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A year of changes at Shire of Dardanup Libraries

To celebrate Library and Information Week (May 22 – 28), take a look at some of the changes we’ve made in the past year.

One Card System

People are more mobile these days and convenience is important.  In recognition of this, the Shire of Dardanup Library Services joined together with 11 other local governments to develop a One Card System called the South West Library Consortium (SWLC).  Library users from any SWLC library can borrow items from any participating library, and return it to the same or another SWLC library.

New library catalogue

After much anticipation, the new library catalogue was rolled out, and included several convenience features. Users can now log in to their library profile, renew items, and download eBooks and eAudiobooks without leaving the comfort of their home.

eSmart Accreditation

This year the Shire of Dardanup Libraries become one of only a handful of libraries in Western Australia to achieve eSmart accreditation. Generously funded by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Telstra, the eSmart program is one of the most significant community cybe-safety initiatives undertaken in Australia and provides a framework for the community, library users, and library staff to avoid scams, computer fraud and invasions of privacy. As an eSmart Library our goal is to provide an increasingly important bridge to the digital divide in our community.

SMS Notifications

Another convenient feature that was released earlier in the year was the ability to have  library notifications sent directly to you as SMS. Let’s face it, traditional notification methods aren’t as fast as they could be when you’re waiting for your next read.  Now you can receive hold notices, due date alerts, and overdue notices (oops!) on your mobile phone.

Library Makerspace

An exciting new Makerspace workshop has been added where you can explore your creativity whilst having a load of fun. On the second Saturday of the month the South West Makers meet at the Eaton Community Library. Equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, 3D scanners, Raspberry Pi computers, drones, LEDs, arduinos and fabric art, users can pool their skills and knowledge to create and explore new technologies.

Makerspace technologies have the capacity to bring about great changes in the community and the library is embracing the resources they provide. The concept of libraries as information hubs moves a step further by providing the opportunity to actively do something with that information.

Fresh collections

In 2016, Shire of Dardanup Libraries welcomed two new collections officers to our team. Bringing with them a wealth of experience they use best seller lists, critical reviews, and library journals to select books they know would interest library readers and provide a further boost to our collection.

Additionally, as a part of our inclusion in the One Library / SWLC, books that are returned to us from other participating libraries become part of our collection. Not only is this more convenient for customers but it also keeps our library constantly refreshed with new items, so there will always be something new on our shelves.