brimbank,
24
March
2016
|
00:19
Australia/Melbourne

New Library Strategy Adopted

Summary

Council has adopted a five-year Library Strategy which prioritises service planning and delivery across Brimbank’s library service to meet changing community needs.

Council has adopted a five-year Library Strategy which provides a framework to prioritise service planning and delivery across Brimbank’s library service to meet changing community needs.

Chair of Brimbank Administrators, Mr John Watson said Brimbank’s Library Strategy 2015-2020 addresses the challenges facing libraries, including the planning and development of library collections, community engagement and online services.

“Our libraries are very highly utilised and valued by the community. We have extensive collections, computer and study facilities, innovative programming and long opening hours.

“Our libraries foster a culture of reading and learning throughout life. They also contribute to improving the educational, social and health outcomes of the community. This is something Council is very proud of.

“However, the role of public libraries is always changing. The public library that you walk into today is very much changed from the library you would have accessed 10 years ago.

“Changing technology and social trends, along with community expectations mean it is essential that libraries remain flexible and responsive to the changing needs of our community.

“The Library Strategy is focussed on ensuring Brimbank’s library service continues to provide responsive services and programs, welcoming and flexible library spaces, and a strong online presence. It also recognises the importance of having highly skilled and proactive staff,” Mr Watson said.

The Brimbank Library Strategy was developed through a consultation process with the community, service providers and council staff. It is underpinned by Council’s strategic direction of Creating a community of lifelong learners.

The draft strategy was released for community consultation in January and attracted three written submissions.