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NEW LIBRARY SERVICE
Moorabool Shire Council has, at their Ordinary Meeting on 16
May, approved the new Library model for the rural areas of the
shire which, according to CEO Rob Croxford, includes many
improvements compared to the previous model.
"The new model had been designed to include more frequent
visits for people to access library services. In the past, most towns
have had only fortnightly access but under this new model many
of those library officer visits will be weekly. A small depot will be
set up in Ballan to be open initially for 5 hours a week, and new
services will be introduced for library members, including the
ability to reserve and order books from a database of more than
100,000 titles and have them delivered to their community."
"Borrowers will also be able to access CD's, DVD's and audio
books in much the same manner as they would from the
Lerderderg Library. We're also catering for people who choose
to read books on tablets, with the introduction of e-books to the
"The Library Officers that will be attending will also be in position
to answer Council customer enquiries and help borrowers access
the on-line ordering system."
Council approved the adoption of the new model for library
services in rural areas, to replace the mobile library services
provided under the now wound-up Central Highlands Library
Corporation, to commence on July 1, 2012.
"The indications are clear; library services in rural areas are needed,
which is demonstrated by visits by the community, particularly in
Ballan. Response to this model will also provide information and
usage data to build a case for future State Government capital and
recurrent funding for library services."
In Ballan, a library depot will be established at the Ballan Mechanics
Institute. A stock of books will be available, and ordering can be
The opening hours will initially be Saturdays and one week day
for a total of 5 hours a week. Ballan library members are currently
being asked to complete a survey to provide feedback on the
opening hours of the library depot. These hours may increase
or change dependent on feedback from library users and the
availability of volunteers to open the library on other days.
The Gordon Hall will be the venue for a library officer who will
visit weekly, as opposed to the fortnightly visits under the previous
model. Officers will drop-off/pick up books and help members'
order books through the library website.
An internet kiosk will be established in the Bungaree General Store.
A dedicated room at the rear of the shop will accommodate an
internet kiosk and an area for ordered books. A library officer will
visit weekly (fortnightly under the previous scheme), but residents
can access the internet kiosk 7 days per week and pick-up/
drop-off books during these times.
The Recreation Reserve at Dunnstown will be the venue for a
visiting outreach library officer once per week (fortnightly under
the previous scheme). Officers will drop-off/pick up books and
help members' order books through the library website.
Due to the unreliability of access to the internet in Blackwood, it
is proposed to purchase a fortnightly van service from the City of
Ballarat for a period of time. At this stage a library officer will visit
An outreach library officer will visit the Elaine Hall weekly
(fortnightly under the previous scheme). Officers will drop-off
& pick up books, and help members' order books through the
It is proposed to designate Leigh Creek as a rural service stop and
implement a similar model to Elaine, Dunnstown and Gordon.
This means residents in this area can order books online and a
Library Officer will drop-off/pick up books to this location once
per week and assist residents to order books online during the
CO-LOCATION WITH OTHER SERVICES
(Maternal Child & Health, Aged and Disability etc)
A library service where library members can drop off and pick up
collection at MCH Centres will also be implemented. HACC staff
will also be able to support clients to order collection and pick
up/drop off to clients. Aged and Disability are also investigating a
community bus service to bring clients to the Lerderderg Library
for accessing the facility, a newspaper reading program and also
an active session with a physiotherapist.
Current fortnightly services have been increased to weekly under
the proposed model to provide an enhanced service to replace
the current Mobile Library service and increase the viability of this
new service model.
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