Monday, 20 April 2015

One Card project & Noarlunga Library take out Local Government Excellence Awards

The Local Government Professionals held their Leadership Excellence awards on Friday night.  PLSA and PLS had submitted the One Card project for an award in the Community Partnerships & Collaboration category. We should all thank Judi Cameron & PLS President Lynn Spurling for deciding to submit an entry & for writing the submission. Lynn also had to undertake an interview with the judging panel.  All this hard work paid off as the project took out the award for this category.  It was great to see the public library network recognised in a room full of local government peers and leaders.  

While we know that it is a project which included every council in the State, and has changed the service offering for over 900,000 library customers we're delighted to get this recognition from a panel of independent judges.  Those of us who have been involved in the project have seen the hard work and dedication by staff in every council to achieve this transformation.  And of course the network was led through this process by the very hard working PLS project team.

So PLSA will need to find a way to share this trophy across the 68 councils / 138 libraries, who all own a piece of it!

This is a close up showing the wording on the trophy

(Apologies for the quality of the photos - they're just off my ageing iPhone)

While rolling out the LMS has been a mammoth achievement I think it is the ongoing accumulating changes in service delivery which will continue to enhance what libraries are offering their customers and also reform library practise.  I particularly note changes like getting WiFi customers authenticating using their One Card, the progress towards making e-books and other digital content discoverable through Enterprise, the development of a new integrated Acquisitions system to replace the P2 system, the provision of a central system administration team etc. And of course there are so many more services we will be able to provide through this platform.

And I also want to acknowledge and congratulate the City of Onkaparinga Libraries for their Memory Hub program at the Noarlunga Library, which  won the Excellence in Age Friendly Communities award.  It is a really innovative program which supports people with dementia & their carers.  It is great to see such a program being recognised in this manner.

Having 2 library projects showcased on the Local Government sector's gala night was really great for the library profession.

1 comment:

  1. Well done to the 1LMS project and to Onkaparinga! It makes me very proud to see the hard work put in by South Australian libraries is being recognized and rewarded. Many library staff from around the country and over in New Zealand are quite curious and envious of our One Card One Library service. Keep up the great work!!!