Print holds sway in Cock­burn

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THE world is more tech­no­log­i­cally cen­tred than ever be­fore, but Cock­burn res­i­dents are still turn­ing to their lo­cal li­brary to en­joy a good book.

City of Cock­burn li­braries in Spear­wood, Cool­bellup and Suc­cess recorded 3473 new mem­bers be­tween Jan­uary and June this year, an in­crease on the 3300 new mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous six months.

From the more than 320,000 loans made be­tween Jan­uary and June, 67.9 per cent were mag­a­zines and adult and ju­nior books, with only 6 per cent of loans com­pris­ing ebooks and emagazines.

Th­ese num­bers show a grow­ing move away from dig­i­tal of­fer­ings and to­wards hard copies, with the last six months of 2017 record­ing 66 per cent of loans as books and mag­a­zines and 8 per cent as e-re­sources.

Li­brary ser­vices man­ager Linda Sey­mour said the 2018 num­bers were en­cour­ag­ing, es­pe­cially given Spear­wood Li­brary’s five­week clo­sure for re­fur­bish­ments, and that li­braries would con­tinue to re­main rel­e­vant by adapt­ing to the chang­ing world around them.

“Pub­lic li­braries now and into the fu­ture are about cre­at­ing spa­ces for peo­ple to meet, study and to par­tic­i­pate in cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

“They’re about cre­at­ing and en­rich­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the con­sen­sus of com­mu­nity opin­ion re­mains firmly that li­braries are a val­ued and vi­tal re­source in the way in which com­mu­nity mem­bers in­ter­act.

“Li­braries are one of the most val­ued ser­vices de­liv­ered by lo­cal govern­ment and nearly 10 mil­lion peo­ple vis­its were made to pub­lic li­braries in WA be­tween July 2017 to June 2018.

“They cre­ate a safe and en­cour­ag­ing en­vi­ron­ment and pro­vide a trusted source of dig­i­tal ad­vice through such ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­grams as eS­mart.”

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