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HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Written on the 20 March 2013 Local library lovers have until Thursday 16 May 2013 to have a say on the future of public libraries in Victoria, Member for Gembrook Brad Battin said today.

Mr Battin said the Coalition Government is committed to supporting local councils to ensure public libraries remain a vibrant, modern and effective resource for all Victorians.

“We know Victorians love local libraries, so it’s important for people to have a say on what they would like to see in the library of tomorrow,” Mr Battin said.

“Publishing its landmark research in December last year, the Ministerial Advisory Council on Public Libraries (MAC) proposed the concept of the ‘Victorian Library’ as a way to meet future needs.

“This concept has the potential to break down borders and open up new opportunities for library providers and users alike, so we’d like to know what people think about it.

“This second stage of consultation will assess the ‘Victorian Library’ concept and review public library funding.

“I encourage people to provide their feedback online, and answer a few simple questions about e-books and online resources, a single library card for all Victorian libraries, and access to resources anywhere in the state from here in Gembrook.”

Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell said public libraries in Victoria provided a range of important services and welcomed 1.1 million visitors last financial year.

“Libraries are at the heart of Victorian communities. We love them and we use them often,” Mrs Powell said.

“Through this public consultation process we hope to find out more about what people think of the ‘Victorian Library’ concept and whether it will meet the needs of future generations.”
Chair of the MAC and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government David Morris also encouraged people to get involved.“In coming months the MAC will meet with local councils, regional library corporations and other key library stakeholders to talk about what needs to happen at the ‘back end’ of the library if we are to implement the recommendations,” Mr Morris said.

Feedback and submissions can be made online before 5.00pm on Thursday 16 May 2013 at www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/tomorrowslibrary. Submitters providing their name and address will go into the draw to win a 32GB iPad valued at $649.

Visit www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/localgovernment/public-library-review/tomorrows-library for more information about Tomorrow’s Library.

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