Bronwyn’s Library Blog

MLA Conference to Feature Graphic Novel Programming

Posted by bronwynr on May 6, 2009

The Massachusetts Library Association will hold its annual conference on May 5-8 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. Programming will include a Graphic Novels Mini Conference, focusing on the growth of the medium and its application in libraries and education.(full story)


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Free Conference registration opportunity from ARK and ALIA

Posted by bronwynr on May 3, 2009

Indigenous Knowledge Management Voices from the past: knowledge for the future

This two-day masterclass will provide an interactive environment in which to explore critical areas associated with the effective use of knowledge management techniques within the Australian indigenous culture. Effectively engaging indigenous communities, finding functional methods to capture, transfer and preserve oral and traditional knowledge, and exploring narrative techniques are the key focuses of this event.

Apply now FREE conference registration valued at over $2000. Click here for information and terms and conditions (please read before applying). Application forms available.

Closes 1st June 2009

Date: 22-23 June 2009

Location: Sydney, Australia

Presented by ARK

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Library and Information Week

Posted by bronwynr on May 2, 2009

Library and Information Week

Libraries Your Passport to Discovery!

25-31 May 2009

It is less than one month before libraries and information services throughout Australia celebrate Library and Information Week and highlight the vital role and value of libraries.  This year’s theme – Libraries your passport to discovery – highlights the self-directed discovery element and celebrates libraries as the place to access, communicate, connect, educate, entertain and inform.

Did you know that ….

· There are over 400 corporate and business libraries in Australia and they play a key role in ensuring that business strategy and decision-making is supported by accurate, current, relevant information sources?

· There are over 400,000 full time-equivalent TAFE students in Australia and they are supported by 387 campus libraries?

· TAFE libraries had 14 million visits in 2006?

· There are approximately 12 million registered users of public libraries in Australia – almost half of Australia’s total population?

· There are over 21 million loans every year in Australian university libraries?

· There are over 1,500 public libraries in Australia with approximately 108 million visits to public libraries each year?

· Each year Australia’s public libraries lend over 178 million items?

· There are over 6,400 internet computers in public libraries in Australia and a further 1,600 computers for word processing etc.?

· There are 448 health/medical libraries. Health librarians are responsible for knowledge support to clinicians, managers, educators, researchers and some directly serve patients or health consumers?

· In 2007-08, 7.7 million people visited Australian and New Zealand national and state libraries and 132 million people visited their websites?

Media Resources

During these tough economic times it vital that your library and information organisation is in the forefront of funding bodies minds. Get the media involved and get your library noticed! We have put up a few ideas about how to deal with the media and how to make your photos media friendly. Check out the LIW website under Media Resources . We would also love to have some of your fabulous photos for our inCite wrap up in July, send your photos to

Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea

The Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea will be held during Library and Information Week on Thursday 28th May 2009. Promote this event @ your library. Hosting a morning tea is fun, easy, rewarding and is another way of demonstrating how libraries and information services support the community. Register online now and you can begin inviting your guests and start fundraising today The Cancer Council will also send you a host kit to make sure your morning tea is a success.

Library and Information Week Sponsor – Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

ACMA is sponsor and supporter of 2009 Library and Information Week. An excellent source of information for library staff is the four video clips on the ACMA website – Each clip is about 6 minutes long and can be viewed individually or collectively as a team, alerting library staff to various cybersafety issues and providing advice and strategies as they support young users of technology in the library.

ACMA continues to make available their three main library project resources in print copy.  These materials are free and will be posted free of charge on receipt of your order. Available is the Cybersmart Guide for Library Staff, Cybersmart Guide for Families, and the cyber rules poster. Orders can be submitted via the “Additional copies” hot link at

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Gaming Basics: Systems Showdown

Posted by bronwynr on May 1, 2009

“Selecting the right gaming consoles for your collection can be a daunting undertaking, one further complicated by considerations of cost, popularity, and audience” says Shawn McCann. To help simplify the choice, he puts the big three—Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation 3—through a head-to-head smackdown. » » »

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Reality Bites: Periodicals Price Survey 2009

