We need your help! Please take our WAPLDMC ebook survey

We’re looking for feedback on our WAPLDMC (Western Australia Public Libraries Digital Media Collection) ebooks service.  We’d love you to help by completing our 5 minute survey – please click the survey button on the WAPLDMC home page.

If you haven’t already checked out this collection please take a look at the service, check out an ebook or audio book, then come back and complete the survey!

If you are accessing WAPLDMC via an app on a tablet or smart phone, use this link to go directly to the survey.

Thanks for your help!

Closing soon! Call for nominations – Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence 2012

Nominations are invited for the second annual Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence. Managers in all library sectors are encouraged to nominate innovative people or projects for the 2012 Award.

Entry forms, guidelines and selection criteria are available via the State Library of Western Australia website.

The Award recognises excellence and innovation in the library sector by any person, library or organisation in Western Australia. For the 2012 Award, the achievement must have been completed during the previous year 2011.

Prize money of $5000 will be awarded, with the winner announced during Library and Information Week 2012 (21 – 25 May).

Nominations close at 5.00pm on Friday 30 March 2012.

For more information please visit this page, or contact Julie Ham on (08) 9427 3304 or via email.

Did you know?

Last month at the State Library…

There were 98,747 visitors to the Alexander Library Building
There were 192,055 visits to our websites
We welcomed 451 new members to the State Library community
Our clients performed 83,114 searches on electronic resources provided from the Alexander Library Building
Our Preservation & Maintenance teams preserved 1372 digital images

There are currently 233 public libraries in Western Australia.
Find, contact or join your local library using the Australian Libraries Gateway or our Guide to Public Libraries in Western Australia – and get reading!
National Year of Reading 2012

Nominations invited for the Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence 2012

The Library Board of Western Australia is pleased to invite nominations for the second annual Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence. Managers in all library sectors are encouraged to nominate innovative people or projects for the 2012 Award.

Entry forms, guidelines and selection criteria are available via the State Library of Western Australia website.

The Award recognises excellence and innovation in the library sector by any person, library or organisation in Western Australia.

The Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence is intended to recognise a particular service, event, program, piece of research or partnership completed during the past year, rather than long and meritorious service. The Award recognises a broad spectrum of library related work, and is not restricted to libraries and librarians. For 2012, the achievement must have been completed during the previous year 2011.

“This Award is linked to the Board’s leadership role in guiding and encouraging the provision of all library services throughout the State”, said Professor Allen, Chairman of the Library Board.

Prize money of $5000 will be awarded, with the winner announced during Library and Information Week 2012 (21 – 25 May).

Nominations close at 5.00pm on Friday 30 March 2012.

For more information please visit this page, or contact Julie Ham on (08) 9427 3304 or via email.

Strategic Directions 2009-2011

The State Library is currently preparing its Strategic Directions document for 2009-2011.  We are interested in your comments.  Topics that have been raised to date which you may like to comment on include:

  • How important is digital access?  Should this be a primary focus for the next three years?
  • Collecting contemporary material is always difficult.  How can we capture what is being created and continue to tell the Western Australian story?
  • Relationships, partnerships and collaborations are very important to us.  How can we enhance these?
  • How can we best work with public libraries?
  • Who are our customers and what do they want?  How will this change in the next five years?
  • Our building needs attention …

Your comments are greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Great looking library!

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.

A similar feature is in place at Cardiff Public Library in Wales, although in their case it’s only temporary while renovations are taking place. To read more about it and see pictures of the libraries go to http://deputy-dog.com/2007/11/30/can-you-spot-the-library/

It’s interesting to read the positive comments from the public including this one:

“This is brilliant, brilliant stuff. How can they make this temporary? Never in my life have I seen a more compelling argument for the beauty of a library.”