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Design feature: advice from those
who have been through it before
ABC Open: is that a producer
lurking in your library?
Perfect Perth: the conference wrap
Volume 32 • Issue 11 • November 2011
ISSN 0158–0876
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Volume 32 • Issue 11 • November 2011 INCITE ONLNE
Frontline Directline OPINION: Start here to redesign
your library: An interview with
library designer Kevin Hennah
Your voice
Webb’s Web
Energise, enthuse, inspire:
Steven Richardson on a digital
future for new grads
Last Word: Amanda Gardner
rebuilt her library after the
Queensland floods
Contributors in this issue
Advertisers in this issue
Awesome from start to finish:
LibTech 2011
NLS5 delegates spread
their wings
Top trending
Librarian meets architect
–and everyone learns
Advice from those who have been
there, done that at Hobsons Bay
Lessons from the university of
experience at Macquarie Uni
New looks for Ingleburn and
Sandringham libraries in Victoria
Bold by design:
Avondale Heights Library
Woollahra Library:
position, position, position
ALIES in times of emergency:
transcending organisational barriers
A facelift designed not to last:
UniSA finds a temporary solution
Two examples of people first:
Ryde Libraries and Deakin University
Sleek new look for State
Library of NSW
BER grant provides for
flexible learning
Industry snapshot
ABC Opening up regional libraries
(there’s a producer lurking in
your library!)
Help for the homeless – and the
agencies that help them
Fibre FRBRisation – what a
cataloguer can learn from a knitter
ALIA snapshot
2012 ALIA Biennial Conference
- Call for papers
ALIA Board: Call for nominations
for directors and vice-president
And the winners are...
MyPD audit underway
Get ready for NYR2012
– how to order merchandise
“Design shapes the way we live. So it ought to serve everyone.”
- Eva Maddox, interior architect and designer, co-founder, Archeworks
ALIA pushes for
copyright treaty
There is no doubt that, in our digital
world, enabling clients to access
information within an increasingly
complex copyright and rights
holders’ management framework
is a challenge. In Australia we are
reasonably fortunate to have wellestablished copyright legislation allowing libraries, at least
in the print environment, to carry out our core role. But this
framework is increasingly challenged to meet the legal, policy
and user expectations in a digital world. Perhaps more than
ever before the voice of libraries in this debate needs to be
heard in support of the democratisation of information.
The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)
has developed a Draft Treaty on Copyright Exceptions and
Limitations for Libraries and Archives to argue for a binding
international instrument on copyright exceptions and
limitations to enable libraries to preserve their collections,
support education and research, and lend materials. The IFLA
Draft Treaty defines the requirements of the international
library community and the agenda for the November meeting
of the World International Property Organisation (WIPO) will
include a three day meeting on exceptions and limitations for
libraries and archives.
Working with the Australian Libraries Copyright Council
and the Australian Digital Alliance, ALIA is lobbying the
Federal Government to make our support of the Draft Treaty
known so that the needs of Australian libraries and archives
are well understood for the forthcoming WIPO discussion.
More details on the Draft Treaty can be found at www.alia.
ALIA Conference format to change
I recently attended the ALIA Top End Symposium in
Darwin and had the privilege of hearing some inspiring
and interesting presentations as well as the opportunity
to meet members from across the Northern Territory. The
quality of the program delivered within a cost-effective
format underscored for me the validity of the recent
decision taken by the Board of Directors to adopt a new
model for ALIA conferences.
As mentioned in my last Frontline, the volunteer effort
required and the costs of holding our flagship Biennial,
Information Online, Library Technicians and New Librarians
Symposium conferences are creating sustainability concerns.
The Board, at its September 2011 meeting, agreed to a
number of significant changes to the way in which ALIA
conferences are created, managed and delivered.
The Board agreed to maintain a separate event targeted
at those new to the profession, still titled New Librarians
Symposium, but aligned with the Information Online
Conference held every two years. The details of this and the
next symposium are still to be finalised, but a satellite event
is favoured. This alignment will enable those new to the
profession to participate in a large conference, experience the
trade show and mix more broadly with established members,
while also ensuring both the opportunity and support
needed for early career-stage members to present papers
and participate in professional debate.
A separate Library Technicians biennial event will
continue to be held but the format, venue style and
management structure will be modified to ensure that
we continue to create a relevant, high quality program at
a reduced cost so as to maximise the opportunities for
members to attend. The ALIA National Library Technicians
Group will be organising the 2013 conference. Dates and
details for all our upcoming conferences are available at
ALIA will also work closely with convention bureaus
across Australia to competitively source value for money
venues and locations for our major conferences. Members
of conference organising committees will be drawn from
across the country, providing increased opportunities for
members to be a part of this important work. The role of
ALIA staff in support of the organising committees is also
being redefined.
As with all new ways of doing things, future Boards will
monitor the outcome of this new approach, but we are
confident this new strategy will continue to deliver the high
quality conferences which are highly valued by
ALIA members.
Margaret Allen
ALIA President
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Legal information for newly arrived migrants
ebrary partners with James Bennett
The NSW Legal Assistance Forum (NLAF) has launched an
online catalogue of legal resources specifically targeted for
newly arrived migrants and refugees. It lists written, audio
and visual formats in a variety of languages and website
links for downloadable resources, plus information about the
stage in the settlement process at which the material is most
ebrary has partnered with James Bennett with the aim
of making eBooks more readily available to Australasian
libraries. They’ve also signed up a new publishing partner –
Australian Academic Press – a niche academic publisher for
the behavioural sciences.
Europe’s National Librarians support
Open Data licensing
The Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) has
voted overwhelmingly to support the open licensing of
their data. CENL represents Europe’s 46 national libraries.
Support for open licensing will mean access to the vast
quantities of reliable data through Europe’s national library
catalogues and open up opportunities to create new
relationships between data sets. CENL believe taking this
step will put “national libraries at the heart of innovations
in digital applications”.
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State Library NSW launches Jewish digital resource
The State Library of NSW has been working to preserve
their unique collection of materials relating to Jewish
life in Australia and has now launched the collection
online. It covers cultural, economic, religious and sporting
contributions made by the Jewish community and will also
eventually include oral histories of Holocaust survivors
who have settled in this country. The project has been
supported by funding from the Australia-Israel Chamber of
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Nothing ever stays the same
your opinion on how the Association
should progress is heard.
s Margaret Allen has indicated
in her Frontline column, we are
moving to make changes to the
ALIA conference arrangements.
I hope that you are considering
submitting an abstract for the
Biennial Conference 2012 (Call for
Papers are due 30th November) and
When I talk about change in libraries I often use the
term ‘evolution’. Incremental change, advancements and
improvements is what we will always continue to see in our
libraries, with our customer expectations, with our services,
facilities and with everything we do.
Some libraries and library staff though are taking it a step
further, being at the forefront of significant changes and
a very real ‘revolution’ in our libraries and the profession.
They inspire us, lead
us, and challenge us
more information will be
Have your say by nominating for, and voting
to new and greater
available soon regarding
things. A few of
in, the 2012 ALIA Board elections. Your vote
ALIA Information Online
those stories are
2013. Conferences form
in this edition of
a significant part of the
INCITE. Australians
profession and your career.
annual ALIA budget
should be proud that
and they must remain
their libraries are
sustainable for all concerned to be viable. As I wrote earlier,
recognised as world class. I hope that these stories inspire
nothing ever stays the same, it’s always evolving. And that’s
you to create, evolve and revolutionise in your own library
how it should be.
or in your own professional career.
T he evolution of the library and information services
Sue Hutley
profession and our future has been discussed at the ALIA
Executive Director
National Advisory Congress meetings during October and
[email protected]
November this year. This discussion will continue into 2012
through the ALIA Board, our committees and our groups.
Our Association can only be as strong as its members.
How and where the Association places volunteer energy,
finances and organisational focus is not just the Board’s
responsibility - it is for all members.
You will notice in this INCITE a call for nominations for
Board of Director positions. It is important that members
with leadership skills, time, energy and commitment
nominate for these positions. And please take the time to
update your contact details with us at [email protected] so that a valid email address can be used for the
election voting in early 2012. In past years only a small
percentage of the membership has voted in Board elections
and yet it is this Board that must steer the Association
forward. It is this Board who decide priorities and ensure
Call for abstracts page 5.
the services you expect are provided efficiently and
effectively. So have your say by voting - it is another way
for you to contribute to your Association and make sure
Thank you!
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Technicians Conference 2011 and New Librarians
Symposium 5 in Perth in September: Perth Convention
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Sponsor Eclipse Office Industries, and event sponsors
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Australia, Curtin and Murdoch Universities, the University of
Western Australia, Envisionware, Britannica, OCLC and the
State Library of Western Australia. Your support makes it all
possible. We hope to see you again at the 2012 Biennial
Conference, Discovery, where we hope the library and
information services sector will join us to celebrate ALIA’s
75th anniversary.
ILRS Code prices revised
Effective from October 1st 2011, a new schedule of prices
for Interlibrary Resource Sharing have been announced.
The new model uses a Consumer Price Index-based model
and will be reviewed every five years. Express service (two
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plus delivery charges, Rush service (24 hour turnaround)
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Silver pins say thank you
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volunteers who do so much for their colleagues serving on
group, conference and advisory committees. ALIA members
who volunteer for five terms or more are eligible and peer
or self-nomination can be completed online at www.alia.
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Design consultant Kevin Hennah is just about to mark
the aesthetic with great visual
his tenth year working with libraries in Australia and
merchandising and branding,” he says.
internationally. The long-time retail visual merchandising
Other favourites include Concord
expert turned workshop presenter, author of Victorian
Public Library in Sydney, which has
Public Libraries’ Image Handbook and featured author of
supplemented Dewey with excellent
Re-think: Ideas for Inspiring School Library Design, has been
impulse-driven signage. He is also
pondering what real library design revolution should mean.
enthusiastic about Altona North
His thinking has included consideration of trends that
Public Library in Victoria for their
are now truly mainstream – the issue of sustainability,
installation of completely moveable
changes in how our patrons
service counters: “it’s fantastic
use our libraries (from hooking
to see this finally happen,”
“Ask yourself; is this layout, system, he says, and for a school
up to the wireless connection
to being allowed – even
library with many impressive
this display or this promotional
encouraged – to get in a group
interior design initiatives he
and make some noise) and the strategy still relevant?”
recommends All Saints Primary
growing popularity of added
School Library in Albany Creek,
facilities such as cafes.
