The Victorian Public Library Survey is an initiative of the SLV/PLV Sector Advocacy Working Group. It will be followed by a statewide census of library users later in the year. The statewide survey and census are based on a statewide survey and census that were originally conducted in 2006 as part of the Libraries Building Communities initiative. The 2006 project generated 33,996 census responses and 12,927 survey responses.
The 2022 Victorian Public Library Survey will provide rich insights on the use and value of public libraries. It will:
- record current public library use
- provide library customers with the opportunity to share their experience of the services they receive and their ideas about the services they want
- increase understanding of current community use of and attitudes to public libraries
- identify and prioritise key issues affecting library customers
- identify potential improvements in library services.
Information gathered through the project will serve multiple purposes for different stakeholders. It will:
- provide evidence on the volume and scope of contemporary public library use
- inform strategic and service planning at both statewide and local level
- provide data on the importance of, satisfaction with and impact of public library services and resources on individuals and communities
- provide evidence on how Libraries Change Lives.
I & J Management Services has been engaged to support the library sector in conducting the statewide survey and census.