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The Drug & Alcohol Info Hub is a travelling interactive information display providing access to quality drug and alcohol information for the community.
In 2017 Drug Info developed the Drug & Alcohol Info Hub program for NSW public libraries. The program was successfully piloted in Dubbo and Concord libraries.
This year the Drug and Alcohol Info Hub program is being provided to selected public libraries across the state on a 3-week rotational basis. Libraries were invited to express interest in hosting the program in their communities. Due to the popularity of the hub program a third display system was commissioned so that the hub can be hosted by one metropolitan and two country libraries at any one time.
Hosting libraries are provided with an interactive display system to install in their library or other community space. Library visitors can test their knowledge about different drugs and alcohol using the online quiz, browse the books and free pamphlets or take part in an event or activity at the library.
Participating libraries also host a range of different events and activities where people can:
- learn how to make literary mocktails
- experience the effects of alcohol on physical activity using beer googles
- test their knowledge of standard drinks by taking part in a demonstration or pouring challenge
- learn about support services in the local community by attending an information expo.
Libraries are encouraged to partner with their local CDAT, council, emergency services and/or agency to deliver these events.
Twelve libraries hosted the hub during the period January to June 2018. The hub was on display in Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Burwood, Campsie, Panania, Wollongong, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Cooma, Tamworth, Albury and Wee Waa.
As well as making the hub display available to their community these libraries also hosted a range of activities including:
• Pop-up mocktail bar and alcohol awareness activities in Burwood Park – Burwood
• Youth Week activity day at Narrabri High School – Narrabri
• Narrabri Shire Council health and wellbeing day – Narrabri
• Beer goggle activities and mocktail making demonstrations – Blacktown and Mt Druitt
• Joint CDAT and library information sessions on managing medications, driving, alcohol drugs and driving, and, Hep C/HIV treatments – Wollongong
• Installation of hub at cinema and civic centre for Youth Expo – Gunnedah
• Beer goggle activity incorporated into library teen program – Campsie
• Combined law and drugs and alcohol session for local high school groups, including beer goggles activity, activity sheet, drug quiz panel and mocktail making – Cooma
• Beer goggle activities incorporated into teen after school program – Panania
• Information displays during Friday night gigs at the Retro Café – Albury
• Information display – Tamworth
Feedback from participating libraries was overwhelmingly positive. Comments from the participating libraries included:
“Some people were shocked to see drugs and alcohol information displayed in the library! That led to some interesting conversations and the understanding why the information was there” – Tamworth Library
“The students found their sessions very informative, and the concept of doing hands-on activities were very well received and the information better absorbed” – Cooma Library
“It was great to be able to host the hub over 3 weeks and provide information to a wide range of people” – Burwood Library
“Those clients who used the display stand were extremely engaged and interested in the materials, especially the online quiz and the drinks standards on the ipad … it was something new and novel for Gunnedah” – Gunnedah Library
The hub will continue to travel to selected NSW public libraries for the remainder of the year.