TAMS are putting the word out that the annual Librarians Jamboree is taking place this 20 February and thus you won’t be darkening their doors that day:
Ms Little said that regular programs, including children’s Story Time and Giggle and Wiggle will also not run on this day, nor will the mobile library and home library [...]
The Librarians are trying to crowdsource the painting of a wall at Erindale Library:
“We need your help to paint a mural that brightens up the area and can be enjoyed by all who visit the library,” said Vanessa Little, Director, Libraries ACT.
“Participants will paint a selection of geometric shapes in vivid colours and designs and [...]
We have been quite enjoying the progress of the world’s biggest useless thing at ACT libraries.
Territory and Municipal Services today reports on the progress:
Dickson Library has been inundated with knitted donations, receiving 16,729 individual bookmarks so far as part of its National Year of Reading challenge to create Canberra’s longest bookmark.
“We have achieved just over [...]
The Library Service’s latest unconvincing effort to shake their reputation as a bastion for nerds (speaking as a proud nerd who spent much of his youth hiding in various Libraries) is the COOL Awards.
“The COOL Awards are the Children’s Choice Book Awards voted for by the young people of the Canberra region. ‘COOL’ stands for [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is happily announcing that a great many Canberrans have traded tinned food for their library fines.
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today announced that over 2,900 kilograms of food was donated to charity as part of the Food for Fines initiative run by Libraries ACT last [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced a jubilee (in the oldest sense of the word) by clearing the debts of guilty library users.
“Our experience has shown that fines are a major reason why people stop using the library. We want to see more people back in our libraries, where they have access to a wide range [...]
Territory and Municipal Services informs us that the great virus transfer system known as public network computers in the Libraries will be getting upgraded:
“The older technology currently in use at the branches can be frustrating for users, and this upgrade will make surfing the internet and using word processing tools a lot easier.
“Computers will not [...]
In February we were intrigued by the Library Service’s efforts to knit the world’s biggest bookmark.
Knitted bookmarks being not particularly useful at the best of times and even less so when 4km long. (I would go so far as to say 20cm of yarn is a more useful bookmark than anything you could knit).
Today they’re [...]
Territory And Municipal Services are warning that there will be no library services on wednesday as all staff attend a planning day:
“It is important that all Libraries ACT staff come together for one day a year and have the opportunity to contribute to the planning of future services, programs, events and initiatives for the library [...]
Territory And Municipal Services have announced the most popular books in the Library system last year:
The most requested books in 2011 were: Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver, The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal, All That I Am by Anna Funder, Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy by Lindsay Tanner, Caleb’s Crossing by [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is praising the generosity (*cough*) of the Library users who chose to donate 3,500 kg of food over christmas in lieu of their fines:
“A total of 8,084 items were donated through Libraries ACT’s nine branches, with three of the libraries – Dickson, Gungahlin and Woden – each having well over 1,000 items [...]
Yesterday we had a poke at the appointment of “Reading Ambassadors” for the ACT.
This prompted Libraries ACT to this morning accuse via Twitter that we do not “value the importance of promoting reading”.
To be very clear, we value reading immensely. Without a literate population we have no audience.
We appreciate the promotion of reading as the [...]
Libraries ACT have announced the release of an updated eBook and eAudiobook website. Over 36 000 free eBooks are catalogued on the site.
The new look web presence has many features including:
– a more user-friendly look including ‘new’ and ‘recently returned’ titles listed on the front page;
– easy to identify icons labelling each title clearly;
– a [...]
Territory And Municipal Services are letting us know that Civic Library is celebrating its fifth birthday.
“The Civic Library, which was officially opened on 8 December 2006, has attracted 7,907 new members and has seen over 807,000 visitors through its doors over the past five years,” Vanessa Little, Director of Libraries ACT, said today.
“The Civic Library [...]
This festive season you can make a last ditch effort to improve your standing on Santa’s list.
Katy Gallagher has announced that people will be able to trade in non-perishable food for unpaid library fines.
For every item of non-perishable food donated $2 will be taken off your library fees.
“All food will be donated to OzHarvest Canberra [...]
Territory And Municipal Services are letting the public know that the libraries are doing special Christmas Story Times.
