Unley Publications : Unley Life Winter 2015
22 Manager of Library and Museum Services Hanlie Erasmus says public library services are a key activity of Council. With the service review there is an increased focus to provide library facilities that have flexible spaces, technology enriched learning opportunities and programs to facilitate social inclusion. “It is generally accepted the core role of public libraries will remain fairly constant over the next decade, however libraries’ service delivery is becoming more intentional and purposeful in an ef for t to accommodate the changing expectations of our customers,” says Ms Erasmus. Four key trends provided the framework for the review: 1. Technology is changing the way libraries operate. 2. Libraries are becoming “people places” rather than repositories of material. 3. Knowledge, information and literacy are essential platforms for a strong functioning society and this is shaping expectations for customised, on-demand library experiences. 4. Libraries are at the centre of assisting communities to learn and grow. The Council is looking at a range of measures to meet the changing needs of the community into the future. As part of the review it’s examining such things as library opening hours, branches and service, library operations and oppor tunities for collaboration with other existing community services and programs. “As the City of Unley considers our options within the changing face of both the local community and the global community at large, it’s timely to reflect on the strategic positioning that libraries have within society and the essential services that they provide to people,” says Ms Erasmus. The City of Unley is undertaking comprehensive community consultation to further inform decision making regarding the delivery of library services. To have your say on the future of your Libraries visit yoursay.unley.sa .gov.au Shaping our Libraries Unley residents’ views are an integral part of shaping the Library Services Review - a process which is endeavouring to ensure the efficient and equitable delivery of library services for decades to come. Passion Performance Unley Toy Library Weng Wong and his young son Lucas love to borrow toys from the Unley Toy Library. He says the range of toys is huge and Lucas really enjoys picking out different toys to borrow. “It’s really good for kids.” “The toy library is really handy for birthday parties as you can hire equipment like slides and see saws. It’s especially great for people who can’t afford to have lots of toys at home.” says Weng.
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