03 August 2012

Different or the Same

Sometimes being different is all about being the same. Take the state of South Australia for instance. Not too far, I hear they like where they are. They're rolling out a program to connect all the public libraries on the one library system with all the punters using the same card. Here is the news item: http://www.libraries.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=499

So it might take three years, but it'll connect almost a million SA residents with nearly five million items across more than 130 libraries and they'll soon be three years ahead of the rest of us. It is more than time we looked at doing this as a nation. If we were as clever as we think we are, we'd have done it ages ago.

Thanks to @edwardshaddow (from WA) for alerting me to this.



Anonymous said...

Excellent move...WA, TAS and ACT have already done this, haven't they? What about university libraries though? Can you see a time when such colloaboration happens. I know when I worked in public libraries in NSW, the Council I worked for was all for letting anyone join and we set up the LMS to enable other council cards. However, the adjoining council refused our ratepayers access to their libraries as they thought they would be overwhelmed....isn't that the point?

Mal Booth said...

A large group of academic libraries in Australia and NZ share their collections on a collaborative arrangement called Bonus+. We all use the same LMS.

Kathryn Greenhill said...

... and of course there is now the Innovation Lab at the Grote Street Library in Adelaide, complete with 3D printers: http://www.adelaidecitycouncil.com/council/media-centre/media-releases/grote-street-library-launches-the-first-3d-printers-accessible-to-everyone