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The National Year of Reading 2012

By Linda-Jane Sheedy 14 January 2013 National Year of Reading 1 Comment »

As the National Year of Reading campaign rolled out across the country, so did an immense amount of goodwill to the libraries of Australia and it highlighted that the importance of libraries and reading isn’t just about entertainment, gaining of knowledge or about individual empowerment.

“It’s about how community engagement and strengthened communities make for a stronger nation.” – Simon Crean (Keynote address: 2012 National Year of Reading legacy event).

When the campaign was launched 12 months ago, it was hoped that it might be possible to run 1000 events. By year’s end that number was pushing 3700 events nationwide.

It has clearly been a phenomenally successful year for libraries and The National Year of Reading proved to be an ideal vehicle to highlight previously unacknowledged aspects of libraries across the community.

The National year of Reading involved not only public libraries, but also state, territory, school, TAFE, University and special libraries. The collaborative nature of the campaign was clearly a highlight of the year with not only libraries working together, but authors, illustrators, publishers and booksellers as well. The media coverage generated by the campaign also served to promote books, reading and the importance of literacy at every stage of life.

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In order to maximise what has been achieved a new campaign is planned to combine the Love2Read campaign and the Let’s Read National campaign to promote early literacy and reading into communities in the coming year.

The Love2Read logo will continue to be used to identify places where readers will find people who share their love of books; something to read; someone to offer advice about reading; and a space (physical and online) in which to read.

We would like to thank our library contributors for lending their interest and expertise to Curtin Library’s contribution to this year’s campaign. With an extremely big thank you to Associate Professor Martyn Ray for his contributions.

We do hope that you have enjoyed this Year of Reading.

We look forward to the next one.

Linda Sheedy

About the Author
Linda Sheedy is the manager of Flexible Delivery and Lending Services at Curtin Library. Find out more about her here.

Books from the National Year of Reading

By Chloe Lyons 23 November 2012 National Year of Reading No Comments »

Now that the National Year of Reading is drawing to a close what better time is there to reflect on the books we have featured on this blog over the year.

Our Virtual Bookshelf provides a view of library materials in an exciting visual format using the cover images of books. Recently upgraded, the Virtual Bookshelf can now be viewed as a static bookshelf as well as a carousel that can be moved interactively. Upon clicking a cover you are taken to the Catalogue listing for that item.

To celebrate the success of the National Year of Reading we have created a special Virtual Bookshelf displaying some of our favourite books from the year, many of which have been featured on this blog. To visit the National Year of Reading Virtual Bookshelf simply click on the image above or click here.

You can also view our new and improved Library Virtual Bookshelf full to the brim of new titles here.

Reading Novels – Why bother?

By Curtin Library 8 November 2012 National Year of Reading No Comments »

I am an engineer, and I teach undergraduates engineering subjects. I have an old fashioned view of a university education providing a well rounded and intellectually stimulating experience, I am not sure if I still belong in a modern university.

Engineering is often a well trodden path of highly predictable facts and theories, although modern engineering is full of challenges and unknowns. I do like to pepper my overly long lectures with references to the arts – music, films, art, books – to try and stave off the inevitable journey of the student’s head towards the desktop and a subsequent Greek chorus of snores. I try to keep the references and little asides topical and recent, and maybe an occasional lost soul in the world of engineering will be stimulated and inspired to action – hopefully reading something other than a software manual.

Sometimes a student will approach me after a lecture and say “You seem to read quite a lot.” “Uh ha” “Why bother? It’s just stories, it’s not the real world!” “If I have to explain it too you then it is probably already too late?” I do like the quotes (unknown) that say “Reading a book is a good way to try on a new life”, and also “We do not read great literature to escape from or lives, but to make sense of them.”

Once a decade I am asked to recommend a book!!!! At this moment I would suggest Michael Ondaatje In the Skin of the Lionabout the immigrant experience in Canada after World War I and large engineering construction projects at that time. Also Anne Michaels The Winter Vaultabout the engineering project to relocate one of the Egyptian pyramids stone-by-stone to make way for a new dam. Both have inspiring engineering content and are very well written. But they are also love stories – literature can be a very subversive thing! If these might be a bit too confronting to the 21st century engineer, then apart from John Le Carre I usually go for Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon as a well written blend of historical fact (the Turing enigma machine), modern day data mining and bit of futuristic fiction.

