Innovation in Public Libraries

Innovation in Public Libraries

Learning from International Library Practice

1st Edition - February 23, 2017

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  • Author: Kirstie Nicholson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081012765
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081012963

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Innovation in Public Libraries: Learning from International Library Practice examines the recent activities of successful and innovative libraries around the world, presenting their initiatives in areas including library design, events and programs, and creating customer experiences. This timely guide provides an overview of these libraries’ successful experiences and identifies emerging global trends and themes. The author offers library practitioners guidance on how to pursue these trends in their own library environment, identifying achievable goals when planning building and design improvements, and developing customer interactions in order to emulate the experiences of international libraries.

Key Features

  • Presents a range of successful and innovative practices in one book, covering library innovation in building design, programs and events, and in customer experience and approach
  • Provides an international perspective on library activities, with libraries in different countries discussed
  • Analyzes the experiences of various libraries to identify common trends and themes
  • Provides practical advice for librarians who wish to emulate the activities of the libraries discussed, with recommended goals to action
  • Examines both the big picture of emerging global trends and themes, as well as highlighting the daily experiences of individual libraries


Public librarians; Researchers and postgraduate students in library and information science (for example, in MLIS courses); Library leaders and administrators; policy makers

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    • Abstract
    • Outline
    • Innovation
    • Methodology
    • International scope
    • Context

    1: Overview of recent innovation

    • Abstract
    • 1.1 Collections
    • 1.2 Customer services
    • 1.3 Technology
    • 1.4 Programmes
    • 1.5 Library buildings

    2: Innovative libraries

    • Abstract
    • 2.1 Edmonton Public Library, Canada
    • 2.2 National Library Board, Singapore
    • 2.3 Stuttgart City Library, Germany
    • 2.4 Aarhus Public Library, Denmark
    • 2.5 Chicago Public Library, United States

    3: Trends in international innovation

    • Abstract
    • 3.1 Making and creating
    • 3.2 Participation
    • 3.3 Partnerships
    • 3.4 Learning
    • 3.5 New outreach

    4: Objectives and actions

    • Abstract
    • 4.1 Common strategic directions
    • 4.2 Objectives
    • 4.3 Actions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 158
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2017
  • Published: February 23, 2017
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081012765
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081012963

About the Author

Kirstie Nicholson

Kirstie Nicholson is Resources Librarian at the City of Armadale Library Service in Perth, Western Australia.

In 2012, she was the inaugural winner of the Kay Poustie OAM Travel Scholarship, travelling to Europe and learning from innovative library services. She is Chair of the Online Resources Working Group which administers and manages the statewide electronic resources collection for Western Australian public libraries. Recently, she has been involved in the development of the Western Australia Public Libraries Digital Media Collection.

Affiliations and Expertise

City of Armadale Library Service, Perth, Western Australia

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