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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

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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

Volunteer Accomplishments

The State Library has approximately 90 wonderful people who volunteer for us. They partner with us in all sorts of ways, with all sorts of skills and are vital to the work of the State Library. Over the last year they have had many achievements and without them there is much that would not have been done.

In Collection Services, volunteers in the Liaison, Acquisition and Description teams processed and housed archival material, cleared 27 metres of ephemera, identified photos, created contents lists for Oral Histories, checked catalogues against items to be donated and assisted to make our collections more accessible to clients.

In Preservation and Maintenance volunteers cleaned and re-housed slides, made boxes for preserving materials, cross checked and matched scanned negatives and researched the history of photographs.

Volunteers in Community, Learning and Development were in The Place during story-time and school holidays, set up activities, keeping the noise to a soft roar and entertaining children.

Volunteers in Better Beginnings packed over 5000 packs for the birth to three years program as well as additional packs for the kindergarten pre-primary program. We could not have rolled out the program to libraries without their efforts. They also assisted with the packing of read aloud book sets and discovery backpacks for the Kindergarten pre-primary program.

Volunteers in Research and Discovery numbered and listed performance sets in score order, processed new donations and entered information onto spreadsheets.

Volunteers handed out information, were ushers and promoted future events at:
• WAAPA Concerts
• The Seniors’ Week Concert
• Wednesday Matinees, and
• The WA Week Concert

The Western Australian Genealogical Society volunteers have staffed the WAGS desk on the 1st floor and taken approximately 3 500 enquiries. They also provide invaluable support during Family History Week.

The State Library Foundation volunteer was integral part of their Heritage Mapping Project, widening its scope and making it a more valuable resource.

In Client Services volunteers have given administrative support, assisted the Library in the Discarded Book Sales and shelved a staggering 65 000 discard items in the Shop, assisted with events and helped research speeches.

Many, many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who are worth their weight in gold.

Create your own Australian Census Data Tables with CDATA Online tool

Those clever people at the ABS have done it again…  As well as internet access to pre-formatted Australian Census Data through their Quick Stats, Census Tables, Map Stats and Community Profiles you can use the CDATA Online (as a registered or guest user):

to create your own tables of Census data on a range of different topics such as: age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethnicity, occupation and more

CDATA Online has now been nominated for two prestigious awards:

[CDATA Online is] one of 10 finalists for the eGovernment award, with the winner announced on 13 May 2009. The second nomination is for the ESRI GIS Challenge, an award that is decided by public votes, with voting open until the end of May 2009. If you have enjoyed the innovative and helpful elements that CDATA Online has brought to you and/or your business then please feel free to vote for us at the ESRI GIS Challenge website

 Congratulations to the ABS and thanks for the wonderful data!

Free Data from the OECD / US Census Bureau

Ain’t email newsletters useful – fairly old technology but they do the trick in keeping you up to date with some of the best free resources on the web!  Whilst recently trawling through a long weekend’s worth of emails I came across these two international statistical gems:

 From the always useful Resourceshelf came a posting about OECD Data Sets  –

These data sets are exciting information products now available in the public OECD GDP chartdomain, without requiring a subscription to SourceOECD. They are being added to a single online platform which enables one to search for and extract data from across OECD’s many databases for the first time. This platform is called OECD.Stat.

And from the Internet Scout Report:

The Annual Statistical Abstract from the U.S. Census Bureau has been published since 1878 and it serves as the “authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.” Drawing on data sources that US Census Ancetries by Stateinclude the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Abstract provides detailed tables, charts, and data sets on income, the labor force, education, energy use, foreign commerce, and hundreds of other topical areas.

 Keep reading those newsletters!

Australia in numbers – 100 years of Year Book Australia on the web…

Most of us will be aware of the work of the Australian Bureau of Statistics – all Australians will have come across the Census – and most of us will at some stage (at school or uni or in their local library come across that wonderful annual compilation Year Book Australia.  This year is the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first yearbook inLeonora football club 1908 1908 – and you can access every edition free (along with the Census and many other statistics) online on the Australian Bureau of Statistics Website.  You can read more about the history and usefulness of the Australian Year Book in the 2008 edition on the ABS website.  

Making Sense of the Census

This week the State Library’s Business Librarians attended a public information seminar at the Australian Bureau of Statistics…

Did you know the ABS want your help with the questions for the 2011 Census?  You can make your contribution by visiting the Census pages of the ABS website – you have till 31st March 2008. There are already 4 free access points to the 2006 Census available on the ABS website:

  • Quickstats
  • Census Tables
  • Mapstats
  • Community Profiles

Soon to come are CData and TableBuilder – allowing more sophisticated manipulation of the Census data.  You can find it all on the Census Data page of the ABS website, and best of all it’s free!