Institutions

Yet another public library perceptions report

Lorcan 1 min read

A Research study of 14-35 year olds for the future development of public libraries [pdf]has just been made available. This is work commissioned by several UK bodies in the context of UK public library policy development and was carried out by a group called Define: research and insight.
The study examined attitudes of 14 to 35 year olds to public library services. This age section was targetted as it was seen to have lower levels of library use than others.
It found negative impressions among non-users and makes recommendations for addressing this. They identify several groups: Borrowers, Students, Functional dabblers, Family activity seekers, Teenage space seekers, and the Disconnected. The recommendations are unsurprising, including several ‘baseline’ recommendations about environment, stock and marketing. They also consider particular requirements of the identified groups, and make recommendations for how they are addressed.
Surprisingly, given current discussions there is little consideration of how the libraries present themselves on the web.
As George points out, several reports about the image and perception of libraries have been published recently, and he talks about another, Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public and Leadership Attitudes about Libraries in the 21st Century [pdf] (a terrible title, I think!), recently issued by the Americans for Libraries Council.

Share
More from LorcanDempsey.net
University Futures are shaping Library Futures
Institutions

University Futures are shaping Library Futures

Libraries are not ends in themselves, but serve the interests of the organizations of which they are a part. As university emphasis varies around research, education and career poles, we can expect to see libraries evolve to support those emphases more strongly.
Lorcan 8 min read
icon

Follow along

Deep dives and quick takes. Libraries, society, culture, technology, ...

Great! You’ve successfully signed up.

Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.

You've successfully subscribed to LorcanDempsey.net.

Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.

Success! Your billing info has been updated.

Your billing was not updated.