The future in action: Victorian Public Libraries 2030

Karyn Siegmann, Bayside City Council

Concurrent session 19
Thursday 1 September 2016, 11:30am - 11:55am


The Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN) is a strong network that fosters collaboration between the 47 members representing 53 library services. PLVN actively lobbies for funding, engages stakeholders and is forming new partnerships with related organisations to promote and improve public library services in Victoria.

The futures strategy Victorian Public Libraries 2030 Strategic Framework (VPL 2030) was launched in 2013 and has become the guiding document for all PLVN and Statewide Development Projects.

The two scenarios of the Community Library and the Creative Library have driven our thinking and planning to deliver the strategic objectives of the framework:

  • Storytelling that fosters buy-in to the shared vision;
  • Accessing additional revenue and funding streams;
  • Products, services and programs aligned to community needs and aspirations;
  • Facilities and resources, that underpin community creativity and learning; and
  • Staff with the skills and attributes to enable services into the future.

Over the past two years, in alignment with VPL 2030, PLVN have developed a Communication Plan “to tell our stories”. The development of the plan included workshops and skills development on sponsorship and fundraising and developing partnerships.

PLVN collaborates with the State Library Victoria to deliver the statewide development projects, which included a skills audit of all staff and subsequent training programs, the recently launched Literacy Strategy and a research report on the Creative Library that was submitted to Creative Industries Victoria highlighting the role of libraries. Other research reports have covered PC usage in public libraries and the value of public libraries –all telling our stories.

In addition the Victorian State-wide Shared Leadership Program includes participant projects that are aligned with the VPL 2030 visions. The completed projects include; Creative Library, Brain Health in Libraries, Pop-Up Libraries, and Performance Metrics.

VPL 2030 has provided PLVN with the clarity to strive into the future. Importantly it is a living breathing strategic framework with a vision for the future to which we can all aspire.

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