But even with all this innovation, Kevin says the risk of
At the moment he’s working with a school library in
just building a trendier version of what we already have is
Kuala Lumpur where they are exploring organising the
apparently still strong.
whole collection by genre rather than physical form. In a
“In terms of culture and visual merchandising, there are
post-internet world, this
pre-internet libraries and post-internet libraries,” Kevin
makes more sense than
says. “This has nothing to do with the year the library was
ever, not least because it
built. I am referring to libraries that have simply added the
tends to put the internet
internet to the existing collection and left those resources
in its place in the minds of
merchandising in a traditional format. Rows of spine-out
patrons – amongst a variety
books with traditional signage does not compete with
of resources, not replacing
Google! There’s plenty of life left in print, but we can’t
present it in a traditional format and expect to achieve the
After many years in
results we did prior to introducing the internet and other
retail, including the great
new technologies. ”
days of The Body Shop,
“Put everything under the magnifying glass in the design
clients including Virgin
stages,” he advises. “Ask yourself; is this layout, system,
Mobile, Australia Post
display and promotional strategy still relevant? I call this
and Oshkosh, and now
cultural weeding.”
a decade working with
And he has the figures to prove changing the traditional
libraries, Kevin says there Put it all under the magnifying glass
approach really works. The advent of front-facing displays
is something very special
when you begin – Kevin Hennah
in libraries, for example, is proven to assist in reversing
about working with staff in
downward trends in non-fiction loans - even in school
libraries, regardless of which sector they are in.
libraries where homework cut and pasted from the internet
“They are passionate and I love that passion,” says Kevin.
is the despair of many a teacher librarian.
Kevin has many favourite design initiatives but rates
Lee Welch
[email protected]
South Australia’s Mt Gambier Public Library amongst
his favourites for its highly strategic design, signage
and aesthetic. “It doesn’t just look fantastic, it balances
Five things you must get right this time...
Kevin cites five critical factors in the design of a truly
revolutionary library space to share:
1. Aim for total flexibility. This means adjustable,
moveable fittings, from shelves to service counters, to
enable you to reinvent your library over time to meet
your patron’s needs. (And avoid using big expense items
such as carpeting to delineate areas – that just cuts
down on the essential flexibility because if you move
the shelving and furniture it’s going to look plain weird!)
2. Maximise your impulse loan potential. Use every
opportunity for front-facing displays and find a way to
organise your shelves that isn’t in traditional aisles. It’s
about enticing your patrons into the space and showing
off what you have.
3. De-clutter. There’s a world of difference between just
weeding the shelves and freeing up space you then
use to actively engage with patrons through displays
of the great stuff you have. Most libraries have a great
deal more in their collection than can be effectively
showcased. As Kevin says, “rows of shelves of book
spines are truly a ‘pre-internet’ library notion.
Each month, OPINION features contributions from invited guest writers. The opinions expressed in this column do not
necessarily reflect those of the Australian Library and Information Association.
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Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
Dear Editor
Thank you Philip Kent for your thoughtful and polite
reminder to all of the way it was in “our day” (INCITE,
September 2011). It would seem a reminder like this
is timely. So many of the matters that you mention
as common practice and that served as a thoughtful,
professional and very useful networking training ground
for the likes of you and me appear to be missing in the
profession as it stands today. You mention:
• How so many staff members at large institutions were
almost automatically members of our professional
association. I understand that this is not always the
case today.
• How we ”networked long before the term was in
currency” through Committee meetings, to which I would
add the steep learning curve these meetings provided
in standards of recording meetings, conducting debate,
speaking professionally and being well informed before
one dared to open one’s mouth, and being courteous in
formal meeting settings.
• The loss of “professional connection” with the demise of
such meetings – to which I can only agree. The meetings
gave a sense of professional worth and strength and
certainly assisted in times when, for example, employers
were hiring librarians without the requirement of “eligible
for professional membership of ALIA” as part of the
advertisement. You don’t see the latter too often these
days and as you write, this is the “official standard”.
Lest anyone think that this is yet another oldie with a
professional gripe, there could be none more astounded
than I, when I gave a bit (or is it ‘byte’) speech at the New
Norcia Library Lecture in WA recently, on the philosophical
underpinnings of our proud and worthy profession under
the rubric of the information commons. How heartening it
was to have so many colleagues express their appreciation
of this reminder of our true worth and meaning. And if you
want a brief reminder of why librarians exist and should
continue their proud journey then please read “What
librarians & Google are for…”( INCITE, August 2011, p. 4)
for starters.
Kerry Smith
Dept of Information Studies, Curtin University
[email protected]
4. Before you select an architect, ask the contenders
what the word ‘library’ means to them. If their
notion is outdated, you are going to have to either
change their mind or re-educate them before you
get started. And any architect or designer you choose
must share your vision and enthusiasm if you are
going to create something really revolutionary
5. (And this is actually Kevin’s number one priority):
Insist on 3D-rendering of everything during the
design process. Think Grand Designs. That computergenerated building you can actually watch yourself
walking through isn’t just a fancy trick; it’s the way
you can be sure you and your architect are imagining
the same new library and it saves you from those
nasty surprises once the building starts (I thought
it would be higher/larger/smaller...). A retail or even
a domestic project these days will routinely be
3D-rendered and a project as complex as a library
definitely should be.
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Awesome from
start to finish:
LibTech 2011
Back to Basics Conference Convenor Susan Courtland
shares her personal highlights.
In the Nyoongar language, ‘Moorditj’ means awesome.
The ‘Moorditj Mob Dancers’ from Wesley College
accompanied by Olman Walley on the didgeridoo,
welcomed LibTech delegates with an awesome dance,
setting the tone for an amazing conference opening
exuding warmth and humour; a buzz that carried through
the entire conference. I acknowledge too our wonderful
emcee Grant Stone, radio personality Russell Woolf for
his inspiring words in opening the conference and ALIA
President Margaret Allen for her welcome address.
Back to Basics – Perth 2011 offered a forum to explore
our fundamental skills and share how we meet the
needs of clients. As a service-based industry with skills,
visions and professional values, we are specialists in the
management of information and the use of tools and
technology inter-connected with our clients. Hence each
presenter for Back to Basics was chosen to reflect the
three dynamics of the conference: personal development,
professional development and client services. I thank all
of our wonderful speakers for sharing their knowledge
and enthusiasm towards an excellent program.
My personal highlights included magician Rob
Townsend’s performance at the reception and our
opening keynote speaker, Rachel Green, who added
energy to the room, inspiring confidence in delegates
to deal with difficult clients and to network with ease. A
skilled educator and presenter, Rachel’s sessions were
informative and made learning so much fun.
Plenary speaker Andy Wright delivered 60 minutes
of pure pleasure in the art of storytelling titled, Telling
Tall Tales and True: The Art of Successful Storytelling. All
enjoyed a very entertaining session, interspersed with
audience participation, including ALIA President Margaret
Allen performing a series of star jumps on stage.
Elaina Norlin from Broward County Florida delivered
an insightful keynote presentation on the state of
libraries in America and the importance of marketing in
keeping the library and information industry alive, while
Sarah Garnett’s moving and inspirational presentation on
the Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library received a standing
ovation from the audience, many of whom were moved
to tears.
The superb conference dinner and dance at the Hyatt
will long be remembered, as will the Back to the Future
open forum panel discussion, a joint event with the NLS5
conference delegates. And finally, the announcement of
Judy Allan as the Library Technician of the Year 2011 was
a very special highlight- the best kept secret leading into
the awards.
I acknowledge and thank our wonderful sponsors,
including Ulverscroft, Innovation and Business Skills
Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University,
Envisionware, the University of WA, and Perth Convention
Bureau, and our exhibitors for their generous investment
in the profession by supporting our conference, and
thank our magnificent delegates for their participation,
sharing in the excitement and embracing all that Back to
Basics had to offer.
In closing the 2011 conference, I invited the 15
members of the LibTech Committee to join me on stage
to complete what has been an incredible journey of
learning, self-discovery and friendship. It has been a
privilege working alongside such a wonderful group of
library and information professionals. Leading such a
dynamic team has been a very rewarding experience and
I have benefited immensely in the areas of leadership,
events management and
decision-making. It has
also been a wonderful
experience working in
partnership with ALIA on
this event and I thank
them for the opportunity.
Perth 2011 is being
acclaimed by delegates as
the best National Library
Technician Conference to
date. We are very proud
of what we have achieved;
it was an awesome
Susan Courtland
Conference Convenor,
Library Technicians
Conference 2011
The best-kept secret of Libtech
2011: Judy Allan, Library
Technician of the Year
[email protected]
Call for Abstracts Now Open!
Abstracts can now be submitted on-line at
Abstract Submission Deadline – 30 November 2011
Enquiries regarding submission guidelines
and further information on abstracts can be
directed to the Conference Secretariat:
ALIA Biennial Conference 2012
Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 July 2012
Hilton, Sydney Australia
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Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
NLS5 delegates
Metamorphosis: What will you become today? That was
the question posed at ALIA New Librarians Symposium 5.
Convenor Steve McQuade reports.
NLS5 ran back-to-back with the ALIA National Library
and Information Technicians’ Conference which took place
way along), OCLC for our lanyards, EnvisionWare for our
notepads and pens, Britannica for our volunteer t-shirts and
State Library of WA for our USB satchels and for generally
supporting the symposium and its committee.
Delegates and committee members alike learnt much
from the NLS5 experience including the importance of
continuous learning and conscious evolution. This is true
for individuals, organisations and even conferences - can’t
wait to see the next metamorphosis of the New Librarians’
Steve McQuade
[email protected]
Mal Booth shows the way forward at NLS5
everywhere: the NLS5
trade exhibition.
Photo courtesy
Kathryn Lindsay
earlier that week. This made possible a collaboration
which revealed a shared enthusiasm and passion for our
profession and raised some interesting challenges around
how we perceive each other within the industry.
A satellite program preceded NLS5 and coincided with
some unseasonably wet and stormy spring weather but
this did not deter our delegates from enjoying a variety of
library tours and workshops.
Delegates then converged on the Pan Pacific Hotel for
the first official conference session (a joint event with the
Library Technicians Conference) the Back to the Future
Forum. Barbara Combes chaired this lively discussion, with
Grant Stone, Elaina Norlin, Julia Lawrinson, Matthew Allen,
Garry Conroy-Cooper and David Lee King adding their
perspectives and responses to provocative questions. This
event not only showcased excellent speakers but provided
delegates from both conferences the chance to network
with each other and with influential figures from the West
Australian library community at the Remixer social event
which followed.
The technical program for the 5th New Librarians
Symposium continued on Saturday and 166 NLS5 delegates
from around the country had a great time listening,
presenting, discussing and workshopping. Keynote speakers
Mal Booth, Kathryn Greenhill, Kate Davis and David Lee
King gave inspiring, sage, thought-provoking and visionary
presentations. The symposium provided the opportunity
for number of delegates to present their first papers or lead
workshops with great ideas and case studies. (Papers will
be available on the website shortly, as will pod-casts of all
the keynote speakers.)
Both ‘digital native’ and digital immigrant delegates
alike made good use of the venue’s wifi facilities with
over 100 people logging in to the network on Saturday
morning. This meant that the so-called ‘back-channel’ was
a very engaging place to be, with lots of commentary and
discussion as well as photos and videos from the sessions
being shared in real time.
Of course, none of this would be possible, if not for the
contributions of our fantastic sponsors including our Silver
Sponsor Eclipse Office Industries, our Social Media Sponsor
Perth Convention Bureau (who have been great supporters
of ours and of the Library Technicians Conference all the
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Library Evolution/Revolution?
Show us what you’ve got
For this issue of INCITE we asked members to share
stories and pictures of their evolving libraries. We were
inundated with spiffy pictures and news of projects ranging
from brand spanking new buildings to modest refits and
inspiring tales of marrying the finer points of the old with
the exciting aspects of the new.
