Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Burnside Launch - colouring in the map

Last Friday Burnside had their public celebration of their One Card go live.  While it was very wet day outside, the warm atmosphere & buzz of excitement was palpable. The team had asked for 14 February as their public go live date - as it was Library Lovers Day - not to mention Valentines Day.  And the Mayor reminded us that momentous things happen on 14 February - from Australia taking on decimal currency in 1966 to Burnside joining the One Card consortium.

It was great to see a few local library managers in attendance along with councillors & council staff as well as Libraries Board member Ann Short & PLS staff.  Library Manager Lindy made particular mention of her neighbouring libraries who had been so helpful to Burnside as they transitioned to the new system.  This sense of camaraderie and professional support has been a hallmark of this project.

The mayor made specific reference to Burnside being the last metropolitan library to go live, saying that his natural scepticism led the council to hold back.  However he was very positive about the benefits for Burnside residents, stating that he had found & reserved a book from another library which he'd been trying to find for ages.

With Burnside joining the consortium we can now say that all of metro Adelaide is on the system.  In fact as we continue the roll out it is great to be able to colour in the map of councils across the State which are "on".  The gaps are now the minority of the map, which is very encouraging for the PLS project team & indicates that over 90% of the State's population now have access to the system.

Below are some photos of the event, taken by Burnside's resident photographer.

Mayor David Parkin & Library Manager Lindy Burford, with the Burnside cake!
Note David's sash "Going live 14 February".  This had been stuck on the front door leading up until Friday

Some of the happy & proud Burnside staff

Cutting the cake - note the number of supervisors

Burnside style - catering for the crowd

And the trio who entertained the crowd before & after the formalities

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