Engage, discover, learn from and enjoy books! It’s count down to the National Year of Reading 2012 and the State library is proud to be one of the partners in this exciting initiative. “Australian libraries and library associations have got together to turn 2012 into the National Year of Reading, linking together all the great things that are already happening around books, reading and literacy, and giving them an extra boost, with inspirational programs and events taking place across the country.”
Do you have a favourite book you’d like to tell us about?
Has a book ever changed your life?
What good books have you read lately that you think others would enjoy?
SEaK – Search Engage and Know Do you feel lost on the information highway?
Don’t know where to start looking for information?
Feel intimidated by the library or the internet?
The State Library has a range of free, practical hands-on workshops where you can improve your research skills and get internet search tips and tricks. All sessions are designed to give you a head start in uncovering the wealth of information available in the Library’s collections and online.
While a growing number of libraries have adopted social software as a way to further interact with library patrons and library staff, many things are unclear about the use of social software in ARL member libraries. This SPEC survey was designed to discover how many libraries and library staff are using social software and for what purposes, how those activities are organized and managed, and the benefits and challenges of using social software, among other questions
When BusLib was working in the private sector she had the interesting experience of being made redundant – an experience that included being told (essentially, she can’t remember the exact words) ”we’ve got the internet, we don’t need you”. That’s all water under the bridge now (redundancy in my case was a springboard to travel, further study and a new career direction and the offending organisation kept it’s library too!) but the attitude still remains prevelant amongst those who don’t know much about 21st century librarianship (or museums).
Library Thing (see my earlier post!) now has a facility to add bookshops, libraries, festivals and events to their database. It’s called LibraryThing Local. The info is mapped onto Google maps (though there are still a few problems with the geocoding – SLWA is showing up across town from our actual location – the joys of Beta).
Let’s get going a get more WA libraries and bookshops into Library Thing!
There’s an amazing library building in Kansas! Local residents were asked to nominate influential books which represented Kansas city and the library exterior was then built to represent a giant bookshelf.