Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Balaklava joins the consortium

We've been flat out at PLS & I've omitted to report Balaklava joining the One Card network last week.  Along with Snowtown, this concludes the rollout for the Wakefield Regional Council as well as for all of the mid-north region.

The Balaklava Enterprise site includes a great photo of the "pile of books" sculpture which is outside the library.

Balaklava library holds a special place in the history of the SA public library network.  Des Ross was a local farmer and member of the council, living at Salter Springs.  He was chair of the Libraries Board of SA from 1985 - 1997 - during the rollout and consolidation of the SCL program across the State. He also negotiated the first multi-year funding agreement between State and local government.  While on the Libraries Board and holding many other offices he was also the chair of his local Balaklava School Community Library board of management.  And while most of us in the library community remember the library parts of Des' work, his impact in his local community and in the nation was quite significant.  Des' contribution to the community is recorded in the LGA media release here.

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