Friday, January 25, 2008

Public Libraries Metropolitan - West South West Meeting

I have just returned from this meeting at Castle Hill Library and thought I would bring you up to date on some of the happenings in other libraries in our Zone.
Blacktown Library
Are getting a new branch library at Stanhope Gardens in April 2009. They are currently implementing RFID with Civica.
Baulkham Hills
Are doing a Trial Living Library for the next 6 months in partnership with Community Aid Information. They obtained money from CDSE. I will find out more so that we could go and have a look! Rouse Hill Library opening 6 March (1300 sq. m)
Auburn Library
Also doing a Living Library as a one off event with Western Area Health Service.
Bankstown Library
Huge Summer Reading Program. 500 children turn up to the Summer Reading Program presentation night.
Penrith Library
Penrith Library undergoing refurbishments. Strategic Plan being worked on. History of Penrith from 1850 onwards being written over the next 2 years.
Fairfield Library
Using special purpose grant for History of Fairfield to be written. Just gone through a restructure. Library Manager has reduced direct reports from 13 to 6. Whitlam Library is being refurbished and quotes have been sought from Brewster Hjorth and CK Design. Carolyn Bourke attended an IFLA conference in Pretoria, South Africa. Plans are underway to host a satellite conference of IFLA when it is hosted in Brisbane in 2010, in Sydney for multicultural librarians.
The next meeting is scheduled in late March at the new Rouse Hill Library!

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