There are strong themes through the contributions you
will read here from ‘survivors’ of projects of just about any
size and they are echoed by the experts. INCITE spoke to
library designer Kevin Hennah for our OPINION column and
in collating these contributions we also contacted a number
of designers. In terms of what goes in the building, it’s to be
expected that current interior design trends will be showing
up but the extra challenge for library-specific design of
course is that it’s multi-use (and heavy use at that) and only
rarely do we get a blank canvas to play with. Often there
are heritage issues involved (and some of our contributors
this month have shared a few tips about managing those
challenges). Big dollar budgets are even rarer. We’ve had to
be clever.
CK Design’s Cecilia Kugler summed up the key trends
she is seeing after 23 years in the business for
us – they include redesigning
service areas and spaces for multiple functions and using
moveable, flexible configurations to allow for future
change. She also highlights transparency as a critical
aspect of a successful design. Transparency, in this sense,
is about engaging with our patrons by opening up areas to
showcase our collections and services inside the building,
but it’s also about what happens before they even get in
the door.
“It’s important to connect with your streetscape,” she
says. It’s all about enticing the passersby to join in. And it’s
all about taking away the barriers. In almost every library
refurbishment described in this issue you will read about
the old forbidding and formal service desk disappearing in
favour of a communal place for staff to sit with patrons. The
functional aspects, such as returns, are being tucked out of
sight, says Cecilia. They have to be there and they have to
work but they are no longer the focus of attention.
“For years the focus of library design was on the
quantitative,” Cecilia points out. “It was all about how many
books and how many bodies. Now library design is peoplecentric. We know more isn’t better and we’re designing
spaces for people first and then for formats.”
The design brief is where it all starts. Cecilia says a
good brief is not only about the attributes you want
your library to have but is also clear about how you
will measure your success.
In the infamous ‘bigger picture’, this trend towards
what patrons want from us coming before our
logistical considerations is a natural partner to the
technology that is giving us multiple format options
and new ways to access them. Unleashed from the
confines of format, the modern library can truly be a
hub for its community with powers to rival the Tardis.
That’s real evolution.
Note: Space precludes us from including all of
these submissions this time but we especially want to
thank everyone who responded. The topic has been so
popular that we’re going to revisit it in 2012.
Librarian meets architect – a forum for all
Over 130 library and local government managers and
design professionals gathered at The Edge, State Library of
Queensland’s digital culture centre, on 29 September for a
forum focussing on the latest trends in public library design.
A highlight of the forum was the opportunity for
interchanges between librarians and architects, which
everyone agreed was mutually beneficial. As one Sydney
architect noted, “It was a very good insight into the
world of library and library design”, while one of the
librarians present called the event “an excellent mix of
inspirational and practical content” and said they wished
for an opportunity to go through the details of the ten
‘new landmark’ libraries with both library colleagues and
architects of their current building project present.
Louise Schaper, who led the Library Journal’s New
Landmark Libraries project in the United States, provided
a tour of the very best public library projects of the last
five years. Louise opened discussion on several themes
that would recur during the day, including green design,
refurbishing for new models of customer service, and
improving useability through effective wayfinding and
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New libraries in Gungahlin in the ACT and Cooroy in
Queensland were highlighted and there were presentations
on developing learning spaces, design briefs, marketing,
design for small communities, and the impact of natural
disasters on library design.
It was the first chance that many of the interstate and
New Zealand visitors had to see State Library’s The Edge
and the Asia Pacific Design Library, where the forum wound
down with drinks after the final session. A bus tour of four
outstanding Brisbane library projects included Brisbane
City Council’s Fairfield Library, which was destroyed in the
January floods and reopened by June.
Presentations will be available on State Library of
Queensland’s website soon at and
design information is also available at
Bruce Monley
Senior Local Government Strategy Officer
State Library of Queensland
[email protected]
Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
Library Evolution/Revolution?
Third time experts at Hobsons Bay
If building or renovating is one of life’s most stressful
the functional workings of a busy library. Being involved
moments, the staff at Hobsons Bay in Victoria suspect they
at these meetings, has meant the rectification of countless
must be gluttons for punishment. Ten years ago, Hobsons Bay
potential mistakes or misinterpretations that we would
library buildings were below standard. Today, the council is
have had to live with for a long time.
midway through construction of its third major library build
Our approach to building planning and construction is a
within five years.
lot of work. But the effort is well worth it for the quality and
Altona North Community Library was completed in
functionality of the result and value delivered back to
March 2010 and could well be
the community.
considered a good looking library.
“With an architect who listens, Listen and interpret
For us, Altona North is all about
consultation is meaningful.”
the customer experience. It has
Choose your architect well. An
an abundance of natural light,
architect who can listen and interpret
monitored fresh air quality and a retail-style, flexible layout
is gold. An architect, of course, wants their design to
with very efficient use of space. With a small footprint
be enduring and to make a statement, but the skill of a
really good architect lies in their ability to interpret the
aspirations of the community in the design.
With an architect who listens, consultation is meaningful.
Consultation at the different levels with staff, the regular
users, the irregular users, the Friends, the Advisory
committees, Councillors and targeted community groups
is such an important part of the process. The architect can
hear their concerns and then reflect these in the design. So
allow plenty of time in the planning for this to happen.
The manager that is involved can also guide the project
team through the
Council communication
protocols and
processes. A
good relationship
built on trust and
will ensure that the
finished building is one
of land (3,000sq
that all stakeholders
m) the facility
can be proud of.
boasts 530sq.m of
To get the best
library space, two
value, get hands on.
community meeting
The library team did
rooms, a 16 PC
much of the research
training room and
around determining
the look and feel,
facilities for people with a disability. The recent opening of
including research visiting other libraries and drawing
the UCan Café added the aroma of freshly baked muffins
upon our own experiences as shoppers/consumers. With
and espresso coffee and we knew we had achieved our
Altona Meadows, we had a limited budget so enlisted the
vision of building the ‘community lounge room’. Here’s what assistance of a space planner for the layout but sourced
we learned along the way:
our furniture and equipment directly from the factory.
With Altona North, we researched the self -serve shopping
Get involved
trends, the café culture, and the retail environment. We
Nobody understands your ‘business’ or your community
wanted to achieve a comfortable but smart finish - a finish
better than you or your staff. Be a part of developing the
that would be welcoming. For Altona North, we enlisted
design brief, the architect’s selection and the Project
the help of a furniture supplier who provided a whole
Control Group (PCG). During the Altona Meadows Library
of building solution. Most elements worked very well
planning in 2004, I initially met resistance in joining the
but we felt constrained by only being able to purchase
project meetings. But who else would articulate the role
from one supplier. So with Williamstown, whilst we are
and function of the modern library? I was soon sitting
working closely with the architects in the overall interior
beside project engineers and managers, architects and
design elements, the library team has maintained the
builders, quantity surveyors and hydraulic consultants
responsibility for the fitout of furniture and equipment.
at the PCG meetings from inception right through until
completion. This management structure is now into its third
Suzie Gately
incarnation with the Williamstown Library construction.
Manager, Libraries,
For Altona North, the team knew the library of the future
Hobsons Bay
[email protected]
had to relate to the retail environment without losing the
traditional elements that the community valued. At the
design phase, the meetings with the architect outlined that
vision clearly. The architect also needed to understand
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Four lessons from the University of Experience
Macquarie University has just completed a new library
building that features Australia’s first Automated Storage
and Retrieval System (ASRS). It’s been a huge undertaking,
taking two years and costing a total of $97m - and the team
have learned some valuable lessons along the way.
The use of automated storage and retrieval systems has
become increasingly common in major universities and
libraries in the USA and Europe but Macquarie University
is the first Australian library to install the technology.
University Librarian Maxine Brodie said the decision to
install the system was part of creating a library that would
be able to meet client needs for decades to come.
The ASRS system uses four stacker cranes to access
steel storage bins housing 1.3 million items in less than a
seventh of the floor space that would be required using
traditional shelving. This has meant the library’s entire
collection is now located on one site for the first time –
and there’s room to grow.
Dematic’s Manager Direct & Wholesale, Darren
Rawlinson, said implementing the ASRS at Macquarie
University had been a pleasant change from working in
warehouses and distribution centres.
“It was exciting to work on such a ground-breaking
project in Australia. Macquarie University’s new library is
world class in every area, and we are proud to have played
a part in bringing Australia’s first automated library storage
and retrieval solution online.”
The installation of automated retrieval is only one of
a number of technological and architectural innovations
in the Macquarie University Library project, which was
officially opened by Chancellor Michael Egan and Vice
Chancellor Professor Stephen Schwartz on Monday August
8, 2011.
“Based on overseas experience with automated
library storage and retrieval systems, we expect the easy,
convenient access
the ARC provides will
actually increase book
lending rates over
time,” said Ms Brodie.
“I’m thrilled to
be a part of it. It’s
a real investment
in the future of the
University and our
University Librarian Maxine Brody with
Australia’s first automated storage and
retrieval system at Macquarie University
INCITE asked Macquarie University Library’s
Communications Coordinator Brendan Krige to share the
four most important lessons the Macquarie team learnt
during the project.
Have clarity about what you want
There will be many things that arise in the long
process of building a new library that will distract you
from your original plans. Refer back to your strategic
aims and business needs to ensure your project is
meeting your needs, not the wants of others.
Expect setbacks along the way
While building projects are notorious for delays, it’s
not just bad weather that causes setbacks. A broken
crane at a port delayed vital ASRS equipment, and
then the Japanese tsunami affected the supply of
photocopiers and printers. There were also changes in
key staff that impacted the project.
You can’t please everyone all the time
There are hundreds of decisions that need to be
made in a new library project, and not everyone will like
your furniture choices, colour schemes, floor plans – the
list goes on. Make the best decision you can based on
the research and evidence you have (and your budget of
Build it and they will come!
Even with seating and computer capacity doubled,
staff were hearing the old refrain, “I can’t find a seat
anywhere” within two weeks of opening. In the first
month of operation, Macquarie’s new library saw the
average daily door count soar to over 9,000 visits,
compared to an average of around 5,000 for the old
library. Where were all these students before? (Who
says libraries are obsolete?)
Brendan Krige
Communications Coordinator,
Macquarie University Library
[email protected]
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Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
Library Evolution/Revolution?
In brief
Jump in loans at
Ingleburn Branch Library,
Campbelltown City Library
All building projects are ultimately
exercises in compromise, and where
heritage considerations are involved,
these compromises can come
from unexpected quarters. When
Campbelltown City Library in New
South Wales embarked upon the
redevelopment of its Ingleburn Branch
Library, integrating the neighbouring
heritage-listed School of Arts building
was one of the major challenges.
During the consultation process
it was clear that the community had a deep
attachment to the School of Arts building, whose
history included roles as a dance hall, cinema
and meeting place so the final development
designs sought to include artefacts, shadow lines
of dance steps in the floor, and retention of the
film projector apertures in the wall and other
elements that would conjure the past uses of the
building while enabling a more contemporary use
of the space.
Ingleburn’s new look
The Sandringham branch
of the Bayside Library Service
badly needed a refurbishment
after 26 years of solid service.
