Quiz Night

On the 18th of July over 160 librarians, information professionals and friends braved the cold to attend the SALIN/ALIA quiz night at the Goodwood Community Centre.

SALIN Quiz Night 2014

Lauren, the quiz master, led 23 tables through 10 rounds of questions, each dedicated to a different Dewey class. Throughout the evening teams were also challenged by question sheets to test their knowledge of literary genres, famous libraries, librarians and serial killers.

It was a tight battle, but at the end of the night Table 1 were the victors with a score of 46 out of 75.

SALIN Quiz Night 2014

Many teams took the opportunity to dress up to the theme, literary genres, and be in the running for the prizes for best dressed table (a chocolate hamper from Haigh’s) and individual (an iPod shuffle, donated by Pixie).

SALIN Quiz Night 2014
SALIN Quiz Night 2014SALIN Quiz Night 2014

Proceeds from the evening, totalling $1850, have been donated to the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation’s Joey Jumpstart campaign. Many thanks to everyone who attended for helping us support such a worthwhile cause.

Special thanks go to the ladies from the Adelaide branch of the SA CWA for the range of delicious goodies they made available for purchase on the night and to Red Lime Shack for supplying tasty coffee and hot beverages.

We would also like to thank all the companies and individuals who generously donated items for our prize hampers:

SALIN Quiz Night 2014
SALIN Quiz Night 2014
SALIN Quiz Night 2014

door and best dressed prizes:

SALIN Quiz Night 2014

and gift bags:

We are looking forward to an even more successful quiz next year. For more pictures from the night please visit our Flickr group. If you have some photos of the night you’d like to share, feel free to add them to the group too.

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SALIN & ALIA Quiz Night

SALIN/ALIA Quiz night

July 18th

6.30 for a 7pm start

Goodwood Community Centre,  32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood

Theme: Literary genres

BYO: Food and beverages

Coffee, soup, scones and cakes will be available for purchase thanks to the Red Lime Shack and the Adelaide Branch of the SA CWA.

Proceeds to the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Haigh’s Chocolate hamper  for best dressed table.

$15 per person

Tables of 8

Book a whole table for $100 if you pay by EFT before the event.

If you haven’t got a table together let us know and we can help to sit you somewhere.

RSVP to Renae Anderson Renae.Anderson@unisa.edu.au by the 10th July.

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Book Swap social event

SALIN Book Swap

Come along for an afternoon of literature, chatting and coffee.

Bring an old favourite book, tell us what you love about it and swap it for another.

You can bring multiple books if you like.

Sunday 22nd June

1.30 -3pm

Hello Yes Coffee

12 Eliza Street, Adelaide

RSVP: Pixie.Stardust@unisa.edu.au by 18th June.

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Tour of the Adelaide City Library

On the 16th April, 30 eager library people gathered at the new Adelaide City Library for a tour of this wonderful new space with Ann Rundle, Library Manager and Carly Reimann, Systems Support Officer.

The Adelaide City Library reopened in its current location on the 7th February 2014, with the vision of being a multipurpose community space; fostering creativity and innovation through inspirational spaces and cutting edge technologies. The library aims to promote experimental learning and encourage technological engagement across generations.

SALIN City Library Tour

The history
The Adelaide City Council Library Service Vision is an 11 paragraph statement about the values of, and services which, make a successful community library. This vision was developed in collaboration with the community and key stakeholders in October 2011.

Our libraries embrace reinvention and change: they look to the future, leading the way in social, technological and environmental sustainability. Staff are skilled and supported in responding to individual and community needs, now and into the future. Yet our libraries do not take themselves too seriously: they are surprising and fun and new every day.

With only a small budget the library needed to formulate innovative solutions to achieve the values of the service vision. Significantly, they wanted a central city location, but could not afford ground floor space in Rundle Mall. A window of opportunity opened with the building of Rundle Place, where the 3rd floor space was available. This prompted the Adelaide City Council and library management to consider how to make a library successful in an upper storey space, and recognised taking advantage of the locations views, natural light, and open areas as the key to maximising a positive user experience.

