The Libraries Board will be undertaking its annual country tour on Thursday & Friday next week. This tour will take us through libraries in the Mid-North. Specifically the Board will visit Clare, Burra, Peterborough, Jamestown and Port Pirie on Thursday, and then Port Broughton, Snowtown and Balaklava on Friday.
This tour will be the first in 21 years that does not include former Board member Janice Nitschke. I would like to pay tribute to Janice who has represented library practitioners on the Board for as long as most of us can remember. Janice's commitment will be remembered not just because of her active & successful representation of the sector but also for her dedication. The number of times that Janice has got up at 4 am to drive to "town" as the airport was fogged in are beyond counting. And her flights, attendance at meetings in Adelaide or staying in town to carry out network business have been a real service to us all. Janice's championing of "the country" has been a consistent part of her service, and her unstinting service for "the network" needs to be recognised by all within the network.
Janice has also been, and continues to be a mentor to so many in the network. I am sure that with the "spare" time that she now has Janice will actively use her experience to continue as a mentor to many.
Changes to State Government Board regulations mean that in future Board members can serve for a maximum of 8 years. While I appreciate Janice's dedication over several decades I also support the notion of regular renewal on the Board and the opportunities for changes in representation. The changes in regulations also mean that the number of Board members will reduce from 9 to 8.
Peter's time is precious - as he spreads himself across his medical practice, his role as a successful, internationally recognised author and his additional duties including chair of the Libraries Board. Despite this busy schedule Peter has managed to juggle his commitments & travelled the State meeting with people in public libraries and leading the Board's considerations of public library and State Library matters. Under Peter's leadership the Board has been so supportive of the State-wide LMS project as well as managing the GFC's impact on the Board's investments as well as some positive outcomes on a number of other State Library issues.
We will see a number of other changes to Board membership over the next 6 months. I will keep you posted regarding these changes as they occur.