On a recent trip to Melbourne I was fortunate to visit the State Library of Victoria – one of the libraries featured in my case study on the use of social media in libraries. The State Library of Victoria, ranked as one of the most interesting libraries in the world (mirage bookmark), is not just an architectural masterpiece but home to over two million books, many thousands of pictures, newspapers, maps, manuscripts and digital resources that trace Victoria’s colourful history. The library features current exhibitions (Photographers in Post War Melbourne) and permanent exhibitions (People that have shaped Victoria in the past 200 years) with talks supporting these exhibitions. The La Trobe reading room, with its’ spectacular domed skylight houses the largest collection of Australiana in the state.
The library’s learning programs are particularly impressive, providing educational support across a wide range of areas and for a diverse group of patrons. The programs include a new user’s guide to the library; sessions on refining internet searches; a genealogy workshop and even story time for babies.
The use of social media, notably Facebook and twitter ensures that the library’s excellent services and resources are promoted to a wider audience. The Facebook and Twitter pages are mobile compatible, an indication that the library is keeping up with current and continually growing trends where patrons want to access information via mobile devices.
http://www.miragebookmark.ch/most-interesting-libraries.htm accessed 8th January 2012
http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/ accessed 7th January 2012