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The future for Ballarat's
Ballarat's library users are set to enjoy newer and expanded ranges of items
for borrowing and community programs over the coming years following
Council's decision to move away from the current management model.
In June last year, the City of Ballarat resolved to withdraw from the Central
Highlands Regional Library Corporation and take charge of improving
Ballarat's local libraries.
The City of Ballarat's hands on approach to the municipal libraries will
ensure more funds are invested into new books and services.
Libraries across Australia and the world are evolving to meet the needs
of the changing society. Council has a vision of what Ballarat's libraries
could be like in the future.
Council knows that libraries should provide access to the very best in
technology, information and educational resources and Ballarat's need
to move towards that.
UNESCO's 2001 guidelines for libraries warns that the risk of a growing
gap between the information rich and the information poor has never
been greater and that libraries will have an important role to play for the
The very best libraries provide a wide range of innovative, creative programs
that bring communities together. They are information rich hubs of recreation,
entertainment, education, creative expression, discovery and community
Many libraries have embraced this role with internet areas incorporated
seamlessly into the design of the building. Caroline Springs Library at
Melton is one such library, with an electronic games area and large public
Council's concern was that the current library services could no longer
keep pace with population growth and the community expectations of a
regional capital like Ballarat.
Well resourced libraries should have 2 books for every person and currently
Ballarat's level is 1.8 books and that simply wasn't good enough.
The new management model will enable Council to focus on newer, more
relevant books and publications and enhancing multi-media and new
technology at local libraries.
As part of the way forward, Council will talk with residents to understand
what they want from their library ser vices into the future. It is important
to understand the importance of the libraries to the municipalities
Currently only around half of Ballarat residents belong to the libraries and
Council would like to understand what could entice them back to the library.
The consultations will commence before the end of April.
The Central Highlands Regional Library Corporation was formed in 1997
with six member councils: Ararat, Ballarat, Central Goldfields, Hepburn,
Moorabool and Pyrenees councils. Southern Grampians Council joined
in July 2006.
The City of Ballarat has offered to support the other Corporation Member
Councils in moving forward with better library services for their residents.
The City of Ballarat takes its role as a regional city seriously and will continue
to work with the other councils in this transition.
The City of Ballarat is home to three branch libraries: Ballarat Central, 178
Doveton St Nth; Sebastopol, 181 Albert St; and Wendouree, Stockland
Shopping Centre corner Gillies St and Norman St.
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