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Library week starts on Monday

May 23, 2009

From the Australian Library and Information Association web site:

In May every year, libraries and information services throughout Australia celebrate Library and Information Week and highlight the vital role and value of libraries. This year’s theme – Libraries: your passport to discovery – highlights the self-directed discovery element of libraries and celebrates libraries as the place to access, communicate, connect, educate, entertain and inform. Libraries connect people to ideas. It’s a vital part of our commitment to promoting the free flow of information and facilitating all Australians’ access to recorded knowledge, information, and creative works.

Generally speaking libraries are under utilized. Part of the reason is because librarians (myself included) are not very good at publicity. Most librarians are introverts so they don’t do well at advertising all they have to offer. (When I worked at a university library I always found morning tea quite amusing. It was so quiet compared to other places I had worked. Generally though, there would be one poor extravert engaging in an uphill battle to get a conversation going!)

So this is my plug for libraries everywhere. They are not only great places to find information but also to find some space that’s not bustling with activity. During the horrendous bush fires three months ago, librarians found people would wonder into the local library – if it was still standing – for some time out. The evacuation centres were so hectic people found libraries to be a refuge. Libraries are also a refuge to young people from chaotic homes and older people who need a place to wait for appointments. Librarians are also a great resource for learning more about the internet, email and online resources. Generally they are also good at trouble shooting basic computer difficulties. So visit your local library today!

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by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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12 thoughts on “Library week starts on Monday”

  1. We don’t have library week here (not that I know of, anyhow, but incidentally my Spiritual Director was a lifetime librarian before she retired. It’s amazing to me the facts she knows, the books she can still refer to…there is a lot of value in someone’s willingness to make a career of that.

    Are you still working as a librarian?

  2. We don’t have library week here (not that I know of, anyhow, but incidentally my Spiritual Director was a lifetime librarian before she retired. It’s amazing to me the facts she knows, the books she can still refer to…there is a lot of value in someone’s willingness to make a career of that.

    Are you still working as a librarian?

  3. Yes Erin, I am still working as a librarian and hope to do so for many more years. It is amazing the depth of knowledge some librarians have – I’m not there yet!

    I also found out that the American Library Association celebrated Library Week from April 12-18, 2009 and this year’s theme was “Worlds Connect @ your library”

    Never mind, I’m sure a lot of Australians don’t know this week is Library Week.

  4. Yes Erin, I am still working as a librarian and hope to do so for many more years. It is amazing the depth of knowledge some librarians have – I’m not there yet!

    I also found out that the American Library Association celebrated Library Week from April 12-18, 2009 and this year’s theme was “Worlds Connect @ your library”

    Never mind, I’m sure a lot of Australians don’t know this week is Library Week.

  5. Well…I stand corrected! Can’t believe I haven’t heard of it…I even get the library e-mails and I somehow missed it. Thanks for passing that on!

  6. Well…I stand corrected! Can’t believe I haven’t heard of it…I even get the library e-mails and I somehow missed it. Thanks for passing that on!

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