Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 2, June

A Bookable Offence?
Public libraries are unique multidimensional and cradle to grave educating, civilising and community building agencies. They are absolutely the best community investment and can never be overused. Yet there are often barriers to their use--poor hours,...
A Call to Arms: What in the World Is Happening to Information?
This paper is a call to arms. We are fighting a battle, and that battle is about the provision of and access to, information. Some barriers are obvious, including culture, socioeconomic standing, cost of information and education. One of the greatest...
Portal for the People: A New Access Paradigm
The National Library of Australia is working with five public libraries to better understand the information resource needs of Australians. Information Australia is a twelve month pilot providing a more integrated approach to information via a web...
Swift: The Future Library System for Victoria's Communities
The Swift initiative is a proposal for Victorian public libraries to share one library management system to achieve improved service outcomes for library users plus operational and cost benefits. It is envisaged that over time all Victorian public...
The Gulliver Online Database Evaluation Tool
The Gulliver consortium is a Victorian public library based group formed in 2001. It purchases electronic databases for members and selects them after evaluation on criteria of content, statistical and technical features and vendor viability. After...
The Internet Myth: Emerging Trends in Reference Enquiries
The impact of greater access to fee based electronic information on free reference enquiries is examined. The research methodology included an extensive literature review and interviews with reference services librarians in Australia and overseas....
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