Key changes included reducing
the size of the service desk to
incorporate self-service, creating
inviting seating and bringing the
look of the library into the 21st
century. The new design is readercentred, collection-focused
and aims to reduce the barrier
between staff and patrons. Child-height
shelving in the junior library has encouraged
a jump of 18% in picture book loans.
Trevor MacKay
Branch Librarian, Sandringham & Hampton
[email protected]
Grant White
Manager Library Services, Campbelltown City Council
[email protected]
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has been an outstanding success, with
significant increases in circulation and
programming statistics. The learning
focus of the new centre has created
opportunities for delivering informal
and formal education
to the community and
through developing
partnerships with local
The entrance, inspired by artist
education institutions, we
Howard Arkley’s bold paintings
have been able to offer
nationally accredited and
certificate level courses.
Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre in the City of
A sponsorship arrangement developed with the East
Moonee Valley in Victoria opened in September 2010. The
Keilor Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank
visually striking and colourful building, inspired by artist
increased the number of public computers available. There
Howard Arkley’s bold and vibrant paintings of suburbia is
has also been a high-level of interest across Council in the
now a highly visible landmark in the municipality and the
new facility, which has in turn created a positive profile for
sustainable design has already won an Australian Institute of
the Library and Learning Department.
Project Management 2011 Sustainable Project Award, and
Along with all of the challenges, a lot has been learnt –
been nominated for a Melbourne Design Award.
so here is some practical advice if you are starting out on
This project was made possible with funding of $3.6
the adventure that is a new library building:
million by the Victorian Government through Skills Victoria.
• don’t expect it to be an easy process
The facility houses a relocated library combined with
community and learning spaces.
• understand and try to address the concerns of staff –
A library was not in the initial design brief developed by
everyone deals with change in different ways, so don’t
Skills Victoria. The original concept was for a Community
underestimate the effect it can have
Learning Centre responsive to social, leisure, information
• toss around ideas with the designers and architect – have
and learning needs of residents. Halfway through
open conversations about what you want, your core
construction a decision was made to integrate a nearby
business and workflows as often they will come up with
existing branch library. This change of plans shortened
solutions you hadn’t thought of
planning timeframes and created the extra challenge of
high -level support within your organisation is essential –
retrofitting a building halfway through construction.
we have been lucky to have a great level of interest in the
Twelve months on, the new Library and Learning Centre
project, both during development and since opening
• Build good working relationships with the project team –
there is a huge benefit to having effective relationships
with the architect, project manager and site manager
• design flexible spaces – a building designed to suit a
range of purposes can adapt well.
• Use the opportunity to weed the collection (many of our
customers assumed the collection was completely new, a
result of rigorous weeding)
• maximise the use of face-out display – reducing the
collection size and incorporating more display space has
seen an increase in our circulation statistics
• think about acoustics – noise can become a problem, so
include this in the design brief
• actively market the library – celebrate the achievements
of a new facility
• address the community’s needs – include the community
in the consultation process and implement programs and
collections that address their core needs
• build partnerships – look for opportunities for ‘value
adding’, both in the development of the physical building
and facilities and delivering learning programs
To celebrate the success of the facility as a social hub,
we marked the first birthday with a community festival.
The next twelve months will be equally exciting, with the
development of an atrium to extend the programming
space of the library, made possible through a Victorian
Government Living Libraries grant.
Troy Watson
Coordinator Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
City of Moonee Valley
[email protected]
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Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
Library Evolution/Revolution?
Position, position, position:
Making the most of your location
There were two major challenges facing staff in renovating
the main library located in Double Bay in 2011. The building,
known as St Brigids, is heritage-listed which limits the
architectural options available. They also faced the inherent
challenges associated in introducing 21st century library
facilities into a non-purpose built building as St Brigids was
essentially a large family home built in 1871.
Our vision is for our library to be a place where
customers are able to relax, enjoy their visit and make
use of the enhanced technological facilities, including
RFID self-check machines. The brief given to CK Design
was to primarily take advantage of the natural beauty of
the location for St Brigids, situated in Blackburn Gardens
overlooking Sydney Harbour, and create a space that would
become a community hub.
Previous renovations of St Brigids had resulted in the
library interior being painted in heritage colours, with
mushroom pink predominant. The entrance to the library
was dominated by a large wooden staff desk and the
wooden book shelves had seemed to grow like Topsy over
the years, with many of the shelves now blocking the view
over the gardens and harbour. The result was an interior
which projected a formal approach to client interaction.
The new renovations saw the end of the traditional staff
desk. This was replaced instead with a small round table at
which staff and customers both sit, heralding a new ethos
of inclusiveness for customers. Innovations have included
the removal of some walls, the conversion of a major beam
holding up the veranda into a seat and areas previously
dominated by wooden bookshelves transformed into a
study zone with wireless access. The study zone overlooks
the gardens and has proved a popular place for students.
The interior of the library is now painted cream.
enhancing the feeling of spaciousness and the renovations
also unexpectedly uncovered a frieze of what appears
to be Greek gods cavorting, located just outside the
entrance to the youth reading room. The library was closed
for approximately six weeks while the renovations took
place and the wait was worth it as the feedback from the
community has been fabulous.
At the library reopening on 12 September, gone was
the sombre, formal library interior. Instead customers were
greeted with a design interior that had a real wow factor;
being light and airy and reflecting the harbourside location.
Looking back, perhaps the main lesson was not to
underestimate the time it takes for building renovations
to be completed. The library opening occurred one
week after schedule. Staff had to learn to operate within
‘ordered disorder’ , with a maze of boxes of books awaiting
re-shelving among desks and new workflows required to
accommodate the renovations. Staff showed initiative in
ensuring that the public inconvenience was minimised.
These efforts did not go unnoticed, as one member of the
public noted, “Well done to everyone who has worked so
hard – now enjoy”.
A comfortable mix of
heritage and modern
design makes the most
of the view
Renovations revealed
a classic frieze which
is now a feature
Joan Ruthven
Information Services and Research Librarian
Woollahra Library & Information Service
[email protected]
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ALIES in times
of emergency
ALIES is a library network that collaborates to fulfill the
information needs of the emergency sector throughout
Australia and New Zealand by exchanging and
sharing knowledge, skills and resources, maintaining
a distributed Australasian emergency management
collection, and providing an expert information service.
It is a network that truly represents the evolution of
partnerships between libraries and the constituencies
they serve.
Five originals marking 20 years of
service (LtoR): Jill North, Margaret
“A key facet in the changing face of emergency
Davson, Kerry Johannes, Nina
services has been the developing role of libraries and
McPherson, Anne Pickles with a
information services. It is not possible for modern
picture of the participants at the
original conference in 1991.
emergency services to operate efficiently without
professional library support.” (Haldane,1992).This
quote is from the proceedings of the 1st Australian
in unison we asked, “how about the emergency services
Emergency Service Librarians Workshop, held at Mt Macedon,
librarians? Couldn’t a workshop be held here, for them?”
Victoria in September 1991, an event which marked
“Why not?” was Rob’s reply. And that’s how it all started.”
the beginning of the ALIES (Australasian Libraries in the
Recurring issues have emerged over these 20 years,
Emergency Services).
many familiar to the greater library
Twenty years later, the ALIES
community. These include such
acronym (pronounced ‘allies’)
“It is not possible for modern
issues as marketing your library,
remains the same; however it
proving its worth, resilience,
now stands for Australasian
and keeping up with changing
efficiently without professional
Libraries in the Emergency
technology. In line with latest
Sector, a change that reflects
library support.”
technological trends, the 2011
an increased awareness of
Conference included a captivating
the interdependencies of the
presentation by Professor Scott
emergency response agencies with other
books in the field of
government agencies.
was presented via
In keeping with the Prevention Preparedness Response
Skype from JFK Airport in New York.
Recovery (PPRR) framework, ALIES members have actively
ALIES today is recognised as part of the National
engaged in broadening the membership base of the
Framework and has proved itself as a resilient
network to reflect a ‘whole-of-agencies’ and ‘all-hazards’
voluntary government network. At the 2010 Conference,
approach to emergency management. Membership of the
Mr. Martin Studdert of the Attorney General’s Department
network has increased from 30 libraries in 1991 to 47
emphasised the importance of the ALIES Network and its
libraries in 2011.
role within the emergency sector. He declared that ALIES
Through the annual ALIES Conference, staff of member
makes a difference, breaking down cultural barriers and
libraries gain professional development opportunities,
providing “a shared stream of information... to share around
broaden their focus and increase their knowledge in
the community… which leads to resilience”.
information management principles and practices. These
ALIES has influenced the broader emergency
meetings also help strengthen networks, build partnerships
sphere such as the National Spatial and
and increase knowledge of the roles and interrelationships
Working Group and the Australian
of parent organizations, facilitating coordinated sharing and
Fire Authority Council Knowledge Web. This is due to the
dissemination of information throughout the Australian and
hard work and commitment of individuals from member
New Zealand emergency and safety sector.
libraries. Librarians don’t shout - they reach out and quietly
The 2011 ALIES Conference, titled Celebrating the Past,
make an impact.
Creating the Future, marked the 20th anniversary of the
formation of ALIES. A highlight of this conference was a
panel presentation by five founding members.
“It must have been about October 1990, as I had only
been working at the Melbourne Fire Brigade for three
months,” Nina McPherson said in her opening address,
when she and Coralie Jenkins from the Country Fire
Authority Library went to visit Rob Fleming, who had been
the librarian at the Australian Counter Disaster College
for years.
“We were both greenhorns in this new world. The
InMagic software had just been installed in our libraries.
Thinking back, it was an element of luck that ALIES was
formed. So here is the big ‘why?’ ‘Wouldn’t it be a good
idea? said Coralie during our visit as we sat talking about
the workshops that were held here. When Rob explained
that the Commonwealth funded the workshops, almost
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Julie Wyner
Fire and Rescue NSW
[email protected]
Connie Coniglio
Australian Institute of Police Management
[email protected]
Members of ALIES would like to pay tribute to the former
Library Manager of the Australian Institute of Criminology,
Janet Smith, who worked tirelessly to progress and promote
the work of ALIES. Janet sadly passed away January 2011. She
is greatly missed.
Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
A facelift not intended to last
During the last 12 months the University of South Australia
Library has undertaken minor facelifts at two of its campuses;
both projects strictly limited by budget. One project was
all about a temporary facelift for a building that will be
repurposed in the near future but really showing its age, the
other was an update in a heritage-listed building.
The buildings on the Magill campus of UniSA were built
in the 1960s and are showing their age. But the imminent
repurposing of the library building meant only a temporary
fix was needed. There were some simple things we could
do to refresh the tired look, including fresh paint (although
we learnt you will never get unanimous agreement on paint
colours so it’s best not to try), purchasing new freestanding
furniture instead of new custom-made, built-ins, hanging
artwork that can later be moved and using removable
decorative bay end panels for visual impact. We also
realised that sticking with one colour palette across all
branches of the library would mean any furniture we
purchased could be moved anywhere as needed and still
look good.
