Swift Library Distribution

The areas marked in orange indicate the local government areas serviced by the Swift library Consortium.

Victorian Coverage

Swift Libraries - Victoria


NSW Coverage

Swift Libraries - NSW

Consortium Structure and Participation

The Swift Library Consortium is a cooperative network of public library services who share the one Integrated Library Management System (ILMS) and bibliographic database, enabling the cost effective implementation of innovative technologies and the efficient sharing of resources to the benefit of library patrons and communities.

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) acts as the licencing agent for and on behalf of the Consortium members, and holds the contract with the ILMS vendor (SirsiDynix) for the provision of services, including the hosting of the Integrated Library Management System. Each participating library enters into a Supply Agreement with the MAV for their individual requirements to be met.

Each participating library contributes a Management Fee that covers the cost of employing the Swift Business Manager on a part time basis, the Swift Systems Administrator on a full time basis, meeting and travel expenses, and general administrative costs.

Since the first inception, the number of libraries participating in the Consortium has grown to the current membership of 27 library services, comprising:

  • 20 Victorian Public Library Services.
  • 1 Victorian TAFE Library
  • 6 NSW Public Library Services

A number of the Victorian services also include co-located school libraries.

Equal Representation

Each library service is an equal member of the Consortium, and has an equal say in the operations, policies and governance of the Consortium.

  • The Management Committee, which meets every 6 months. comprises the Library Managers and CEOs of all participating libraries, as well as a representative of the MAV and the Swift Business Manager. The Swift Systems Administrator attends such meetings as an advisor. The Committee is responsible for decisions on strategic direction and budget/financial planning as well as the approval of any contractual matters.
  • The User Group is made up of library coordinators and system administrators, and makes decisions concerning the day to day system configuration and policy structures. The User Group is responsible for the Swift Operations Guide, recommending detailed system policy structure and application. Matters raised may be referred to the Management Committees where required.
  • Subcommittees and Working Groups may be formed from time to time to discuss operational matters of special interest, such as cataloguing protocols, which need the deliberation of subject specialists. Recommendations for any Consortium policy changes are then put to the User Group for consideration.