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Jul
24

Libraries for the People: The 11th Australian Library History Forum

Bookings are now open for Libraries for the People: The 11th Australian Library History Forum at the State Library of NSW on 18-19 November 2014.

As part of our celebration program for the 75th anniversary of the NSW Library Act 1939, this year’s forum will focus on the development of public libraries in Australia.  Speakers include current and former library staff, consultants, academics and researchers.  Topics include governance and legislation, personalities, services to indigenous communities, library referenda and public library predecessors and competitors.

A full program and booking information is available at: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/events_talks/events/libraries_for_the_People.html

Book your place before 12 September to secure the early bird rate of $140 (full price $220). 

Audiences in the past have included a wide range of people with an interest in libraries and books, including librarians, historians, library educators, students and library ‘friends’.

Jul
21

Public Library Network Research Program - July to December 2014

This post is to give New South Wales public libraries advance notice of a range of surveys that will be done for several Public Library Network Research Program research projects for the remainder of the year. A few will require observation and interviews with NSW public library staff to obtain crucial information.  The surveys target a range of specialist staff across public libraries, some will need to be filled in with a few staff working together and others individually.  These surveys will provide information to help shape best practice, and to highlight where further work needs to take place 

Please note that the following list is a draft, and delivery of the surveys may vary slightly. 

Draft schedule 

July

  • Readers Advisory Services in NSW public libraries, survey
  • Regional Library Models Project, interviews
  • Adult Non-fiction, survey and interviews

August

  • Early Literacy Project, survey and observation
  • Community Information Audit, survey
  • Mobile and outreach models

September

  • Ebooks, ereaders and tablets, survey and interviews
  • NSW Public Libraries Local Studies Audit, facilitated discussion with members of the working group, and State Library staff.

October or November

Survey of Indigenous services

Your feedback in this wide range of areas will be crucial to future decision-making and service development.

Information about many of these projects is on the State Library of NSW website.

Cameron Morley

Jun
5

Updates from the Public Library Network Research Program

Here are some updates on research which is taking place as part of the Public Library Network Research Program.

The NSW Public Libraries Local Studies audit data is available.  This page also provides information about the next steps for this research. Thank you to the library staff who provided this information.  

You can find out about the Early Literacy Project and the Regional Library Models Project.  These research projects will start very soon.  

Some of your libraries participated in the Adult Fiction, and the Childrens and Young Adult Fiction Stock Quality Health Checks. The collated results for these are available online.

The unconfirmed minutes of the 30 April Public Library Network Research Program Meeting are available for more information.

May
22

Celebrating 75 years of free public libraries in NSW: Library Act 1939 anniversary

Celebrating 75 years of free public libraries in NSW: Library Act 1939 anniversary

This year is the 75th anniversary of the Library Act 1939 and the State Library of New South Wales is inviting public libraries across the state to celebrate. 
The NSW Library Act was passed by State Parliament on 3 November 1939.  This landmark legislation led to the provision of free public library services for the people of NSW. 
Seventy five years later, public libraries are going strong, with 377 libraries across the state, 3.2 million members (that’s 44% of the population), 46 million loans per annum and over 35 million people visiting libraries each year. 

When did your council adopt the Library Act 1939?

Find out when your council adopted the Library Act 1939 and when your library service began. 
Please note that some councils and shires have changed since 1939, if you can’t find your council or what used to be your council, please let us know.  We will continue to update the spreadsheet so please send us your additional information.
When did your council adopt the Library Act 1939? (Excel 31Kb)

Do you have any photos of when your library opened?

We would love you to share historical photographs of your library.  We have some photographs of NSW public libraries from the 1940s-80s from the State Library Records that we will digitise and share.  Very shortly we will be creating a space on social media to share your images – watch this space!

What happens next?

We are planning a program of events over the next six months to commemorate the anniversary of the Library Act and to celebrate the growth and development of public libraries in NSW.  These include:

Look out for more updates soon.

For more information about the anniversary of the Library Act 1939 please contact Edwina Duffy, Project Officer Public Library Services, on (02) 9273 1526 or edwina.duffy@sl.nsw.gov.au

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