Conversation, community and kids: blogging for youth at Gold Coast City Council libraries

Davis, Kate, Meehan, J., Aubrey, C., & Le Couteur, T. (2009) Conversation, community and kids: blogging for youth at Gold Coast City Council libraries. In Proceedings of the 14th ALIA Information Online Conference and Exhibition, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) , Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, NSW, Australia, pp. 1-22.

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In late 2007, Gold Coast City Council libraries embarked on an online library project, designed to ramp up libraries’ online services to customers. As part of this project, the Young People’s team identified a need to connect with youth aged 12 to 16 in the online environment, in order to create a direct channel of communication with this market segment and encourage them to engage with the library.

Blogging was identified as an appropriate means of communicating with both current and potential library customers from this age group. The Young People’s team consequently prepared a concept plan for a youth blog for launch in Children’s Book Week 2008 and are working towards development of management and administrative models and documentation and implementation of the blog itself.

While many libraries have been quick to take up Web 2.0-style services, there has been little formal publication about the successes (or failures) of this type of project. Likewise, few libraries have published about the planning, management, and administration of such services. The youth blog currently in development at Gold Coast City Council libraries will be supported by a robust planning phase and will be rigorously evaluated as part of the project. This paper will report on the project (its aims, objectives and outputs), the planning process, and the evaluation activities and outcomes.

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