Local libraries plan for the future

A community-led planning meeting was held at the Wudinna School Community Library last month to discuss the future of the library services in Wudinna, while a similar meeting took place at Karcultaby.

Many ideas were put forward to be considered in a Forward Plan.

The meetings followed on from a survey released late last year, which was undertaken by the South Australia Public Library Services board.

Wudinna mayor Eleanor Scholz attended the Wudinna meeting and said a number of ideas came through from the survey responses.

“Ideas which came through included looking to informal sharing groups on ideas of use of technology – especially when we had older people saying classes were too fast-paced to gain enough experience, some would prefer more informal get-togethers,” she said.

“They will also look to expand sites where people can pick up books and library resources.”

The Forward Plan will be sent to each library and used to assist with future planning.

“As a result from the two community meetings, stakeholders – the public library board, school principals, librarians and council – met and brought together some of that information, which will make up a strategic plan and that will come back to stakeholders to see if it captures what they want,” Ms Scholz said.

“That will be what the libraries work towards.”