Never allow a lack of funding to hold you back as you do not need to spend a lot to make a difference!
I am more excited by the Making initiatives that can be put in place than the compartmentalised approach to creating the physical space.
Frequently, I note the implementation of Maker Spaces in libraries is less impressive than the colourful words that surround it’s description.
I understand there is more to a library than loan stats, however it is important not to discount the relevance of these as a benchmark. To this end, I ask all libraries, “what would you change about your library if you were to receive a dollar in your personal bank account for every item borrowed”?
Take a uniform approach to all signage and print collateral. It not only looks professional, but also helps build presence in the community and reinforces a group of libraries work together. This is a fundamental principal of marketing and promotion.
I believe there should be a level of uniformity across a library network. Particularly a Public Library Service. l support tailoring the design, décor and collection to branch-based demographic.
Investing in RFID and self-check technology and maintaining a traditional style circulation desk alongside new technology is almost like saying “don’t bother” to the customer.
I’m a change advocate, though I don’t see any value in throwing away the Library brand. The concept of a library is not dated – phenomenally successful, Netflix is a library!
It’s probably timely to emphasise that I am a keen supporter of online resources and new technologies, as well as proactive weeding of the print collection. However, we cannot make an informed judgment on the potential of books until we create a level playing ground between print and new technologies.
Attracting a younger audience into Public Libraries is too complex to address in a paragraph. I must however stress that image drives perception and the solution is much bigger picture than simply creating a teen zone – a concept I find quite dated. The marketing strategy, resources and overall image need to be relevant.