The second facelift, at our City East campus, involved a
library located in the heritage-listed Brookman Building. In
this project the library foyer was refurbished; updating the
services desk from a modular, harsh-edged brown block to
a curved, inviting bench with a bright contemporary colour
scheme. The red colour theme used to highlight the desk
has also been used as a recurring highlight colour in several
other parts of the library.
The area is now warm and inviting with ottomans,
improved internet wireless access, power points for
students to use their own laptops, lounge chairs, round
tables for group work and includes a new display area for
new books and journal issues.
Library Evolution/Revolution?
Tips for a facelift project
• Keep clients informed about what’s
happening and the benefits by using
posters and TV screens that include images
of proposed new areas
• Plan for the future and ask what
will be needed in three, five and ten years
• Remove signage that has built up over the
years and keep only the minimum
• Include frontline staff in the process as they
see firsthand how the library spaces are
• Don’t limit yourself for ideas by only visiting
other libraries and checking out the use of
the physical space - look at retail outlets,
trade magazines for use of colour and
materials and reception areas such as at
health centres
Dr Diana Hodge
Manager, Academic Library Services,
Division of Education, Arts and Social
Sciences, University of South Australia
[email protected]
Don Di Matteo
Campus Library Coordinator
- City East Campus Library,
University of South Australia,
[email protected]
Colour lifts the spirit at
UniSA libraries
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In brief
From collection to client focus at Ryde
Ryde Library in NSW bridges a
collection-based past to a technology and
people-focussed future through clever
design, challenging established systems
and a fresh new perspective of what
libraries mean for the community.
Unusually for many libraries, this
project was a true ‘blank canvas’ and
included moving into a space twice
the size of the previous library. It was
the architect’s first library project and
harnessed vivid colour for important
Funky meets functional at
focal points throughout the space. Integral
Ryde Library
to the design was planning for future
flexibility, including extensive cabling for flexible power
options and mobile help desks.
The collections have been transformed to ensure
relevance and accessibility for current reading interests.
Arrangement is by popular subjects and genres providing a
more browsable collection in both fiction and non-fiction.
The non-fiction collection has been organised into seven
distinct ‘subject rooms’. It made sense to bring together
related subject areas like pregnancy and parenting that are
traditionally separated by trains, aeroplanes, gardening
and cooking.
The reorganisation of Dewey into subject rooms was a
large project but collection statistics and borrower feedback
prove that it was a worthwhile exercise.
On Sunday you might find your neighbour providing
ambient background music on the public access piano. On
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a weekday you may spot a group of seniors over by the
windows trying their hand at Nintendo Wii.
Working groups proved to be a good way to share the
load and get things done. Library staff had a hands-on role
in the planning of their new library and worked hard to
make sure that the relocation ran smoothly.
Jill Webb
Library Manager, Ryde Library Service
[email protected]
Students first at Deakin
The 20,000 volume book wall at Geelong Waurn Ponds
library (part of Deakin University) has been described as
a celebration of the old book as an object of beauty and
interest. It’s just one feature of Deakin’s attempt to refute
conceptions of the library as a quiet dusty den, along with
a trendy industrialised feel with concrete finishes and
exposed fixtures, coupled
with a casual lounge feel
and what Deakin University
Librarian Anne Horn describes
as a “fiercely student-centric
Sue Owen
Associate Librarian Client
[email protected]
Rebecca Carmichael
Library Communications
The volume wall at Deakin University
[email protected]
Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
Library Evolution/Revolution?
Beyond a new look for
the State Library of NSW
A modern library is
bright and welcoming. You
can use your laptop while
having a coffee, or talk
to friends while reading
newspapers. It’s your living
room in the city. But it’s
also a place for serious
study, where you can
pore over the books you
requested online before
you came in, or trawl
through shipping lists
Sleek, sophisticated and accessible, the newon microfiche. Catering
look Verandah at the State Library of NSW
to this diversity was the
aim in renovating the State Library of NSW, which unveiled a
new-look State Reference Library on 19 September 2011.
Architect Paulo Macchia from the NSW Government
Architect’s Office set out to create “a contemporary, uplifting
atmosphere while complementing the existing fabric of
the building”. And he was guided by the library’s experts in
planning the layout.
As well as interviews with staff and clients, a key step
in the planning process was an ‘observational study’. Pairs
of staff members – who were clearly identified – watched
as people moved about the library. The observers noted
whether people entered alone or as part of a group, the
mix of resources they used, and who they turned to if they
needed help (often security officers).
“As a result of the observational study we reorganised the
library into three zones,” said Director of Library Services,
Noelle Nelson. “And it definitely seems to be working.”
The first zone, the new Verandah at the front of the
library, is now full of people of all ages using personal
laptops and library computers, reading daily newspapers,
and chatting and working at small tables.
On the first floor, the ‘Ask a Librarian’ service is near
the entrance, the popular legal information service is easy
to find, and group study areas are near the high school
curriculum resources. A casual reading area with a range of
newspapers and magazines uses light from the
nearby atrium.
The floor below has also been reconfigured to increase
natural light and views of the gardens that surround the
building. It’s a sanctuary of quiet study space, with the
request desk and family history resources on hand, as
well as group study rooms. For the convenience of family
historians, historical newspapers are now located with the
other materials they use.
The library has more lockers, computers and desk space,
as well as password-free Wi-Fi access. LCD screens supply
the basic facts about using the library, and there are roving
assistants to help find information or operate technology. To
replace a central copying area, there are printer/copiers at
several locations on both floors.
Among the improvements, wheelchair navigation is
much easier, and an upgraded adaptive technology area
offers independent access and staff support for people
with a disability.
It’s an inspiring space as well as a practical one:
spectacular images from the library’s collection are
reproduced on the walls, including Jane Bennett’s
Closing the Gap (1995) and Thomas Woore’s Panorama of
Sydney (1829). Adorning the Verandah tables are details
from a humorous illustrated map of Sydney, issued to
commemorate the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The new State Reference Library is part of a two-stage
renovation that will see the cafe, bookshop and auditorium
expanded to create a lively foyer. With the first stage ready
in time for the hectic HSC period, the next part of the State
Library’s $4.2 million renovation will go ahead in 2012.
You can learn more about the State Library of NSW
refurbishment at
Cathy Perkins
Marketing and Business Development State Library of NSW
[email protected]
State Librarian Alex Byrne checks up on the news
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Library Evolution/Revolution?
BER funds
flexible learning
A Federal Government Building the Education Revolution
grant largely funded the $3.8 million library Avondale School
iCentre in NSW which opened last March. The final result is
a flexible and inviting building that supports learning from
kindergarten to Year 12.
Consultation was a key element in planning the new
building as the school Development Officer, architects,
finance committees, the IT Manager and library staff
all provided input. This group prioritised flexibility,
the integration of ICT, spaces for both individual and
collaborative work, and design that would inspire students
to visit the building.
Employing local contractors whenever possible not
only resulted in reduced costs, but a real sense of
community involvement – many of those who
worked on the iCentre are parents of past or
present students.
We selected FE Technologies RFID
to provide security and automate some
library functions including loans and
stocktaking. The loan system is so simple that
kindergarten students can sometimes be seen
demonstrating its use to their parents. Wireless
network access throughout the building
supports the 1:1 student laptop program for
secondary students.
Student reactions have been
overwhelmingly positive as they use the
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story centre, complete with underwater mural, the outdoor
reading area, relaxed seating areas, group study rooms,
the recording centre for creating podcasts and vodcasts,
the media room with surround-sound and separate
classrooms for information literacy lessons. The copy and
print centres provide for student printing and whole-school
photocopying facilities and the iCentre is a popular
meeting venue.
The open entry area has demonstrated amazing
flexibility and so far has been transformed for parent/
teacher nights, a book fair, an art show attended by over
1600 visitors and a book launch.
Library staff members at Avondale School see their
role as supporting and leading students and staff in their
learning needs. We also aim to provide an environment
where students feel comfortable, welcome and safe to
explore new ideas. The new iCentre provides fantastic
opportunities to inspire students to dive into the fun of
learning, in a constantly changing information landscape.
Sue Blyde
Head of Library
& Information
Avondale School
[email protected]
Primary students enjoy
teacher-librarian Jenny
Litster’s storytelling
surrounded by an
underwater mural.
Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
Webb's Web
Posted by Kerry Webb
Finders keepers
The comings and goings at the
end of Carol Bartz’s time at Yahoo!
inspired me to refresh my memory
about the development of searching
facilities for the web. Although the
timeline is not particularly clear,
there’s a lot of information at www. It’s
easy to think that the history of
internet searching has been all so
straightforward; not so. All of the
players have had their successes and
setbacks (and been involved with
other partners from time to time)
and it really highlights that in this
sort of industry you have to innovate,
innovate, innovate. For a while Yahoo!
really was a thought and market
leader, only to see other more nimble
developers spot a niche and muscle
in. And some of them prospered,
but not all. Talk about continuous
There when you need them
The first-ever Australian GovCamp
was held in Canberra at the beginning
of September. GovCamps are like
BarCamps - unconferences with an
emphasis on participation rather than
being lectured to - but these come
with a specific direction towards
Government activities. This was a
typically enthusiastic affair, with
a good range of participants from
various places around the country
and levels within organisations, and
plenty of interaction - thanks largely
to the efforts of the indefatigable Pia
Waugh. One of the highlights was a
presentation from Anthony Baxter
of the Google Crisis Response team,
which has the aim of making critical
information more accessible around
natural disasters and humanitarian
crises - of which there have been
way too many recently. And because
of the unpredictable nature of such
events Anthony and his team are
accustomed to getting in touch
with government organisations at
very short notice - although by now
there’s a lot of planning going on to
make sure that data in appropriate
formats will be available. Apart from
his stories about how and when he
was approaching the custodians of
important information, I was interested
to see that his organisation Google.
org was almost unknown among the
GovCamp attendees. They definitely
do a good job, without seeking too
much credit.
Oh for some evidence-based
We have a new online directory
at work, and of course it’s going
to take some of us a little time to
get used to the new look. What
was more disturbing was that
Someone In Authority likes fly-out
menus - and overrode the advice
of the professional designers that it
wasn’t a good idea at all. The result?
Well, as your cursor approaches the
vicinity of the menu it flies out, and
if the link you were trying to click
lies under the menu - that’s just your
bad luck. We can all dream of a time
when management comes to value the
advice given by the professionals, but I
suppose that’ll be some time coming.
Well and truly in the public
domain now
I suppose we need to be aware that
people we deal with - especially in
such a huge community as the internet
- are going to pass on, but every
time it happens it still comes as a
shock. Much as it does in face-to-face
relations (I almost said “real life” - ha!),
I suppose. On the Stumpers list a week
ago it was announced that Michael S
Hart had died (
and I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one
who thought “but he only posted here
last week”. I didn’t know him well but
we had crossed swords a little when
discussing how far Project Gutenberg
should be going in presuming to know
what was in the public domain.
This was illustrated very well
recently when a friend of mine told
the story about her father’s books. He
was a first-rank science fiction author
from the 1950s until his death in
2001, and gained plenty of fame but
not a lot of wealth during his career.
