Last week’s SPUN Conference in Sydney included a bus tour to Ryde Library, which had earlier this year relocated from the Council Civic Centre to the more accessible shopping centre across the road. It expanded its floorspace and rearranged its collection by genre (bookshop model), the result being a state-of-the-art library with welcoming and flexible spaces to read a book, play a game, use a computer or attend an event.
But more than just to view the new library space, the opportunity to visit Ryde was also one for Civica staff, Ryde staff past and present and SPUN members to celebrate Ryde’s 30 years as a loyal customer of Civica and of Spydus.
The celebration included an afternoon tea and the presentation of a commemorative plaque to Library Manager Jill Webb. It was also the chance for everyone to take a trip down memory lane. Library & Learning MD Phil Barr was present to make the presentation and he read out excerpts from the first User Group (now SPUN) bulletin in October 1982, shortly after the URICA (now Spydus) LMS was installed:
“RYDE MUNICIPAL LIBRARY
Our installation (Catalogue and Circulation) is now ‘live’ – since 1.9.82 and operating well. Seventeen terminals are in use in Central Library and remote sites. Monograph acquisitions is the next module to be operational – hopefully by end October/November. Borrower re-registration has been carried out at the same time… A single-line title sequence COM [Catalogue on Microfiche] ‘catalogue’ is due for production, hopefully to be followed by more detailed sequences…”
Spydus has certainly come a long way since days of the Catalogue on Microfiche, and Ryde library is one of several who have been on almost the entire journey (a similar celebration will be held for NMIT in Melbourne later this year).
The event was attended by former Ryde staff members Alexander Sussman and Mark Grosvenor, and also by Lynda Hull who now works for Civica. For retiring Civica staff member Frank Austin, also present, the Ryde installation was his first upon joining the company.