The purpose of the Libraries Board of South Australia is to promote, create and maintain state wide library services for the benefit of the people of South Australia. The Libraries Board achieves this via two administrative branches – the State Library of South Australia and Public Library Services.
The role of the State Library of South Australia is to ensure current and future generations enjoy, experience and learn from its South Australiana collections and world knowledge collected and preserved for the use of the community, and to provide research and information services, events and programs to enrich access.
The role of Public Library Services is to work with local councils via a Memorandum of Agreement to create libraries that are valued as institutions of civic democracy and community engagement, and serve as hubs for knowledge, creativity and innovation, to provide opportunities for learning and leisure, linking South Australians to each other and the world.
The Libraries Board keeps alive the memories and stories of generations of South Australians - telling the stories of the past is vital in creating understanding and links between past, present and future.
This is achieved by connecting South Australians to each other through our State Library and the network of community libraries, providing access to local and world information and serving as hubs for knowledge and community engagement.
Public Sector Values:
Our functions, objectives and deliverables
The Libraries Act 1982 charges the Libraries Board of South Australia to achieve the following:
The Library has been engaged with other Arts institutions in supporting the progress of the goals of the Arts and Culture Plan to fruition.
The Library continues to be actively engaged in the plan’s goal to “revolutionise accessibility to the state’s remarkable collections” particularly in the areas of digital access and storage.
State Library of South Australia’s Strategic Plan 2018-2020
Collect: Build and maximise use of collections and create content
Maintain: Guarantee access for present and future generations through a widerange of preservation strategies
Connect: Support learning and research for the community’s social and economic benefit
Contribute: To and enrich the cultural life of the State through our collections, buildings and community events
Capability: Develop efficiency, capability and capacity through our skilled people and effective work practices
Public Library Network’s strategic plan – Tomorrow’s Libraries: Future Directions of the South Australian Public Network
Connected community places: Libraries are welcoming, safe and accessible for all and offer their communities a dynamic and vibrant place
Creating content and knowledge spaces: Access to local print and eContent, as well as specialist collections and improving literacy outcomes of South Australians
Innovation and digital hubs: Using new and emerging technologies and applications and increasing digital literacy skills
Partnering with intent: Achieving scale and greater impact through purposeful partnering
Delivering a sustainable future: Demonstrating value of service outcomes to communities and the state’s strategies priorities
During 2019-20 there were no changes to the agency’s structure and objectives as a result of internal reviews or machinery of government changes.
The Premier, the Hon Steven Marshall MP’s portfolio includes Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Defence and Space Industries, Tourism, the Arts, Veterans’ Affairs and Multicultural Affairs.
Geoff Strempel, Director, State Library of South Australia
The Director of the State Library is responsible for the efficient and effective management and administration of the State Library of South Australia and Public Library Services ensuring the State Library’s long-term viability and reputation within the State and amongst its national partners.
The Director provides high-level strategic advice to the Libraries Board of South Australia, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Premier on matters relating to libraries and information policy, and the Libraries Act (1982), and ensures that the requirements of the Memorandum of Agreement (between State and Local Government) to establish and maintain public libraries are met.
Jo Bayly, Associate Director, State Library Services
The Associate Director is responsible for the management and provision of the StateLibrary’s direct service provision, including the establishment of strategies, policies and processes that relate to the collection and access to the State’s published and unpublished heritage.
The Associate Director provides high-level strategic and operational advice to the Director and Executive Director on matters relating to libraries and information policy.
The Associate Director works with the Director and the Libraries Board to create long-term organisational and financial strategies to ensure the State Library’s long-term viability and reputation within the State and amongst its national partners.
Hanlie Erasmus, Associate Director, Public Library Services
The Associate Director Public Library Services is responsible for leading the State’sPublic Library Network, to ensure the relevant objectives of the Libraries Act (with regard to public libraries) and the expectations of the Memorandum of Agreement between State and Local Government are achieved.
This includes leadership of transformative strategic projects, the direct provision of procurement and ICT services, and the management of the ICT environment that enables the One Card Network.
The Associate Director provides high-level strategic and operational advice to the Director and Executive Director on matters relating to public libraries and information policy.