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Beyond Books: Unveiling the multi-faceted strategy of our Council libraries

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Goondiwindi Regional Council has developed a Library Strategy to improve the services provided at its three library centres in Goondiwindi, Inglewood, and Texas.

The Library Strategy was developed collaboratively with input from library members, staff, Councillors, and the broader community to enhance the region’s lifestyle and economy.

Local feedback identified access to books, DVD’s and magazines, safe spaces to relax in, and accessible learning and study spaces as the top priorities for the community. 

Some of the key deliverables identified for the team within the strategy include:

  • Raise awareness and use of library programs, activities, and events through effective branding, signage, centre name changes, digital and physical marketing, engaging community networks, and collaboration on shared activities.
  • Evolve and adapt to changing community needs by using advancing technologies to provide our library services digitally to remote communities, isolated individuals, and broader audiences.
  • Utilise connections to integrate and complement services provided to young people, teenagers and those pursuing further studies.
  • Reposition and transition perceptions that ‘Libraries are only about books’.
  • Provide a locally responsive service by accessing a broader network of resources through other libraries and library groups.
  • Advocate through Queensland State Government and State Library of Queensland to pursue ongoing assurance and increased grant access to fund services.

The Mayor of Goondiwindi Regional Council, the Honourable Cr Lawrence Springborg AM, said Council recognises libraries' vital role, including the social connection that a library often fosters.

"All our libraries are welcoming, inviting places where people can feel safe and supported," Cr Springborg said. Individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, educational levels, ages, or circumstances, can pursue self-development, knowledge, and life-long learning at any of our library centres."

The Library Strategy is supported by an annual operational plan, which progresses actions towards achieving the strategy's vision and priorities.

27th March 2024 at 12:00 AM