Joint Use Libraries as Services for Remote Areas: A Tasmanian Case Study
In the current restricted economic climate all options must be considered in the provision of library services to remote areas. Joint use libraries have been tried and failed in many places, but the success of the combined library at Queenstown shows that the concept can work if critical factors are right. The position of the facility and the positioning of the library within the campus are vital considerations along with detailed planning and a written agreement to cover all eventualities. Strong community support is also necessary, but most importantly the staff must be flexible in their approach, be prepared to cooperate and compromise, and above all be committed to the success of the service. Only then will a joint use library become a true community asset.