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27th November 2013 Sara Lock

Resources tagged with "library users"

Brighton and Hove Libraries Services: Evolving in Conversation

Discover how Brighton and Hove Libraries Services worked with arts organisations to engage 13 - 34 year olds and adult learners in their local community.

By Brighton and Hove Libraries ServicesPublished:2016 Type: case-study


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Developing new audiences for libraries

Transported is a Creative People and Places funded programme that aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities. This project set out to explore libraries as community hubs that offer opportunities beyond ordinary library use.

Published:2015 Type: case-study


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Engaging library service users in the arts

Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme which aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities. In 2013, as part of its Open Book project working with the Lincolnshire County Council Library Service, Transported commissioned Pestiferous to create a site specific piece of theatre that would tour eight libraries in Boston Borough and South Holland. The piece - The Librarians - engaged library services users in the arts whilst drawing in new audiences into the libraries.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Bookbuzz: developing young people's love of reading

This report evaluates the impact of Bookbuzz a project funded by the Booktrust. Launched in 2012, this programme provides a book for Year 7 students soon after their transition from primary to secondary school at a crucial time when formative attitudes towards reading develop.

Published:2014 Type: research


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Bookstart Corner: developing young children's love of reading

This report evaluates the impact of Bookstart Corner a project funded by the Booktrust. This programme was targeted at socially and economically disadvantaged families with children aged 12-30 months. Located in Children's Centres, Bookstart Corner offered intensive support for parents and carers to encourage reading for pleasure with their children to help develop a love of stories, books and rhymes.

Published:2014 Type: research


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Using reading challenges to get children engaged with their local library

In 2012 the Summer Reading Challenge, run by The Reading Agency in partnership with libraries, was called Story Lab and was part of the Olympics’ 2012 Festival. The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest children’s reading promotion. Children are encouraged to read six library books of their choice over the summer holidays. They join the Challenge at their local library, where library staff and volunteers give out themed materials and incentives, and medals and certificates are awarded to those who finish six books. This case study details the 2012 Challenge.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Libraries engaging with children through the Summer's reading challenge

Every year The Reading Agency partners with libraries to create the Summer Reading Challenge, the UK’s biggest children’s reading promotion. Children are encouraged to read six library books of their choice over the summer holidays. They join the Challenge at their local library, where library staff and volunteers give out themed materials and incentives, and medals and certificates are awarded to those who finish six books. This case study details the 2013 Challenge - Creepy House.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using reading challenges to engage with adults

The Reading Agency's Six Book Challenge takes place every year in libraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons and invites participants to choose six reads, review them, and enter prize draws. This article describes how jobseeker Paul Bennett, 55, who went back to college in Warrington to improve his English skills, completed the Six Book Challenge with the hope of winning a prize draw for Rugby League World Cup 2013 tickets.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Prescribing books in a mental health service

The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme was launched in June 2013 and provides self-help reading for adults based on cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. This case study by The Reading Agency, describes how iCope - Islington Psychological Therapies and Wellbeing Service is working in partnership with Islington Libraries to run the scheme in Islington.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Engaging with disadvantaged young people through the Reading Activists programme

The Reading Agency’s innovative Reading Activist programme is funded by Big Lottery in 18 authorities across 4 regions. This case study describes how the St Helen's Reading Activists programme has helped to engage with disadvantaged young people from deprived areas of the town with positive outcomes for the young people involved.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Libraries engaging with young people through the Reading Activists programme

The Reading Agency’s innovative Reading Activist programme is funded by Big Lottery in 18 authorities across 4 regions. This article describes the success of Gateshead Central Library's Reading Activists - a group of 12 young people aged 13-19 who meet regularly to plan and organise events at the Library for young people. This has enabled the young people of Gateshead to shape their own space and service at Gateshead Central Library.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Engaging children with disabilities in libraries

This article by The Reading Agency describes how the Chatterbooks programme uses multi-sensory stories to engage with children with disabilities. Libraries involved in this programme have developed valuable links with local special educational needs schools whilst enabling disabled children and young people to have greater access to services and activities in their local and wider community.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Using film to promote the magic of libraries

Time To Read - a partnership of people working in 22 library authorities in North West England - shares its experience of commissioning a video to promote reading and libraries.

By Jane MathiesonPublished:2014 Type: case-study


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Librarycamp – an unconference for people who want to improve libraries

Librarycamp is a free unconference with the agenda set by attendees on the morning of the event - a Do-It-Yourself conference. In this case study, Sue Lawson of Librarycamp UK talks about how to organise unconferences for people interested in improving libraries, and shares useful tools and resources for anyone in any field interested in bringing the unique benefits of the ‘unconference’ format to their sector.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using innovation to develop library as a ‘concept’ media centre

At DOK, Holland’s 'Library Concept Center' in Delft, exploring new innovation is at the core of what they do. In this article Doklab founder and director Erik Boekesteijn introduces the DOK library and the innovative work at Doklab. DOK can best be described as a media center that combines three unique collections: music and film, literature, and art; and is the most frequently visited public institute in Delft. This is full text about the article

