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Our strategic focus

Our purpose

The State Library of South Australia’s primary purpose is to gather, protect and share publications of value to the South Australian community. Our collections include the stories of our state and selected community, business and individual archives that help us remember the past, connect with each other, and discover who we are.

Collect: We will continue to develop contemporary and diverse collections that meet legislative requirements and capture South Australian stories. We will care for and preserve all collections to make sure that they are available for current and future generations Connect: We will connect with communities to provide opportunities for discovery and use of the stories and information revealed through our collections and services. This engagement will occur in our buildings and increasingly online and through our partners.

Collaborate: We will collaborate with partners to increase opportunities for the community to explore our collections through exhibitions, public programs, and events, and through the activation of our unique buildings and spaces.

Capability: We will improve our organisational capacity and empower our people to deliver high-quality services and experiences to the community by embracing innovation, systems improvement, and staff development.

Public Library Services works with local and state government to create libraries that are innovative and creative community hubs, providing opportunities for participation, learning and leisure to all South Australians. The high level of collaboration across SA Libraries, fostered through the shared OneCard system, makes it easy for libraries to share knowledge and resources to respond to a rapidly changing social environment, whilst actively contributing to enhance people’s ability to participate in life.

Our Vision

State Library
The Stories that make us
The State Library of South Australia is where our stories come alive. A place where we reflect upon our identities, preserve our memories, and gather our knowledge. Where diverse voices spanning the history of this land speak through significant collections, including unique South Australian materials. By listening to them, we come to understand the thoughts that built our society, that challenged it and that continue to change it.

Engaging with today’s communities reminds us of the relevance of yesterday, encouraging connection with our past and appreciation of the many people who shaped our ways of life. Personal research uncovers the unknown and family histories shine a light on our origins.

Our stories from across time can empower the choices of our present and enlighten the possibilities of tomorrow. They guide us with the lessons of countless lifetimes and spur us to share our own lives for those yet to come.

Storytelling is universal to the human experience, so to discover the many dimensions of who we are and who we will become, the State Library of South Australia tells the stories that make us.

Public Library Services
Libraries SA … for all who seek

Libraries SA empowers curiosity through literacy. Our diverse collections inspire people to ask questions about their world, to see it from other points of view and become fuller versions of themselves. By ensuring equal access to resources and ideas, we encourage everyone to elevate their own understanding, learning and the opportunity it opens is a right shared by all.

Our collaborative, state-wide network brings together adaptable spaces, creative programs, and local events to enhance the collective learning experience. Facilitated by helpful staff, our

trusted places are there when, where, and how they are needed, whether to provide sanctuary and support, information and insight, or purpose and belonging. All of us are searching for something and public libraries exist to connect us in shared discovery. Libraries SA creates a community for all who seek.

Our Values Through its values of trust, service, respect, knowledge and relevance, the State Library documents our unique and evolving place in the world.
Our functions, objectives and deliverables

The objectives of the Libraries Board are to:

  • achieve and maintain library services that adequately meet the needs of the whole community
  • promote and facilitate the establishment and maintenance of libraries and library services by councils and other appropriate bodies
  • promote a co-operative approach to the provision of library services, and
  • ensure that the community has available to it adequate research and information services providing access to library materials and information stored in libraries and other institutions, both within and outside the State.

The Libraries Act 1982 charges the Libraries Board of South Australia to achieve the following:

  • Achieve and maintain a coordinated system of libraries and library services that adequately meets the needs of the whole community.
  • Promote and facilitate the establishment and maintenance of libraries and library services by councils and other appropriate

 

Our organisational structure

State Library of SA Organisational structure, 2021-22

Changes to the agency

During 2021-22 there were several changes to the agency’s structure and objectives as a result of internal reviews or machinery of government changes.

As part of the internal services review, there were a number of changes to staffing positions. This included the recruitment of two new Team Leaders.

Six staff left as part of the rejuvenation scheme completed in December 2021.

Our Minister

The Hon Andrea Michaels MP is the Minister for Arts.

Our Board

Libraries Board Members

Position

Term dates

Bruce Linn AM – Chair

Chair

1 August 2019 to 31 July 2022

Professor Amanda Nettelbeck

Member

24 November 2019 to 23 November 2022

Janet Finlay

Member

24 November 2019 to 23 November 2022

Bronwyn Lewis

Member

1 August 2019 to 31 July 2022

Scott Hicks

Member

15 May 2020 to 14 May 2023

Megan Berghuis

Member

1 August 2019 to 31 July 2022

Professor Joanne Cys

Member

24 November 2019 to 23 November 2022

Jillian Whittaker

Member

1 August 2019 to 31 July 2022

Our Executive team

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 Minister for Arts 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 strategic service leadership and collection management practice that ensures the development, preservation and accessibility of contemporary and diverse collections and resources that meet the research and information needs of the South Australian community. This includes leading organisational transformation through strategic projects that achieve the Libraries Board’s future services and visitor activation vision for the State Library.

The Associate Director provides high-level strategic and operational advice to the Director and Executive Director on matters relating to the State Library and information policy.

The Associate Director works with the Director and the Libraries Board to create 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 and Corporate Services

The Associate Director Public Library and Corporate Services is responsible for leading the State’s Public Library Network, to ensure the relevant objectives of the Libraries Act 1982 (regarding public libraries) and the expectations of the Collaboration Agreement between the Libraries Board of SA and Local Government Association are achieved.

This includes leadership of transformative strategic projects, the direct provision of procurement and ICT services, the management of the ICT environment that enables the One Card Network, and the centralised procurement of collection resources.

The Associate Director works with the Director, the Libraries Board, the Department for Education, and the Local Government Association to address the long-term library and information needs of the people of South Australia through an effective and responsive public library network.

The Associate Director is also responsible for the management and provision of corporate services (ICT, Finance and Risk, Information Management and Business Reporting) for the State Library and Public Library Services including the implementation of strategies, policies, and processes.

The Associate Director provides high-level strategic and operational advice to the Director and Executive Director on matters relating to public libraries and other compliance-based functions such as Work Health and Safety, finance, risk, procurement, and reporting.

Legislation administered by the agency

Libraries Act 1982

Libraries Regulations 2013

 

 

SECTIONS OF THE ANNUAL REPORT

2020-21 Annual Report | From the Chair | Overview: About the agency | The agency's performance | Financial performance | Risk Management | Reporting required under other acts or regulationsPublic complaints