“Once again we will be hosting these popular Story Time sessions at each of our branches over the coming month,” said Vanessa Little, Director, Libraries ACT.
“This is a great opportunity to introduce your child to Story Time [...]
ABC Arts are asking for votes in their National Year of Reading competition.
The Canberra books are:
– Hit List, by Jack Heath
– Smoke and Mirrors, by Kel Robertson
– Fog Garden, by Marion Halligan
– The Lake Woman, by Alan Gould
– The White Tower, by Dorothy Johnston
– Vincenzo’s Garden, John Clanchy
There are more details on the books and [...]
The Director of Libraries ACT, Vanessa Little, is making a serious effort to rid the language of the word “cool” by co-opting it for her awards:
“I am excited to announce this year?s four COOL-est books as decided by the young people of the ACT. “COOL? stands for Canberra’s Own Outstanding List,” said Vanessa Little, Director, [...]
Territory And Municipal Services are asking the public what they think about the Woden Library to help with developing a Heritage Conservation Management Plan:
“The Woden Library first opened its doors to the Canberra community in 1977 and has been listed on the ACT Heritage Register for its architectural design and importance to the Woden community,” [...]
Territory And Municipal Services are proudly announcing that library card holders can access the Sony Music digital catalogue through the Freegal Music service.
“Library members have access to all the tracks in the Sony Music digital catalogue including Australia’s most exciting musical artists such as Pete Murray, AC/DC and Guy Sebastian as well as top international [...]
Am I the only one who finds the ACT Libraries collection a tiny tad lacking? Pretty much each and every book I want to read, I have to request to be held because they never seem to make it to the shelves. And now I know why. For 3 of the books I recently asked [...]
Libraries ACT are blogging that the new opening hours for the city’s libraries are kicking off today.
You’ve been warned!
Territory And Municipal Services have put out a media release on changes to the Library Service’s opening hours.
“Feedback from library users and analysis of patronage has told us that opening libraries at different times is confusing for the community and that there is a need for consistency across all the branches.
“The new hours [...]
The hot air is still blowing over the library merger at ANU. Two articles now in the Canberra TImes about it, the latest with an honours student giving the very credible argument that he found a “sh**ty old” book not used in a decade that inspired an assignment so libraries should remain as is.
The ANU [...]
Territory And Municipal Services are advising that Gungahlin Library will be closing from 10 May 2011 to 21 May 2011 while they move into their new building.
“All items borrowed from the Gungahlin Library will have an extended loan period to ensure no items will be due during the move,” said Vanessa Little, Director Libraries ACT.
Territory And Municipal Services has the thrilling news that the ACT Public Library and Information Service has it’s head around such cutting edge technology as email and SMS!
Canberra residents are being encouraged to help the environment by registering their email addresses with their local library to receive notices electronically.
The Director of ACT Public Library [...]
Thanks to Davo1111 for pointing out that the School of Art and School of music protest sit in is now immortalised on YouTube.
Looks kind of fun really.
The interesting thing I’m finding is that those most critical of the protesting students appear to be jealous they don’t get invited to school of art parties.
update to previous posted article
This week ANU school of Art and Music students protest moves by head of ANU libraries Vic Elliot’s plans to merge both schools libraries.
This is ANU making moves to cut costs associated with the up keep of these libraries, which leads to the assumption that the cost of these libraries outweighs the resources they [...]
Territory And Municipal Services bring word that their Libraries are all going to be closed tomorrow morning for a staff meeting:
All ACT Public Libraries and the ACT Heritage Library will be closed until 1pm on Wednesday 9 March 2011 to accommodate the ACT Public Library planning day.
“We aim to provide the community with high quality [...]
Chief Minister Stanhope is bigging up the library service with a rundown on the most borrowed items across the 1.65 million visitors they had in 2010. (One suspects that number is an aggregate, in contrast RiotACT received 2,463,467 aggregate visits in 2010)
The most requested books in 2010 were:
– Truth by Peter Temple
– Nine Dragons by [...]
The Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) is celebrating the first birthday of the new “shopfront” Kingston Library.
“Visitors can come along and celebrate this important occasion at the Kingston Library today,” Ms Little [Director of Library and Information Services] said. “Birthday cake will be served on arrival and attendees will have opportunities to win [...]