The John Fornachon Memorial Library develops and maintains a major collection of historical, current and relevant print and digital resources, and offers a range of information discovery tools and services to all stakeholders. The objective is to ensure that all involved in the Australian grape and wine sector have timely access to published technical and scientific information to support learning, understanding, and the adoption of research outcomes.
This project builds and manages the library collection through strategic sourcing of new materials, managing copyright compliance requirements, cataloguing materials into the library databases, and preserving materials to ensure continued access over time. It will continue to seek innovative ways to deliver technical and scientific content, and facilitate the use of that information and knowledge, through the use of digital technologies.
The library’s new online catalogue was released to industry in June 2019. This platform provides a fully featured, adaptable and future-proofed library system and delivers significant improvements in user experience as well as collection accessibility and discoverability.
The library continued to prioritise investment in eBooks in 2018/2019, with the collection growing to more than 160 titles. Access to titles was streamlined via integration with the library’s new online catalogue.
Staff publications database
The staff publications database, accessible via the AWRI website, received more than 6,100 hits this year with 815 staff publications requested and delivered. This collection contains more than 2,100 AWRI-authored publications and is updated regularly to ensure the latest publications are available.
Online information packs
Online information packs are collections of handpicked references focused on a single relevant issue. These resources assist growers and winemakers to easily discover topical resources and provide a streamlined option for retrieval of valuable information. The website received 1,480 hits on information packs during the year and delivered more than 530 articles from information packs.
Library reference and information requests
The library responded to 885 reference and information requests resulting in supply of 1,907 articles (Table 4). More than 90% of the requests were completed within one business day and over 90% of the requests were received via the AWRI website or other electronic means. Library staff also conducted 64 specialised literature searches on a variety of topics including winemaking, vineyard management, winery operations, pest and disease management and wine and health.