Barossa Library Services Report 2012-13
Joining the One Card Network has been a significant project this year giving library users access to millions of items from public libraries across South Australia. Lead by Tania, Elizabeth and Alison over a six month program of training, mapping and transferring data it involved transferring 53,000 item records, 16,000 membership records and 35,000 loan records. Staff have quickly mastered the Sirsi Dynix system and are to be congratulated for their positive approach and team work to seamlessly put the new system in place. Customers are very positive about the One Card Network with many comments about the large range of items available, how quickly they arrive and the ease of finding new titles on the new look website.
During 2012 -13 although there were interruptions over a 2 month period while we changed systems loans totalled 232,700 a 1% increase on the previous year and visits totalled 130,127 a reduction of 7%, mainly due to the closure days during the One Card installation.
Ebooks were launched in March 2013 and are being well used with over 100 users borrowing close to 800 books to 30 June. Convenient for commuters, travellers and high use on long weekends eBooks are being well used and adding to the range of items that can be accessed.
Julie and the programs team again ran a very successful year of library programs including the popular Summer Reading program, Book Week and holiday activities. Lots of happy young readers enjoy these sessions and develop their love of reading throughout the year. Author visits this year have included a wonderful high tea at Seppetlsfield with Helene Young, and Egyptian mysteries with Iain Campbell.
Our community involvement included the Vintage Festival Carnival giving away over 600 balloons, games and supporting the Friends Story Writing Competition. Regular library events increased to include the Cook Book Club and Mah-jong along with Chess, Beading and Yarn Fanatics.
Local history research has been enhanced this year by equipment provided by the Friends, as many people have used the digital reader and the scanner to trace events from the local papers on microfilm and transfer slides, photographs and family letters to a digital image.
The library greatly appreciated the fundraising the Friends have coordinated through the book sales, author events and the raffle with new sponsor Sea Link. Also supported by the Friends, the new red library bags were very popular when launched in June. $2000 has been provided to run an early literacy program with Zonta and $2000 has purchased e-readers to demonstrate eBooks for the community. These programs will be underway later this year.
A very special thank you to our retiring President Jill Stevens. Jill has provided leadership and direction for the Friends for more than 10 years. Jill’s knowledge of libraries was significant in seeking support for the new Nuriootpa and Tanunda libraries which we appreciate today. Jill has continued to create a welcoming Friends group, energetic fund raising events and created cohesion and enjoyment for the committee and library team. Her recent lobbying has also increased awareness of the need to improve the Lyndoch and Mt Pleasant libraries so that all residents of the Barossa have access to quality services. Thank you Jill, for your dedication and support of the Barossa Libraries.
Tania Paull, Senior Coordinator Library Services