New Staff Reference Titles

Posted on December 7, 2015. Filed under: Books, Reference | Tags: , |

These titles have recently been added to the Staff Reference collection

The Library Innovation Toolkit


“Progress for the sake of progress is all too often a drain on precious time and resources. The communities and users that libraries serve are always changing; true innovation helps libraries adapt to meet their needs and aspirations both now and in the future. This stimulating collection offers numerous snapshots of innovation in action at a range of libraries, showcasing ideas and initiatives that will inspire librarians at their own institutions.”

The Library Marketing Toolkit

This title also an associated website: You may also want to check the author’s website:

book2“A toolkit of ideas to inspire action. As libraries continue to fight for their survival amid growing expectations, competition from online sources and wavering public perceptions, effective marketing is increasingly becoming a critical tool to ensure the continued support of users, stakeholders and society as a whole. This unique practical guide offers expert coverage of every element of library marketing and branding for all sectors including archives and academic, public and special libraries, providing innovative and easy-to-implement techniques and ideas.”

Information Services Today

9781442239586“This book is an essential overview of what it means to be a library and information professional. Hirsh provides a broad overview of the transformation of libraries as information organizations, why these organizations are more important today than ever before, and the various career opportunities available for information professionals.”




Staff Reference titles are held outside my office @ LHQ and can be borrowed. Just put them on your card. If you want something sent to your branch, reserve the item and let someone at Library HQ know (we don’t do a pull list for those).



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New Staff Reference titles

Posted on June 26, 2015. Filed under: Professional Development, Reference | Tags: , |

We have added some exciting new titles to the staff reference collection.

The Non-nonsense guide to training in Libraries

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This title offers guidance for training users, colleagues or other groups. Contents includes: The people side of training; Use of technologies to support training practices; Different approaches to learning and teaching; Planning and designing training; Delivering training: face-to-face and blended learning; Evaluation of training events and continuous improvement; Learning and development in the workplace.


The Artist’s Library

This one is also in the general collection. It looks at potential activities and partnerships for libraries and artists (individuals or organisations) and how artists can find inspiration in libraries.

Metaliteracy: reinventing information literacy to empower learners

I did a MOOC run by the writers of this book and found it fascinating. I came out an empowered learner! Basically the concepts behind the book and the MOOC are that new information and communication technologies have changed the way we learn (and teach) and as a result  the scope of traditional information skills has metamorphosed. As a BTW, you can explore a list of MOOCs here.

We have also added 2 books on apps for librarians.

The best 100 free apps for libraries and Apps for librarians.

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Staff Reference titles are held outside my office and can be borrowed. Just put them on your card. If you want something sent to your branch, reserve the item and let someone at Library HQ know (we don’t do a pull list for those). Thanks. PC

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Passionate about library science? Addicted to learning?

Posted on June 17, 2015. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians, Reference | Tags: , |

Are you committed to professional development?

If you responded yes to these questions, then get excited! I came across this list of 20+ awesome free online library courses on, “a new social community for librarians worldwide”. Check them out. The rest of the site is also worth exploring. PC

20 + awesome

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New Staff Reference titles

Posted on March 27, 2015. Filed under: Reference | Tags: |

Twenty-FWalter_cvr_PC_InDesign_CS3.inddirst Century kids, Twenty-First Century Librarians by Virginia A, Walter

Inspired by a new generation of librarians and children, Walter reconsiders the legacy passed on by the matriarchs of children’s services and examines more recent trends and challenges growing out of changes in educational philosophy and information technology. This thoroughly researched book includes the current issues and trends of

* Outcome-based planning , * Early literacy, * Homework centers in libraries, * Children’s spaces.

With extensive experience in children’s services as well as library instruction issues, Walter brings readers vital information on the current state of library services to children.

Note that you can also access this title online via NSWnet (Professional Development Resources) . If you do not know what I am talking about, contact me!


Expert Internet Searching (4th edition) by Phil Bradley

Includes an introduction to search engines (multimedia, visual search, invisible web, social media search engines…), Google from basics to advanced. How to find people, news. What is the future of search.

If this topic is of interest to you, you may want to check out Phil Bradley’s website.

Staff Reference titles are held outside my office and can be borrowed. Just put them on your card. If you want something sent to your branch, reserve the item and let someone at Library HQ know (we don’t do a pull list for those).


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New Staff Reference Titles

Posted on May 1, 2014. Filed under: Reference | Tags: |

These titles have been recently added to our Staff Reference. If you are interested in a title, place a reserve on it and if it is on the shelf, ask one of us at LHQ to send it to you. Or pick it up when next in Springwood and issue to your card.

Building and Managing eBook collections

Embedded Librarianship: tools and practices

Using Mobile Technology to Deliver Library Services

The Patron Driven Library: a practical guide for managing collections and services in the digital age

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Fairfax image collection on Trove

Posted on August 8, 2013. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , |

Fairfax collection now available online

The first batch of the glass-plate negatives from the Fairfax Glass Plate Collection has now been digitised and published. The images capture significant events, news and everyday life in Australia during the early 1900s. Fairfax Media donated more than 18,000 glass-plate photographic negatives to the National Library in December 2012. Since then, the Library has been undertaking an extensive project to restore, digitise and catalogue the collection.

Explore the first 4,000 images in Trove.

Image: Two Women Being Carried over Flooded Track at the Gerringong Motor Races, New South Wales, 10 May 1930 (detail). nla.pic-vn6220039

Find out more about the digitising of the Fairfax glass plate negative collection here.


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Newly added to Delicious

Posted on May 30, 2013. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: |

1813 Crossing of the Blue Mountains

A wikipedia page with references and links to do with the 1813 crossing – including links to the digital copies of the explorers diaries

History Hill – Gold History

Australia’s golden history, Facts and Figures. Useful for school assignments.

British Museum Pompeii Herculaneum Blog

Posts about life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum written by britishmuseumblog. Great for Ancient History HSC students

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Family Law Information Online

Posted on May 29, 2013. Filed under: Reference | Tags: , |

family law handbook

Chapters 1 and 2 of the Family law handbook are now available online. See them here. You can also find it via the Find Legal Answers subject pathway under the Family, Relationships and Children subject box.

Chapters 1 and 2 give an overview of the family law system and cover important areas such as grounds for divorce and separation under one roof.

Hot Topics: The Families Hot Topic (no.82) is now also available online in full text.  Find it via the pathway, or here.



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Register of War Memorials in NSW

Posted on May 27, 2013. Filed under: Reference | Tags: |

The Register of NSW War Memorials records the war memorials located in New South Wales and the veterans commemorated on each memorial. Memorials are mapped, have photographs, and contains lists of names.

For reference work:

The site is useful for family historians and other researchers. It also provides links to other useful research sites.

Community contribution:

There are more than 3,000 war memorials in our State, and the NSW Government and the RSL (NSW Branch) are committed to documenting each of these memorials.  There are asking for community participation in the project: members of the community, local councils, RSL sub-branches and schools. There are templates to help, and you can improve the information on existing records as well. You may contribute the information to the register, or you may want to encourage people in your community to add information.

This is a continuation of the project which was in operation several years ago.

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Community Profile

Posted on September 20, 2012. Filed under: Reference | Tags: , , |

The Community Profile (one of the demographic resources accessible via our web site) has been updated with the 2011 Census data. Click on the button below to check it out.

The Community Atlas and the Population Forecast will be updated later on.

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