Many librarians I know are listen to Radio National, (RN being the nearest thing I know to a free University Education – stimulating brain food piped directly into your ears!). Avid listeners to last Sunday’s Ockham’s Razor may have picked up this story: Is the Book as we know it dead?. Peter Macinnis (word herder, science communicator) discusses what he did when researching his latest book – how technology such as Project Gutenberg is invaluable for the original research which is needed to produce good books; and how those research skills can be best taught, not by computer boffins or English teachers but by Teacher-Librarians.
The vapid politicians who carry on about Australian history, meaning dead-white-male history, are also the ones who most commonly bleat about ‘literacy’, by which they mean simplistic reading and writing skills that can be tested. These enemies of education with their foolish lists are yesterday’s men. True literacy bubbles and froths with joy, even when a dead political hand is placed on it, and the new literacy will, teachers willing, sweep their foolishness away.
But who will teach this new sort of literacy? Not the teachers of English or computing or science: they lack the skills and the time. Among the professionals of education, only one group can do it. Oddly enough, they are the very people most at threat from those who say the Book is Dead.
Some call them school librarians, but they’re really teacher-librarians, people trained both as teachers and as librarians. Rather than getting rid of them and their libraries, we need to fund them better, far better. We need more, not fewer, libraries, more, not fewer, teacher-librarians.
You can find more of Peter’s writings in our library catalogue!
People like to talk, and even whinge, about the law but how often do we go to the source and check what it actually says…
The State Law Publisher of WA has just revamped their Western Australian Legislation database – you can search for Acts and Regulations, open the documents as pdf, word or html and subscribe (click on notify) to get notification of updates.
So if you need to find out what’s in the Road Traffic Code (for example) it’s all at your fingertips!
Not from WA? Most states and countries now have their law online – you can find Australian and other material linked to on our Law Information Gateway or more specifically U.N., U.S. and U.K. documents in our Government Information Gateway.
Ever wonder what itwas like to dine with the King and Queen of England in 1938? Have you ever seen film of a German U-Boat sinking a ship during World War One or wondered what it was like to plant a flag at the North Pole? If so, then EyeWitness to History.com is the website for you!
Dedicated to showing you world history through the eyes of those who actually lived it, EyeWitness to History.com is filled with amazing accounts and incredible film footage that captured history as it happened.
One of our readers of finance used the ABI Inform global database as the index to discover an interesting article Managing your Money in Public View by Jane J Kim in the Wall Street Journal June 14 2007 (page D1 in the “Personal Journal” section of the paper). The article commented on several of the next generation of personal finance and money management sites including, amongst others, Wesabe, Buxfer, TradeKing, and Covestor.
The sites offer opportunity to discuss, with like minded people, financial planning and spending behaviour including student loans, shared expenses, managing savings accounts, credit cards and investing. CNN predict 2 million users of social networking personal finance sites in 2008.
If you would like to hear more – as well as take a look at more conventional, as well as local, ways of managing money and investment – take a look at the “Money – your bottom line” seminars offered on a regular basis in the Library’s SEaK: Business program
Queensland country music singer/songwriter Lee Kernaghan has been named Australian of the Year for 2008. Second only to the legendary Slim Dusty in Australian country music, the award recognises Kernaghan’s efforts in raising over $1 million for drought affected farmers through his ‘Pass the hat around’ and ‘Spirit of the bush’ tours. To top off a very memorable weekend for Kernaghan, he also received three Country Music Awards in a ceremony at the home of Australian country music, Tamworth. Kernaghan’s website has much more information about him and other recipients of Australia day honours are listed on the It’s an Honour website.
Want to sing ‘Boys from the Bush’ or other Lee Kernaghan songs? The Music Collection holds a range of country music, try searching for your favourite using the Song Index or just ask next time you’re in the Library.
Intute is an attractive, free, online service that indexes the best websites. The websites are divided into four main areas: arts, science, health and social sciences but it is also possible to search for narrower topics. Intute was created by seven UK universities and is hosted by the University of Manchester. The website has over 120,000 links selected and catalogued by experts in the field. Users can recommend good websites which may be selected for inclusion.
The State Library now has access to the Small Engine Repair Reference Centre from EBSCO, an online tool for small engine repair assistance containing manuals for All Terrain Vehicles, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine engines (inboard and outboard models), outdoor power equipment (chainsaws etc), person water craft (jet skis) and if we ever find a need in the future snow-blowers and snowmobiles.
It is an American product but it does have a number of the worldwide brands and models available in Australia, and is especially good for motorcycles and tractors. It contains PDF scanned images from workshop manuals which allow sections to be emailed or printed. The State Library’s licence means it is only available on computers (Electronic Resources page) in the the library.