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Focus Groups to discuss the future of libraries

Posted on February 23, 2018

The City of Bayswater wants to hear from community members interested in taking part in focus group discussions to help develop a strategy for the future of the City's library service.

City Mayor Dan Bull said that over the decades municipal libraries have developed from book custodians and lenders to become interactive community learning and knowledge hubs.

"It is important that library services remain relevant and that our libraries continue to evolve to take account of changing lifestyles, technology and community expectations," he said.

"The focus group discussions will help us explore the possible and look at how we should refine our service delivery model to better meet the current and future needs of our residents. It's about keeping our library service relevant and accessible."

Mayor Bull noted that the City's library services are no longer tied entirely to the physical bricks and mortar of the library itself.

"The ability to interact with your local library online and making a range of library services accessible at other locations through our new pop-up library facility are examples of the changes that have taken place in recent years," Mayor Bull said.

"We need to plan for the future in a way that takes account of the needs of current users, as well as the needs of future users characterised by an increasingly networked generation growing-up in a digital world.

"The library strategy being developed will ensure that libraries continue to have a strong role in the life of the community."

The focus group discussions will be taking place during March and the City wants anyone interested in the future of the City's libraries to register their interest by phoning 9272 0980 or by calling in at any of the City's three libraries.


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