Queenstown’s council details libraries review

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Queenstown’s council has advertised for consultants to carry out a strategic review of its library services.

The review was recommended as part of the council’s organisational review, undertaken earlier this year.

It will consider in depth all aspects of library services including the range of services provided, costs, usage, the funding model, income generation, staffing and space.

Council plans to turn libraries into one-stop shops, where people can access a range of services.

But staff reductions as part of the restructure proved controversial with dozens marching through Wanaka streets in April opposing cutbacks.

The request for a proposal from consultants has been posted on the local government tenders website.

It reads: “Whilst initial operating efficiencies were identified in staff and processes, to reconcile on-going affordability with the community’s service expectations requires a comprehensive assessment of library operating models, including what services are provided, from which facilities and by whom as proposed within this document.

“QLDC’s library service is a valued part of community life in the district… with a network of seven library buildings, online access to further information, and resources.”

The deadline for submitting proposals is October 22.