Friday, 23 August 2013

Launch of Dads Read

Following on the success of National Year of Reading in 2012, Dads Read is an early childhood literacy initiative, developed by State Library of Queensland to promote family literacy.

Dads Read recognises that fathers reading to their children strengthens literacy, models positive reading behaviour and builds children’s self-esteem around reading (especially for boys).

The program continues to expand and Public Library Services has partnered with State Library of Queensland. Plans are underway for Tasmania to also participate in the program.
The Dads Read message is based on the simple but true premise that reading 10 minutes a day to your children is not only a very small time commitment but also is also vital in contributing to literacy success for children.

Dads Read aims to:
  • raise awareness of the important role fathers play in their children’s development
  • inform fathers of the importance and benefits of reading to children from their early years, even before they start school
  • promote reading as a family
  • encourage fathers to read to their children and promote the value of reading
  • provide fathers with the tools to give them the confidence to read with their children
The development of the Dads Read program follows recent research that highlights the importance of dads reading to their children during their early developmental years. As little as 10 minutes a day improves children’s literacy levels, stimulates creativity and critical thinking.

Public Library Services is pleased to announce that the Dads Read program has now been  launched and the website ( ) is now live.

This week we were very happy to welcome our newest Dads Read Ambassador - the Hon. Jay Weatherill, Premier of SA.  He joins Mark Soderstrom (Channel 7 Sports Presenter) and Phil Cummings (Author) as our very own reading legends!

Jo Freeman
A/Associate Director
Public Library Services

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Cummins School Community Library launches today

Today was the ‘Go Live’ day for the Cummins School Community Library as it joins the ‘One Card’ network and a very special day for the local school and the local community.

You can see the brand new Cummins Enterprise page here.

Library Manager Helen Loller, Barb Fuller (Community Library Assistant) and other Cummins staff have worked hard to make the transition as smooth as possible – we know this is no mean feat for smaller libraries with few staff numbers.

One key challenge was setting up internet connection for the Coffin Bay branch – we hear “it came down to the wire”…no, not the actual wire… but the branch had been waiting for a special dongle to make the connection possible!

The library has also been promoting their upcoming launch heavily on their Facebook page using some great 'countdown' graphics - see their latest graphic below.

The launch was held with a morning tea – see some great photos below!

An example of the 'countdown' graphics from Cummins' Facebook page

Cummins staff: Alice Slater, Robyn Mattsson, Barb Fuller, Helen Loller, Barb Diment, Judy Hall & Susan Modra

Cummins staff again...this time in fun mode (well deserved after all their hard work!)

Barb Fuller, Helen  Loller, Julie Low & Greg Hurrell

A very well decorated library ready for launch

Morning tea - a lovely spread...and check out that great banner!

A lovely looking 'One Card' cake for launch attendees

History of Lending Services

Below is an interesting summary of the history of the State Library of SA's lending services, along with some key milestones in the growth of the independent public library network.

This chronology is based on work done by State Library staff, with some degree of State Library-centric focus.  Much of this chronology is based on a set of references shown at the bottom of this post.
1860: The South Australian Institute moves into the Institute Building, which is officially opened on 29 January 1861.
South Australian Institute between 1860 and 1863 (Building still standing corner of North Tce & Kintore Ave)
Across the State there are 27 Institute circulating libraries, increasing to a maximum of 306 by 1930.
1874/5: A free reference library is established within the Institute Library, funded by the government.

On 1 July, the South Australian Institute is replaced by the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery. A number of the books from the Institute go to the Public Library in the new Jervois Building, which is opened on 18 December. The rest of the books become the Adelaide Circulating Library and remain in the Institute Building.
Jervois Building c1880
 1898: The Free Libraries Act allows councils to establish free libraries after a poll of rate payers. No free public libraries are established.

The "Public Library" on North Tce 1908

1915: On 16 February, the Public Library opens the Children’s Library, in the 1884 Public Library building in the room on the ground floor overlooking North Terrace.

1938: Country Lending Service of Public Library is established 1 October with just over 4,000 volumes.

Country Lending Building 1942
1941: A school box service is introduced, sending boxes to schools and kindergartens. A library service for the Navy, Army and Air Forces is provided through the Country Lending Services.

 The Packing Room of Country Lending Services
1946: On 19 March, the Public Library establishes the Adelaide Lending Service.

1954: Lending commences from the Children’s Library, to meet the needs of the children bedridden by the polio epidemic.

 Children’s Library
MP for Norwood Don Dunstan calls for free libraries in a speech to the Estimates debates in Parliament in November.

1955: The Libraries (Subsidies) Act is passed, which provides State Government support to libraries funded and run by municipal councils. The Act does not require that the libraries be free for the public to access.

1957: On 9 August, the Public Library establishes Youth Lending Service.

On 11 December, the Premier Sir Thomas Playford opens the first free council rate-supported public library in the Elizabeth South Shopping Centre. The land and building were provided by the South Australian Housing Trust and the council provides the staff and operating costs.

On 6 April, Public Library of South Australia is renamed the State Library of South Australia. The Bastyan Wing is officially opened 25 May, at a cost of over $3 million.

"Public Library" front entrance
Local public libraries serve 48% of the population of the State. The rest are dependent on services provided by the Country Lending Service and Adelaide Lending Services.

1970: The Mander-Jones Report The future role of the Institutes Association and Institutes Libraries in South Australia is published. The Dunstan Government rejects the report in favour of free, government subsidised libraries for the State.  A Public Libraries Branch is established within the State Library to support the growth and development of local government public libraries.

1973: Country Lending Services split from Subsidised Libraries Branch and amalgamate with Adelaide Lending Service to become Adult Lending Services. 

