More than just Google – free workshops at the State Library

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.

For full details visit the State Library website.

New Horizons – Ground Floor Redevelopment @ SLWA

Photo: Dana Tonello

Photo: Dana Tonello

Strange things seem afoot at the State Library these days. We’ve been industriously moving books off the ground floor and relocating them to make way for the exciting New Horizons ground floor redevelopment of our Discovery Lounge. What, you may ask, is a Discovery Lounge? Our Discovery Lounge will be a relaxed, interactive area where you will be able to book your internet time and read newspapers. It will house 52 new computers, all with internet access. The Lounge will be comfortable and welcoming with friendly, knowledgeable staff able to help you with your computing questions. We are asking you to bear with us while these exciting changes are happening. Yes, annoyingly things may not be where they once were but ask us and we’ll help all we can. Subscribe to our RSS feeds and be constantly updated with New Horizons redevelopments, or bookmark our website to check for updates yourself.

Why keep a library when we’ve got the internet…?

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).

For good hard information about how libraries and the Internet can form a beautiful synergy have a look at InterConnections: The IMLS National Study on the Use of Libraries, Museums and the Internet

For those of us with time constraints (or short attention spans!) you can get the Conclusions Overview in powerpoint form…

Technology upgrade for the State Library

New computers are being rolled out to the public areas in the Alexander Library building.  There are currently 10 new bookable computers on the ground floor of the library and more are on their way.  These computers have word processing software and functioning USB drives, as well as internet access.  You just need to visit the library reception desk to reserve yourself a pc.  For more information on computer access at the State Library visit our website

The library has recently acquired a new microfilm reader printer.  It’s located on the first floor and is available to all library clients.  It offers great image manipulation capacity and the option of saving images to a memory stick/flash drive.  Our staff are always onsite to provide more information and assistance if you need it.