Posted by bronwynr on April 30, 2009

Times are hard and will get worse before better. This year’s periodicals price survey reflects the drastic actions libraries are taking to cope and their plea to publishers to hold or reduce costs or face disaster. » » »

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Hard Questions Follow OCLCs Morphing WorldCat into ILS

Posted by bronwynr on April 29, 2009

The ripples of controversy still spread from OCLC’s announcement that it is extending WorldCat Local’s cataloging and discovery powers to essentially perform the same functions as an ILS. Reaction was mixed among for-profit vendors and library insiders. » » »

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YALA to offer online courses

Posted by bronwynr on April 28, 2009

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), opened registration for two online courses for Summer 2009: “Pain in the Brain:  Adolescent Development and Library Behavior” (Beth Gallaway) and “Beyond Booklists:  Serving Today’s Diverse Teens” (Jennifer Velasquez).

Both of YALSA’s Summer 2009 courses meet for four weeks. Courses begin June 1. To read course descriptions, please visit

Registration for YALSA’s online courses is available at  Four-week courses cost $US 135 for YALSA members, $US 175 for ALA members and $US 195 for nonmembers.  Discounts are available for groups of ten or more, and all YALSA e-courses are available for licensing; contact Nichole Gilbert at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387, for more information.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens. For more information about these awards or for additional lists of recommended reading, go to For more information about YALSA, please contact us via e-mail,, or by phone, at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4390.

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ALIA 2009 National Library & Information Technicians Conference

Posted by bronwynr on April 26, 2009

Adelaide Convention Centre 15-18 September 2009

The organising committee of the ALIA 2009 National Library & Information Technicians Conference is pleased to announce that Earlybird registration is now open. Please visit to register online and to view the Registration Brochure where you can find the full provisional program.

The 2009 ‘Tecs Conference’ offers five days of networking and learning opportunities. The pre-conference program commences Monday with satellite events, Tuesday offers a full day of library tours of best practice sites and in the evening delegates are invited to the Welcome Cocktail party. This is an opportunity to meet old and new friends and to explore the trade exhibition featuring the latest library industry vendors have to offer. First time delegates are not forgotten, you are invited to join your colleagues for an informal dinner after the cocktail party.

The conference program commences on Wednesday and the next three days will provide a forum to hear local, national and international speakers, to attend a variety of workshops and to enjoy a range of social activities.

The Earlybird rate offers considerable savings on the standard rate and ALIA members enjoy a further discount. To assist you with your application to your employer, to attend this conference, a sample letter is available on the Registration page.

On behalf of the organising committee, of the ALIA 2009 National Library & Information Technicians Conference, I look forward to welcoming you to the Adelaide Convention Centre, 15-18 September 2009. Please visit on Facebook to meet other intending delegates prior to the Conference.

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Book returned to library 145 years overdue

Posted by bronwynr on April 25, 2009

$52,000 fine waived after book stolen during Civil War is given back to Virginia university   >>>

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Moving into Supervision. Supervisory Skills for library technicians and/or newly qualified professionals

Posted by bronwynr on April 24, 2009

ALIA and ScHARR (University of Sheffield, UK) bring you a fabulous new online course

Moving into Supervision

Supervisory Skills for library technicians and/or newly qualified professionals

Invest in your career and develop or upgrade your supervisory skills. In this course new information professionals & library technicians will gain an understanding and appreciation for key principles and methods of effective supervision of staff in any type of library or information service.

At the end of this course, participants will:

· Understand the characteristics of effective supervision as it specifically relates to library and information services.

· Identify and utilise specific techniques when supervising the performance and personal development of staff within their own library or information context.

· Describe the main processes required for interviewing, setting performance goals, and evaluating staff performance.

· Develop personal strategies to enable them to plan effectively, manage time, direct, train and motivate staff.

· Engage with fellow participants in discussing issues connected with the supervision of library and information service staff.


Monday 1st June – Friday 17th July 2009


$220 for ALIA members

$300 for non-members


Registration form is available at

More information

Course objectives


For more details contact Judy Brooker on 1800 020 071 or email ALIA Professional Development and Careers Manager or visit

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