Now, his widow has to spend a lot of
time pursuing those who happily take
his work and assume that they can
put it online. I think it would be better
if they took the default position that
you should respect the wishes of the
author and their estate wherever it’s
even remotely applicable. Many of the
Clan Gutenberg don’t agree.
Whatever your opinion though, you
must acknowledge that Michael Hart
was one of our pioneers, and more
than most of us has left a considerable
legacy. Happy trails, Michael.
Where we’ve come from
An interesting interactive chart
has been released showing the
development of the various browsers
that have defined how we use the
web. The surprise for me was that the
Opera product has been around so
long - beginning a few months before
Internet Explorer in 1995. The chart
also shows at what stage the various
versions of HTML, CSS and so on came
into being. It’s not a bad effort at all,
although I do think that the multitude
of swirly lines just detract a little from
the message they’re trying to send.
More on my blog
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ABC Opening up
establish an account for the library on the photo sharing
site, Flickr. She cross-posts on the library’s Facebook
to drive further engagement from Open workshop
participants. ABC Open and the Bendigo Library recently
collaborated on an exhibition, hosted at the library, of
locally created photographic portraits, made at an ABC Open
For the past twelve months, a new kind of digital creative has
been lurking in the aisles of their local regional library. They’re workshop. Jane and the librarians curated the exhibition,
conducted school tours and developed study guides and
ABC Open producers, and if you haven’t met one yet, there’s
highlighted the library’s collection of photographic books
a strong chance that if you’re a regional librarian, you’ll be
to encourage further engagement. One of the visitors to the
hearing from one soon.
library, John Baensch from Heathcote, came to see a portrait
ABC Open is a new initiative to bring digital media skills
of his mother, Daisy. “I’d never been to the library, but what
to regional communities and help those communities share
an eye opener, I’ll tell you what,” he said.
their stories through the national broadcaster. By the end
ABC Open producers have found that they can draw not
of this year, 45 highly skilled multimedia producers will be
only traditional but non-traditional library users into their
working across regional Australia to provide face-to-face
workshops, which are promoted on ABC Local Radio, online
and online skills training and support in digital storytelling,
and through flyers and posters around town. Producers
social media and more.
work closely with many community organisations, linking
Our focus is on storytelling, and on sharing community
those groups more closely with
knowledge and ideas through
their local libraries through
digital media. Our producers run
“Regional communities love
workshops and events.
workshops and offer online support
the local library and they love
And as the Illawarra’s ABC Open
to contributors. They work wherever
local ABC. Imagine the power producer recently told the RISG
there’s room for people to come
conference in Sydney, there are
together and learn, so it’s no surprise
of the two.”
many opportunities to collaborate.
that they’re increasingly popping up
“Regional communities love the
in libraries.
local library, and they love local ABC”, he later blogged.
Libraries and the ABC have a lot in common. We’re
“Imagine the power of the two.”
both highly trusted institutions, with rich traditions of
sharing information and ideas and being accessible and
Cath Dwyer
relevant to our communities. As new technology has
ABC Open Project Co-Director
emerged, we’ve both been challenged to innovate and
[email protected]
reinvent ourselves, so that we continue to occupy a central
place in our communities.
For the ABC, this means embracing the ‘active’ audience those people who are no longer satisfied by just consuming
media, but who want to be part of creating the stories and
media experiences that they want to see and hear. Web 2.0
has given them the tools, but not necessarily the skills or
the context to get started.
Since the ABC Open website launched in September
2010, we’ve published around 5,000 contributions,
including videos, blogs, and images, and shown a range
of those contributions across other ABC websites and
platforms, including News 24 which now hosts a regular
ABC Open slot. Local stories produced by community
members now feature on ABC Local websites, and across
other ABC platforms, like the Environment, Arts and Science
sites. Local history and characters, regional arts, the
changing nature of regional communities, local knowledge
and tips and tricks for making stories are all part of the mix.
One of our earliest projects, Now and Then, encouraged
the use of personal and public archives to tell a story of
how times and places have changed. Contributors held a
photo in the exact location where it was photographed,
opening a window on past events and people. In many
cases, historical societies and council libraries provided
the historical images which were then used by camera
clubs, schools and other contributors. It was a great
cross-generational project which received more than 1,000
This summer, ABC Open will be running Digital Summer
images and created a rich collection of stories.
Schools around the country. If you’d like to book a
In our first year, we’ve seen many regional libraries
workshop, or a series of workshops, for your library, visit
recognise the value of working together. In Bendigo,, click on the Regions Tab at the top of the
ABC Open producer Jane Curtis has been collaborating
page to find your local ABC Open producer.
with librarians to run workshops, set up a stall to answer
questions about digital media and the internet, and
regional libraries
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Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
Help for the homeless - and
the agencies that help them
Newcastle Region Library’s Angie Weston and Kieran
O’Donoghue were on hand at the Hunter Homeless Connect
Day hosted byNewcastle and Hunter Homelessness Interagency
Network (NNHIN) in August with the aim of emphasising the
welcoming nature of public libraries and raising awareness of
the free services available at public libraries.
Homeless Connect organisations operate Australiawide and aim to coordinate a community response to
homelessness. The homeless spectrum includes individuals
and families unable to find rental accommodation, people
sleeping rough, using refuges, or staying with a series of
relatives and friends, known as ‘couch hopping’.
At the event we distributed storytime brochures,
Find Legal Answers showbags, maps highlighting branch
locations, bookmarks, and free copies of Good Reading
magazine. A display of books relating to home economics
and cooking on a budget was popular. We also collected
names of people interested in internet and computer
lessons. While many of the participants were already library
members, others were surprised by how many services and
resources public libraries offer.
The day also provided an opportunity to network with
other agencies. We raised awareness of the role of public
libraries as a hub for homeless people and as an excellent
point for information distribution. We also emphasised our
ability to tailor programs to meet specific needs, such as for
an adult education instructor who teaches a group of at-risk
people aged between 16 and 24 and wants
to gradually introduce them to the library and broader
social opportunities.
It was reassuring to hear libraries praised highly by
other agency staff, while others, who had not been aware
of our services or of our relevance to homeless people,
gained a new insight into what public libraries can do for
the community.
A specific aim of NNHIN is to highlight barriers and
create opportunities to facilitate appropriate responses
and services for people who are homeless or at risk
of homelessness. With this in mind, Newcastle Region
Library recently modified its membership requirements to
ensure homeless and at-risk people are not excluded from
borrowing items or accessing computers and the internet.
All the library staff also supported this event with
donations of non-perishable items and personal care
products to distribute on the day.
While the day was a tremendous success we identified
many ways we could improve upon our contribution to
next year’s Hunter Homeless Connect Day. We’d love to
hear from other library professionals who have conducted
outreach activities with homeless and at risk people.
Kieran O’Donoghue
Acting Information & Research Librarian,
Newcastle Region Library
[email protected]
Angie Weston
Research Librarian, Newcastle Region Library
[email protected]
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Those not immersed in the world of cataloguing may
not have heard of FRBR (Functional Requirements for
Bibliographic Records) but you will. FRBR is an integral part
of the Resource Description and Access-based cataloguing
standard that is set to replace AACR2*. And those not
immersed in the world of yarn and fibre may not have heard
of Ravelry - an extensive database and integrated social
network for knitters, crocheters and spinners, but this popular
network is actually a brilliant example of cataloguing/
describing, user contribution, and intelligent system design
working together to create a useful, educational, and most
importantly well-used (1,489,124 users to date) resource in
the FRBR mould. Nyssa Parkes explains what cataloguers can
learn from knitters.
Started as a small personal endeavour by a knitter
and her programmer partner, Ravelry (
became so popular in such a short time (the first weekend
saw 15000 yarn enthusiasts sign up) that when the call
went out to improve access to the database of patterns,
users rushed to help improve the initially underpowered
and under-resourced system. Some of them were librarians,
who responded quickly with comments such as, “ I’m a
librarian and I want to help you clean up this database. I
cannot look at this any more”.
The inventive notion of inviting network members to
join the ‘search party’ in July 2010 and appealing to the
online community to help improve the metadata describing
patterns helped Ravelry create a faceted advanced
search function. A small range of yarn prizes were offered
to encourage participation. In one week 23,500 users
categorised and assigned attributes to nearly 160,000
patterns (with admin moderation for consistency) resulting
in a million classifications/checks being made to the
patterns database.
The database has now become a one-stop-shop for
finding accurate information and support. The advanced
search, with an extensive (and nested) array of facets,
now allows narrowing by details such as language, format,
needle size, fibre type, and yardage required, and also
draws from the massive pool of user-subjective data
to create qualitative facets based on averages such as
difficulty, quality rating, and popularity.
Ravelry allows users to post photos and metadata about
their own projects and link them to the database. Forums
and a commenting system allow each user to discuss work
and even ask questions directly from pattern designers.
User contribution has now become a familiar feature
of many online collections, but it is rare to see such an
enthusiastic response. Clearly Ravelry is working with the
luxury of an already-established community of users who
were previously interacting and describing their work using
personal systems, but bringing the community together
online required the combination of many elements: social
space, a user-friendly interface and reliable metadata.
Along the way, this group have not only provided access
and information about single items in a database, but also
described and somewhat broken down the less-hierarchical
relationships between publications, authors, consumers,
materials and conversations.
Nyssa Parkes
Online Projects Librarian, Swinburne University of
[email protected]
*For an update on progress with RDA testing, see INCITE
October 2011.
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Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
Give me access or give me death
IFLA 2011
access. And library professionals urgently need to gain
a better understanding of the issues currently faced
by publishers, in order to be able to create meaningful
dialogue and negotiations.
There were many good projects presented at IFLA
2011, which I do not have space to discuss here. But
I must say that I was very proud to note that the work
we do in Australia is as good, and in some cases better,
Courtesy of the an ALIA Excellence Award, Hayley Morton
than our international peers. In fact OCLC CEO, Jay
attended the IFLA Congress in Puerto Rico in August,
Jordan, in his address on cloud computing in libraries
donning her first-timer’s green ribbon to navigate her way
and discovery layers, singled out our very own TROVE
through a choice of 219 sessions, 22 library tours and more.
as a shining example. There were a few Australian
The opening keynote
presenters at IFLA this
speaker, Dr Fernando Pico,
year but I believe there are
“It is our calling to be advocates for
set the theme for much
many more projects and
of the conference for me
free and open access to information.”
services underway across
as he spoke about the
public, academic, special
history of censorship and
and school libraries which
the journey of forbidden books through time and across
deserve to be showcased to the world. So get cracking
cultures. Dr Pico reminded us that librarians need not,
on your IFLA 2012 abstracts now!
and should not, be complicit in matters of restriction
to access of the written word. It is our calling to be
Hayley Morton
advocates of free and open access to information.
Library Services Coordinator, SA Water
[email protected]
IFLA Committee on Free Access to Information and
Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Chair, Paul Sturges
discussed recent reports from Reportier Sans Frontiers
( which indicate internet censorship by many
governments is on the rise. (FAIFE’s book of choice on
freedom of access to information in the digital age is
The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom by
Yevgeni Morozov.)
