According to OverDrive, readers worldwide borrowed some 430 million e-books, audiobooks and digital magazines across 2020, a 33% increase over 2019 based on data drawn from more than 65,000 libraries and schools worldwide. You can read more on the website.
The OCLC REALM Project is undertaking tests which examine how colder and warmer temperatures may impact survivability of the infectious COVID-19 virus on surfaces. NSW public library staff can read the latest news on the NSW Government website on how to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your library.
Library staff are encouraged to participate in the annual #1Lib1Ref campaign which asks library professionals around the world to add missing references to articles on Wikipedia. For more information see the website.
Libraries can take advantage of a 14 day free trial of the Biographical Database of Australia. This database is a research tool for historians and genealogists comprising transcripts and indexes of original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in, or were born in, Australia. To request the trial please contact email@example.com.
Reading and walking have great benefits and Libraries ACT has combined them to create a walking route with a difference. The Story Walk features local author, Erin-Claire Barrow’s retelling of Cinderella and starts at Belconnen Library. Follow the specified route along Lake Ginninderra to read part of the story, complete with illustrations, at each stop. More information including a map and audio of the story is available on the Libraries ACT website. Additionally, Belconnen Library has a new mural.
The NSWPLA Executive moved to support NSW libraries that wish to be part of the Online Storytime 2021 Pilot Program meaning the NSWPLA Executive will meet the costs for all NSW libraries that wish to subscribe to the Online Storytime 2021 pilot program. The Executive is aware of the take-up and popularity of the 2020 COVID-19 Online Storytime agreement, which ended on 31 December 2020, and wants to provide every library in NSW with the opportunity to continue extending the reach of online storytimes into communities across the state during 2021.
Kath Knowles Emerging Leader Award: Prue Fogerty, Shellharbour City Council
Bathurst Library has hosted a Speechie Library Talk; Central West Libraries is hosting a summer reading event; Dubbo Library is hosting a youth trivia night and build and borrow sessions; Eurobodalla Library is running an exhibition chronicling the early years of granite mining in the shire; the Griffith and Murrumbidgee Mobile Library is back in service; Hawkesbury Library Service will be restarting many of its popular programs; Inner West Libraries worked with author Will Kostakis on a series of writing workshops; Kempsey Library is seeking feedback on the future of its library; Parkes Library and Cultural Centre is temporarily closed due to flood damage repairs; Parramatta Library is running the 1,000 Books Before School initiative; Wagga Wagga City Library is set to undergo a three-stage upgrade of the facility; and Wellington Library is running holiday games.
The New South Wales Public Library Association chose Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos as the book for the inaugural NSW Reads campaign which will run until 17 February 2021. Participating libraries include City of Ryde Libraries, Lithgow Library, Macquarie Regional Library and Riverina Regional Library. Readers can join in an Instagram read-along via @nswlibraryevents, take part in an online panel discussion on Greek-Australian cafes past and present, and meet the author, Andrew Pippos, online in a Lucky’s ‘In Conversation’ with Amy Heap from Riverina Regional Library.
The NSWPLA Awards and Scholarships were announced:
The Kath Knowles Emerging Leader Award is presented biennially providing the opportunity for a staff member within the NSW public library network, who has been working in the library profession for less than 10 years, to fulfil a professional development need focusing on leadership development.
Innovation Outreach Services Awards:
The innovation in Outreach Services Awards focus on the provision of library programs across the state from marketing to excellence and innovation in outreach services programs. Broken into four categories based on population, the Innovation in Outreach Services Awards are awarded annually in recognition of highly successful outreach programs by NSW public libraries.
Recipients of the 2020 Awards were:
Less than 10,000 population – Bland Shire Library
10,000 – 30,000 population – Greater Hume Council
30,000 – 1000,000 population – Tweed Heads Library
Over 100,000 – Campbelltown City Library
NSW 2020 Trainee of the Year: Emily Jones, Greater Hume Council (Riverina Regional Library).
Mount Isa Library will soon have a new library master plan following input from the community
The Adelaide Writers Week sessions will be streamed to many SA public libraries in March 2021.
Ararat Library is restarting its outreach program for residents in rural towns; bookings are open for the City of Melbourne Libraries trans and gender diverse writing group; Moonee Valley Libraries has a seed library available across all five branches, Robinvale Community Library will open its doors for the first time on 18 January; Whitehorse Manningham Libraries is running the fundraising campaign Give the Gift of Reading, and Yarra Plenty Regional Library has new extended opening hours. Additionally, Melton City Libraries and Yarra Libraries are engaged in a Game of loans: Battle royale reading competition; and after 14 years as CEO of Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Patti Manolis OAM AALIA will be stepping down from the role at the end of March 2021.
A rare second-edition of an historic book has been re-discovered at the City of Vincent Library.
Libraries Tasmania is collecting COVID-19 stories from members of its community.