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The differing generations

I have been doing a bit of reading on the different generations of late – the Boomers, Gen Xers, Gen Yers and Zeds (sometimes known as Millenials). There is some good stuff out there about them and in particular, how to deal with them as library users and in the case of Gen Yers, as …

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ISBN 13 for Librarians in brief

I did this brief information paper for the staff at work. Thought this would be a good place for it to go for others who may have a passing interest in knowing more about ISBN 13. As of 1st January 2007, International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) will be 13 digits long, extended from the current …

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The passing of overdue fines?

Busy blogging day, but Dewey and fines are related in terms of borrowers, but they are also big enough to warrant their own entries. So here’s to fines. My public library service was very late in coming to fines. Our service has been in existence since 1970 with one branch, but we didn’t introduce fines …

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Dewey and its future in public libraries

A lot of what I have been reading in library blogs lately is matching up with many of the things that our library has been doing and our CEO has been considering. First off has come the move towards rearranging non-fiction collections into genres, rather than strict dewey order. Quite a few public libraries in …

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Some new interesting reads

I have been catching up on my reading. The problem with blogs is that they put you onto so many new articles, blogs and websites with great stuff, which you may not come across otherwise. Oh yes, and that’s the great thing about them too. Anyway, back on topic, 2 recent articles that I was …

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Copyright law reform in Australia

News coming out of the Attorney General’s office is outlining proposed amendments to Australian copyright law. This is not unusual in itself, what is unusual is that the proposed changes are actually sensible and beneficial to both individuals and libraries! You can read about the details at in the Attorney General’s media release “Major Copyright …

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Internet access in public libraries and filtering

ALIA has released results of a 2005 survey of internet access in Australian public libraries. The survey covered over 700 public libraries, comprising 41% of such facilites across Australia. Key points for me were:– over 77,000 people accessed the internet in surveyed public libraries each week in 2005– 80% monitored and supervised internet in a …

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Cost of outsourcing

Although not directly to do with libraries, this story is something that hits close to home personally. We’re stressing Indian callers is a story in Queensland’s Sunday Mail newspaper, which outlines the stress and burnout that workers in Indian call centres are experiencing from their encounters with Australian callees. Having been the recipient of many …

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Australian blogs

We here in Australia are still pretty new to blogs, especially in libraries and especially compared to the US, but we are catching up. However, there is a new tool available to Australian bloggers and to those seeking Australian blogs, which will hopefully help our local blogs to become more a part of mainstream internet …

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Surveying now!

Funny isn’t it. When I wrote that last post, it hadn’t really filtered through my head, that my library service was being involved in a similar public survey so soon. This one is a little different than previous ones however. The Library Census 2006 is being run by I & J Management Services, on behalf …

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