Posts tagged ‘Special Libraries’

20/08/2011

Four-legged library / David O’Shea reporting, SBS Dateline

A week ago I put up a link to Mary McGregor’s Extreme librarianship : Biblioburro! blog, about Luis Soriano and the PBS documentary about his work bringing books to kids in rural Columbia.  I’ve managed to find an SBS Australia Dateline episode on Luis and his donkey ‘Alfa.’  Titled ‘Four-legged library’, it was aired on 24.07.2011.

Four-legged library / Reported by David O’Shea, Dateline, SBS Australia, 24.07.2011, viewed 20.08.2011, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPfFZEPhLAE&feature=player_profilepage (also http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/watch/id/601279/n/Four-Legged-Library)

Some quotes from the show:

LUIS:  (Translation): If we teach a citizen, a compatriot, to read, he or she will be a good citizen. The main purpose of the Donkey Library is to take books they can at least look at. So they see that the world isn’t just mountains, paths, donkeys and cows…  

D. O’SHEA: I tell Luis that gadgets for reading are replacing books in my own country but he doesn’t see that as a problem.

LUIS: (Translation):  We have to teach and prepare them. And it’s a good thing. It has to happen. We need development. We can’t be left behind…

When things are done with love and dedication, they transcend time and space. That’s why it’s had such impact and worldwide recognition. It’s a labour of love. Things are more valuable when they can’t be bought.

In the documentary, David O’Shea gets Luis in touch with the President of East Timor, Jose Ramos Horta.  In May 2011, Luis Soriano met Ramos Horta in Singapore (See Tarie’s blog – The Children’s Literature Lecture and Awards Ceremony / Asia in the heart, world in the mind [09.06.2011], and afcc.com.sg)

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23/05/2011

Does Canberra really have “over 300 libraries”, or is it just a myth?

Canberra is lucky when it comes to libraries, as it not only has the whole range of different library types, but  also libraries in every level of government (local/state/federal), not to mention libraries in all levels of educational institutions and private organisations.   But, does Canberra have the oft’ quoted, almost mythical figure of “over 300 libraries”?  Well, a look around the net indicates that Canberra really does have allot of libraries…

We have the local ACT Public Library Service (with 8 branches), and the local New South Wales regional Queanbeyan Public Library (with 3 branches).

As well, there is the National Library of Australia, which is the national deposit library, and home to the Australian union catalogue (accessible using Trove).

The major Federal Government departments almost all have libraries (members of AGLIN like the Australian Parliamentary Library, Defence , Environment, Attorney-General’s, DFAT, and Broadband & Communications)

The Territory Government departments also have libraries (like the ACT Health Library, the Supreme Court Library, and the Education Department).

Statutory Authorities are independent government funded organisations, and most of these have libraries (like the Institute of Criminology, Productivity Commission, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Australian Federal Police, Australian Electoral Commission, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and the Australian Sports Commission).

Canberra is home to many national institutions with libraries (like the National Museum, the National Gallery, and

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