The space
The Adelaide City Library was designed by architectural firm Hassel, in consultation with the Adelaide City Council and library staff. The concept for the space is based on origami – one space with many places. Flexibility was integral to the design, with moveable walls allowing for multiple configurations.  Library staff felt it was imperative customers were able to customise the space to suit their needs, and this also prompted the use of universal design principles, ensuring spaces suitable for all ages, and accessible for wheelchairs and prams.

The library’s design earned an Innovation in Design award from the Forest Stewardship Council for design, selection and procurement of responsibly sourced, FSC-certified timber products for many of the library’s fixtures, finishes and furniture, as well as FSC-certified paper for its office and sanitary supplies. Procurement was focused on Australian made, recycled and using emerging designers wherever possible.

SALIN City Library Tour

The library’s spaces, including meeting rooms, studios, technology labs and an outdoor reading room are inviting and flexible. Moveable walls and sliding doors let customers use the space as they want, when they want. Low shelving has been used to support access and encourage increased use of the collection while allowing visibility across the space for safety and security. Significantly, shelving is on wheels so it can be moved for exhibition space as required.

Key features of the library include spaces suitable for a range of uses allowing for partnerships with community organisations.  A history hub provides access to historical collections held by the state archives and state library, and currently they are undertaking a project to digitise the Adelaide picture collection for online availability.

The media lab is a very popular and busy space, featuring the latest software, and video production and sound equipment.  The City Library also boasts a ‘digital hub’ for computer, internet & smart device training for the public, and Wi-Fi is available across the library. The innovation lab offers users a chance to explore and share new technologies, including 3D printers, scanners and pens, and features hollow glass doors for displaying works created in the lab. The lab offers drop-in and maker sessions, and is staffed by expert volunteers; currently library users can experiment with these technologies free of charge!
There is also a café area where users can prepare their own food and drink. The library plans to establish partnerships with hospitality educational organisations to engage hospitality students to run the café.

SALIN City Library Tour
SALIN City Library Tour

The activities
The library is utilising a range of ‘people in residence’ including artists, historians, poets and makers. These people demonstrate what can be done with the space and the available equipment and encourage the sharing of ideas and creativity. The residents train staff to build up expertise with equipment and are available to talk to the public about their work, ideas and how to engage with the library’s spaces and equipment.

A range of programs are run including family story time, book groups, weekend workshops, lunchtime information sessions, LEGO maker sessions, public lectures and green living sessions on gardening, sustainability and food security.

The collection
The collection has approximately 45,000 items with a collection age of 5 years. This is a very young fresh collection with 10% digital items. The library is aiming to maintain the currency of the collection as well as purchasing more digital material. The library is part of the 1 card network, offering users access to the collections of public libraries across the state.

SALIN City Library Tour

The statistics
15,000 people visited in the first week of operation.

In the first 6 weeks 52,500 people visited and 59,000 items were borrowed.

In the first 9 weeks 76,000 people visited.

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Library Lovers Crafternoon in the Pub

Please join the crafty SALIN librarians for a fun afternoon of networking, crafting and drinking. Bring your own craft to work on. All librarians, library lovers and their friends are welcome to join us. We’d love to see students as well.
When: Sunday 4th May, from 3pm
Where: The Franklin Hotel, 92 Franklin Street Adelaide (opposite the bus station)


Cost: own expense for drinks and snacks
RSVP: Pixie.Stardust@unisa.edu.au by 30th April so we can confirm numbers with the venue, but feel free to drop in on the day!

library craft

crafting idea

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Take a backstage tour of the new Adelaide City Library

Take a behind the scenes look at the new Adelaide City Library highlighting cutting edge technology including RFID tagging and their automated returns area as well as beautiful modern multipurpose spaces.

The half hour tour will be led by Library Manager Anne Rundle, followed by a light supper.

