Talk:State Library of Western Australia

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Update[edit]

The update template was removed as the editor had no other edit history, and no reason was given on this page or anywhere else the reason for the need for update. SatuSuro 14:25, 29 October 2006 (UTC)


The information on this page is out of date. The State Library of WA has under gone a restructure. The names Public Library Service(PLS)and State Reference library no longer used. This article needs to be undated to reflect this. 220.245.195.133 14:43, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

What are they now. Gnangarra 15:25, 29 October 2006 (UTC)


If no-one else wants to take this on, I will. The article covers only one facet of library bureaucracy and is totally inadequate—as can be seen by a comparison with, eg, State Library of Victoria. Bjenks (talk) 04:01, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

Battye dissapearing[edit]

The most recent edit cleared mention of the Battye - the library power structure now calls it 3rd Floor - its almost gone folks SatuSuro 05:09, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

Removed material[edit]

The new books arrive after having been processed - covering, cataloguing, barcoded etc. every fortnight. This process is called Exchange, because for every Adult Fiction/Adult Non-Fiction/Junior item that is delivered to the library, an Adult Fiction/Adult Non-Fiction/Junior item must be returned to the Public Library Services section. Most libraries use the return exchange to get rid of books that are no longer useful - multiple copies of novels, older non-fiction, books that have been 'read-out' etc. Books that need to be repaired but the library would like to have returned have an orange return slip inserted in them stating which library it came from, and what repairs are required. Damaged audio-visual works have a green slip inserted in them detailing the damage.

When the return exchange items arrive at PLS they are sorted, and if required, repaired. Every fortnight public librarians go to the Alexander Library building to select any useful used books that they require. These are then added to the new books selected and delivered in the next exchange. The return exchange of country libraries is quite prized, as many of the items are in excellent condition - sometimes only having been read 10-15 times, which for metropolitan public libraries qualifies as new.

Hard to see how that is encyclopediac material SatuSuro 05:19, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

SLWA/LISWA/Alexander Library name confusion[edit]

"The State Library of Western Australia is located within the building known as the Alexander Library Building, in the Cultural Centre of Perth, Western Australia.

Like all government authorities, the name changes over time, so the identity was for a long time 'Library and Information Service of Western Australia (LISWA)'. The name was changed in 2002 to the 'State Library of Western Australia'. The library is an agency within the Department of Culture and Arts.

The building, and the various agencies are often conflated by users and authorities - the Alexander building houses the State Library of Western Australia, and it in turn has the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History and shares the building with the State Records Office of Western Australia"

I thought it might be more constructive to include a description of the name changes in the History, rather than introducing the Library with how users may find its name confusing. Aplpandr (talk) 08:07, 7 February 2013 (UTC)