Serving remote communities together: a Canadian joint use library study
PublisherAustralian Library Journal
Libraries play a key role in the social and economic health of communities. For remote communities, however, library resources (space, library materials, furnishings, technology, and staff expertise) can be difficult to access and costly to provide. Joint use libraries are a possible solution. Through the joint use library structure, partners share the costs of establishing and maintaining the library. Shared space, materials, expertise, and operational costs result in libraries that are more economically viable and, therefore, more likely to be sustainable. In 2013, an exploratory case study research was conducted of two joint use libraries in northern Manitoba, Canada, involving a college and two communities to assess the partnership structure, community perception of the library, the college's rationale for participation, and the benefits to the communities and the college. In addition, the research aimed to determine key factors in the partnerships' success. Using interpretive methodology, qualitative data were gathered through small group and individual semi-structured interviews. Quantitative factual data provided context for the libraries' development. The research highlighted elements critical for joint use library success and presents components of a possible joint use library model between a post-secondary institution and a community.
CitationVol. 64(2), pp 128-141
joint use libraries