Library and Information Week
Truth, Integrity and Knowledge
Library and Information week is held annually to celebrate libraries and librarians.
This year's theme is Truth, Integrity and Knowledge.
The Australian Library and Information Association highlights ways in which libraries, information organisations, and their staff promote the theme, incorporating the values of freedom of information, digital expertise, inclusivity, open access information, equity, and collaboration.
Library Assistant, Jacqui Smith shares her thoughts
In this age of fake news, how can you be sure you are accessing facts rather than spin?
Throughout history, library professionals have been promoting the free flow of good quality information. Bound by codes of conduct, ethics, privacy and a commitment to fairness and equity, we provide information free from censorship and bias.
When people discover that I work in a library, they frequently question the need for libraries today. “I can just Google it”, they say and of course, they can.
Librarians, however, are trained to critically evaluate the source. Is it trustworthy? Who wrote it? What are their credentials? Is it current?
We can suggest more efficient ways of searching and also direct you to peer-reviewed sources not freely available to the public, but accessible as a library member.
As so much of our reality shifts to an online environment, it becomes increasingly necessary for people to survive in that digital space. It’s easy to be left behind if one lacks skills or connectivity, or cannot afford the latest technology. This is where the library staff can help. Do you need government information, to apply for a job online, or access to scanning and email?
We have the technology and the skills to share, available to everyone and usually at no cost.
These days, when personal privacy seems to have flown out the window, with our information being mined daily to allow advertising and news to be targeted directly. It’s nice to know that the library is a safe haven.
Want information on a sensitive subject? Our lips are sealed. Libraries have always been gateways to knowledge and it’s comforting to know that nothing has changed except the method of delivery.
If you don’t yet have a library card, you are missing out on a wealth of rich resources – human, physical and online.
It’s free and it’s easy. See you soon in the library!
Did you know the Broken Hill City Library offers
- Free membership entitling members to the free borrowing of books, magazines, DVDs CDs, eBooks, eAudio.
- Free home delivery of items to people who are unable to physically come to the library. This is not an age restricted service.
- Mobile printing services enabling you to send your printing from laptop or mobile and collect within three days.
- Free delivery (and return) of items to people who live on properties and isolated areas in the region through the Outback Letterbox Library; for example, Tibooburra, Menindee and Wilcannia.
- Free use of computers. Members can login with their library card, non-members require a guest pass.
- Free weekly programs on early literacy and digital literacy.
Monday 20th May
Scratch - for that Coding itch! 4pm - 5pm
This is a new program that we have developed for children aged 8 - 11 year olds.
Over four weeks, we will be learning the basics of coding in the fun and user friendly Scratch Program.
At the end of this course the participants will have created at least two programs, one animation and one interactive program, which they will then share at the final session.
Complete the online registration form or contact the library to secure your place.
Tuesday 21st May
Telstra Tech Savvy - Introduction to the Internet 10.30am - 11.30am
Our library has been running the Tech Savvy course for free for a number of years.
These courses are run in small groups and are presented in easy to understand everyday language.
With a number of courses from how to use a computer to managing your digital assets there is something for everyone regardless of where they are in their digital journey.
This week is an introduction to the internet. You’ll learn what it is, how to connect and the basics of navigating the internet.
By the end of the session you will have the confidence to start exploring on your own, either at home or here in the library.
Contact us to secure your place.
Wednesday 22nd May
National Simultaneous Storytime 10.30am - 11.30am
Every year we join thousands of libraries, schools, bookshops and other places around the country to read a picture book simultaneously. We hope you can join us in promoting the love of reading and the value of books!
The chosen picture book this year is Alpacas with maracas by Australian author and illustrator, Matt Cosgrove.
Check out the blooper clip from Story Box library
There will be singing, dancing and craft; we will be making a cute Alpaca face puppet!
Wednesday 22nd May
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
Drop into the library between 10am and 1pm for morning tea.
Donate to Cancer Council to raise funds for people whose lives are impacted by cancer.
For more information on the national event Australia's biggest morning tea
Saturday 25th May
Craft & Gab - 10.30am - 12.30pm
We'll provide the materials, you bring your imagination!
You could create a collage, a zine, recycled book crafts, blackout poetry, or relax by colouring a mandala!
Alternatively, bring in your own project that you have on the go!
All ages welcome!
All events are free, no bookings required unless stated.