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Public libraries - report from Switch 2016

Switch 2016, the NSW public library conference,  was held in Ulladulla on the south coast of NSW from 22-24 November. As part of the conference there were several presentations by public library staff, sharing how they are serving their communities.  The following examples are two of these.

Jenny Campbell from Narrabri Library talked about Learning STEMs from Fun.  This is an account of partnerships, with Randwick Library, and with local scientists. It is also about leveraging the skills which the library staff have.  Have a look at the presentation here

Joanne Smith from Lake Macquarie Library talked about the 3D printed book which the library produced for a local girl.  This is a wonderful account of serving the community, and building staff skills. You can look at the presentation here.

The author and journalist Caroline Overington spoke about her book , Last woman hanged. As part of this, when describing using records from the State Library of NSW and State Records, she talked about the value of collecting information for future importance, so ideas of contempoary collecting so that material would be available for researchers and of the importance of of making sure previously hidden histories are exposed.

More of the presentations are available online.

If you missed the conference you can still review the Twitter conversation via this Storify. 


Blog post by Ellen Forsyth