Cessnock City Library (NSW)

Library Review and Strategic Plan

Cessnock Library

Cessnock Branch Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Description: The development of a comprehensive and Council aligned strategic plan included, research into current library industry trends and issues; a comprehensive library user survey, a library non-user telephone survey (conducted by Jetty Research Pty Ltd) face-to-face consultations with the library staff (included an online staff survey),and other key Council and community stakeholders. The strategic review also referenced current NSW and national library standards and guidelines.

Project Outcomes – A comprehensive strategic planning document and support resources that delivers:

  • Clear direction for staff and the community on the library’s strategic priorities
  • The strategies and actions required to achieve strategic goals
  • The basis for resource planning and external funding applications; and
  • An alignment with Council’s strategic direction

Greater Taree City Libraries (NSW)

Greater Taree City Library

Project 1: Staffing Review

Project Description: This project focused on reviewing and analysing current work practices and in particular:

  • Workload evaluation and management practices
  • Teamwork practices
  • Assessment of structure
  • Resourcing
  • Technology
  • Strategic direction
  • Collection management
  • Training / learning / skills development
  • Locational limitations

Outcome: A report providing a comprehensive set of findings and recommendations regarding strategically reassessing and changing current staff / team work practices

Project 2: Community Library User Survey

A comprehensive online and paper format library user survey was undertaken in tandem with the library staffing review. The survey was designed to capture the community’s view and comments regarding the library service, with particular emphasis on hours of operation and satisfaction with services and staff. The survey also captured demographic data that included age grouping, gender, and branch used which allowed demographic filtering of the results e.g. by branch. A full analysis with recommendations was provided.

Note: Greater Taree Libraries are now Manning Valley Libraries

Southbank Institute of Technology (QLD)

Library Service Review and Strategic Plan

Library Service Review: The SBIT library was the result of the merging of four campus libraries into one. The review outcomes included:

  • A comparative study (benchmarking review) of four other dual sector libraries
  • Research and analysis of external trends affecting library services, including areas of growth and decline
  • Evaluation and recommendation of income opportunities
  • Customer expectations research i.e. surveys and focus groups
  • Evaluation of current staffing structure and recommended changes
  • Evaluation of outsourcing opportunities
  • Evaluation of performance metrics and recommendations
  • Strategic Plan and action plan development

Contact: Mr Graeme Kendall
Manager Student Services
T: (07) 3244 5509
M: 0438 188 084

Completed November 2010