Electronic Library Services Paper & Presentation

I made a somewhat cryptic reference to a special project I'd been given in a previous post on My 10 Favourite Things About My New Job

At the time, I said “I'm not going to
talk too much about it here yet but I've been given a special project
to work on that is about as perfect of a fit for my interests and
aptitudes as I could ask for.  Seriously, I couldn't write a better fit myself.

I just got word from my boss that the project I did is now considered a public document and can be distributed so I thought I might as well link to it here.

It was a white paper and a presentation on moving from a traditional web site towards a full-featured electronic branch for our region.  I presented to our trustees at the beginning of November and got a fairly good response for the most part considering that the subject had some unique challenges (I address this directly in Slide Two.) 

If you saw me present at FIMS, I think you'll recognize that same “style” of presentation I used often then – simple slides with few words, humour and it wouldn't be me without some “over-the-top-ness”.  (Can you tell there was a provincial election in the offing from the speech on slide nine? )

Comments 4

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jason, I'd love to read the article, but the link does not work. I'll look back. Thanks.

    Posted 28 Nov 2007 at 1:50 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Great article Jason. Quite useful for some work I am doing with a local library.

    Posted 29 Nov 2007 at 5:35 pm
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Hey, Jason. We're that local library John refers to. Can you tell me more about your LEAP survey?

    Posted 29 Nov 2007 at 6:55 pm
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    The LEAP survey was a survey conducted by our region of both library users and non-users last year. It studied all aspects of our library's services and people's impressions of them – not just technology/web-site related stuff although this was definitely a component of the survey.
    Unfortunately, the LEAP survey is an internal document that was only intended for our board so I can't share the full document with you.
    But a quick summary is that a majority of people surveyed thought very highly of the fact that we provided free Internet access and access to electronic resources but a very low percentage had actually visited our web site or had awareness of it. These were the most useful findings out of the entire survey to help me make the case that we should update our web site to close the gap between these two positions.
    I'm sure there are public surveys out there that confirm our findings. (In fact, the LEAP survey was modeled on that was done in the States – I can try to dig up the name of it if you want.)
    Hope that helps a little bit…

    Posted 01 Dec 2007 at 11:32 am

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