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1 Digital Presentation to Socitm Birmingham 19 June 2013 West Midlands Society of Chief Librarians

2 Society of Chief Librarians The SCL is a national organisation whose members represent every library authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland The society leads the debate on the future of public libraries, advises Government and advocates for continuous improvement of library services The SCL President has regular meetings with Ed Vaizey MP, the minister with responsibility for libraries

3 SCL West Midlands Birmingham Coventry Dudley Herefordshire Sandwell Shropshire Solihull Regional SCL groups meet regularly and report to the national executive The 14 West Midlands members are: Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent Telford and Wrekin Walsall Warwickshire Wolverhampton Worcestershire

4 Regional libraries 269 libraries and 31 mobiles in the region Library use rising in the West Midlands More than 25 million real visits a year 7.8 million virtual visits a year Free public computers and internet access in every library The majority of regional library authorities now offer a free e-books service Many also offer free public wifi, Reference Online and Enquire WM SCL survey 2012

5 Getting people online West Midlands libraries offer free access to the internet on nearly 3,500 public computers They are actively supporting Government ambitions to be ‘digital by default’ by 2015 Regional library staff and volunteers helped more than 347,000 people get online last year That’s 6,675 a week or 950 a day on average Libraries are crucial to the success of Go ON UK’s objectives. The thousands of digital champions in libraries and millions of new internet users are to be commended. UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox

6 Race Online case study In Walsall Mrs Brooks, who lives alone and far from family, took part in a library course to help her confidently use the internet After the eight-week course she could shop for food online and order things she could not find locally She now uses Skype and to keep in touch with her family, including her grand- daughter who is at university Before help from the library, Mrs Brooks only used her laptop, bought for her by friends, to play solitaire

7 Digital Promise Free access to the internet for every customer Clear and accessible online information about library services Staff trained to help customers access digital information 24/7 access to services through a virtual library presence Customers can join the library online They can be contacted online/via for answers to enquiries Loan items can be reserved and renewed remotely via an online catalogue SCL national offer minimum standards

8 Doing more Free wifi Library ‘app’ for full access to digital services from mobile devices Digital services that work with a range of assistive technology Assistive technology to ensure digital services are accessible to all Tailored digital information for each customer Digital training for customers and staff both locally and remotely Time-relevant, quality-checked digital content Support for communities to create their own content E-lending of digital books, audio and video with remote access Loan of digital devices for those without other access Access to digitised local archive and local history resources Social networking interaction/engagement opportunities Federated searching of locally-held online resources Online learning opportunities - eg citizenship, driver theory test, languages SCL national offer encouragement to provide:

9 SCL digital ambitions A single point of digital contact for all public libraries in the UK A portal or landing page for common access to national digital services A national catalogue of resources for loan, referring to online, or which can be accessed in a designated location Single standard of library customer authentication adopted nationally - to allow collaborative access to digital resources Local delivery of resources to the customer including via remote lending of digital titles Partnership working towards:

10 Digital innovation Library websites, apps and social media Twitter and web-based reading groups Digital events and activities for annual DATFest Online Book Doctor for recommended reads Kindle project with six city schools Iguana online platform - personalised user experience West Midlands libraries leading the way

11 More examples Volunteer IT buddies in libraries Hosting IT courses and running taster sessions Helping job seekers find vacancies and apply online Staff-run sessions on e-bay, family history, citizenship Volunteer-led sessions for older IT novices Digital archives for use on library large screens, slate bars and digital tables Getting people into libraries - and online

12 Case study 1 Birmingham gave 50 home library customers a reconditioned computer or laptop for six months Initial training of 10 one-to-one sessions with staff in the first month Follow-up support was provided as required Digital Inclusion - Birmingham “The home library service pilot is testing the role that ‘trusted intermediaries’ can play in supporting predominantly older people to take their first steps online. Being digitally included allows older people to learn new skills, reduce isolation, make new friends......”

13 Case study 2 Comments from people the volunteers have helped: “I really wanted to learn how to do so that I could surprise my sister in Australia and send her one.” “I’ve had this laptop for three years and what I really want to do is save some photos on it from a memory stick. The IT volunteer has just given me that confidence to have a go and try different things like trying to pay my phone bill. Previously I was too worried thinking I’d do something wrong. Haven’t quite got it yet but I’m more willing to try now.” “So pleased I’m doing this as I just want to be able to do something on the computer and keep my mind going.” Telford and Wrekin recruited 11 volunteer Digital Champions to help nervous novices join the digital age

14 Case study 3 Health and welfare reform - Coventry More people using IT facilities in libraries - especially for online welfare assessments and health information Library service investigating lower printing costs for health and welfare information Free public internet and wifi time allowance doubled Working with National Careers Service and Adult Education to provide tutored guidance for staff In readiness for when the Government goes ‘digital by default’ next year

15 Case study 4 Working with Walsall Housing Group Helping their tenants to access computers Course centres on money management Prepares people for online benefit applications Ready for changes due in October 2013 ITs Your Life - Walsall

16 Practical technology Effective use of technology in real libraries Self-service equipment for loans and returns And not just in libraries Book vending machine - first of its kind in the UK To develop real library services

17 Digital issues to consider Ongoing funding and investment is essential Reduced staffing - volunteers can help but there is still a capacity issue More training for staff and volunteers will be needed as technology advances Customer confidentiality and data protection Techno limitations - broadband is not available everywhere yet Shrinking budgets and other problems

18 Not all doom and gloom Regional library authorities continue to face financial pressures Some are losing a significant chunk of their budget But despite the recession new libraries are opening and others are getting makeovers West Midlands library services continue to look forward

19 Contact details Ayub Khan West Midlands SCL Chair Tel: Any questions?


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