Victorian Public Libraries 2030
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
New Report on 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
Local Government Victoria
Annual Survey of Public Libraries and Directory of Public libraries up till 2009-2010 can be found at
The Annual Survey is now conducted by PLVN and links to later editions are listed under PLVN publications below.
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.
State Library of New South Wales
People Places - A guide for public library buildings in NSW
This is a comprehensive list of building standards invaluable for anyone planning a new library in any state.
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
Monash Library Service
Stonnington Library Service
Boroondara Library Service
Hobsons Bay Library Service
The Toolkit for Being the Best can be found here:
New Horizons: shaping tomorrow’s libraries for the Victorian community
A retreat for Victorian public library managers and senior State Library staff
Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 July 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:
Directory of Australian Libraries - new edition available
Australian libraries: the essential directory (ALED) 9th edition now available.
9th edition 2009/2011 ISSN 1031-5187 ISBN 1 875145 61 3
Cost: $75.00 plus $8.00p&h
Almost 300 A4 pages packed with up to date information on all Special libraries, University libraries, Tafe libraries, Theological libraries, Public lending libraries, State libraries Parliamentary libraries, The National Library.
Also includes a wide range of Australian library related information: Library suppliers, Library schools, Library consultants, Information brokers, Library science publishers, Library journals, Other library directories, Library associations including most overseas and IFLA, Employment agencies, Acronyms and initialisms, Library awards etc etc
ALED9 - the essential directory for : Interlibrary loans/document delivery, Administrators, Acquisitions, Serials, Reference, Educators, Suppliers, Departmental/branch libraries... and anyone needing quick access to information about one of Australia's greatests assets - its libraries.
Available from Auslib Press http://www.auslib.com.au/directories.htm
Statewide Public Library Development Projects Reports
- 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
Evaluatons of Library Services:
Bayside Library Service
Campaspe Regional Library
Central Highlands Regional Library Corporation
City of Greater Dandenong
East Gippsland Library Service
Goulburn Valley Regional Library Corporation
Melton Library and Information Service
Port Phillip Library Service
Yarra-Plenty Regional Library Corporation
Being the Best we can toolkit
- 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
Reports on Library Funding
Strategic Framework for NewZealand Public Libraries 2012-2017
- OCLC's newest membership report, Perceptions of Libraries, 2010,
This is a 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.
This OCLC membership report explores:
* Technological and economic shifts since 2005
* Lifestyle changes Americans have made during the recession, including increased use of the library and other online resources
* How a negative change to employment status impacts use and perceptions of the library
* Perceptions of libraries and information resources based on life stage
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."
The report can be obtained free from
· Australian Communications and Media Authority
This 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.
To view the full report: http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD..PC/pc=PC_312174
Australian Library and Information Association