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Wellington 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.

Wellington Shire (2019-2020)

2.17

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

3.14

All Councils (2019-2020)

3.56

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Wellington Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 1.99 4.30 4.49
2017-2018 2.26 4.28 4.65
2018-2019 2.70 4.15 4.63
2019-2020 2.17 3.14 3.56

Wellington Shire Council Says...

Wellington Shire Library's collection is available through six branches and four outreach sites at local Community Houses in the 11,000km2 municipality. This indicator now only measures physical item loans which were adversely affected during this reporting period by library closures and social distancing measures due to COVID-19 in April and May.

Proportion of library resources less than 5 years old

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

Wellington Shire (2019-2020)

45.27%

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

63.26%

All Councils (2019-2020)

65.34%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Wellington Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 47.76% 64.87% 64.77%
2017-2018 50.02% 64.56% 64.73%
2018-2019 54.46% 63.97% 66.13%
2019-2020 45.27% 63.26% 65.34%

Wellington Shire Council Says...

Our book, audio-visual, and eResources are continually replenished with new material through the year. COVID-19 library closures affected our weeding program of older titles this year. Discontinuance of newer, unused material resulted in an unimproved performance compared with previous years.

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.

Wellington Shire (2019-2020)

13.35%

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

15.04%

All Councils (2019-2020)

14.88%

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Wellington Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2016-2017 13.62% 17.53% 16.93%
2017-2018 13.82% 16.12% 15.82%
2018-2019 14.11% 15.66% 15.41%
2019-2020 13.35% 15.04% 14.88%

Wellington Shire Council Says...

Libraries continue to be one of our top performing service areas according to the 2020 Community Satisfaction Survey. Wellington Shire Libraries offer a broad range of popular programs including author talks, baby rhyme times, toddler Storytime and school holiday programs. During COVD-19 restrictions, Council introduced a Click & Deliver personal loan service and virtual programming of children's Storytime and Rock, Rhythm & Rhyme services which were well attended and free to all residents within the Shire. The slight decrease in percentage of active membership may be a natural decrease after the initial increase following the new library opening at the Port of Sale in 2018.

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.

Wellington Shire (2019-2020)

$20.31

Similar Councils (2019-2020)

$28.74

All Councils (2019-2020)

$32.10

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Wellington Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2019-2020 $20.31 $28.74 $32.10

Wellington Shire Council Says...

Wellington Shire's library facilities continue to provide value for services across the Shire, with a cost reduction per head of population in 2019/20. This can be attributed to a significant reduction of expenditure on wages, utilities and resource spending due to library closures and activity under COVID-19 restrictions.