Monday, October 15, 2007

Top End - action packed libraries and library staff

The Top End Group of the Australian Library and Information Association are a dynamic and successful group linking library staff together to build their expertise and services. I was very fortunate to attend the Top End Symposium which brought together library staff in all sectors. The presentations indicated that Norther Territory libraries were innovators taking technologies and adapting them to their particular client needs.

Austin Ashe opened with a passionate declaration about the value of libraries - traditional services and online services. His legal career and commitment to communities provided different and complex perspectives on the value of libraries.

"Six Degrees of Separation " by Helen Edney introduced the enormous literacy issues in the territory. She described activities at Katherine library which have focused on improving literacy and developing life long skills from the library's program.

The best paper award was given to Kay Pisel, Kormilda College for her presentation "Where to now? Positioning a school Library in the 21st Century". The range fo sevrices offered and sheer enthusiasm of staff was quite inspiring.

"Sharing Library Information - a Podcast Project at CDU Library" by Jessie Mahjouri and Marg Purnell, Charles Darwin University, described using podcasting to deliver training. A remarkably

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