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Funding for the future: the Rockingham, Western Australia, joint use library experience

Hamblin, D. and McCready, P. (2011) Funding for the future: the Rockingham, Western Australia, joint use library experience. In: Connections and Convergence 2nd International Conference on Joint Use Libraries, 3-4 Nov 2011, Adelaide, South Australia

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Rockingham Regional Campus Community Library is a joint use library which has been in operation since 1998. It is a tripartite library that supports the information and recreation needs of Murdoch University, Challenger Institute of Technology and the City of Rockingham.

With the construction of the Library, a Heads of Agreement was signed that stipulated the breakdown of the costs associated with the building and then included a clause which stated that “the parties will contribute to the ongoing costs of the library as agreed in the Operational Agreement to be negotiated.” This Operational Agreement has never been developed and yet the library has gone from strength to strength. To date our strategic direction and service model has succeeded without a Budget model.

The Budget is crucial for any library, justifying expenditure and costs to multiple stakeholders can be even more significant. The importance of a strategic and flexible funding formula is a critical success factor for our library.

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