Challenges facing public

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Nov 27, 2013 (3 years and 6 months ago)

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Challenges facing public
libraries

1.
…challenges
and issues of collection
management in public
libraries…

2.
…issues
associated with the outsourcing of
acquisitions and
cataloguing…

3.
…whole
-
of
-
state
arrangements for South
Australian public
libraries,
and any thoughts on
the future of this
collaboration.

Public Libraries are big business


10.1M active borrowers
-

45% of the pop.


188M loans p.a.
-

8.4 per capita


114M visits p.a.
-

5.12 per capita


41M items in collections


50% of collections are older than 5 years


8,500 staff


1,500 locations

(2009/10 NSLA public library statistics)

The Money


$936M p.a. total expenditure ($42 per
capita)


$190M (26%) increase over 5
years


Per capita growth = 16% over 5 years


$117M p.a. for collections ($5.22 per capita
)


$
13M (12%) increase over 5
years


Per capita growth = 3
% over 5 years


$4.7M for e
-
resources ($0.28 per capita
)

(
2009/10 NSLA public library statistics)



Collection Management in Public Libraries

Risks & challenges


Historic models barely apply


All things to all people


Static collections budgets


Plethora of media


Moving away from physical objects


Rapid changes in “publishing”


Community expectations



Outsourcing & collaboration…

The South Australian model


Central acquisitions (not selection)


Union catalogue & automated ILL


Cataloguing & end processing


State
-
wide courier


Free public Internet & wireless access


State
-
wide collections


Databases

Building on collaboration

Shared State
-
wide Library Management System


4.6M items


Single card


Reserve anything


Borrow & return anywhere


Local autonomy


51% of the State online by Sept 2012


RFID interoperability specification


New e
-
procurement model within 2 years