Library and Information Week

23 – 29 May 2011

The Australian Library and Information Association is pleased to announce the theme for Library and Information Week 2011:
Libraries: we find stuff!

A little surprising and a little ‘out there’ and even perhaps a little controversial – one thing is for sure, people will take notice, people will talk!

How can I use this theme in my library?
Visit the Library and Information Week webpage on the ALIA website for ideas and information:
ALIA will also be providing a range of merchandise for locations to purchase and display in their library. This will be available from March/April 2011.

This theme also lends itself for you to personalise! Tell your clients and users what you do…
We catalogue stuff!
We look up stuff!
We research stuff!
We know stuff!

This theme, although a little surprising, highlights that libraries are far more than just books and speaks directly to the user in a language that is familiar.
This year’s theme is an open invitation. This year we will open up the space for people to discover for themselves and make their library experience personal!
What is Library and Information Week?
Library and Information Week will be held from 23 – 29 May 2011.

Libraries across Australia can use this week as a focus to promote and showcase their varied resources and services through different programs and events to the community. The week provides you the opportunity to introduce new services or publicly canvas issues of importance regarding library and information services in Australia.

You can get in involved by organising your own event or by leveraging off one of the existing Library and Information Week events:
Tuesday 24 May – National Library Technicians Day
Wednesday 25 May – National Simultaneous Storytime
Thursday 26 May – Libraries celebrate Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea

For more enquiries please contact: Marija Vranko at or 02 6215 8222

UK Save Our Libraries Day, 5th February

Over 400 public libraries in the UK are under threat of closure. 5th February is Save Our Libraries Day,
a day of action to bring greater global attention to the threats facing UK public library services.

CILIP has put together some suggested tweets to get the message out on the 5th February.
Please show your support on Twitter, especially on 5th February:

Support UK libraries and librarians. #savelibraries #cilip

I love my library because [fill in] #savelibraries #cilip

I love my librarian because [fill in] #savelibraries #cilip

UK public libraries facing massive cuts. Save our libraries #savelibraries #cilip

If you wish to email the UK government, send comments to :

Find out more about Save Our Libraries Day, including links to interactive maps of cuts and closures, Facebook pages and a We Love Libraries video at

Managing Manga in Your Library

The current surge of interest in manga is nothing short of a revolution in young adult publishing. Manga are Japanese graphic novels, in which stories that were originally published in magazines are then compiled into black and white paperbacks which can go on for dozens of volumes. With the uptick in interest in anime (Japanese animation) teens and tweens are flocking to the new medium. They cluster around shelving trucks of returned books and scarf them up before the books can hit the shelves. Manga brings young people into the library building and forms a ready base for programming and book talks.


Like Father Like Son

The Finnish Library Association celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2010. On the occasion of the anniversary The Finnish Library Association wants to promote the important role of the libraries in cultural upbringing. The short film ‘Like Father, Like Son’ was originally produced for television but the Finnish and English versions are free to be diffused on the Internet.

Originally posted here…

Get your correct dosage from the library

When you go to a doctor you probably expect to be sent to the pharmacy to fill a prescription for medicines to help your ailment.
You don’t expect to be sent to the library with a book list.
But that’s going to be happening in the Kimberley, as an innovative program called Bibliotherapy is implemented using books as part of a holistic approach to getting well


The Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year

The Australian School Library Association Inc. (ASLA) and Pledger Consulting Pty Ltd (LinksPlus/Weblinks) have pleasure in announcing the winner of the 2010 Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year Award – Janice Wilson from Lake Tuggeranong College, Greenway, Australian Capital Territory. =>

The International Association of School Librarianship is pleased to announce the recipient of the IASL School Librarianship Award.

Dr Mihaela Banek Zorica from Croatia has been awarded the IASL School Librarianship Award for her promotion of school librarianship in Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Romania. This award also recognises her active involvement in the training of school librarians and her advisory work for those already employed in the field of school librarianship.

In announcing the award, IASL President Diljit Singh noted that Mihaela is a young professional who demonstrates innovative ideas and practices through her classes, presentations and written work. Her efforts on behalf of school libraries in Croatia and surrounding countries is outstanding.

See for the full citation.

For more information about this award see

World of Warcraft Seminar 4 November Justin Hoenke teen librarian on games and libraries

If you haven’t yet participated in one of the online World of Warcraft seminars about gaming in libraries you have another chance next week!

Thursday 4 November 9.30am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) Justin Hoenke, a teen librarian in Maine, who blogs at 8bitlibrary, will talk about his ideas for games and libraries. You can follow him on twitter at

The talks will be held in the Ironforge Library, Saurfang realm of World of Warcraft. The talks will last for about 30 minutes, with time for questions and discussion at the end.

About the talks
The talks take place using guild chat.
1. You need an Alliance toon
2. You need to join the guild “Where is the library” , just prior to the talk. Whisper Franticread for an invite – this toon will be online an hour before the seminar. For further information about this please contact

Transcripts of previous talks are online at:

Where can I use World of Warcraft?
If you don’t want to install World of Warcraft on your own computer at home (it is a very big file) the easiest option may be to visit your local internet cafe where you are likely to find they already have World of Warcraft downloaded and ready to play.

Dude, Where’s My Culture?

Project Outcomes and Conclusions – Culture, museums, libraries and young people

This project in the North West of England aimed to give young people a voice on what culture means to them, and what Museums and Libraries should provide for young people. The project used youth work and youth participation techniques. The centre piece of the project was an event attended by 43 young people from a variety of areas across the North West and a small number of key adult decision makers. This event was entirely designed, planned and implemented by a Steering Group of young people working in partnership with youth workers.


Best library practices using cutting-edge technology

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information
Technology Policy (OITP) is once again soliciting nominations for best library
practices using cutting-edge technology.

Last year, OITP’s America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee launched
the “cutting-edge” contest to showcase libraries that serve their communities with
novel and innovative methods and to provide the library community with some
successful models for delivering quality library services in new ways.

Christine Lind Hage, chair of the subcommittee, said the wide response to the 2009
call was so inspiring, the subcommittee knew another contest was in order. Last
year, three libraries were cited for their outstanding work.

“These winners showed that libraries of all sizes can do innovative projects that
are worthy of replication across library types,” Hage said.

“With all the creative technological work being done in libraries, I’m sure that
this year we’ll see some exciting apps, projects or services that we’ll want to

Nominations should be sent to the American Library Association, Office for
Information Technology Policy, 1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW, 1st Floor, Washington,
D.C. 20009 or to by November 1, 2010. Details for the
nomination process are available on the OITP

The subcommittee will review all nominations and conduct selected interviews or
site visits to identify those libraries that are truly offering a best practice or
most innovative service. Libraries or library service areas selected will be
publicized via the OITP website, highlighted through ALA publications, and featured
in a program at the ALA Annual Conference in 2011.

For questions, contact:
Christine Lind Hage, Director
Rochester Hills Public Library
500 Olde Towne Road
Rochester, MI 48307-2043
248/650-7122 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 248/650-7122

Pam Berger
Director of Information and
School Library System
Southern Westchester BOCES
Elmsford, New York 10530