Watch out for Library closures at both Goodwood and Unley

If you are a Library user please read below a press release from our Libraries concerning temporary closures  in order to install RFID technology.

The City of Unley will temporarily close both its library branches to complete the installation of a new collection management system that takes advantage of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology, giving customers greater flexibility and efficiency when borrowing and returning library items.

Goodwood Library: closed from Monday 2 May until Monday 9 May, 2016
Unley Civic Library: closed from Monday 16 May until Monday 29 May, 2016

Unley Libraries Manager Hanlie Erasmus said alternative arrangements will be in place to minimise the impact on customers.

“At no time will the entire library service be closed – when one branch is closed the other will be open extended hours. The after hours return facilities will still be in place at both libraries,” she said.

Each year over 200,000 people use the Unley Library and over 90,000 people use the Goodwood Library, so the new RFID technology will significant improve the libraries service provision.

“With over half a million loans each year, providing an easier and more efficient system for our users is critical. The new system will give our customers more options and enable our staff to direct more time and energy to intensive queries, such as assistance with digital technology,” said Ms Erasmus.

The improvements are part of a state-wide implementation across the SA library network.

Unley Libraries will officially launch the new system on Monday 30 May 2016. Extensive support will be available to assist customers in using the new technology.

For further information, please contact the Unley Libraries on 8372 5100 or visit unley.sa.gov.au

Goodwood Library Closure Front Page News

If you read the headlines in this weeks Eastern Courier we (Council) is about to close the Goodwood Library. This is not the case. We are, as we are with all our services, reviewing the Library service we are providing our community.

After Council debated reforming our library services at last Mondays council meeting I find in reading this weeks Eastern Courier that we have decided to close the Goodwood Library. The article left me feeling I was not part of the debate on the night.

I was and I contributed to the debate. My understanding of what Council is looking to do is make our library services more relevant to the needs of today’s people. And part of the process of investigating this will be to come up with a number of models and to ask the community what they think.

For the benefit of those with an interest in our library services here are the motions the were approved on the night.

1   The Fullarton Park Library continue as a service point whereby library members can order resources on-line, and collect and return borrowed library materials from 1 July 2015. The Fullarton Park Library service point will no longer offer the small library collection for customer perusal.

2   Council supports the shift from “Community Computing” to a “Knowledge Hub” that includes the education in smart and specialist technologies that encourages sharing, creation and learning.

3   An investigation be undertaken to determine the feasibility and benefits of one service point for a Toy Library Service within the City of Unley, and discussions occur with the Goodwood Community Centre Board to explore potential efficiency gains and cost savings by September 2015.

4   An investigation be undertaken to determine the feasibility and benefits of one service point for a Toy Library Service within the City of Unley, and discussions occur with the Goodwood Community Centre Board to explore potential efficiency gains and cost savings by September 2015.

5   Administration investigate a number of alternative service delivery models to the current Library Service. This could include (but not be limited) to the provision of a new purpose built library at an appropriate location within the city, modifications to the existing library in the town hall, the provision of small library outlets in partnership with other organisations and the provision of additional pick up/ drop off facilities at locations across the city. As part of the investigation process, consultation occur with the community regarding the options investigated. A report of findings be presented to Council for consideration in January 2016.

So I ask are our libraries as we knew them when we grew up relevant to today’s’ society. With the technological world of today I think it is fair to say they aren’t. I am guessing many reading this would suggest they are obsolete and they should therefore be closed.

The author of the report has written a followup article after being challenged on factual inaccuracies and this is up on the Eastern Courier website if you are interested.

 

Help in the Digital World. City of Unley to the Rescue


The Unley Library can help you enter the digital world. Whether you are a beginner or a confident user needing a little extra information, we have the help that is right for you.

I suggest you take the opportunity to check out these upcoming library events at Unley Libraries.
The Unley Library is a great place to learn new skills, a relaxing environment with friendly assistants to hep you with your every need.
And we are never too old to learn new skills.
  • Community Computing information session

    When: Wednesday, 26 March 2014 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Where: Unley Libraries at Unley Civic Library

    Find out about our Community Computing courses and programs, and try out our computers, iPads and tablets.

    Wednesday 26 March, 10.30am (1 – 1.5 hrs)
    Unley Civic Library

    Free, bookings essential, ph 8372 5100 or 8372 5166, or book online here.

  • Community Computing information session

    When: Friday, 4 April 2014 – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Where: Unley Libraries at Unley Civic Library

    Find out about our Community Computing courses and programs, and try out our computers, iPads and tablets.

    Friday 4 April, 10.30am (1 – 1.5 hrs)
    Unley Civic Library

    Free, bookings essential, ph 8372 5100 or 8372 5166, or book online here.

Statewide Library Access

Unley Libraries will be joining the SA public library ‘one card’ network.


 
The ‘one card’ network is connecting more than 130 public libraries across SA and will enable Unley Libraries members to borrow and return items wherever they are with their current library card.
The new service will also give members 24/7 access to an online catalogue where millions of books, DVDs, CDs and magazines in libraries across SA can be looked up and reserved with a click, either from home or in the library.
 
When items become available, they will be delivered to Unley Libraries for collection or other libraries that members nominate.
 
Social media (e.g. Facebook), online databases, e-resources and the digital holdings of SA’s public libraries are also planned to be integrated into the new statewide online catalogue.
 
The new system is shared between SA’s councils and is expected to result in improved efficiencies.
 
The ‘one card’ network will be rolled out over approximately 3 years across SA’s metropolitan and regional public libraries.  Unley Libraries will be joining the network on 14 February 2013.
 
Information has already been disseminated to library customers and staff with further promotion planned.
 
 
 
 
You can view the ‘one card’ promotional video at
http://viddler.com/v/c18289e8