, learning, technology and social inclusion seminar was held at the State Library of Victoria on Monday 16 November 2009.
The
presentations and the recordings of the presentations. 

Switch 2009 Output Statement.   This Conference was held in November 2009  and hosted by the Public Libraries NSW Metropolitan Association.  The Switch 2009 Output Statement presents key messages which emerged from presentations and discussions at the Conference.

Excellent Customer Service in Public Libraries.  Workshop held at the State Library of Victoria April 2009.  Papers and presentations.

Outstanding Partnerships and Social Inclusion Projects in Victorian Libraries -  Seminar held at the State Library of Victoria on 19 June 2009.  

Ancestry Database aids

 

 Public Library Funding

 

General Interest and Research

Social Cities, Grattan Institute Report 2012, a new report about the need to put social connection firmly on the agenda for decision-making about cities at every level - from the overall shape of the city, to neighbourhoods, streets and buildings. Social Cities argues that the way we build and organise our cities is critical and deserves more attention. Indeed the capacity of growing Australian cities to absorb larger populations and improve quality of life for all residents will depend to a considerable degree on the extent to which the urban environment promotes or hinders social connection.
The report details the importance of relationships to wellbeing, and the harmful impacts where a lack of social connection leads to loneliness, isolation and adverse health outcomes for individuals.
 

Strategic Framework for New Zealand Public Libraries 2012-2017

The future of public libraries, ALA, 2012 - This research paper looks at some of the challenges facing public libraries,  libraries' advantages and disadvantages compared with competitors providing the same services  and canvasses various alternative roles and directions. 

Perceptions of Libraries, OCLC, 2010, this sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is now available. The new report provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online habits, preferences, and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected the information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries.
The report is based on U.S. data from an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC. OCLC analyzed and summarized the results in order to produce this report." 

IFLA Public Libraries Section Newsletter

Innovative, nimble, collaborative comunity partnerships.  A paper by Robert McEntyre, Executive Director, Public Libraries Association of NSW(Metropolitan).   June 2010

Too much information - article on the effect of Google on Public Libraries by Vivienne Waller

The changing face of public libraries,  The (Sydney) Magazine,  November 2009

Bookends Scenarios : Alternative futures for  the NSW  Public Library Network  in 2030

Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading A report from the Book Industry Study Group on consumers'  attitudes to e-books.

Which Future for Libraries?
Based on a futures workshop of expert librarians and library stakeholders, four futures of the library and librarians are explored: "The Lean, Information Machine," "Co-location for Community Capacity Building," "Knowledge Navigator," and "Dinosaurs of the Digital Knowledge Era."
Sohail Inayatullah, Professor, Tamkang University and Adjunct Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast.

Cost benefit analysis: outsourcing acquisition, cataloguing and processing in NSW public libraries.  Report prepared by Macroplan for NSW Public Libraries Network Research Committee, February 2010. 

Public Library Modernisation Review:  from the British Government. March 2010.

Trends in media use by children and young people,  the Australian communications and Media Authority report provides a detailed look at current media use patterns among young Australians and young Americans, drawing on major studies in both countries. Information covered in the report includes:
•    overall media use
•    watching television content
•    mobile phone use
•    listening to music
•    playing video and computer games
•    computers and the Internet.