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Public Library Surveys

As a public library we are involved in regular surveys. Our service has to submit an annual survey to our State government, we run our own in-house surveys of our users and we also participate in phone surveys of users/non-users alongside several other regional library services. All this gives us a pretty good idea of …

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Is email driving you crazy?

Having asked the question in the title, you probably would correctly guess the answer for me is yes. But not for just one reason, as you might suppose, but a few. Firstly and definitely mostly, is spam. I only work part-time, so my inbox can get quite full between work days, even more ridiculously so …

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I’ve been tagged

I’ve been watching as the librarian blogs I subscribe to get tagged. When you are tagged you have to post about 4 items related to specific questions about yourself. I can’t even remember how or where it started, but its been great learning about the people behind the blogs. Anyway, I have been tagged now, …

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Following on from Web 2.0, its Library 2.0

There has been so much discussion through the library blogs about Library 2.0 – is believed to have been first coined by Michael Casey on his blog Library Crunch. It has yet to be properly defined, in fact much of the discussion has been about what it is exactly. However, within its core is using …

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The Next version of the Internet – Web 2.0

Have you heard of Web 2.0? If not, you will. You may not have heard of it using that terminology, but if you have read any other entries in this blog then you know about some of the elements that make up Web 2.0. Although there are many definitons out there and many arguments about …

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Getting youth into the library

Apart from parents dragging them in to get stuff for their school assignment, how else do we get teens into our libraries. Well we want them willingly, so what are libraries doing that are getting them in and leaving them wanting more. As I said in an earlier post, our library service has run a …

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Know your youth audience

Before you can target and then market your services, you need to know the people you are marketing too. Although I know some of what our youth market is like from what I see at the desk and hear from other staff, that is only part of the total picture. What aspect of youth behaviour …

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What to do about our youth…..

I am not talking about the general problems involving youth in our society. I am no expert and don’t have the time or inclination to discuss it here. However, youth does impact our libraries today and will do so as our future adult users, so we need to be marketing ourselves to them. Its no …

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Future trends that libraries need to be aware of

As I have noted before, I have a load of reading, from journals and many blogs (thanks oh you faithful bloggers) and time and time again I find themes within my reading. The one I am blogging today is Future Trends. Libraries have been around in some form for centuries, but never have they had …

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When even your friend is against you……

I love technology, as you are probably well aware if you know me or have read any of the other of my blog entries. But sometimes even I am not impressed by it when it doesn’t work properly. Take tonight for example. I am sitting down to blog – something I haven’t done in a …

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