Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

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Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, June

Build It and They Will Come: Chatswood Library on the Concourse, NSW
With an area of 5000 square metres and opened in September 2011 the Chatswood Library in NSW is one of Australia's recent large libraries. Planned for over 15 years, the response of the community to it exemplifies the very high return on investment...
Fostering Family and Local History in Libraries: The Hawkesbury Experience
There has never been a better time to be a researcher. So much material is being digitised, indexed and made easily accessible for research. Many researchers can work from the comfort of their own home, so how do we ensure that local studies collections...
Frail, Fatal, Fundamental: The Future of Public Libraries
Public libraries will survive and thrive by recognising their changing role. With the digital world of content, the role is shifting to that of content aggregators, access managers, and educators in digital literacy. Often pc skills workshops are filled...
From Filing Cabinet to Cultural Centre: Creating a Community History Centre in Wanneroo Western Australia
Wanneroo's Community History Centre opened in 2009 as part of the new Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, a hybrid library/museum/archive/arts development, housing a library, museum, exhibition gallery and public venue spaces. It is an integral part...
In Australia's First National Year of Reading, Another Reason Why Library Fines Are Not So Fine
In this column in the December 2005 issue of Aplis pages 129-130, under Time to free public libraries, was a commentary on the charges supposedly free public libraries impose on their users, and the barriers to users and equitable access those charges...
Language Play for Infants: Man in the Moon for Male Caregivers
Infancy is the time to begin language and book awareness. Men are in a unique position to open the doors to early literacy for their little ones. All they need to know is how to accomplish this goal. 'Man in the moon for male caregivers' invites fathers...
Many Interests, One Group: Creating and Celebrating History in a Modern Environment
The Hobsons Bay Libraries Family History Group draws together interested people on a monthly basis giving maximum returns for minimum outlay. By offering themes as diverse as its community and alternating between training in resources such as librar),...
The Manly Art of Local Studies Blogging: A New Approach to Old Stories
Local studies librarians have been slow to embrace blogging. This paper describes the set up of a local studies blog, what sort of content to include, the benefits and drawbacks of blogging, and the unexpected delights. Examples from the Manly Library...
Unlock the Past: Promoting History, Genealogy and Heritage in Australia and New Zealand
Established in August 2009 Unlock The Past (UTP) is a collaborative venture involving authors, presenters, archives, libraries, historical societies, genealogy and family history societies and commercial companies and individuals in a broad range of...
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