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Australias Public Libraries: An agreed roadmap for the future.

Jan RichardsChair, Australian Public Libraries Alliance1Australias Public Libraries:

1,505 public libraries across the country including mobile librariesServices are funded by local and state or territory governments The provide for good citizenship and provide resources and support for self education, literacy and life-long learning in communitiesAll provide internet access and most provide wi-fi2India & Australia:

Two ancient landsAmong the worlds largest countries (India 3.5 million sq km; Australia 5.5 million sq km)Both former British coloniesCelebrate our national day on 26 January

3And were both passionate about cricket!

Public Library FuturesIn 2013, we set out to investigate the big questions about our future.How will libraries remain relevant for users?events held all around Australia.able to identify 12 themes and develop actions that will support positive outcomes for public libraries

Its not all about the book! Reading, a national pastime2012 National Year of ReadingSuccessor organisation love2read delivers a range of national reading programsNew reading in digital ageReading for wellbeing

Everyone a member44% of the population a library memberLibrary membership card at birth Early childhood literacy strategy One card initiatives being introduced

Connected Communities

Importance of digital literacy in support of Lyon DeclarationeSmart libraries/tech savvy seniors purpose built systems to provide the skills to be smart, safe and responsible when using technologyExploration and discovery through learning and maker spaces

Creative & Learning Communities

May the best team win!Jan Richardsjrichards@orange.nsw.gov.au

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