Library Needs Study

Sydney: UTS:IPPG
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2017, pp. 1 - 65 (65)
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The Centre for Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:CLG) was engaged by Litchfield Council to undertake a needs study of library services. The objective of this study was to guide Council and the Northern Territory Library (NTL) in their decisions and allocation of resources for the extension and operations of future library services in Litchfield. To that end, the study: • Engaged with the Taminmin Community Library users, non-users and key stakeholders; • Mapped library services and library opportunities; • Identified partnership opportunities; and • Investigated options for expanding library services. Through the inception process, the following agreed aims, guiding principles, and outcomes of the study were determined: • Agreed Aims o Identify what library services the community needs; o Identify whether existing services are adequate to meet this need; and o If the existing services are not adequate, provide options for the delivery of library services to meet the identified needs. • Agreed Guiding Principles o Engage and consult with a wide range of stakeholders throughout the study; and o Respond to the needs and aspirations of both current the Taminmin Community Library users and future prospective library users. • Outcomes o The study will assist Council and NTL to understand current and future need for library services; o The study will provide options in relation to models to deliver expanded library services, if required; o The study will provide a robust evidence base for seeking funding for the development of a new library facility in Litchfield, if required; and o The study will provide an analysis of the viability of the existing library service at Taminmin College. This paper, intended for presentation to the Litchfield Council and NTL, provides a report on the study’s findings. As such, it provides: • Background information (including a review of relevant documents and literature, a demographic analysis, and spatial mapping); • A review of the current situation (including benchmarking of current services and usage); • An analysis of the engagement outcomes; and • Recommendations for expanding library services for Council’s consideration.
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