On Wednesday 7th March Wollongong City Library and branch libraries closed their doors in an innovative move to plan for social media integration into core library services. Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery OAM applauded the initiative of holding a Staff Development day which allowed all the staff to be present and actively involved in the development of new social media services for community services. Judy O'Connell, a lecturer in the School of Information Studies who works in the field of social media, was the invited keynote speaker, and shared her insights as well as the challenges to address in the evolving strategy for this group of libraries. Judy writes online at <http://heyjude.wordpress.com> and is noted for her leadership in the field of social media. Her presentation Libraries with X Factor: Social Media is available at Slideshare.
The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) has convened a Futures Taskforce in response to the Government school library enquiry report, School libraries and teacher librarians in 21st century Australia, tabled in Parliament on the 24th November 2011. Judy O'Connell, Associate Course Director (Teacher Librarianship), will represent CSU in this key initiative.
The project brief of the Taskforce will be to prepare a Futures Paper on school libraries and 21st century learning in Australian schools. In this 10-month project the Futures Taskforce will work collaboratively with representatives from government and non-government departments of education; national principals' associations; education unions; universities offering training in teacher librarianship; and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). The focus of the paper will be to provide the national and state governments with standards and recommendations for 21st century school libraries in Australia.
The paper will be launched at a Leadership Summit in October.