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Mitchell Shire

Profile Performance

Provision of print and digital based resources to the community in a variety of formats including collection services, e-services, research tools and interactive learning programs

Physical library collection usage

Number of physical library collection item loans per physical library collection item. Updated in 2019 to focus on physical library items.

Mitchell Shire (2019-2020)

1.90

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

3.14

All Councils (2019-2020)

3.56

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 2.57 4.30 4.49
2017-2018 2.63 4.28 4.65
2018-2019 2.53 4.15 4.63
2019-2020 1.90 3.14 3.56

Mitchell Shire Council Says...

Mitchell Shire Library Service collection comprises of a broad range of books, audio books, magazines and e-resources. Mitchell Shire Libraries have a total of 55,539 physical items in our collection with 105,253 loans of physical items during the 2019/20 Financial year. Patrons are now demanding increased access of services such as public computers, free Wi-Fi, meeting rooms and multipurpose spaces to be made available for community use within our libraries. The reduction in usage has been contributed to by the current Pandemic crisis. Since mid-March, our libraries have been running either limited or no service depending on the requirements of the Chief Health Officer. We have expanded our home delivery service as a consequence, and are looking at ways to further improve on this service in the new financial year.

Proportion of library resources less than 5 years old

Percentage of the library collection that has been purchased in the last 5 years

Mitchell Shire (2019-2020)

55.89%

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

63.26%

All Councils (2019-2020)

65.34%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 53.77% 64.87% 64.77%
2017-2018 56.09% 64.56% 64.73%
2018-2019 60.91% 63.97% 66.13%
2019-2020 55.89% 63.26% 65.34%

Mitchell Shire Council Says...

Mitchell Shire Libraries continue to commit to a modern and relevant library collection which reflects our communities' expectations to access current and high quality material and resources. With the available budget, robust outsourcing of a shelf-ready items and obtaining the most competitive pricing for the purchasing of resources, we have been successful in sustaining the standard of the collection at an acceptable level. Our 2019/20 financial year result reflects a subset of the entire library collection and is focussed on print material (books, magazines, serials, maps, plans, manuscripts) and physical audio visual or digital materials (CDs, DVDs) and toys and games on hand that can be reserved or borrowed. This now excludes non-physical items such as music streaming services or eBooks and other such digital services.

Active library borrowers in municipality

Percentage of the municipal population that are active library borrowers (in the last three financial years) for 2019-20. Results prior to July 2019 reflect the municipal population that were members of the library and borrowed a library collection item during that year.

Mitchell Shire (2019-2020)

10.90%

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

15.04%

All Councils (2019-2020)

14.88%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 11.80% 17.53% 16.93%
2017-2018 12.16% 16.12% 15.82%
2018-2019 11.00% 15.66% 15.41%
2019-2020 10.90% 15.04% 14.88%

Mitchell Shire Council Says...

The Mitchell Shire Library Service had 4,445 active library borrowers (and renew) from the library collection during 2019/20 financial year. The traditional role of libraries in our community is changing at a rapid rate. The typical lending-culture at our libraries is now experiencing higher levels of library visitation but with decreased borrowing. This highlights that the library service is still being used, but the way in which it is being used is changing rapidly. The number of active library borrowers is not a full reflection of community participation with our library service. Our library and outreach programs are our strategic focus to ensure we remain relevant to the needs of our culturally expanding community. Mitchell Libraries continues to offer increased internal and outreach library programs to the community. The reduction in borrowing has been contributed to by the current Pandemic crisis. Since mid-March, our libraries have been running either limited or no service depending on the requirements of the Chief Health Officer. We have expanded our home delivery service as a consequence, and are looking at ways to further improve on this service in the new financial year.

Cost of library service per population

Direct cost to council of the library service per population. New indicator from July 2019. Please refer to retired indicators link for previous results.

Mitchell Shire (2019-2020)

$20.73

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

$28.74

All Councils (2019-2020)

$32.10

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2019-2020 $20.73 $28.74 $32.10

Mitchell Shire Council Says...

This indicator has changed for the 2019/20 financial year. Previously, it was calculated as costs per number of visits to the library, now it is calculated as cost per head of municipal population. When previous years' data is calculated the same way, the results were $24.24 (2016/17), $23.02 (2017/18), $21.70 (2018/19) and now $20.73 in the 2019/20 financial year. This reflects the ongoing commitment to deliver library services that are efficient, effective and provide value for money. Mitchell Shire has provided four static libraries and one micro-library in the main town centres of Wallan, Kilmore, Broadford, Seymour and Beveridge during 2019/20. Our libraries had 130,411 visitors and 105,253 physical library collection item loans during the reporting period.