Victorian Auditor-General's Office - Council Library Audit Report

The Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) conducted an audit to assess whether councils achieve value for money from their library services.

The VAGO assessed how well selected library services plan, monitor and review their services to find service efficiencies and meet community needs. They also examined whether funding and investments into statewide library initiatives are supporting councils to improve their library services.

You can read the report here

Culturally Safe Libraries and Workplaces

Members of Blakforce, National and State Libraries Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff network, generously gave their time and energy to produce a series of videos to support the Culturally Safe Libraries Program.

More information about the program is available here

What is a Culturally Safe Library?

What is a Culturally Safe Workplace?

Why are we doing Indigenous Cultural Training?

EOI - Host an Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance meetup in 2020

Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance

Expressions of Interest to host an Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance meetup in 2020

The Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA), of which ALIA is an active member, is seeking expressions of interest from library services from each state and territory to host an ADIA meetup on 6 February 2020.

Inquiries should be directed to Ben Rice ben@eloquium.com.au by 17 January 2020.

Public Libraries in the Age of COVID-19

 

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most local governments have decided to close their library buildings. But libraries should not be put on the bench just because their buildings are closed. Libraries are still offering critical resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many librarians are working behind the scenes to entertain, educate, and inform families from a distance. Libraries are teaching us how ‘nonessential’ services can offer essential assets to the pandemic response.[1]

Libraries around the world may have closed physical doors to their communities of users, however they are exploring alternate methods of delivering goods and services, and looking for unexpected opportunities.

When libraries closed their doors abruptly, they immediately opened their digital communications, collaborations, and creative activity to reach their public in ways as novel as the virus that forced them into it.[2]

A summary publication of life and work for lockdown libraries and library staff can be downloaded here


Here's some other examples of what's happening in Public Libraries (more will be added over time and can also be seen on the PLA Facebook page)

Bindoon Library in the Shire of Chittering, Western Australian has shared their story with us! Great work Bindoon Library - contactless pick up of physical collection items and virtual storytimes 🌟👍😊
Download the Bindoon story here: shorturl.at/vCJPW

Packages

Contactless Pick Up Packages Ready to Go!


Shire of Harvey Libraries in Western Australia! Library Takeaway Services and online Story time and Rhymetime. We love your work 🌟👍😊

https://www.harvey.wa.gov.au/libraries/
https://www.harvey.wa.gov.au/storytime-and-rhymetime-online/

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Feedback

Tell us how your library is offering services and community support during the current COVID-19 crisis - by contacting the PLA Executive Officer here.

The Brainary®

About Us
The Brainary® is an Australian distributor of world-leading educational and healthcare resources and technologies. We are inspired to help people live more fulfilling lives through knowledge acquisition and wellness. Our resources utilise game-play, simulations and journaling to help engage people with their learning and therapies.
Product(s) Description
The Brainary® supplies cutting-edge robotics, STEM education equipment and therapeutic assistive technologies, as well as providing comprehensive training sessions, set up and implementation, technical support, personal development sessions and Makerspace set ups.

Address Line 1
37 Pakington St
Town/Suburb
Geelong West
Postcode
3218
State
Victoria
Phone
(03) 5229 2260
Email
info@thebrainary.com
Contact Name 1
Emma Hardaker
Address Line 1
PO Box 1318
Town/Suburb
Geelong
Postcode
3220
State
Victoria

Sanity

About Us
Established in 1992, the Sanity concept grew out of a recognised market demand for combining audio (music) and visual (video) products together with related merchandise. Add great service and excellent value in the mix and you begin to understand our overall motivation – satisfying our customers with great prices, service and a great product range!

Since our establishment and first store opening, we have grown to over 130 stores nationally and are consistently opening new stores to further our reach to our customers.

Further to our physical store presence, we have a wonderful online store at Sanity.com.au with a great website, fast Australia wide shipping and multiple options to make the customer experience as easy as possible including Afterpay, Zippay, Parcel Point and our new Click and Collect feature to be able to pick up your orders in store.

We also specialize in the hard to find titles and have a dedicated team to try and track down whatever title you can think of.
Product(s) Description
Sanity Entertainment is a leading Australian retailer of Movies, TV Shows, Blu Ray, Games, Music CD and Vinyl, Books, Pop Vinyl and Official Merchandise.
Upload Business Document 1
Address Line 1
36-48 Ashford Avenue
Town/Suburb
Milperra
Postcode
2214
State
New South Wales
Phone
(02) 9774 8396
Email
corporatesales@sanity.com.au
Contact Name 1
Nabeel Mohammed

Studiosity

About Us
As Australians seek more learning, remote work, and distance education opportunities, lifelong learning has the potential to change communities. However, lifelong learning only works to build a community and economy if everyone has equal opportunity to succeed. That’s why public libraries partner with Studiosity: equal-access, personal, online study support, whenever their Members need it. Since 2004, we've been on a mission to provide accessible, affordable and ethical education support for all students – and we're delighted to achieve this via our partnerships with public libraries, schools and higher education institutions around the world.

With Studiosity, Australian public libraries are:
● Delivering educational, social, and economic long-term results back to Council
● Driving youth membership
● Providing equal-access to education support
● Cross-promoting and driving offline and online resources
● Engaging in outreach to schools
● Seeing data-driven results and project outcomes
Product(s) Description
We connect students to the best and brightest minds, so they can get study help exactly when it's needed most. This is all done through our awesome technology, accreditation, and high academic integrity standards. Students access the service for free, using just their library card.
Address Line 1
Suite 104, 11 Chandos Street
Town/Suburb
St Leonards
Postcode
2065
State
New South Wales
Phone
0299062700
Email
hello@studiosity.com
Contact Name 1
Jack Goodman
Contact Name 2
Chris Fitzpatrick

Konova Pty Ltd

About Us
Konova are current suppliers of LOTE (International Language) materials to clients in Australia.
Our products and services information is listed below:
Product(s) Description
Books:
Indian languages: Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Marathi, Assamese, Oriya, Maithli, Kashmiri, Kannada, Manipuri, Sindhi, Malayalam, Bhojpuri, Tulu, Rajasthani, Marwari, Sanskrit, Pahari, Mizo.

· Nepalese
· Sinhalese
· Urdu
· Bangladeshi Bengali

DVDs and Audio CDs: in several Indian Languages

Magazines and newspapers: Magazines available in following languages:

Languages: Hindi, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Sinhalese, Urdu

Processing Services and Cataloging Services: All material can be processed and made shelf-ready as per your customised requirement. We also create MARC Records as per customer requirements.
Address Line 1
Konova Pty Ltd
Town/Suburb
Melbourne
Postcode
3000
State
Victoria
Phone
0432 849 123
Email
contact.konova@gmail.com

Library AV & Large Print Pty Ltd

About Us
Library AV & Large Print is an Australian Owned and Operated specialist supplier of DVD, CD, Audio Books and Large Print to Public, School, Educational and specialist libraries. We offer a wide range of Profiling, Standing and Bulk Orders.
Product(s) Description
AV Streaming Services, DVD, CD-music, Spoken word on CD and MP3, Large Print, Processing, Cataloguing, Accessions, AV Collection Consulting.
Address Line 1
Suite 1, 70 Lovell Road
Town/Suburb
Eastwood
Postcode
2122
State
New South Wales
Phone
1300 890 528
Other Phone / Mobile
0417 219 394
Email
lav@libraryav.com.au
Contact Name 1
Shane Clancy
Contact Name 2
Damien Farrington
Address Line 1
PO Box 6300
Town/Suburb
North Ryde
Postcode
2113
State
New South Wales

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