THE Chigwell Child and Family Centre has received a valuable literary boost following the installation of a Tasmanian Government-funded smart locker.
As part of the Government’s $3 million Contemporary Library Resource commitment, the smart locker provides families at the Chigwell Child and Family Centre easy access to resources at Libraries Tasmania.
Libraries Tasmania executive director Liz Jack said the smart locker could be accessed by library members and contained books and DVDs that had been requested.
“When library staff visit the locker to place items inside, the patron automatically receives an SMS or email alerting them that the items have arrived,” she said.
“The library member then goes to the locker when it is convenient for them, swipes their library card, the door of the locker opens, and they take their items.
“When they are finished with the loaned items, the member can drop them back in the returns slot in the smart locker or to the nearest library.”
Ms Jack said it would encourage community members to access library resources and provide them with a familiar face when they visit a Libraries Tasmania site.
“The smart locker offers patrons a holds, pick-up and returns service at locations and times most convenient to them,” she said.
The smart locker was opened at the Chigwell Child and Family Centre on 6 May by Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff, who said it would have major benefits for the whole community.
“This will allow people access to the library online and the ability to collect items placed on hold without needing to visit a Libraries Tasmania site,” Minister Rockliff said.
“For busy families or families who face barriers, like transportation, this is an opportunity for them to still have access to library materials in a setting they are familiar with.
“It is also a wonderful way to support early literacy skill development for families by giving them easy access to a wide range of books.”
Caption: From left, Jill Sadkowski with baby Kora and Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff at the new smart locker at the Chigwell Child and Family Centre.