Up­grade for City li­braries

Wanneroo Times - - Street Watch -

LI­BRARIES in the City of Wan­neroo are be­ing rein­vig­o­rated as part of a strate­gic re­view.

The City has de­vel­oped its strate­gic li­brary ser­vices plan to “guide and pri­ori­tise op­er­a­tions and im­prove­ments for the li­brary ser­vice over the next five years”.

Ac­cord­ing to a report pre­sented at the July coun­cil meet­ing, the plan was based on 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 change the way it works.

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously en­dorsed the plan, with Cr Linda Aitken prais­ing it as “cut­ting edge”.

Cr Dianne Guise said all suc­cess­ful li­braries in Aus­tralia were tak­ing a sim­i­lar ap­proach and be­lieved it would be of great ben­e­fit. “I re­ally think we’re on to some­thing here,” she said.

City of Wan­neroo’s Clark­son Li­brary is among those that will see its ser­vices up­graded.

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