The John Fornachon Memorial Library holds the largest knowledge base of grape and wine technical resources in the southern hemisphere. The library continues to support the Australian grape and wine sector through strategic sourcing, management and dissemination of relevant and useful electronic and print resources covering ‘vines to wines’. More than 82,940 items (including books, journals, article reprints, conference proceedings, reports, theses, standards and legislation, as well as a reference collection of directories, foreign dictionaries and atlases) are available to levy payers, industry organisations, students and AWRI staff. Members of the Australian grape and wine industry can search the library catalogue online via the AWRI website.
This year, the library launched an eBook platform that enables users to download eBooks to their computers or mobile devices. The collection currently has 46 eBooks covering winemaking, grape and wine biochemistry, wine chemistry, viticulture, wine economics and wine marketing. There are plans to expand the system and the number of eBooks in 2015/2016.
Staff publications database
The AWRI staff publications database contains citations of publications authored by AWRI staff. This useful tool, accessible from the AWRI website, received more than 7,290 hits this year with 740 staff publications requested. This database is updated on a regular basis to ensure the latest publications are available.
Online information packs
Online information packs are collections of relevant references and other resources focused on a single topic. They have been developed by library staff to help users easily locate the information they need on common topics. Three new information packs were added to the AWRI website during the year, bringing the total number to 26 across oenology, viticulture, environment and sustainability and wine and health. During 2014/2015, the library received over 100 requests for information through the online information packs and delivered 362 journal articles in response to these requests.
Library reference and information requests
There has been a 36% increase in the number of requests for information this year (up from 1,330 in 2013/2014 to 1,812 in 2014/2015). The majority of the requests were received by email or via the AWRI website. Although the communication method preferred by library users is still email, a third of all requests are now submitted via the AWRI website. A total of 2,602 articles were supplied with majority of requests completed within one business day. Table 5 outlines the types of articles requested.
Specialised information services
The online library catalogue, information packs and other online databases facilitate self-help from the AWRI website. In addition, the AWRI also offers specialised information services such as literature searches for in-depth retrieval of information across in-house databases and external resources. This year, 40 literature searches were conducted in areas including sustainability, vineyard management, fining and filtration, fermentation and taints and faults.