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Punching above our weight : a small Scottish library service joins the global community

Rooney-Browne, C. and Browne, A. (2008) Punching above our weight : a small Scottish library service joins the global community. In: 74TH IFLA General Conference and Council World Library and Information Congress, 2008-08-10 - 2008-08-14.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the ongoing journey of East Renfrewshire Library and Information Service (ERLIS) as it attempts to embrace the concepts of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 within the constraints of a limited financial budget. It also presents a step by step guide for other library services interested in joining the social networking community; highlighting challenges and offering solutions based on the experiences of ERLIS. Although still in its infancy the project has been very well received by a variety of library stakeholders and other library authorities; demonstrating the important role that public libraries can play in building virtual communities. It has also inspired debate in the national press and as a result, improved user perceptions and the overall profile of the library service.