Whether the new eBook economy can guarantee
freedom of access was discussed by a panel of authors,
e-content developers and publishers. Ebooks are
creating licensing and privacy issues for both publishers
and libraries. One publisher’s announcement of their
intention to limit eBook lending in libraries to a licence
of 26 issues per book and another publisher’s demand
for patron information to ensure loans were only made
inside the library’s service area are indicative of the
minefield of unanswered questions the industry and our
profession are facing.
Copyright in the digital age was also a topic of note.
How do creators get their deserved rewards under the
new models whilst ensuring access to the community
at large? Will publishers develop new models to
circumvent libraries altogether? Alternatively, will
publishers disappear as mediators between authors and
purchasers as user-friendly creation tools make it much
more feasible for authors to do it alone or will libraries
collaborate directly with authors to publish?
Could libraries collaborate with authors to publish
e-formats? The panel consensus was that traditional
publishers will still remain useful intermediaries
between creators and buyers, by enabling platforms
which can supply cheaper, better and faster than
individual creators, but they must find new and
better models for doing so. Libraries need to be more
aggressive in negotiating deals which safeguard public
Congress Report
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EEI... energise, enthuse, inspire
EEI gives a voice to the new generation of library and information professionals. If you have any suggestions or
topics for this column, please contact the column co-ordinator Lesa Maclean at [email protected]
New cross-organisation
vista for new grads
Institutional repositories are the most established digital
content management service in academic libraries, with
every university in Australia now operating at least one
repository. Institutional repositories collect, organise, and
Academic libraries have experienced rapid transformation in
provide access to an online collection of a university’s
the last twenty years. The availability of digital technology has
research outputs. Government assessment reporting
provided leaders with the opportunity to overcome the access
requirements, new research frameworks, and institutional
limitations of traditional libraries – and is opening up a new
awareness of the importance and complexity of managing
vista for information professionals.
digital content have supported the growth of institutional
Historically, academic libraries’ central good has been
repositories. Project funding for these digital content
the large, local book and periodical collections bought from
management systems aimed to create a network of
suppliers to fulfil the teaching, learning, and research needs
repository systems capable of collecting research outputs
of a library’s users. The collections’ learning, research, and
created at universities.
teaching value was held as
Their success has been
the primary indicator of the “By entering the field at such a beguiling
dependent on strategic
quality of a library. However, juncture, new librarians will cement
service design that is value
new forms of access have
adding, while still being
now emerged that have
sustainable beyond shortresulted in the dominance
term project funding bursts.
of these collections being
Responsible digital content management will see academic
reduced. Academic libraries have shifted their focus to
libraries fostering programmatic development, rather than
specialist services as a way to remain relevant.
project development, which more often places the system
The services that academic libraries now provide are no
ahead of the more important service.
longer universal from library to library. Services may include
As innovation in technology expands, user demands
digital content management, research support, copyright
increase, and e-scholarship becomes the norm, academic
advice, research data management, or in-house publishing,
libraries will have to create services not traditionally
but whether a library supports one or all of these services
considered part of their domain. This requires people that
will depend on each library’s institutional infrastructure
span library and university departments to collaborate
and setting. However, services supporting digital content
to combine technological capacity and administrative
management have emerged as a necessity in the service era.
oversight, as input from a range of university departments
In universities, the digitisation of scholarly and
with knowledge and expertise beyond librarianship is
administrative functions in academic and professional
called for. Academic library services will increasingly
departments has produced a deluge of digital content.
become deeply embedded within their institutions and
This has created an opportunity for academic libraries to
cross-department collaboration will continue to develop
participate in the management of universities’ research
alongside targeted library services that aim to achieve
outputs and digital assets. Academic libraries now manage
wider outcomes for universities. This represents an
one or more of research outputs, research data, theses
important marker of growth for academic libraries.
and dissertations, administrative records, university
Academic libraries are now increasingly dynamic and
publications, multimedia collections, learning objects, and
complex units in universities. The responsibilities of
course materials. In physical form, the environment for
libraries are expanding and new expertise is being called
managing such information had been scattered throughout
for. These changes require new graduates of library courses
faculty departments and administrative units, without
to have broad outlooks and flexible attitudes towards
common management policies and guidelines. With
work. The field of digital content management provides
the addition of centralised organisation, management,
an exciting opportunity for willing new graduates to be
discovery and delivery of digital content created at
involved in an evolving field where they will receive a range
universities, libraries can provide a value-added input to an
of unique yet transferable skills related to - but not always
already trusted body of information.
available on entry into - traditional library roles. By entering
Digital content management represents a challenging,
the field at such a beguiling juncture, new librarians will
technology-dependent, and evolving area in the library
cement themselves as information professionals in a rapidly
sector. Universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, and
evolving information society.
North America now commonly advertise positions for
digital archivists, digital collections librarians, and digital
Steven Richardson
preservation specialists. The range of job titles is as wide
[email protected]
as the required skills. In many cases, the job descriptions
combine a number of existing professions, including
Steven Richardson completed a Graduate
archivist, records manager, copyright expert, policy maker,
Diploma in Information Management
and IT specialist. While digital content management is a new
at RMIT University in 2010. He currently
area in academic libraries, many of the skills and functions
works in the Information Resources
performed have an analogy to traditional librarian functions,
department at Swinburne University of
including acquisitions, management, discovery, delivery,
Technology, as the Assistant Content
patron accounts, metadata creation, storage, and security.
Management Librarian.
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Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
2012 Election of ALIA
Vice-president and
three Directors
Call for nominations
Nominations are called for ALIA Vice-President
(President-elect) and three positions on the Board of
Directors of ALIA as incorporated under Corporations Law.
The Vice-President (President-elect) and three
positions on the Board of Directors will be elected by the
membership at large.
Nominees must be personal members of the Association
and will represent the interests of the organisation as a
whole rather than those of a particular constituency.
The Vice-President and directors will assume office at
the Board meeting following the Annual General Meeting in
May 2012.
The Vice-President (President-elect) will assume the
Presidency following the Annual General Meeting of the
Association in 2013 until the 2014 Annual General Meeting.
The term of office of Directors will be until the Annual
General Meeting in 2014.
Nominations must be in writing and must be signed
by two financial members of the Association and include
the consent in writing of the nominee. Nomination forms
must be accompanied by a current curriculum vitae
which provides full details of academic and professional
qualifications and a 100-word statement of professional
concerns. The curriculum vitae should be arranged
under headings of present position, previous positions,
and professional activities. A standard colour portrait
photograph must be included.
Nomination forms are available from ALIA National Office
or via the ALIA website.
Nominations close at 5:00 pm AEDT on Wednesday 21
December 2011 and should be sent to the ALIA Executive
Director, P.O. Box 6335, Kingston ACT 2604; email executive.
[email protected], or fax 026282 2249.
Form and information available from
Getting ready for
National Year of Reading
Want to stock up for 2012 on National Year of
Reading merchandise?
There are two ways to go. At
au/NationalYearofReading2012 you’ll find an account
for ordering small numbers of merchandise items
such as T-shirts, mugs, stickers and cards. The items
are produced in America and will be shipped to you.
This service has been established as the most viable
response to the logistics of small production runs of this
If you’re planning for bigger numbers, you can
use local Australian suppliers and create your own
promotional materials using the National Year of
Reading logo. There are no restrictions on the logo’s use
for National Year of Reading projects and it’s available to
library services and other organisations. You’ll find the
National Year of Reading logo free to download at, a
long with
other resources including an email signature, and flyer.
Resources, videos and PowerPoint presentation are
available on the National Year of Reading wiki at
You can also order a National Year of Reading
banner from Australia Signs at [email protected] or 1800 815166 (your logo can be
added to the design).
National Year of Reading and our participating
partners are keen to see examples of promotional
materials so don’t forget to share your photos and
ideas with us at
Got a question? Contact Robyn Ellard (0412 659 919
or [email protected] ) or Karen Ward-Smith
(0408 051 740 or [email protected] ).
Don’t forget to register for NYR2012 before November
15 at
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and the
It’s that time of year
again – the Summer
Reading Club is back.
And already more than
1000 public libraries are registered to take part.
From the top end to the snow fields, from the outback to
the beach, children all over Australia are about to take part in
The Amazing Read, this year’s Summer Reading Club program.
Already confirmed for this year’s program are three
outstanding authors who will be delivering online chats –
Andy Griffiths, Morris Gleitzman and Oliver Phommavanh.
Other authors who have committed to this year’s Summer
Reading Club include Paul Jennings, Sally Rippin, Phil Kettle,
Pat Flynn, Kerry Brown, and Deb Abela.
Developed and hosted by the State Library of
Queensland in partnership with ALIA Public Libraries
Advisory Committee and other State Libraries, The Summer
Reading Club is about discovering great authors and
illustrators of picture books, junior and young adult fiction
and non-fiction. Literary and creative activities, both online
and in public libraries, aim to encourage a love of reading
and ongoing multi-literacy skills development amongst
children, young people and their families.
The Amazing Read promises to be bigger and better
than ever. Public libraries from all over Australia will be
participating and it will be exciting to see children and
families connecting with other avid readers and writers
across the nation. The program is free for libraries, children
and their families.
The Amazing Read is designed to take participants on a
journey both throughout Australia and also into the magical
world of books. Children will be encouraged to share their
favourite places to read. They will also wonder at the many
different places stories can take them – from the deepest
depths of the ocean into far outer space.
The Summer Reading Club consists of two elements – a
library-based program of fun hands-on activities and an
interactive website providing engaging online activities.
Ideally, libraries participating in the Summer Reading Club
will incorporate both elements of the program.
Designed to be a flexible, fun and practical program that
can be adapted to suit individual library’s requirements, the
program can be as simple as registering young readers and
providing them with activity booklets and incentive prizes,
to conducting a full-blown program with regular in-house
activities and parties.
Libraries are encouraged to interpret the theme in
many different ways, and to use a wide range of activities,
including storytelling and performance, songs, creative
activities, artwork, cooking and animation to engage young
participants. The Summer Reading Club will showcase some
of these techniques and inspire children and young people
to engage in a multitude of creative pursuits derived from
the written word.
The website will be
launched on 1 December 2011 and will be accessible for
the duration of the program. The end date of the Summer
Reading Club is flexible, however libraries are encouraged
to continue the program right up until the commencement
of school.
