A virtual library from your virtual Government

johnboy 10 April 2007 9

There might not be any Library services between Dickson and Woden at the moment (hmm, the exact route of the great cyclepath… coincidence? I think not…) but fortunately we’re now going to have virtual libraries with John Hargreaves announcing that something called the “Tumblebook Library” is going to be made available for all the kiddies with parents who can afford to connect them to the internet.

At the moment the page loads blank in Safari and Firefox but maybe this is a Windows only gig for all I know or care.

UPDATED: Apparently (thanks kenneth) the page tried to load a popup, something few sensible netizens allow. The popup takes you to this page where, presumably, ACT Library members can make something happen.

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9 Responses to A virtual library from your virtual Government
seepi seepi 10:41 pm 10 Apr 07

I think they made a mistake making the main ‘showpiece’ library in Civic. It is now nowhere near any parking (let alone free parking), far from the interchange and not near much foot traffic.

If they wanted to get people into the library they should have put it somewhere like Griffith, where people could park close and for free – and kept a small out post at the Bus interchange.

But if they want a lovely showpiece library that wont’ get messed up by actual readers, I guess next to the Legislative Assembly is the right spot.

emd emd 9:25 pm 10 Apr 07

ACT Government are virtually useless.

Libraries are not just a source of books. They are also places where people congregate and learn more about how information.

Community groups use hired meeting rooms, it’s a place to pick up information flyers etc on local events, kids go to story time, students get help to research stuff, Joe Public can ask advice on how to use a particular information form.

So the ACT Government are discouraging the public from getting together and behaving like a community by closing our libraries and schools, and the NCA are encouraging us to get together with half-baked ideas about night markets and ugly food kiosks by the lake. And by the way, Stanhope, you wouldn’t need to pay for a community liaison officer at Forde if you’d just leave our local public institutions alone.

louise louise 5:24 pm 10 Apr 07

yeah, yeah. You’ve obviously missed quite a few posts then Sammy. See a few other threads, or perhaps two posts earlier on this very thread. There’s your scoop already.

(Actually, my error was responding too quickly to the person before me in this thread – so fair cop, this time!)

Sammy Sammy 4:05 pm 10 Apr 07

It’d be interesting to know how much this ‘replacement for bricks-and-mortar libraries’ cost the taxpayer.

I’m guessing not much, based on the Tumblebooks pricing page.

Interestingly, the pricing is based on a ‘per-branch’ model, so by closing a few library branches, they’ve saved money twice.

Sammy Sammy 3:57 pm 10 Apr 07

I’m waiting for an article on RiotACT along the lines of:

SCOOP: louise makes a comment, and makes no attempt to link it to school closures

It’ll never happen.

louise louise 2:17 pm 10 Apr 07

If this is where funds from closed schools have gone, then I want them all open again.

sarix sarix 1:03 pm 10 Apr 07

I don’t understand – do parents have to pay for this service after the free trial? How is this giving back funds from closed schools if it’s not free?

louise louise 12:50 pm 10 Apr 07

Might find you need broadband for this one.

kenneth kenneth 12:29 pm 10 Apr 07

That page actually tries to load a popup in Firefox.

The popup goes to http://www.tumblebooks.com/library/asp/home_tumblebooks.asp so it’s not that local.

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