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April 2017

How to attract more people to the public library? – Community groups

April 24th, 2017|Categories: Public Libraries|Tags: , , , |

The Carnegie’s Shining a Light report confirms that libraries are still valuable to people, with 72% overall saying libraries are important for their communities. However, there are some groups that have dropped their usage, mostly those with a lower socio-economic status. The reasons are various, ranging from a lack of interest to the language barriers or to the inability to get there. The big challenge now is how to get these people back to the library’s perimeters. In the third part of this series, we will focus on the sensitive community groups that a library can attract and transform into its most faithful visitors by providing equality of access to information. 1. Help refugees integrate into the local community They are strangers forced to leave their [...]

How to attract more users to the public library? – An interview with Ian Anstice of Public Libraries News

April 12th, 2017|Categories: Public Libraries|Tags: , , , |

Given the large interest in our first interview with Rolf Hapel from Aarhus Public Library, we’ve decided to create a series of interviews with representatives and thought leaders from libraries around the globe – great and inspirational insights. So stay tuned! For the second article in our series, we talked with Ian Anstice, editor of the Public Libraries News website in the UK. A public librarian since 1994, Ian is a keen advocate of public libraries and chronicler of the UK public libraries scene. He is a library manager at Winsford Library since 1998 and a winner of Information Professional of the Year 2011 and Winsford Customer Service "Oscar" 2012 and 2014. He talks more about the opportunities and challenges libraries can face when collaborating in their activities. [...]

How to attract more users to the public library? – Library collaboration

April 7th, 2017|Categories: Public Libraries|Tags: , , , |

Libraries are a very trusted source of information and at the same time they are at the heart of the community, connecting people. As we’ve mentioned in our first article, partnerships with other public institutions and private organizations represent a great way to create a community space. But there is also the possibility to create partnerships with other libraries and offer a more attractive service to users. In this post, we will walk you through two ways libraries can collaborate and attract more visitors. 1. Collaborate with other libraries from the region and offer a combined library service Sharing information and knowledge is a core objective of a library but often the users want access to all kinds of resources that the library might not have [...]

March 2017

How to attract more users to the public library? – An interview with Rolf Hapel from DOKK1 Library

March 30th, 2017|Categories: Public Libraries|Tags: , , , |

As we pointed out in the previous post, there are many ways to attract new users to the library’s perimeters, and some of them can be easily implemented. Didn’t read our first article? You can find it here. We know that getting started is the hardest part in implementing a new service. Therefore, we talked with Rolf Hapel, Director of Citizens' Services and Libraries at DOKK1, the main library in Aarhus, Denmark. He provided some insights regarding the library’s activity that we want to share with you. In this interview, you will learn about how DOKK1 was developed and managed to be such a success. How Dokk1 managed to double the number of visits to the library Source:   1.When reviewing the statistics in the [...]

How to attract more users to the public library? – Community partnerships

March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Public Libraries|Tags: , , |

Please raise your hand if you love your local library. There is no doubt that people value libraries as a great source of information and relaxation during work or leisure time. Nonetheless, by taking a short look at the public library statistics offered by UNESCO, it might seem there is a trend among public libraries to have their funding cut, to have decreased the amount of book loans or to have reduced the number of their branches. So what can libraries do to fight this trend? The library of the future is not just a place that offers books. There is much more a library can offer to its visitors. To serve as inspiration, we have started a series of posts with the aim to [...]