Public library staff can access the wiki at www.
php?n=Category.2011-12AmazingRead for ideas to help
with planning and access to the templates for running a
successful program. Check the wiki for further details of
how to be involved
events and news of
More than
participating authors.
a thousand
For further details
libraries will be
about the Summer
involved this
Reading Club,
contact the team
at the State Library
of Queensland at
[email protected]
Katie Gibbs
Reading Program Coordinator, State Library of Queensland
[email protected]
Member to Associate
Myra Vandine Julie Marr Julie Trinder Jennifer Bawden Alison Triffett NSW
Member to Technician
Nichola Worrall ACT
New Associate
Williams-Hazelman Maryam Rajaee Ronan Hegarty Clare Murayama New Institution
Northern Sydney Local
Health District Libaries Maddocks The One Umbrella Comcare Library Central Coast Local
Health District Libraries BMT WBM Pty Ltd Northern Melbourne
Institute of TAFE Mornington Peninsula
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South West TAFE Library VIC
Northpine Christian
City of Melville WA
New Library Technician
Heather Rose QLD
Fiona Orders TAS
Rosemarie Olk NSW
Allison Winchester TAS
New Member
Evgeniya Lisogor Kylie Pettit Jennifer Hicks Sophie Hoehn Rachel Franks Tine Mary Woudenberg Katrina Ash Amy McKenzie Susanne Tooth Jaisy Antony Gurpreet Kaur Amelia Varney Peter De Moi Julie Caulet James Robinson Mary Mesquita Elizabeth Stokes WA
Mare Maticevski Nathan Greig Catherine Ryan Tania Keeghan Zannia Bateman Jeay Smith Benjamin Weatherall Jakob Jimmy Soefting Elizabeth Cornally Vera Lazarevic Jacqueline Stretton Yulia Ulyannikova Margaret Lawson Philip Duggan Annelies Allcock Maureen O’Grady Suwen Shi Karen McDiarmid Supriya Khambete Holger Aman Rosanne Thompson Mary Liesch Natalie Willson Lisa Buchanan Sonja Holden Chistine Roberts Hayley Moylan Peter Gravestock VIC
Melanie Jarrett SA
Sofia Masood ACT
Kenrick Nolan WA
Kristy Moody VIC
Joshua Soutar WA
Noa Sofer SA
Readmitting Associate
Inga Bozier Kathryn Murray Sabine Voermans Ricky Nelson Catherine Buttigieg Anne Doherty Josephine McPherson Elena Ford NSW
Readmitting Technician
Helen Turner QLD
Stephen Coppins NSW
Readmitting Institution
Kingston Information
and Library Service VIC
Readmitting Member
Steven Chang Sivani Sivakumar Bri-Amber McErvale VIC
Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
And the winners are...
In September INCITE we asked you what the
most critical issue library and information
services face is, in planning for the future.
The winners of our competition all received
a copy of Steve O’Connor’s Imagining
Your Library’s Future: Scenario Planning for Library and
Information Services, generously donated by Chandos
Books. Here’s what the winners had to say:
The most critical issue library and information services
face in planning for their future is....
“The critical issue library and information services
face in planning for the future is users thinking
that they can do without us. We are doing such an
outstanding job that users do not believe that we are
necessary. My general remedy for this ailment is to
become professional at marketing.”
- Nina Suprun
“I am concerned and passionate about the future
value placed on school libraries and the recognition
they will receive for their educational possibilities by
those in leadership roles. This issue is the most critical
issue library and information services face in planning
for the future, in my opinion.”
– Kristy Moody
“An aging workforce, loss of experience, skills and
knowledge as a large percentage of those employed
in the profession edge closer to retirement. This raises
challenges in terms of succession planning, skills
transfer and the need to keep attracting younger
generations into the profession. The internet cannot
replace us, yet.”
– Kim Sherwin
“Persuading funding bodies and non-library users
that libraries and information services are not rendered
obsolete by the internet and Google but are natural
partners that add value to the process of finding
information – by finding just the information you
needed but didn’t know was there.”
– Catherine Kerrigan
“The most critical issue library/information
services face in planning for the future is initial
education and ongoing training for librarians, library
technicians and other staff. Everything moves much
faster now. Technology and the world change often.
More resources will be online. Library/information
professionals need to be ready for anything.”
– Deborah Martin
“How to make libraries relevant to Australians aged
between 15 and 65. Younger children learning to
read and retirees with time to read rely on libraries.
But there is a 50-year gap during which libraries
are irrelevant for most people for information or for
recreational reading.”
- John Brudenall
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to
Chandos Books.
National Advisory
Congress 2011
This year’s National Advisory Congress (NAC)
meetings have seen some exciting discussions and
debates around the topic The Future of the Profession.
We discovered a passion for compulsory PD, how
copyright is struggling to keep up with the slew of new
electronic media devices, and we addressed the future
of ALIA conferences.
To round out these local meetings, ALIA Board
Member John Bayliss will host a regional and rural
teleconference on 7 November to ensure our valuable
members not located in major metropolitan hubs could
have their voice heard.
Wrapping up these engaging discussions the ALIA
Board President Margaret Allen will convene a final
NAC with a representative from each of the local and
teleconference meetings on the 16th November.
Members are encouraged to visit the website and
read the available resources and check back soon for
the final report.
For more information, please visit
governance/nac/2011/ or phone 02 6215 8222 or
1800 020 071.
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Professional Development Scheme
PD scheme audit time is here be prepared!
The annual random selection of
10% of PD scheme members
for audit has commenced.
Want to know how it works? Go to
Participation in ALIA’s professional development (PD)
scheme is open to personal professional Associate
members and Library Technician members. For more
information go to
Happy 75th ALIA
2012 is our 75th anniversary. And what a busy
75 years it has been. Now is the time to remember,
reminisce and review. How will we be marking this
great achievement that has seen the Association move
from an environment in which it took days to travel to
a gathering to the instant worldwide connectedness
we now take for granted? What stands out in the
achievements of our profession and our Association
through that time? And why?
Deadline for stories is January 10, 2012.
Check the guidelines for contributions at www. and
email your stories and images to [email protected] .
Please note all images must be high resolution (at least
300dpi) and sent separately as jpg files. Images may be
reproduced in print and online.
Blyde, Sue
Dwyer, Cathy
Courtland, Susan
Gardner, Amanda
Gately, Suzie
Gibbs, Katie
Hennah, Kevin
Hodge, Diana and Di Matteo, Don
Krige, Brendan
Mackay, Trevor
McQuade, Steve
Monley, Bruce
Morton, Hayley O’Donoghue, Kieran and Weston, Angie Owen, Sue and Carmichael, Rebecca
Parkes, Nyssa
Perkins, Cathy
Richardson, Steven
Ruthven, Joan
Smith, Kerry
Webb, Jill
Webb, Kerry
Watson, Troy
White, Grant
Wyner, Julie and Coniglio, Connie
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28 November – 2 December
Buildings, Books and Blackboards: Intersecting Narratives
Combined conference of Australian and New Zealand
History of Education Society, Mechanics Worldwide and
Library History Forum
20-23 November
Contact: Vicki Smith [email protected]
23 November
Value of Libraries workshop and Christmas Function
AGLIN / ALIA Active event
Contact: Karna ODea, [email protected]
28 November – 2 December
ALIA Training- TAFE NSW- Customise Information for
your Clients
Contact: Kirrin Sampson [email protected]
11 November
ALIA Training – EndNote Training
Contact: Kirrin Sampson [email protected]
2 December
Victorian ALIA Library Technicians End of Year
Christmas Function
Contact: Kim Wilson [email protected]
This is just a taste of the ALIA events on offer.
For a comprehensive and up to date list, check the website at
Want to list your event on the ALIA website? Group members
and office bearers – don’t forget to upload your event at www.
Not an ALIA event? Your LIS event may also be eligible to be
added to our non-ALIA events.
Contact: [email protected] for more information.
Abax Systems
Bibliotheca RFID
Brother International
Chess Moving Australia
CK Design International
Dematic Pty Ltd
Disc Station Australia
FE Technologies
Library Training Services Australia
Maxus Australia
National Library of Australia
Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia
UniSA School of Computer and
Information Science
VALA 2012
Wharington International Pty Ltd
Zenith Management Services
Volume 32 Issue 11 | November 2011
the last word
Friends step in after
the floods
was still being swept out of the building I was assured my
job was secure and the library would be rebuilt.
This space is too short to go into the process of rebuilding
a library after a disaster and all the lessons learnt from that
process. I would like to give an example, however, of the
The January 2011 Queensland floods brought with them
benefits of ALIA membership when such a disaster occurs.
widespread physical, social and economic damage across the
The first task after the floods was to complete a library
state. While it has not been the only environmental disaster
valuation. Unfortunately, it was not possible to use a
to occur in Queensland, it was shocking in its reach, causing
standard formula for valuing collections and I was required
devastation and hardship to thousands of people
to price match each title as best as I could.
and businesses. BoysTown, the charity for which Amanda
This process was very complex and became especially
Gardner works, is one of those businesses and they lost their
complicated by my inexperience with the collection,
entire library.
catalogue software, dirty data from the old catalogue and
BoysTown was
the eclectic nature of the
established in 1961 by
collection itself.
the De La Salle Brothers as “Every item in the library was lost and in
To make a long story
a boys residential school
the clean-up no items were recovered.”
short, in one post-disaster
in Queensland. What
ALIA meeting, a very simple
began as a facility for
piece of advice was offered: determine what assistance was
young ‘wayward boys’ has grown to be one of the largest
needed and ask for help with a specific task.
not-for-profit organisations which specifically seeks to
So, when I asked, Global Books in Print, a Victorian based
address the needs of young people in Australia. Services
organisation, provided a free price-matching service. They
include training, education and employment programs,
were able to match about half of the collection in the space
advocacy and research, emergency accommodation
of a few days.
support, Parentline and parenting programs. Kids Helpline,
It was my colleagues in the ALIA SIG, Queensland
a national 24/7 telephone and online counselling advice
OPALs (QOPALs), who helped with the remainder of the
and support service is just one important program
price matching.
provided by BoysTown.
QOPALs provide a network between ALIA members in
While government funding provides significant support,
Queensland who are the sole librarians in their work units.
BoysTown is principally funded through its own endeavours
The network is a forum for support and knowledge creation,
by donor campaigns, corporate giving and BoysTown
sharing and information dissemination.
lotteries. The lotteries are a core fundraising activity for the
My colleagues in QOPALs lost no time in offering help
organisation and are integral to its financial viability.
and as a result pricing, publisher and supplier data on
We were fortunate that both the lotteries and Kids
approximately 1500 titles were matched and entered into a
Helpline were only minimally affected by the flood damage.
spreadsheet and sent back to me within three weeks.
It meant that, after the floods, these activities could more
The price matching was a messy and time consuming
easily resume and BoysTown could look to the future.
job and from a simple piece of advice gleaned at an ALIA
The damage to the offices in Milton, however, was
meeting my QOPAL colleagues provided relevant and
extensive and included the corporate library. Along with
valuable assistance when it was needed.
the entire ground floor, my small, one person library, was
I have learnt many lessons over the last few months, one
completely wiped out.
of those being the real value of belonging to a professional
The library collection was a varied one, containing over
association such as ALIA. ALIA provided the networking
3000 items focussing on a range of subject areas in the
which enabled me to draw on the generous support my
social services. Every item in the library was lost and in
fellow librarians in a time of crisis. Ten months on, I was
the clean-up no items were
pleased to be able to host a QOPALs meeting in my new
library which, I have to say, is a great place to be.
Having taken over the
position of one person
Amanda Gardner
librarian four weeks
Librarian, BoysTown
previously, disaster
[email protected]
preparedness was not on
my radar. I was still trying to
remember people’s names,
let alone promote a disaster
Starting over
management strategy.
So, here was I, new to
the organisation, without a
library, faced with the loss
of the entire collection, no
possibility of recovering
resources, little knowledge
Flood damage
of the corporate culture and
wondering if I still had a job. I needn’t
Images courtesy of
Genaine Coleburne
have been concerned. While the mud
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