Life on the Front Desk

Posted on February 21, 2014. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , , |

Here’s an article on the ABC Open blog from a staff member at Castlemaine Library, written for Library Lovers Day.

It encapsulates quite nicely what we’re about.

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Libraries of the Future

Posted on April 16, 2013. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , |

Here’s a great infographic ,Libraries of the Future, that comes to you via Stephen’s Lighthouse


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New Winnipeg Public Library thanks its customers

Posted on November 6, 2012. Filed under: 1, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

This is also a little reminder of all the things public libraries offer.

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When you are having a bad day . . .

Posted on July 30, 2012. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

When you are having a bad day. When all the wierd and wonderful have come through your doors and you are feeling stressed, confused, tired and angry, give thanks you don’t have to work in a place where serious discussion needs to be had about whether a library can ban weapons or not!

On July 11, the Michigan Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case over whether a library can ban weapons. The case, Capital Area District Library (CADL) v. Michigan Open Carry Inc., was decided in favor of the Capital Area District Library last May by the Ingham County Circuit Court.

The library, which serves Ingham County, MI (except East Lansing), bans all weapons “to the fullest extent permitted by law.” The question is, just how full is that extent? Michigan’s Firearm and Ammunition Act of 1990 says local units of government can’t pass laws and regulations on weapons.

Read more here  . . .

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Everything old is new again

Posted on July 3, 2012. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

Here’s an article from the Canberra Times :

Outstanding fines amassed by Libraries ACT members will be wiped from the system next month in an effort to bring back users on the black list.

The ACT government yesterday announced that all outstanding fines for overdue items would be removed from July 1, under the new Libraries ACT loans policy.

But a new penalty system will be put in place for unreliable users.

Under the new system, when an item becomes overdue, members will lose library privileges such as borrowing and the use of internet facilities.

Once an item is 4 weeks overdue, users will be required to pay a $25 administrative fee.” Sound familiar?

Read the full article here

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Wake Up and Read with Frank Ozo

Posted on January 30, 2012. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The kids at Springwood library were in for a treat last friday. They were enthralled for the entirety of the show ‘Wake Up and Read with Frank Ozo’ – a one-man comedy incorporating music, drama, mime, puppetry, magic and circus skills all linked with short charming tales about growing up in Australia. Each tale is another piece in the puzzle of how Frank came to do what he does today and tells the important role books played in his life. The photos are by John Merriman – thanks, John!


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A sign of the future?

Posted on December 23, 2011. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

BBC News :

Yorkshire library volunteers prepare New Year takeover

Watch the video – you need to wait for the advert for Macau to pass. Maybe that’s where all the Yorkshire library staff will be heading off to!

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Who’s in the Queue? A Demographic Analysis of Public Access Computer Users and Uses in U.S. Public Libraries

Posted on September 12, 2011. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

Over the past decade policy discussions about public access computing in libraries have focused on the role that public libraries play in bridging the digital divide. In these discussions, public access computing services are generally targeted at individuals who either cannot afford a computer and Internet access, or have never received formal computer instruction and lack the basic computing skills necessary for full digital citizenship.

Following this logic, public access computing could easily be seen as a temporary community service whose need would essentially fall away as more people gain access in their homes. However, this has not been the case. Despite the fact that computer and Internet penetration rates are climbing at dramatic rates, public access computer services in U.S. public libraries continue to be in high demand.

Until recently, there was no reliable data about who was making use of these services or what it is they do when they logged on. However, in 2009, researchers from the University of Washington’s Information School conducted a national survey called Opportunity for All that focused on public access computerusers in public libraries

The full report can be read here, but highlights from the survey include :

  • The demographic analysis in this brief dispels some myths about the beneficiaries of public access computer services in U.S. public libraries. Public access computer users largely resemble the general public in terms of age, education, and even in the overall level of home computer and Internet access.

  • The fact that many different people report that they are able to fulfill a wide variety of information needs is a clear indication that public libraries are providing much more than basic technology access

  • Substantive uses of public access computers mirror the needs people have at different stages of the life course. Young people identify education activities as their main use, people between the ages of 25 and 54 identifying employment activities as their top use, and people 55 and older reporting health and wellness research as the main public access computer use.

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Cultural survey in England gives good news for libraries (for a change)

Posted on September 5, 2011. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: |

The Taking Part Survey collects data on many aspects of leisure, culture and sport in England, as well as an in-depth range of socio-demographic information on respondents.

The latest library statistics from that survey show that public use of libraries has held steady since 2008, with around 40% of the population using their local library. A huge 76.4% of 5-10 year olds use the library. Compared to other cultural facilities, libraries are used by a high percentage of people from deprived areas (39.8%).

The survey shows how important reading is in people’s lives – 65.8% of adults cite it as their main free time activity, compared to going to the cinema (47.7%) or visiting museums and galleries (32.6%) – highlighting a big opportunity for libraries to introduce readers to the new look library reading service. 


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More eBook news from the State Library

Posted on August 25, 2011. Filed under: Books, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , , |

The State Library is pleased to announce the pilot of its EBook Library (EBL) service has now begun!

This collection is comprised of 2,500 Australian books, mainly academic in nature and all being e-versions of published books held in the Library. This service is aimed at people who either can’t get in to use the collection or would like to use the book for a longer period of time or at another location and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

From the Library website click on the eresources link on the right hand side, then go to Access from Home and then scroll down to Ebook Library and log in.

You will have to be a registered State Library user to use this service, but once you’ve logged on just follow the directions and download as many books as you want. Each book will last on your device for 14 days, after which it will become inactive and you will need to re-borrow it if required.

To become a registered borrower, go to the Library website and follow the link How do I?…. get a library card for details.

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