The WA Public Libraries Strategy is the result of extensive research undertaken and presented in the Public Library Working Group background paper. As well as that, WALGA’s Vision 2025 also identified the need for such a strategic approach to public library development. The context for public libraries is shifting, with libraries operating as community spaces with strong links to community, social cohesion and workforce development. Technological developments continue to change the way people interact with information, requiring public libraries to remain relevant at the forefront of technology, enabling access as well as support for skills development in the community. Public libraries also need to better communicate their connections with, value and impact on the community.
The research highlighted a number of potential opportunities for public libraries in the future, and this strategy document identifies the key areas that can be addressed as priorities over the next four years in order to deliver an improved and more sustainable library service.