City Library, Francis Street (off Rundle Mall)

Date: Wednesday 16th April 2014
Time: 5.45pm for a 6pm start
Location: City Library, Francis Street (off Rundle Mall)
Meet up in meeting room 1 and 2
Cost: gold coin donation

The tour is currently full, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list in case there are any cancellations, please email renae.anderson@unisa.edu.au

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Christmas Drinks

You are invited to…

A ʻLibrary Starsʼ Celebration

Join SALIN, ALIA New Graduates Group SA and ALIA Information Science Group SA
for Christmas drinks & celebrate the end of 2012

When: 6pm, Wednesday 12th December
Where: Hotel Richmond, upstairs, 128 Rundle Mall
Details: Drinks & food can be purchased at the Bar.
Theme: Decorate yourself with a Christmas star!

All attendees will go into a drawer to win prizes…

RSVP to Freya Lucas, resources@gowriesa.org.au
or just turn up on the night…

We’ll see you there!

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New SALIN Executive Committee member

SALIN welcomes one of our new members of the committee – Tim Ormsby

Tim came to the world of librarianship via the circuitous route of IT and Archaeology. He finished his Grad Dip. in Library and Information Management from UniSA in 2011. Since then he has been working casually at Mitcham Public Library and Flinders University Library. Tim recently secured the position of Lending Services Librarian at Flinders University Central Library.

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We’re going back to prison!

In October, 2009 SALIN offered  the opportunity for a small group to tour the Adelaide Women’s Prison libraries. Read the review here.

The event highlighted the resourcing needs of the libraries and put the call out for assistance.

Now we’re heading back to see if things have changed – did we succeed in helping improve the libraries?

Tour details:

  • Date: Monday 24th September, 2012
  • Time: 10.00– 11.00 am
  • Location: Adelaide Women’s Prison, Grand Junction Rd at Northfield
  • Cost: Free
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To ‘e’ or not to ‘e’: solving the ebook equation

Over 60 people gathered at the SALIN ebook forum on 24th of July to discuss the recent explosion in ebook usage and the impacts for libraries. Presenters from the academic, public and school library sectors gave insight into three very different experiences.

Jennifer Quilliam – Manager, Information Resources and Technology, University of South Australia

Jenny outlined UniSA’s current digital strategy to unlock information access for teaching, learning and research. The strategy focuses on an increased preference for digital resources. This is not only driven by the need to provide timely and remote access to resources for students and staff, but to reduce the space of the physical collection in anticipation of the move to new premises which requires the collection be reduced from 170,000 items to 100,000. With a large component of physical resources being moved off site into storage facilities, the new collection development strategy is to become “as ‘e’ as possible”.

Ebooks are purchased through a variety of large vendors such as EBSCOHost, and are prompted by patron requests, use of aggregate collections, publisher subject collections (which are DRM free) and item replacement activities. While in 2009 and 2010 purchase of ebooks was significantly lower than physical books, figures were more even in 2011, with ebooks slightly ahead. So far in 2012, ebook acquisitions outnumber physical books by 6 to 1.

A very interesting aspect of Jenny’s presentation detailed the training provided to staff to support them in dealing with ebook requests and user queries. This aspect of technology implementation can often be overlooked, so it was wonderful to hear how UniSA have created a program for staff to grow their understanding, awareness and confidence in ebook technology.

While 81% of staff had used ebooks, many had no experience or confidence in other aspects such as downloading content, ebook formats, digital rights management, or copying and pasting from ebooks. The training program instigated by UniSA was called ‘I promise ebooks won’t bite’ and was a self-directed plan designed to enable library staff to be more comfortable using ebooks and answering queries about their use. The training was successful in increasing staff confidence and also highlighted some issues and challenges ebook access presents.

More details can be found in Jenny’s presentation

Jason Forrest – English/Literacy Coordinator, Henley High School

Henley High has been receiving high media coverage lately for its move towards a virtual library for students. After losing their library staff and being hit by funding cuts, Jason introduced the virtual library with the aim of continuing, and increasing, access to literature for students. He spent time speaking to other schools, researching platforms (they eventually went with Overdrive) and speaking to teacher-librarians about content, coverage and usability of these platforms.

