A Showcase of Victorian Public Libraries team consisted of: Jess Broom, Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation, Kim Edgar, Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Koula Kalaitzoglou, City of Greater Dandenong, Micah Macri, Eastern Regional Library Service, Sarah Mason, State Library Victoria
Library buildings across Victoria come in all shapes and sizes and have been part of our community landscape for over 50 years. During that time library services have revitalised and rebuilt their library branches, and for many they have had the opportunity to build new buildings for their growing and emerging communities. Fortunately through good strategic planning and the provision of funding via a variety of sources including the Living Libraries Funding Program, there has been a wonderful injection of new library buildings in recent times. Many more are on the drawing card which is exciting for library services who need to expand and improve their service provision. This project reinforces the value of libraries and how their design and presence in their communities can be catalysts for lifelong learning, social inclusion and the creation of community hubs. This project will provide a launching pad for a central source of information about library buildings and design. It will be useful for library services embarking on a new project, as well as providing a platform to showcase their fabulous new buildings. It will include many essential things to remember and to consider and a great place to share reflections on the process as well as factual information.