Children’s Library, Country Children’s Book Service and Youth Lending Service amalgamate to become Juvenile Services Branch within the State Library. 

Youth Lending Services

1974: Adult Lending Services to prisons commences.

From the Annual Report of the Libraries Board of South Australia, 1978-79

1975: South Australia becomes the first State to introduce a model of public library service utilising local school libraries; particularly in small rural communities of less than 3,000 people where local councils are unlikely to be able to fund a "main street" public library. These libraries became known as School Community Libraries.

1976: Adult Lending Services commences services to homes, hospitals throughout the state in areas not served by public libraries and to homes, hospitals and housebound individuals in the Adelaide City Council area.

From the Annual Report of the Libraries Board of South Australia, 1982-83
1977: The Dunstan Government sets up an enquiry into library services, chaired by Board Chairman Jim Crawford. 

The 1st School Community Library opens on 7 October at Pinnaroo.

The State Library develops a demonstration mobile library. 

Adult Lending Services introduces cassette books.

From the Annual Report of the Libraries Board of South Australia, 1975-76

1978: The Crawford Report is published, recommending a bipartisan funding model for local government libraries. The recommendation is accepted by the state government.

1979: Public Libraries Division expands to support ongoing library growth and moves from North Terrace to The Parade Norwood.

From the Annual Report of the Libraries Board of South Australia, 1960-61
1980: Public Libraries Division splits from the State Library Division.

1982: The Libraries Act (1982) codifies much of the practices which shape the State's public library network.

The Reference Library stops lending its materials.

Lending Services begin Automated Circulation.

The first day of computers in the State Library
1983: Managements of Institutes transfers from the Council of Institutes Association of South Australia to the Libraries Board.

1986: On 16 December the Hon. Barbara Wiese, Minister of Local Government, officially opened Lending Services.

Lending Services has an information literacy, technology and lifelong learning focus, and offers specialised multilingual and multimedia collections. 

A Computer Resource Centre is established at the State Library, with the aim of assisting customers develop or increase their computing skills. Six PCs are lent by local computer firms, and Macs, scanners and printers are purchased. The CRC charges for printing, and over the next few years will earn enough revenue that all equipment, consumables, software and PC replacement will be self-funded.

Customers using the Computer Resource Centre 1996
1988: Public Libraries Automated Information Network (PLAIN) - a computerised Inter-Library Loan & e-procurement system - is established, providing public libraries with online selection of new materials and access to materials across the state in an automated ILL system.

1989: Jill Gael is appointed as Acting Manager, Lending Services to delineate the role of Lending Services, without replicating the services provided by local libraries. Public Libraries Branch (re-named PLAIN Central Services) moves from Norwood to Hindmarsh.

PLAIN Central Services offices at 7 Milner St Hindmarsh
1990: A Report on the Development of a South Australian Library and Information Service recommends that metropolitan lending services be taken over by the City of Adelaide. A Memorandum of Understanding is signed by the Premier and the President of the Local Government Association giving responsibility for public library support services to the Local Government Services Support Bureau.

1991: An agreement is reached between the Board and the City of Adelaide for the delivery of a Lending Library. State Library Lending Services are then close, and the City of Adelaide Lending Library opens, operating from within the State Library.

1994: On 20 December, The City of Adelaide Lending Library transfers from joint to sole ownership by the City of Adelaide.

2001: In April, construction of the Building Redevelopment project begins. The Bastyan Wing is closed for public use in August, and temporary services are provided from the Institute and Jervois Buildings. The City of Adelaide Lending Library operates out of what is now the Hetzel Lecture theatre in the Institute Building.

2003: Towards 2010: Developing the Public Library Network of South Australia is released; recommending changes to the governance and role of PLAIN Central Services.

In July, after significant reforms and staff reductions Public Library Services (renamed from PLAIN Central Services) moves to the State Library after 30 years at Norwood and Hindmarsh.

2011: A 10 year funding and governance agreement for the public library network is agreed to and signed by the State Government and the Local Government Association.

2012: In May the One Card consortium - which connects all libraries on one shared Library Management System - commences with Mitcham & Onkaparinga being the 1st 2 libraries connected.

The Adelaide City Council Library will leave the State Library building and move to new premises in Rundle Mall.

Some sources used as the basis of this post are:
  • Samuels, B, 1989. The Evolution of the State Library: An Historical Chronology. Bibliophile, Vol 2 No 3, 17
  • Samuels, B, 1990. The Evolution of the State Library: An Historical Chronology Part II: 1900-1965. Bibliophile, Vol 3 No 1, 14
  • Samuels, B, 1990. The Evolution of the State Library: An Historical Chronology Part III: 1967-1987. Bibliophile, Vol 3 No 2, 8
  • Spooner, C and Bell, M, 2011. A selective chronology of the State Library of South Australia and its forerunners, accessible online at 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Some LMS stats

Speaking of the TUG - as we were on the earlier post, PLS provided some performance / volume statistics to the Group of Tuesday.  While there is some debate about exactly what we "count" in terms of total items, these numbers give us some understanding of current collection size, borrower numbers and some relevant information about holds.
At some stage in the future we will add some circulation stats and other information, but I figure that even these numbers will be of some interest to some of you.

LMS Performance statistics
19 Aug
Total Holds 
Total items 
Total Customers 
Total titles 
Customers with holds 
Customers with >15 holds 
Customers with 30 holds 
Total holds to customers with >15 holds

Quick analysis of these numbers indicates that at the point at which this "snapshot" was taken approximately 4.3% of customers have "holds".  And of the customers who have holds, approximately 5% have more than 15 holds.  It would appear that less that 0.6% of customers with holds have their full quota of 30 holds.