Meanwhile, Over on the Arcadia Blog(s)… Redux

A month or so ago, I posted a round-up of items I’d published on the various Arcadia Project blogs ( Meanwhile, Over on the Arcadia Blog(s)…). Here’s a follow up to that one, providing a quick review of the various Arcadia posts I’ve produced since then, posts that might in other circumstances have normally appeared on this blog.

PS For completeness in this summary of posts I’ve recently blogged elsewhere, there’s a smattering of stuff on the WriteToReply/Actually blog:

Phew… next week, back to normal – ish – though I intend to carry on posting library related stuff on the Arcadia blogs.

Author: Tony Hirst

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2 thoughts on “Meanwhile, Over on the Arcadia Blog(s)… Redux”

  1. re: What Can Academic Libraries Learn From Public Libraries…
    I’ve found this debate particularly interesting as I’ve only recently made the step from working in public libraries to working in an HE library.

    ‘Reversing the current decline in library usage’ – Although loans from libraries are declining massively, the numbers of visits decline much less (and probably proportional to the reduction in opening hours/libraries). There are quite a few examples of investment in new libraries leading to big jumps in usage (Hillingdon, Bournemouth spring to mind).

    Public library technology priorities are RFID self-service, public wifi, remote access to small numbers of resources (but mainly by IP authentication or barcode numbers), library management systems and interfaces with corporate finance systems. HE libraries have interest in RFID but have much more complex authenticated access to eresources with systems such as sfx and ezproxy, athens/shibboleth and so on.

    Public libraries are starting to be interested in social networking but not to the extent that some HE libraries have invested in. Most Public libraries aren’t really that engaged with wikis, Instant Messaging or systems like Elluminate. In many cases they are still getting to grips with voicemail, email or SMS systems to communicate with customers.

    One thing that maybe the HE library sector can learn is how to approach managing your services in a time when budgets are being cut. The public library sector has had a lot of experience in having to prioritise spending and make difficult choices about what to cut.

  2. “One thing that maybe the HE library sector can learn is how to approach managing your services in a time when budgets are being cut. The public library sector has had a lot of experience in having to prioritise spending and make difficult choices about what to cut.”

    Yes – I agree; so for eexample, I think that the current DCMS consulation on public libraries is something that HE Library folk should consider carefully… e.g. “What Can Academic Libraries Learn From Public Libraries…” http://arcadiaproject.blogspot.com/2009/12/what-can-academic-libraries-learn-from.html ]

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