South-West Minister Norm Marlborough today officially launched the first stage of the $2million E-library, marking a major milestone in bringing online library services to the region.
“This is a fantastic project, which will benefit everyone in the South-West,” Mr Malborough said at the launch in Nannup.
The Minister presented the City of Bunbury with an additional cheque for $240,000 towards the key State Government initiative.
“I can see we are well on the way to achieving the Carpenter Government’s vision of getting online library services up and running, to take the region to the forefront of technology,” he said.
“Today’s opening marks the completion of stage one of this project, which has improved access and efficiency of library resources in the South-West.”
So far, the Government has provided $500,000 for the project through the South-West Development Commission, with the City of Bunbury co-ordinating the system’s development and implementation.
The South-West E-library links smaller regional centres to the vast resources at the City of Bunbury library, including access to tertiary education journals and materials.
Nannup is set to benefit from the E-library by moving from a manual system to state-of-the-art, web-based technology.
The installation of new computers and network hardware in smaller libraries enables the general public and library staff to access material previously only available at larger centres.
“The outstanding success of this project was acknowledged recently at the prestigious WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards, where it was announced winner of the Regional Category,” Mr Marlborough said.
“I congratulate all those involved in this innovative project for having the foresight and drive to turn this ambitious proposal into a reality.”
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