It is the intention of our research to establish a collaborative network for Queensland public library staff to share information and expertise, to recommend inclusion of RA in position descriptions, to communicate the value of readers advisory as a core library role, to share RA content and strategies, and for Queensland strategies to articulate to interstate sharing and into a national strategy. We have planned online meetings with key readers advisory staff in New South Wales, Victoria and other states and a research visit to Auckland Libraries to work further with staff there who practice readers advisory.
Readers Advisory (RA) is identified as a public library service in the Standards and Guidelines for Australian Public Libraries but even in this National Year of Reading (NYR12) some Queensland public library services have been unable to or have not trained staff, identified RA in their strategic planning, identified RA in position descriptions, participated in national NYR12 programs, or offered RA as a service.
We believe that having trained staff working together to offer a quality RA service across Queensland public libraries is a strategic step towards library futures, both generally, and to support national developments that arise from National Year of Reading.
BRIEF OUTLINE OF AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF PROJECT
- Establish collaborative partnerships between public libraries, and collaborative networks amongst public librarians to support delivery of RA in public libraries,
- To support a central knowledge base – with an online public research space and RA groups (form will emerge from research)
- Share information and resources on best practice RA, including incorporation of RA in professional practice (position descriptions, strategic planning, ongoing training)
- Promote international collaboration on RA through promotion of NYR12 to New Zealand public library staff
- Provide recommendations to Queensland public library services where implementation will ensure public libraries are seen as the place to go for expertise and reading services, and will ensure libraries are key organisations in national developments post-NYR12.