The adoption of a strategic plan by the Mid Murray Council (MMC) is set to align and strengthen the region’s library services, which will see a new governance model established across all five sites. MMC provides a public library at Morgan, a depot library at Blanchetown and contributes to the joint provision of services for school community libraries at Swan Reach, Cambrai and Mannum.
Morgan and Districts Community Hub Coordinator Lisa Walker said the 2017 Mid Murray Libraries Strategic Plan(MMLSP) will ensure continuity of services across all five Mid Murray library sites.
“The function of libraries has changed dramatically over the years and this plan is about working towards an integrated approach, bringing library services up with the times and optimising and sharing resources,” she said.
“You should be able to get the same level and continuity of service and programs regardless if you live in Morgan, Mannum, Cambrai, Swan Reach or Blanchetown.”
The MMLSP will include a rebrand, which Mrs Walker said will reinforce the libraries as part of council services, while library staff will continue to undergo training to keep up with current trends in the digital space.
MMC Chief Executive Officer Russell Peate said the MMLSP was a vital step forward in the council’s library services moving with the times.
“Libraries are an essential part of our community and particularly in rural areas, foster social relationships, learning and skill development and act as vital community services,” he said.