Project 2.2.2

Library services

Project summary

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.

Latest information

eBook collection
The library’s eBook collection is steadily growing with almost 230 titles. Usage rate is high relative to the number of eBooks in the collection, with 9,774 activities (downloads, online views or pages printed) recorded this year.

Staff publications database
The staff publications database, accessible via the AWRI website, holds more than 2,230 AWRI-authored articles. This year, the database received nearly 6,818 hits, an increase in website traffic of 17.5%. A number of these publications are offered via open access direct to the full-text articles where licensing allows. For non-open access articles, a total of 832 staff publications were requested and delivered under copyright declarations.

Online information packs
Online information packs are reference lists with a specific topic focus which provide growers and winemakers with seamless access to highly curated and relevant information. The number of requests for resources from information packs increased by more than 30% to 299 and the library delivered a total of 1,271 articles (213 more than the previous year). A new information pack on glycosides was added to the AWRI website during the year.

Library reference and information requests
The library responded to a total of 1,059 reference and information requests, resulting in supply of 2,474 articles (Table 4). The number of articles requested from the current literature presented in Technical Review increased by 137 this year to 1,079. Library staff also performed 30 specialised literature searches on a variety of topics across winemaking, vineyard management, winery operations and pest management.