It was great to see a number of public libraries named in the list of finalists for the 11th IFLA International Marketing Award for 2013. These awards are offered by the IFLA Section on Management and Marketing in collaboration with Emerald Group Publishing Limited. The Award honors organizations that implement creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns. This year there were 20 applicants from 12 countries including Australia, Canada, India, Russia, Spain, and USA. The first place winner will be announced officially at the IFLA press conference at Singapore in August 2013, (time and place to be announced). Second and third place winners will be announced also and awarded with distinctions.
- Saskatoon Public Library, Saskatoon, Canada who have been awarded second place. The library launched a six-month re-branding campaign, Collections-Connections and solicited broad input from existing and potential library patrons as well as potential donors and library stakeholders. The tag line of the new logo – Collections. Connections. – reflects the foundation of the library (its collection) and portrays the connections the library strives to make with the community.
- Central West Libraries, Orange, Australia who were highly commended for the project 24 Hour Read.
- Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library (USA) who were highly commended for the project Meme Your Library.
- Khasavjurt City Central Library (Russia) who were highly commended for the project Around the World in Forty
Your colleagues in public libraries everywhere raise a glass to your success.
Marion Morgan Bindon, Jan Richards (rear) and Barbara Gubbin at the reception given at the Mayor’s mansion
Several members of the Public Library Standing Committee joined colleagues from the Metropolitan Libraries Section at the MetLib 2013 Conference in Amsterdam. The theme for this conference Without borders: the integrated library is applicable to all public libraries and the speakers provided much valuable food for thought.
The conference was held in the stunning Amsterdam Public Library (OBA) and also included visits to the New Library of Almere, which has adopted a retail concept, and the Library at the newly re-furbished and re-opened Rijksmuseum.
Watch the Metropolitan Libraries site for the papers from this conference.
Thank you to everyone at OBA for your hospitality. We had a great time.
Standing Committee members outside Bibliothèque Marguerite Duras
From 3-5 May members of the Public Library Standing Committee were in Paris for the mid term meeting. What a warm welcome that beautiful city and our hosts extended to us. Committee member Annie Dourlent had arranged a rich program and we were able to visit three wonderful libraries during our stay:
- Bibliothèque Marguerite Duras
- Bibliothèque Louise Michel
- Bibliothèque publique d’information.
In our meetings we discussed (among other things):
- the session Exploring an e-book future for the WLIC Congress in Singapore that the Public Libraries Section is co-hosting with Metropolitan Libraries
- the results of our survey on the words you’d use to describe a public library
- our satellite for the 2014 WLIC Congress
- our strategic direction.
Needless to say we also enjoyed the culinary delights that this beautiful city has to offer.
Suzanne Payette and Marion Morgan-Bindon at dinner
Annie Dourent and Hitomi Takeuchi at dinner
Our thanks to Annie for all the hard work in pulling the weekend together and for the library staff who gave us such interesting and engaging tours of their facilities.