Library and Information professionals have the opportunity to provide their experiences and insights for an upcoming book on how museums, archives and libraries around the world measure and talk about their impact to funders (government, foundation, corporations, or individuals), as well as how their funding sources affect their strategies and programs. Interested parties can email the author Dr Kathryn K Matthew, Louisiana State University, at email@example.com.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has developed elder abuse bookmarks and posters to increase community awareness of the signs of elder abuse and the National Elder Abuse phone line 1800ELDERHelp (1800 353 374). To order bookmarks, posters and bookmark stands for your library or mobile library service please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can access the resources on the webpage.
In the ACT, there were concerns over a suspicious package at Civic Library, which was ultimately resolved and the library was declared safe.
In NSW, Bathurst Library is hosting author talks on Zoom; the annual report from Central Northern Regional Library shows an increase in usage of online library services; a reading bike has been installed at Eagle Vale Library; Georges River Libraries is running its 100 Diaries Project; Goulburn Mulwaree Library is running summer reading clubs; Macquarie Regional Library is celebrating 50 years of service; MidCoast Council Libraries is running the Summer Reading Club; Oak Flats Library has reopened after a refurbishment; Parkes Shire Library hosted a book sale; Shoalhaven City Council is seeking community feedback to design its Sanctuary Point Library; Tamworth Council has chosen a construction company for its new Quirindi Library; Wagga Wagga City Library is running its annual Christmas Food Appeal; and Woolgoolga Library is celebrating 20 years of operation; Woollahra Libraries has launched its new app; and Wollongong City Libraries is accepting letters on Santa's behalf
Congratulations to Stephen Harris AALIA (CP) for winning the Queensland Library Achiever of the Year Award 2020. Stephen is the Information Services Librarian at Bundaberg Regional Libraries and has worked on a number of projects this year to support the Bundaberg community.
In Queensland, Cairns Libraries has a busy December schedule; a book has been returned to CityLibraries Townsville after more than 30 years; the new Ipswich Central Library has opened; and you can give your feedback on the Mount Isa City Library masterplan.
In SA, Port Lincoln Library has received a donation of car related books.
After fourteen years as Chief Executive Officer of Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC), Patti Manolis OAM will be stepping down from the role at the end of March 2021. The GRLC Board will commence an Executive search for the new CEO of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation in the New Year.
City of Melbourne Libraries is seeking feedback for its new framework until 23 December; help name the Christmas dragon at Echuca Library; Goldfields Library Corporation is running a series of summer reading programs; storytimes will resume at Port Fairy Library; the new Prahran Square Library has opened; help name the new Robinvale Community Library building; and& Richmond Library has a new mural.
Infrastructure Victoria released its Draft 30 Year Infrastructure Strategy in December 2020, which includes some solid recommendations that acknowledge the role of public libraries as critical social infrastructure. PLV was particularly pleased to see the following draft recommendation: Public libraries are also identified in the report as candidates for designated, accessible climate-adapted facilities to manage the health impacts of extreme heat and bushfire smoke. These recommendations are reiterated in the document, Infrastructure Priorities for the Regions: Key findings to inform Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy update (December 2020).
The Minister for Local Government the Hon Shaun Leane has announced $45.8 million in funding to support public libraries across Victoria to buy new books and collection items, run online services and deliver outreach programs. Victorian libraries also participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, you can learn more on the Public Libraries Victoria webpage.
In WA, Fremantle Library's homeless support service has received huge support since its launch; and from 5 December 2020 WA public libraries will be required to maintain a contact register of patrons, staff, visitors and contractors for COVID-19 contact tracing, if required.
Earlier this year, Libraries Tasmania partnered with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) to gather local experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Stories Project was launched to recognise the importance of capturing and preserving this moment in history. Since then, the library have been encouraging its local community to submit photographs, stories, ephemera, poems and anecdotes to tell their story of COVID-19 – to create a collection that will help future generations understand the Tasmanian experience – and submissions are still welcome.
It has been a challenging year for library volunteers around the country, with many libraries closed and programs suspended due to COVID-19. A positive outcome of this situation has been that volunteers have learnt new and innovative ways to stay connected. For example, Libraries Tasmania has seen a huge increase in online volunteers working on its projects using the Digivol platform. The number of Libraries Tasmania digital volunteers almost doubled in 2019/20. These volunteers help to transcribe and index information from Libraries Tasmania’s archive and heritage collections, which is then added to the Tasmanian Names Index.
The Tasmanian Names Index provides access to more than one million records about people who lived in Tasmania. Thanks to the transcription work carried out by our Digivol volunteers, the Names Index now includes records of 23,383 deeds of land grants to Tasmanian colonists between 1832 and 1935. For access to the Tasmanian Names Index visit Tasmanian Names Index (sirsidynix.net.au).