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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

Number of times a library resource is borrowed

Number of library collection item loans per library collection item

Mitchell Shire (2018-2019)

2.53

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

4.15

All Councils (2018-2019)

4.63

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 2.78 4.29 4.59
2016-2017 2.57 4.30 4.49
2017-2018 2.63 4.28 4.65
2018-2019 2.53 4.15 4.63

Mitchell Shire Council Says...

Mitchell Shire Library Service collection is comprised of a broad range of books, audio books, magazines and e-resources. These are distributed between our four library sites and commencing in May 2019, a new micro-library at Greater Beveridge Community Centre. Mitchell Shire Libraries have a total of 55,875 items in our collection with 141,453 loans during the 2018/19 financial year. Patrons are now seeking increased access to public computers, free WIFI, meeting rooms and multipurpose spaces. Also, due to demand, we have committed to increasing our e-resource catalogue and LOTE collection.

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 (2018-2019)

60.91%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

63.97%

All Councils (2018-2019)

66.13%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 53.86% 60.75% 63.59%
2016-2017 53.77% 64.87% 64.77%
2017-2018 56.09% 64.56% 64.73%
2018-2019 60.91% 63.97% 66.13%

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 continued commitment to increase our digital items including e-audio, e-magazines and e-books has seen an increase of loans from the e-resources collection for the 2018/19 financial year.

Cost of library service per visit

Direct cost to council of the library service per visit

Mitchell Shire (2018-2019)

$5.29

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$6.74

All Councils (2018-2019)

$7.07

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $5.42 $6.16 $6.77
2016-2017 $5.12 $6.31 $6.39
2017-2018 $5.11 $6.79 $6.82
2018-2019 $5.29 $6.74 $7.07

Mitchell Shire Council Says...

Mitchell Shire has provided four static libraries and one micro-library in the main town centres of Wallan, Kilmore, Broadford, Seymour and Beveridge during the 2018/19 financial year. These libraries service our population of 44,299. Our libraries had 181,736 visitors during the reporting period

Active library members in municipality

Percentage of the municipal population that are members of the library and have borrowed a library collection item. This indicator includes e-books from 2015/16 onwards, which may affect a council's variance from 2014/15.

Mitchell Shire (2018-2019)

11.00%

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

15.66%

All Councils (2018-2019)

15.41%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Mitchell Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 12.65% 18.04% 17.73%
2016-2017 11.80% 17.53% 16.93%
2017-2018 12.16% 16.12% 15.82%
2018-2019 11.00% 15.66% 15.41%

Mitchell Shire Council Says...

The Mitchell Shire Library Service had 4,633 active library members (borrow and renew) from the library collection during the 2018/19 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 members is not a full reflection of community participation with our library service, and this has recently been confirmed by Public Libraries Victoria Network as a State-wide observation. 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.