Hereford Library Users' Group

11/26/2009

Update on Peterchurch Library

Filed under: Blogroll,Local library news,Reading,Young persons — hlug @ 4:17 pm

It is reported in “Herefordshire Matters” for November 2009 that work on the unique library, which has been created in the bell-ringing chamber of St. Peter’s Church,  is almost finished. It opens on Tuesday, January 12th for ten hours a week for adults, whilst the children’s section on the ground floor will be open for fifteen hours per week. The library will have a full range of stock including books, DVD’s and talking books. Calls for volunteers have been very successful and there will be lots of local people ready to welcome new customers.

Opening hours will be: Tuesday 5pm-7pm; Wednesday noon-3.00pm; Thursday 10am-11am and 2.30-4.30pm and finally, Saturday 10am-noon.

HLUG members look forward to accessing the new service and are keeping an eye on developments.

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Culture Minister fudges final policy statement on Libraries

Filed under: Blogroll,UK Libraries — hlug @ 4:05 pm

A report in Bookseller tells us that Margaret Hodge is to launch her consultation document about the future of the public library service next week on Tuesday 1st December. However, she does not plan to publish the findings until next spring (2010), shortly before next year’s expected election. This has caused disappointment in many quarters.

To read the full report click on the link to “Bookseller” to the right of this column. There you will find the article by Rachel Cooke entitled “Is the writing on the wall for public libraries?” in the Observer for Sunday December 6th. Comments would be welcome.

11/20/2009

Wit and wisdom

Filed under: Library quotes — hlug @ 3:03 pm

“It must be a sign of the times that I was asked to observe two minutes silence at my local library”

Quote taken from a letter to the Guardian newspaper on the topic of Remembrance Day

11/18/2009

Your Editor goes Down Under

Filed under: Blogroll,Libraries Abroad — hlug @ 3:35 pm

The State Library of Victoria is the state’s premier reference and research library and is situated on Swanston Street in the heart of Melbourne. Founded in 1854 by a group of prominent Melbourne citizens that included Sir Redmond Barry and Lieutenant-Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe, the original brief of the library was very specific. Barry saw it as holding “the best of everything” and becoming “a great emporium of learning and philosophy, of literature, science and art”. This vision may have altered over the years, but the Library’s vast collection, which now includes unique Victorian and Australian material, remains exemplary. When the library opened in 1856 in the splendid building shown in the photograph, it held 3846 books handpicked by the Trustees. Today it holds over two million and the collection goes far beyond printed material.

Exterior of the Victoria State Library

 A walk round the interior building, which has been expertly restored and modernised with the magnificent domed La Trobe Reading Room taking pride of place, is an eye-opener. There are full sets of parliamentary proceedings together with collections of material relating to Australian & Victorian history, travel, biography, literature and Aboriginal studies. Long desks with reading lights and laptop points with internet access for research purposes fan out from the central information desk. Adjoining is the Arts Reading Room with an audio visual centre and music scores room. The Genealogy Centre is the starting point for all genealogical research at the library. There is also a huge collection of material on chess, donated in 1955, and containing almost 12,000 chess related items – one of the largest public collections on chess in the world. The Redmond Barry Reading Room, originally built in 1892, holds nearly 100,000 books from the general collection – all on open shelves. Subjects represented here are business, humanities and social sciences, law and government, sport and recreation and science and technology. At the rear of this room is the journals and magazines collection. There is also a huge newspaper collection, which includes a near complete collection of Victorian newspapers dating from the 1830’s onwards. There are hard copy, microfilm and online versions for the use of the public.

 Upstairs on several levels, are exhibition galleries and it was these that we found particularly fascinating. Whilst wandering around, we found displays of material showing the early history of Victoria and of the city of Melbourne which filled in many gaps in our knowledge. Further round the rotunda, we found a colourful display on the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly complete with the home-made armour which he was wearing when finally captured by the police. Further round still could be found an exhibition on Barry Humphries (a native of Melbourne) and his alter ego Dame Edna Everidge – who as plain Edna – a typical Melbourne housewife – hailed from Mooney Ponds, then a blue collar area of the city. Once she became Dame Edna, she moved to Toorak – a very posh and wealthy part of Melbourne! Her spectacles became ever more fanciful too and there was a large collection of these on show.

 The State Library of Victoria Foundation was established in 1994 and has raised funds through memberships, donations, sponsorships and bequests. This money has enabled the Library to purchase items of historical significance; conserve and develop its magnificent collections; and deliver information services, exhibitions and educational and cultural events.

There is also a super café to the left of the main entrance which buzzes with life and is always busy. The whole building exudes an air of confidence – it is a well known Melbourne institution and is here to stay.

For more information and pictures readers can follow the link on: www.slv.vic.gov.au

11/15/2009

Ledbury Library project wins competition for special documentary

Filed under: Local library news,teenagers,Young persons — hlug @ 8:24 pm

Staff from the council-run Ledbury Library and the county based voluntary team Vinvolve will be working with the John Masefield High School and Age Concern on the project which will bring together some young people and some of the older members of the Ledbury community to share experiences and memories of their teenage lives.

Read more on the Council link at: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/council_gov_democracy/news/42781.asp

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