Published:2014 Type: article


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Launching the new Library of Birmingham

It’s not every day that libraries make the front page, but the opening of the new Library of Birmingham was one of the big culture stories of 2013. In this case study, Kate Feld interviews Sara Rowell, Partnerships and Marketing Senior Manager at the Library of Birmingham, about the launch of this spectacular new building and finds out what happens next.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Building partnerships: a toolkit for literature organisations and libraries

Literature organisations and libraries share a commitment to the power of reading and writing to achieve positive social change. It is in this spirit that this toolkit has been devised to help literature organisations and libraries build good partnerships. It has been published as part of a piece of research commissioned by Arts Council South East from New Writing South (NWS) and Writers’Centre Norwich (WCN) called Building Partnerships: A Report on Literature Organisations and Libraries in the South East And East.

Published:2014 Type: guide-toolkit


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How library services can collaborate to promote community cohesion

Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks Londoners and visitors to pick up the same book and read it together. A month-long programme of book groups, film screenings and other events takes place across London. It is the only programme that involves all 33 London library services. This case study describes the processes involved in organising this event.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Using social media to market library services

Since 2008 Manchester Library and Information Service has used social media including blogging, sharing photos/videos, tweets and Facebook to promote resources and activities and reach new audiences. Written by Sue Lawson from Manchester Library, with contributions from Linsey Parkinson (Heald), writer and marketing consultant, this case study describes how social media has helped Manchester Libraries to develop its relationships with customers, publishers, authors, librarians, and bloggers from Manchester and beyond.  

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Improving children and young people's engagement with libraries

The Evolve Project is a US-based open collaborative platform that aims to change the way people see libraries. In this case study, Brian Pichman describes how The Evolve Project improved young library users’ engagement with the library’s children’s space by changing its design and putting in new technology and programming that encourages them to learn and interact in different ways.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Libraries as Start-ups

These days, people aren’t just checking out books at the library – increasingly, they’re making things there. Brian Pichman from the US-based The Evolve Project, which aims to change the way people see libraries, discusses the new collaborative and creative uses of libraries being successfully trialed around the world, including maker spaces and fab labs, and argues that libraries should foster a “start-up” culture.

Published:2014 Type: article


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Art lending through libraries

Art To Go is an art lending programme in place at an Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) since 1965. It's a great example of one of the many unconventional ways libraries can enrich the lives of the communities they serve. The collection, which has about 400 items, is available to any patron with an ICPL library card, and two items can be borrowed for two months at a time with no charge.

Published:2014 Type: case-study


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Books on bikes: bringing the library to the people

In May 2013, the Seattle Public Library launched its Books on Bikes pilot project as part of the Library’s Innovation Campaign, an internal project to develop innovative ideas. Books on Bikes is an outreach project that aims to bring the library to the people with teams of two Library staff biking to events and introducing people to Seattle’s Library services.

Published:2013 Type: case-study


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Borrowing library books online: establishing demand

This research was commissioned to gauge user reaction to online book lending: the likely price-range different groups may be willing to pay for the service, preferences in delivery options and a view on likely levels of usage. This qualitative research involved 220 of whom one third were interested in online book loans. The essentials for the customer experience to meet expectations included: Easy, flexible delivery and pick up mechanism tailored to the needs of the user; Reasonable price as the service will be offered to library users accustomed to "free" book borrowing from libraries and to non-users comparing this option to the availability of cheap books in …

Published:2013 Type: guide-toolkit


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What do the public want from libraries? Technical report

This technical report summarises the methodological approach for the 2010 programme of research conducted by Ipsos MORI and Shared Intelligence on behalf of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), This programme examined public attitudes to, and experiences of, public libraries, using a range of methodologies to collate existing data and to resolve gaps where little evidence previously existed. This fuller picture aims to be of value in shaping the public library service more closely to the needs of users and potential users in the years ahead. The main purpose of the research was to understand what users and non-users of public libraries want from the service. Although there were …

Published:2013 Type: research


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What do the public want from libraries? Summary report of quantitative research

This quantitative research fed into the full report 'What do the public want from libraries?' It provides an analysis of the findings from a telephone survey of 1,102 people aged 18+ in England. Key questions asked were around: Frequency of library use Personal definition of library use Motivations for using library services Reasons for not using library services Reasons for satisfaction with library services What would encourage more visits  

Published:2013 Type: research


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What do the public want from libraries? Summary report of qualitative research

This summary of the qualitative, focus group research feeds into the report 'What do the public want from libraries?'. The focus groups concentrated on: Why people use libraries? What  people value in public libraries? Reasons for not using libraries Awareness of library services Views on the value of library services Issues highlighted in the qualitative research included: The challenge in meeting all groups’ needs at once, particularly when libraries offer limited physical space The tension around trying to attract new users without alienating existing users  The importance of the book offer and the strong view that the quality and range of stock needs to be improved The importance of the physical space …

Published:2013 Type: research


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