Staying connected

Stay connected with our virtual drop-in sessions for NSW public library staff

We are keeping in touch with public libraries in a variety of ways, including a daily virtual afternoon tea, regular emails, online discussion groups using Blue Jeans, and enewsletters. 

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Virtual afternoon tea - daily #stopforacuppa

Would you like to touch base with other public library colleagues for a virtual afternoon tea?

This daily session is open to all NSW public library staff. It is an opportunity for people to check in with other public library staff from around the state, to share what new skills you have been learning and how your library is dealing with being closed, and yet providing increased online services. There will often be a Public Library Services staff member in these meetings, but not every day.

When: Monday to Friday 3.00pm – 3.30pm

  • Join the virtual afternoon tea here 

Discussion groups

Please note: depending on the number of participants these sessions will use the audio/video or chat functions.

If other working groups would like to have a drop in session, please contact Ellen Forsyth to organise a Blue Jeans session.

Readers’ advisory discussion

A one hour discussion looking at how public libraries are providing online readers’ advisory services during this time. It uses a structure like a reading group, allowing participants to try things out and see if they work.  Library staff are reporting on what they are trying at their libraries, and there is also a discussion of comfort read suggestions focusing on appeal not plot.

When: every Tuesday from 1.30pm – 2.30pm

 Reference and information services discussion

A one hour discussion about providing reference and information services during this time. The discussion will include one or two professional development articles. Feel free to suggest articles for people to read.

When: every Wednesday from 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Local studies discussion

A one hour discussion looking at how you are collecting information about the pandemic (safely and legally) for your local studies collection and what local studies projects are being done at your library. 

When: every Thursday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Other ways to keep in touch