McGowan Govt To Modernise Public Libraries

McGowan Govt To Modernise Public Libraries

Western Australia Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman

Public Libraries To Be Modernised In Overhaul Of System

Victor P Taffa

  • New approach to ensure public libraries reflect community expectations
  • A single access card and management system among the measures touted
  • An implementation working group is being established to lead the consultation process
  • Public urged to provide comment on background paper and strategy released today

Western Australia’s public library system will be modernised to better meet the diverse and evolving needs of the community, as part of a State Government overhaul announced today.

“Our public libraries are much-loved and much-used facilities. Western Australia has 231 public libraries with more than 1 Million active library members who borrowed more than 16,000,000 Million physical items in 2015-16.” Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman said.

“On top of that, 500,000 people attended library programs and events throughout the State.”

Western Australia Public Library Strategy outlines 5 priority actions over the next 4 years, including:

  • A single access card and management system that would allow users to borrow an item at any public library in Western Australia;
  • New model to support public library service delivery in Western Australia;
  • A new model to support regional and remote library services to ensure equal access to library services across the State;
  • Improved governance systems, including the development of new legislation to guide public library services;
  • A system to measure and assess the impact and value of public library services on individuals and communities.

Background paper and strategy are intended to be a consultation tool to establish a shared vision for public library development in Western Australia.

Strategy was developed following extensive research and consultation with key partners including the

  • State Library of Western Australia,
  • Public Libraries Western Australia,
  • Western Australian Local Government Association,
  • Local government authorities.

It supports recommendations of the State Government’s Service Priority Review, which are aimed at reforming the way services are delivered to the Western Australian community. This approach recognises the importance and value of working collaboratively to achieve better outcomes for communities.