Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

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Articles from Vol. 24, No. 1, March

Communication 101: We Have Made Contact with Teens
Wellington City Libraries has used a variety of methods of initiating and maintaining contact with youth. 13 to 18 year olds are notorious for being a difficult user group especially in getting them engaged in libraries and convincing them how relevant...
Creative Citizenship: Building Connection, Knowledge, Belonging and Leadership in Young People
For the last three years Moreton Bay Region Libraries has hosted Transit Lounge Caboolture (TLC), a developmental program for creative young people. Although not an obvious pairing, it has been successful, with the hosting arrangement on the verge...
Geeking Out: Quick and Easy Oral History
Alice Springs Public Library and ABC Radio Alice Springs, both serving a community of nearly 30,000 people in Central Australia, are collecting oral histories together. The products' will be short, focused, multiformat, and available on the web as...
Needed-Better, More Accessible, Libraries for All. but Who Should Pay?
The vision of Friends of Libraries Australia www.fola.org.au is Better, more accessible, libraries for all in Australia. It is a vision implicitly shared by a number of other library support organisations around Australia, at the national level the...
New Directions with Existing Resources: Australian and New Zealand Libraries as Career Development Hubs
We have all experienced the challenges of finding a job. For 12-24s this can be a particularly difficult and unfamiliar process. Because libraries already provide safe and comfortable community learning spaces, there is huge potential to attract and...
On the outside Looking In: Public Libraries Serving Young People with Disabilities
Social inclusion is very important to young people, particularly those who are disadvantaged due to a physical or intellectual disability. Public libraries' already provide equity of access through disability access and inclusion plans but does this...
The Twilight Zone: Bringing Youth into Libraries
Swansea Library's first offer of programs for local teens was met with little enthusiasm. So began an investigation into developing a youth program that would be attractive to them. Library staff went back to basics and spent time surveying local youth....
What's the Story? A New Zealand Storytelling Festival for Young People
This paper describes the evolution of the concept, delivery and results of a library storytelling festival designed for New Zealand young people from 12 to 18. The festival sought to develop a wider perception of storytelling by highlighting many of...
Youth: An Exchange of Ideas for Public Libraries
Discussed are the authors' experiences of libraries and youth during a job exchange with Columbus Library Service in Ohio USA. Programs for its youth clientele include job help centres, homework help centres, gaming events, volunteens and "Lock in'...
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