Library Organisation, Strategy and Structure

Values

  • We value Western Australia’s unique and diverse stories.
  • We believe knowledge has the power to transform lives and that information should be freely available to everyone.
  • We keep the community at the heart of our decisions about collections, programs and services .
  • We collaborate to benefit the community.
  • We recognise that Western Australia is a large state with diverse needs.

Strategic Focus

The Strategic Plan 2018-22 (PDF 1.6MB) outlines the key objectives of the State Library of Western Australia as being:

  • A State Library for everyone...
  • one that embraces digital transformation...
  • and builds skills for the future.

Structure

The State Library of Western Australia comprises four directorates:

Collection Services

Collection Services leads the development and management of the State Library’s physical and digital collections and associated data, through collection activities and systems encompassing acquisition, processing, storage, preservation, digitisation, distribution and access. The Directorate also manages the acquisition of materials for 233 public libraries across the State (including the Indian Ocean Territories). Rural and remote local governments are further supported with the selection and management of materials for their public libraries.

Library Services

Library Services delivers services to the community which inspire creativity and curiosity and play a vital role in literacy and learning at every stage of life. The Directorate supports clients, whether online or visiting the building, with specialist library and research services and educational programs based on State Library collections. Early literacy development is supported by the Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program and Western Australian public libraries are supported with advice, training and professional development opportunities.

Strategic and Corporate Services

Strategic and Corporate Services supports the organisation in the areas of financial management and budget planning, human resource services and building management. Some information and communication technology services and human resources services, building maintenance services, payroll and financial processing are provided in collaboration with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Executive

Executive Services manages internal audit, marketing and communications functions, strategic projects and support services to the CEO, the Library Board and other strategic partners. This includes providing policy advice and research support on issues and trends relevant to the State Library and the Library Board. Executive Services is also responsible for providing advice to the Minister for Culture and the Arts.

Last updated on: 27 August 2019