Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Using storify - work done by @abcemergency

ABC Emergency on storify is great local studies work. This account brings together information about (mostly weather related) emergencies across Australia.  I would be interested to know how local studies staff are using this information and these resources as part of their collections as photographs of different local areas are included.

Have a look at the work done by ABC news on storify too.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Using storify - work done by @hrw

Human Rights Watch uses storify to highlight issues of concern around the world.  I have embedded a recent one, but you can see more here. I am including this group because of the wider information potential they have.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A few thoughts about Grief works: stories of life, death and surviving

Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and SurvivingGrief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving by Julia Samuel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book because I heard a talk by the author on Dan Snow's history hits. I would suggest going and listening to this first.

This is an impressive book, and although I have finished it, and returned it to the library, it is one which I want to reread and mull over more. This book highlights the need to talk about death in whatever way is most needed by those who grieve. It is a series of stories of different people grieving. At times this is a very sad books to read, and a little awkward on public transport, or other public locations. This is one to consider adding to library collections, but also reading yourself. It is hard hitting while also being very gentle and compassionate. One to read to think about how you grieve, but also how you can help others who are grieving. There is no simple solution, but there are a few things not to do. Give it a go. It is most likely to appeal to people who read for story or character.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Burton Barr Library - making and connecting

Phoenix Public Library is very interesting.  They have some very lovely libraries, and they keep looking at changes which can be made.

In their central library they have added Mach and Hive.

Hive is for small business
Hive - ​Burton Barr Central Library
with a mix of books
Hive - ​Burton Barr Central Library
and other elements
Hive - ​Burton Barr Central Library
The hive - ​Burton Barr Central Library
and they make it easy to find out about social media.
Hive - ​Burton Barr Central Library

Mach is about making and is impressive.
3D printers - Mach - ​Burton Barr Central Library