Library tech leaders recommend their favourite tips and tools

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Building prototypes with apps. Building bridges with translating tools. Building empathy with virtual reality.   Librarians are experimenting with the latest technology to construct a better world—and help patrons access it. American Libraries spoke with three library tech leaders—panelists from the Library and Information Technology Association’s Top Tech Trends panel at the 2019 Midwinter Meeting … Read more

New fund to help protect Queenslanders from disasters

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The Queensland Premier has announced the first round of a new $38 million fund to better protect Queensland communities from natural disasters. Local governments, state agencies and non-government organisations can now apply for a share of the $38 million Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund. Eligible applicants to the fund include local government bodies, Queensland Government departments … Read more

Apply for a Community Heritage Grant

Applications are now open for the 2019 Community Heritage Grants (CHG) round. The CHG program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials … Read more

Everyone belongs is the message for Harmony Day 21 March

Harmony Day 21 March

Hold your own Harmony Day event and celebrate our vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world. Harmony Day is an Australian Government program and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. … Read more

Libraries surprise with creativity and sense of humour

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Online community Bored Panda has compiled a heart-warming collection of photos from everyday libraries that have spiced up their spaces with hilarious and creative twists. From clever wordplay and funny signs, to enchanting building entrances to creative ways of organising the shelves, these libraries went above and beyond to bring some extra magic to these … Read more

ALIA report highlights how libraries are improving services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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A new report from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) explores the breadth of services offered by national, state, territory, university and public libraries for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and shows how these libraries celebrate local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Examples include sharing traditional stories with children in storytime sessions; … Read more

Become a digital springboard delivery partner

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The Digital Springboard program is seeking partners for its initiative aimed at assisting people in learning digital skills. Libraries can apply for free on the website to become a partner. Digital Springboard is a program by Infoxchange and Google to help people learn the digital skills they need to thrive in work and life. It comes with a suite … Read more

Get up to speed with this year’s library technology trends

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Tech Soup has released their library tech predictions for 2019, which include: increasing patron interest in controlling their privacy, particularly for Facebook; how to deal with cyberbullying; graphic design trends; the state of fake news;  tips on updating your media lab and makerspace; the continued rise of the printed book, plus new tech products and … Read more