Yarra Libraries Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020
Yarra Libraries' Strategic Plan will guide the direction of Yarra's library services through the next three years. Our vision for this period is:
Connect Discover Inspire
Through an extensive consultation with the community, library users, internal and external stakeholders, and potential partners, Yarra Libraries identified six strategic priorities:
1. Creating opportunities for learning and literacy
Our libraries are for everyone, and are dedicated to learning needs at all stages of life. From creative play to scheduled learning activities, and basic to advanced skill levels, everyone can find an opportunity to learn and grow at Yarra Libraries.
2. Putting people first
We recognise that people use the library in many different ways, and we want to ensure that each person’s library experience suits them. Our focus is on people, and we develop programs and services to respond to the community’s needs.
3. Connecting with our community
We will continue to work with other groups, organisations and areas of Council to find ways to deliver services beyond the library walls, create connections with the community, and seek out those who cannot come to us.
4. Discovering through technology
Technology is changing the ways in which we learn, connect and collaborate and it is vital that everyone has access to the kind of technology that suits them, and a chance to develop their digital skills.
5. Curating inspired collections
Yarra Libraries’ collections underpin everything we do, and they will continue to grow and develop according to diverse community needs. Our focus will always be on supporting people to learn, connect, make, imagine and discover.
6. Providing places for all people
Yarra’s libraries remain free and accessible places, where everyone is welcome. Our libraries are a unique community asset, and we intend to continue to improve our physical and virtual spaces, and find new ways to make places for all people.
Yarra Libraries Annual Reports
Yarra Libraries Policy
Yarra Libraries has revised the interim Library Policy on the rights and responsibilities that inform membership and use of the library service. The policy covers admission and use of facilities, membership requirements, borrowing, conduct in the library and enforcement of the Library Policy.
Internet Use Policy
This policy encompasses expected user behaviours and responsibilities when using our computers and Wi-Fi.
Yarra Libraries Learning Framework
Our strategic plan for 2013–2016, outlines our aim to explore and create a dynamic model for learning and creativity that is specifically for the Yarra community. To focus and support these efforts, Yarra Libraries has developed a Learning Framework, which sets the scene for Yarra’s library services into the future.
The framework supports development of a range of programs around the 3 literacies (reading, information and digital), and encourage strong partnerships with alternate community learning providers.
Yarra Libraries Local History Collection Development Policy
The Yarra Libraries Local History Collection is of central importance in supporting and enriching the community’s understanding of its local identity as well as the past which
has shaped the present. The acquisition, conservation and organization of these resources, prior to making them appropriately accessible for different levels of community need, is a primary responsibility of Yarra, one which cannot be appropriately shared with other Library services.