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Research and Consultation

A key objective of this strategy is to engage in critical analysis of the experiences of librarians and those who use or do not use libraries. This analysis will involve an exploration of what we consider to be knowledge, how we make decisions about whose knowledge to purchase, exhibit or otherwise support, and how such decisions are influenced by our own frames of reference. This exploration will also include how we engage with our communities and to what extend this engagment is also affected by our own frames of reference.

This work will build on learning from other forms of analysis, including surveys conducted in conjunction with An Chomhairle Leabharlanna, by Kildare County Council and by the library service itself.

So the next five years will be very much about negotiating the best and most inclusive use of our ‘places’ and ‘spaces’. It will also be about the continuing commitment, knowledge, skills and expertise of our staff who navigate such a positive, dynamic relationship between readers and writers, between artists and audiences.

We commit to ongoing consultation with client groups and partners through the County Development Board and its structures as well as through the vast network of individuals and groups who so generously work with us in many different ways.

Our experience of co-operative networking and joint provision of services has long since proven that productive creative relationships with interested and committed partners delivers better services.

DONE

  • KILDARE LEARNING TOGETHER – Consultation through County Development Board with children, young people, people with disabilities, adult learners, newly literate people and those who cannot read or write, Travellers, New ethnic communities, single parents, parenting groups and area partnerships in order to inform the design of a new CENTRAL LIBRARY for County Kildare at Newbridge.
  • LENDIT – A business information project funded by the EU
  • LISTED – A library research project for Adult Learners led by An Chomhairle Leabharlanna
  • INFO CAP 2000 – An internet Development project funded by the EU in 1996 which led to the development of Kildare.ie
  • Review and development of new library website at www.kildare.ie/library
  • MAKING ACCESS HAPPEN- A project supported by the Equality Authority and An Chomhairle Leabharlanna which focused on delivering Library services to people with disability. Kildare was one of four pilot areas. www.kildare.ie/library/making-access-happen
  • PICTUREOGS and THREADING TALES where research, consultation and evaluation are key factors throughout the process
  • Participated in PUBLIC LIBRARY USER SURVEY led by An Chomhairle Leabharlanna
  • Conducted project and programme evaluations
  • Survey of users and non-users at Leixlip
  • Continuous consultation with teachers
  • Focus group consultations
  • Consultation with people with disabilities, advocacy groups and statutory groups
  • Consultation with Travellers

TO DO

  • Research, consultation and review will be an integral part of this strategy
  • Inform annual operational plans through consultation with key user groups and non-users
  • Develop qualitative measures in relation to the impacts and effects of library services in order to complement quantitative measures
  • Conduct local surveys with key client groups
  • Consult with client groups and partners through the County Development Board and its structures as well as through the vast network of individuals and groups who so generously work with us in many different ways
  • Engage in critical analysis of the experiences of library staff and those who use or do not use libraries so as to inform service delivery
  • Explore ways of engaging new users and audiences
  • Actively participate in surveys and other research methods in conjunction with An Chomhairle Leabharlanna, by Kildare County Council and by the library service itself