 If none of this works then there is always a software manual, or Who Weekly, or a trip to the local multiplex to watch the Hollywood version of Brett Easton Ellis’s American Psycho much quicker and easier than actually reading the book. Oh sorry, nearly forgot, the ubiquitous Wiki pages of book summaries. The modern world has much to offer.

About the Author
Martyn Ray is an Associate Professor at Curtin University in the faculty of Science and Engineering. Find out more about him here.

The case of the mysterious paper sculptures

By Linda-Jane Sheedy 25 October 2012 National Year of Reading No Comments »

One of the stories that we most enjoyed in 2012 was the “Case of the Mysterious Paper Sculptures” that appeared around the city of Edinburgh throughout 2011.

The intricate work and beautiful works dedicated to libraries, books, words and ideas made us sigh with pleasure.

As the National Year of Reading begins to draw to a close it would be remiss to not share this with you so that you too can enjoy this amazing body of work. Read more…

eBooks in libraries

By Michael Wiebrands 9 October 2012 National Year of Reading 2 Comments »


Image via Digital Trends (source).

There has been a major shift in popular reading formats in the last three years from the paperback book to the eBook. Many people now buy from the Amazon Kindle store and the Apple iBook store. What many people may not know is that public and university libraries provide access to eBooks as well. Curtin Library itself has a catalogue of over 70,000 eBooks. As a result you no longer have to come in to the library to borrow books, you can now access books from the library wherever you are. Read more…

A Russian Revelation or Two

By Curtin Library 7 September 2012 National Year of Reading No Comments »

Sometime last year I finally got around to reading Anna Karenina, that popular book by some Russian fellow called Tolstoy that has the oft-quoted opening sentence.  I loved it, but it wasn’t the book I thought I was going to read and the one everyone says it is!  By two-thirds through the book (and I loved every one of the 800 pages) I was waiting for the train to come and remove Anna from the narrative.  What a whiny, vain, selfish creature, and if only the train have removed Vronsky as well at the same time, then even better. 

The revelation to me was that the real love story was between Katya and Levin, and my other surprise interest was the discussion of agrarian revolution and principles considered by Levin, and remember that this was quite a while before 1917.  So the book was a surprise, a treat, and well worth waiting to discover.  Read more…

Australian Bureau of Statistics Year Book 2012

By Curtin Library 20 July 2012 National Year of Reading No Comments »

We have just gotten the new Australian Bureau of Statistics Year Book 2012 in for the Reference Collection and I see that it has a section on the National Year of Reading.  The Year Book is also available via the Library Catalogue as an on-line resource.

About the Author
Marianne Hall is a Library Technician in Research and Learning Services at the Robertson Library. Read more about her
here.

Mirror – an exhibition by Jeannie Baker

By Chloe Lyons 5 July 2012 National Year of Reading No Comments »

Mirror, a travelling exhibition featuring original collages from the book of the same name by Australian author and illustrator Jeannie Baker, will be on display at the State Library of Western Australia until 28 September 2012.

Jeannie’s artworks follow the lives of two boys who live in very different places, Australia and Southern Morocco, yet their lives mirror one another in the essence of family, community and home.

Jeannie has been making collages since 1972 and is renowned for her incredible attention to detail and authenticity. She has used fabric, card and natural materials to create breathtaking collages for Mirror. Read more…

Movies Based on a Book

By Chloe Lyons 25 June 2012 National Year of Reading Uncategorized No Comments »

The State Library of Western Australia are hosting yet another fantastic event in celebration of the National Year of Reading, Movies Based on a Book. From June to August they will be screening some classic Australian films which are all based on successful works of fiction. 

The Man from Snowy River
Thursday 19 July, 5.45pm

Cosi
Thursday 16 August, 5.45pm

For more information see the State Library of Western Australia’s events page.

Images via Buried by Books and The Singing Critic

Un-Libraries for the disadvantaged

By Karen Shackleton 14 June 2012 National Year of Reading No Comments »

The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library 

The Footpath Library started out as one person’s gift of second-hand books to homeless people gathering at a food van in Sydney. The books were snapped up quickly and Sarah Garnett continued transporting boxes of books in her car boot and displaying them on the footpath for anyone to choose from. The rest of the story is best told through the following three videos from Channel 9’s Random Acts of Kindness program.

Part 1

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