New chapter for libraries
comprehensive research and analysis of library and societal trends and the City’s demographics, extensive consultation and the evolving needs of customers and the wider community.
“This has informed new ways of thinking about how we provide relevant and sustainable library services today and in the future,” it said.
“Given the rapid economic and social changes of the 21st century, the City’s library service faces a dramatic shift in the customers we serve and the communities in which we operate.”
The plan said the Clarkson, Girrawheen, Wanneroo and Yanchep/Two Rocks libraries were in “greater demand than ever” and had nearly 500,000 visitors annually.
Its four strategic objectives are to foster connected communities through integrated hubs to improve access to information and services, stimulate learning, discovery and creativity by offering inspiring experiences, evolve the digital environment with digital spaces and services, and transition the way it works, which cited innovative service and funding opportunities and empowering staff.
A large focus was on providing quality digital services, improving access and engaging people.
Councillors unanimously endorsed the plan, with Cr Linda Aitken praising it as “cuttingedge”.
Cr Dianne Guise said all successful libraries in Australia were taking a similar approach and believed it would be of great benefit.
The City of Wanneroo is transforming its libraries for the future.