What is a public library? In 2012? In 2030? The Victorian Public Libraries 2030 project commenced in 2012 and sought to answer these questions.
The purpose of the project was to develop a strategic framework for Victorian public libraries. In focusing on a longer term planning timeframe, this strategic framework should ensure public libraries’ ongoing relevance to the future wants and needs of their communities.
The objectives of Victorian Public Libraries 2030 were to:
- assist Victorian public library managers and staff to identify global trends that may impact public library services into the future (2030)
- explore alternative futures, identify tipping points and devise strategic responses to perceived trends
- develop and extend the strategic-thinking capacity of the Victorian public library sector and ensure buy-in to the project process and outcomes
- collaboratively create a strategic framework for Victorian public libraries that is applicable to a wide range of public library services (metropolitan, regional, rural, single municipality, regional corporation), which can be used to guide their own strategic planning, and which is meaningful at a local and state level.