Wanneroo hopes plan to lift libraries will be one for the books

Clarkson library is part of a review into City of Wanneroo libraries.
Clarkson library is part of a review into City of Wanneroo libraries.

LIBRARIES in the City of Wanneroo are being reinvigorated as part of a strategic review.

The City has developed its strategic library services plan to “guide and prioritise operations and improvements for the library service over the next five years”.

According to a report presented at the July council meeting, the plan was based on comprehensive research and analysis of library and societal trends and the City’s demographics, extensive consultation and the evolving needs of customers and the wider community.

“This has informed new ways of thinking about how we provide relevant and sustainable library services today and in the future,” it said.

“Given the rapid economic and social changes of the 21st century, the City’s library service faces a dramatic shift in the customers we serve and the communities in which we operate.”

The plan said the Clarkson, Girrawheen, Wanneroo and Yanchep/Two Rocks libraries were in “greater demand than ever” and had nearly 500,000 visitors annually.

Its four strategic objectives are to foster connected communities through integrated hubs to improve access to information and services, stimulate learning, discovery and creativity by offering inspiring experiences, evolve the digital environment with digital spaces and services, and change the way it works.

A large focus was on providing quality digital services, improving access and engaging people.

“We aim to become widely recognised as leaders in providing efficient and innovative services through engaging with our community to experiment with new service models, exploring new partnerships, building staff expertise, using current and new technologies to improve the way we work and measuring the value and success of our services,” it said.

Councillors unanimously endorsed the plan, with Cr Linda Aitken praising it as “cutting edge”.

Cr Dianne Guise said all successful libraries in Australia were taking a similar approach and believed it would be of great benefit.

“It’s fabulous to go in and see the cross-section of people –- those new to Australia, and of all ages,” she said.

“I really think we’re on to something here.”