The impact of libraries as creative spaces

Light, Ben, Houghton, Kirralie, Burgess, Jean, Klaebe, Helen, Osborne, Roger, Cunningham, Stuart, & Hearn, Gregory (2016) The impact of libraries as creative spaces. QUT Digital Media Research Centre.

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The Creative Spaces Impact Framework allows for the evaluation of libraries as creative spaces through the creative activities they enable. These activities may be formally organised by the library, informally enacted by library clients, or involve a combination of both approaches.

In summary, the framework can be used to:

• Identify and generate creative activity – The framework will help library staff think about and identify creative activity, consider what outcomes ow from creative activity and re-imagine existing activities.

• Identify objectives and outcomes for creative activity – Library staff will be able to use the Creative Spaces Impact Framework criteria and impact indicators to set and monitor objectives and outcomes for creative activity with greater consistency.

• Align creative activity with community needs – By connecting with broader data about the needs of the communities, public libraries can link these with creative activities (existing or new), and align support and service provision accordingly.

• Monitor trends and strategic planning – If used consistently over time, across a range of initiatives, the framework can provide longitudinal and comparative qualitative and quantitative data regarding the impact of libraries as creative spaces.

• Guide exit surveys – By using a common framework to guide exit surveys conducted with the participants of these activities, comparisons can be made over time and across library services, building an overall picture of the impact of libraries as creative spaces.

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ID Code: 97982
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
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Keywords: community cultural development, regional libraries, queensland, creative industries
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified (080799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Arts and Cultural Policy (160502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Consumption and Everyday Life (200203)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: QUT owns the copyright in this work
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2016 23:42
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2016 23:40

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