Rural and Regional Services (6/6/17)

For the June #auslibchat we discussed our thoughts and experiences of rural and regional library services; and how they may differ from metropolitan libraries.

Image credit: Central Australia [driving holiday] by Charles Daniel Pratt 1892-1968 via State Library of Victoria Digital Image Pool.

Here were the questions:

Q1. What are your experiences of rural and regional services? How do they compare to metropolitan libraries?

Q2. What are some of the challenges unique to rural and regional libraries?

Q3. How are staff supported in rural libraries? What are the challenges and rewards of rural library work?

Q4. How can rural services be improved for clients? Does the geography impact on service?

Q5. How do rural libraries partner with communities to deliver new or nontraditional services? Any examples?