Libraries: Sustaining the Digital Reader Experience

  • Elisabet Brynge County Library of Örebro County
  • Holly Case Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust
  • Ellen Forsyth State Library of NSW
  • Gary Green Surrey County Council Library Services
  • Ulf Hölke Department of Culture and Museum, Västmanland County Council
Keywords: Libraries, online reading groups, Twitter, Adobe connect, reading, blogs

Abstract

As librarians involved with two online reading groups, Read Watch Play (a regular themed Twitter chat) and Read With Me (a live Web-based, face-to-face discussion using Adobe Connect), we consider how we present text in these specific online environments, and how this impacts the reader’s experience. Formats and interfaces used by both groups result in different types of reading experiences – including brief, mobile-based reads (Twitter chats) or more in-depth reads (blogs). Both groups recognize that reading is a critical skill required for discussions about books. We also recognize the value of face-to-face online discussions. This presents challenges for libraries in how they connect and interact with readers: encouraging reading discussions online, offering tools focused on reading, and connecting these with the full range of reading materials available in libraries, both online and off.

Author Biographies

Elisabet Brynge, County Library of Örebro County
Development manager - public libraries,
Holly Case, Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust
Library and Knowledge Services
Ellen Forsyth, State Library of NSW
Consultant, Public Library Services
Gary Green, Surrey County Council Library Services

Digital Services Lead

Ulf Hölke, Department of Culture and Museum, Västmanland County Council

Culture development manager-public libraries

Published
2015-10-14
Section
Articles