Friday, 8 March 2013

Port Pirie & Crystal Brook go live

As per our schedule, the Port Pirie council libraries have joined the consortium yesterday.  While it has occurred in a smooth manner this would not have been achieved without the hard work from the Port Pirie Library staff, the PLS project team and SirsiDynix staff.

Some of the residents in the Port Pirie council area are served by the Flinders Mobile - which went live late last year, so this go live now provides complete coverage for all council residents.  The library's "catalogue" can be seen here.

I had aimed to get to the launch but a few essential meetings have kept me in Adelaide yesterday . Mayor Brenton Vanstone, Libraries Board member Lynn Spurling and Library Manager Pam Menadue all spoke at their launch, providing an overview of the wonderful library service and what it means for the community to join the One Card network. Pam and her team have shared a few photos of the launch ceremony which I have included below.  The library has also been able to generate some media interest, with regional ABC radio interviewing me about the roll out to Port Pirie and areas north and west.  It is a good news story for the region with all of the far north, most of the Eyre Peninsula, all of the Yorke Peninsula and much of the mid-North going live this year.

It is also time to officially welcome the Crystal Brook Library to the network.  While there has been a depot at Crystal Brook for some time, the council has expanded the opening hours and services offered there to the point where the Libraries Board can recognise it as a "branch library".  With this recognition comes some additional support from the Board such as the inclusion of an Internet wireless router.  So for those of you who are handling transit slips you may see some come up for Pt Pirie, but with Crystal Brook listed as a branch.

We're looking forward to also getting Port Augusta live on the 21st, so that these two relatively close towns will be on the system together.  (We have Holdfast Bay going live on the 14th as well - so a busy time for the team.)

Pt Pirie Mayor Brenton Vanstone speaking at the launch

Library staff with their cake & their Enterprise screen in the background on the TV

A view of the Pt Pirie Library

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