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2014 marked the 75th anniversary of the NSW Library Act. As well as focussing on past achievements of the public library network, this was an opportunity to consider the future for public libraries. The framework developed as part of the 2009 Bookends Scenarios (PDF 5Mb) provided the ideal vehicle for this analysis.
The State Library again engaged the Neville Freeman Agency to assist, and the Building on the Bookends project was conceived.
The project involved carrying out research, interviews and workshops with over 50 representatives from NSW public libraries, the State Library and library stakeholders to answer the question: what do we need to do in order for public libraries to be successful in 2030?
The culmination of the project is the Building on the Bookends Scenarios Report. The report tracks how we have been travelling along the scenario pathways developed in 2009 and presents a series of strategic options that libraries could implement in order be innovative, sustainable and resilient in the future.