Friday, September 28, 2007

Finding New Titles

If you would like to see what new items have been received in the Library, bookmark the New Titles page.

The items are listed by call number, so use the index at the top of the page to find your subject.

Each title has a link to the catalogue so you can tell immediately if the item you want is on the shelf waiting for you, or if it's out on loan. If you find it's out on loan, request it using the Request button on the left of that page.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

TAFE Art Competition in the Library

Coffs Harbour TAFE art students have been invited to enter works in the CHEC Art Competition. The entries are on display in the Library now. The winner (Texture Tree by Will Price) and runner up (Nude by Gai Faulkner) are pictured.

Five entries have been chosen to go forward to the regional judging of the TAFE Art Acquisitive Competition at Lismore.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Coffs Harbour History at the Museum

Last week also saw the launch of another Coffs Harbour history archive, at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum

Professor Henry Reynolds, well known historian, opened the new permanent exhibition "The Coastal Waterways: Indigenous Elders tell their stories", which has been funded by a regional arts grant.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Coffs Harbour History Online

The Coffs Harbour City Library today launched the Voice of Time Oral History Digitisation Project

"The Voice of Time oral history project is a collection of 150 interviews with descendants of pioneering families and long-time residents of the Coffs Harbour region. The original project was completed in 1988 as an Australian Bicentennial project. It has now been digitised by Coffs Harbour City Library and published in digital format to enable improved preservation and public access."

Search the Oral History Database and hear snippets from the recollections of Jessie Tulk and her daughter of their time at the Solitary Islands' lighthouse, or Mary Thomas recall her adventures on the telephone exchange from the early 1920s onward.

The project has been a long time in the making for Enzo Accadia and other staff and volunteers at the Coffs Library and all are to be congratulated on this wonderful oral history archive of the local region.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

ABS - A mine of information

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) collects data on every facet of Australian life and its available to you free.

It may feel like drinking from a fire hose, as there is so much information, its difficult to take it in all at once, but you can break it down into bite size pieces. Once you're on the ABS homepage, in the navigation bar at the top

- click on Themes, for information on a topic
- click on Statistics to locate publications by topic, by title, by catalogue number or by release date.
- Teachers looking for classroom activities, try the Education link.
- The first release of 2006 Census data is out now, just click on Census.

There's bad news -

1338.1.55.001 - Statistical Trends, NSW, 2007 released 19/9/07)
Deaths of Young People
In 2005, nearly half of all deaths of young men and a third of young women aged 15–34 years in NSW, were due to suicide, transport accidents or accidental drug overdoses (418 persons).

and there's good news

4602.0 Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, Mar 2006
Waste management
* In March 2006, about 98% of Australian households recycled waste, 87% reused waste, while only less than one per cent did not recycle or reuse waste at all.

and many interesting facts. This from the population clock page

* one birth every 1 minute and 56 seconds,
* one death every 3 minutes and 59 seconds,
* a net gain of one international migrant every 3 minutes and 15 seconds leading to
* an overall total population increase of one person every 1 minutes and 45 seconds.

From time to time we'll post snippets from the ABS site on different topics to keep you up to date. If you would like us to find information for you or show you how to find your way round the site, come in and see your liaison librarian.

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