Despite what has been reported in the media, Henley High has not disposed of all their physical books. A large number were simply redistributed to specific learning areas within the school to increase their usage, e.g. teen fiction to the middle school, teacher reference material now resides in the appropriate study hub. The virtual library coexists with these physical collections of textbooks and fiction. Of the remaining books, data collected revealed they were low use titles and thus they were donated to Oxfam and the Salvation Army.

As all students and staff have laptops they can access the library’s 20,000 titles at any time through the school website. Overdrive provided a base website which was customised to include the school’s colours and logo, as well as what categories appeared in the menus. Up to 10 items can be borrowed at a time, and students can browse and view the whole collection at once, even suggesting new content for purchase. There are some restrictions with the software such as what e-readers can be used, what software is required, and dealing with licenses, but overall, the implementation has been a great success.

While some staff and parents have been adverse to the change, the students have wholeheartedly embraced ebooks and are continually asking for more titles to be added to the collection. One of the major bonuses of having the ebooks for English classes has been the ability to annotate the texts allowing students to fully engage with the works. Teachers and students have also started creating their own ebooks based on their own class-created material.

The virtual libraryis still in its infancy, however the next step is to assess the product using the available metrics (what is being read, how often the site is accessed) which can be gathered from the website.

Ian Hildebrand – Manager, Library Services, Mount Barker Community Library

The Mount Barker library got into ebooks almost by accident. Audiobooks were very popular at the library and usage equated to 6% of library business. The EBSCO Net Library platform which housed the library’s audiobooks soon made available an ebook selection.  The library decided to trial a small collection to test the waters with users.

A number of issues and limitations soon came to light:

  • The PDF format for books was not what users wanted, the e-pub format was not available
  • Compatibility issues existed with some readers
  • Most major publishers were not represented i.e. Penguin, Random House
  • Most popular titles and current releases were not included and there was a significant delay in them becoming available
  • There was a heavy bias towards US publishers, rather than UK or Australia, which had implications for geographic restrictions on some titles

Regardless of these issues and the few complaints from users, the service was well used and continuation was warranted.  However, Mount Barker then struck a snag. The EBSCO product became ‘EBSCO ebook Collection ‘and the audiobook component disappeared. This meant that the library no longer had one easy location for both ebooks and audiobooks. Then two of the biggest publishers either reduced their stock on the site or left altogether, further reducing the value of the service. The library has persisted with the product for now but is searching for an alternative platform. They have looked at Overdrive but feel it is quite costly to start up, is again US based, and doesn’t offer any better options for content than EBSCO. It does however have the e-pub format.

The library has moved its audiobook service to Bolinda, which Ian says has better Australian content. The library is also looking at e-magazines using the Zinio online service.

Overall, the event proved an excellent overview of different approaches for different library needs, though it did highlight that there is no ideal solution yet for any library. The journey into the realm of ebooks for all three libraries hasn’t been without some difficulties, and it was enlightening to hear how these different libraries continue to deal with these issues. As Ian said, when it comes to ebooks there is still a real divide between what users and libraries want, and what publishers are prepared to give.

SALIN thanks ALS Library Services, particularly Patricia Genat and Simon Woodley, for sponsoring the event and providing some fabulous door prizes for attendees. ALS provide ebooks through the Wheelers ePlatform service and are currently providing special deals for public and school libraries. Please contact ALS for more information.

Thanks also to our wonderful speakers who not only informed and entertained the audience, but answered a multitude of questions after the event on such things as use of QR codes, use of Smashwords for accessing independent authors, pricing structures, copyright, and the cost-effectiveness of print versus electronic.

Stephen Barnett has kindly provided access to some photographs he took on the night. Access them at this URL: https://plus.google.com/photos/108095914602437104729/albums/5768693802188325921?authkey=CObO_-3koa2H2wE

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