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We are now eSmart!

We are proud to announce the Shire of Dardanup Library Service has been accredited as an eSmart Library. As one of only a handful of libraries in Western Australia to achieve this status, we provide an increasingly important bridge to the digital divide in our community.

With the convenience of the internet age, it is crucial to be cyber aware and eSmart.  The web is a great place to learn, be creative and stay connected.  But with one in seven young Australians experiencing cyber bullying and other online challenges, it’s important to invest in the skills needed to be responsible digital citizens. As our lives become more and more entwined with the internet, too few of us are aware of the information we leave online, and how many virtual doors we leave open for the cyber-world to see.

The eSmart program is generously funded by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Telstra, and is one of the most significant community cybersafety initiatives undertaken in Australia. It is a framework for building and sustaining digital skills and cybersafety for the community, library users, and library staff.  Working through informative tools and frameworks helped library staff increase their own digital literacy and awareness of cyber safetcybersecurityy, in order to help others to avoid:

  • scams
  • computer fraud
  • invasions of privacy/bullying

Public libraries are the most heavily used community centres in Australia, and more than half the population are public library members.  As an eSmart Library serving a vibrant community, we strive to remain at the forefront of evolving  technologies, equipping library users with the confidence to navigate safely, ethically and legally.

Reporting Online Incidents

If you feel you are a victim of a cyber crime or have a cybersafety issue, the following contacts may be useful.

Online offence Where to report
Cyberbullying Report to local Police 13 14 44
Online fraud Report to local Police 13 14 44
Internet banking fraud Contact your bank for advice on whether to report in person to local Police
Scams (Internet based or email) Report to SCAMwatch – Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
Tax-related scams Report to the Australian Taxation Office
Online Child Exploitation Contact Australian Federal Police via the Online child protection form
Spam Report to ACMA
Faulty goods or services purchased online Report to Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

Online issues
Useful websites
Cybersafety Information www.esafety.gov.au

www.kidshelp.com.au

www.connectsafely.org

www.bullyingnoway.gov.au

www.hectorsworld.com

www.digizen.org
www.thinkuknow.org.au

 

 

Novel Conversations

eBooks: A library at your fingertips.

One of the questions we are often asked in the library is “What are ebooks?”.
The short answer: it’s an electronic book.
The long answer: it’s changing the world.

eBooks are one of the most exciting developments in libraries. They are revolutionising the way we access information and how we provide it to the community. Currently, the Shire of Dardanup Library Service has access to online eBook collections of over 30,000 titles – that’s an entire library available at the touch of a button (or swipe of a screen).

Just like a printed book, eBooks have cover art, an author, editor, illustrator, publisher and story. They can be any length, can be bookmarked at any page or section, and are available in any genre – from cookbooks to children’s picture books to graphic novels.

Why should you read eBooks?

digitization_images_headerLet’s face it, we love the feel, the weight, and the smell of ‘real’ books; many of us couldn’t imagine reading any other way. Chances are though, in today’s digital age, you’re already reading and even writing eBooks without knowing it: the report emailed to you at work, or that assignment you’ve just handed in. Pretty much any mid-to-long-length electronic document, viewable on a screen, is a sort of eBook. In fact, we are reading more and more information on screens than ever before.

Convenience is a primary factor for the use of eBooks. Probably the most appealing feature is that you can access them at any time from anywhere, 24/7. The versatility and flexibility of an eBook allows you to change font size, the colour of the background page, and sometimes even the layout of the entire book. Instead of earmarking or marking up pages of a print books, eBooks allow you to add and delete bookmarks and notes at will and can easily be referenced at the click of a mouse or touch of the screen. Finally, all text in an eBook is searchable and can be hyperlinked, allowing you to jump back and forth between chapters, contents and glossary.

How eBooks are transforming the world

Probably the most revolutionary aspect of the rise of the eBook is the the ease with which a rapidly growing number of communities can access information. In the Rwandan town of Rwinkwavu, a local library has been embracing eBooks, which has been beneficial to their economically disadvantaged community. Through their local library and the instant access of eBooks, Rwandans can now select from hundreds of titles on all kinds of subjects and genres. This access is transforming the community. Children are now not only learning to read, they are developing interests in ideas, concepts and subjects they would never otherwise have been exposed to. Adults in the community are learning to master new skills in trades and finance, many even running their own businesses. People around the world are being empowered by accessing the information eBooks provide.

eBooks at Shire of Dardanup Library

At Shire of Dardanup Libraries, we are continually enhancing the services we offer.  With our international eBook vendor Overdrive, we are excited to provide an extensive elibrary to our members. If you can’t find it in the library, have a look at the Overdrive online eBook collection  with over 30,000 titles. Our collection holds a range of subjects and series favourites such as Harry Potter and Hamish Macbeth as well as bestselling authors including:

All you need is a membership card and an internet connection to browse and download ebooks through our catalogue or, if you have a mobile device, through the Overdrive app. For information about accessing the wonderful features of our eBook and digital collection please visit our eBooks page or download our simple step-by-step user guide.  If you still have questions, bring your tablet device or laptop to the library, and we’ll help you see how easy it is to access the library online.

Book Talk

Here are some new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services for this month, plus more from our selection of titles you may enjoy . . .

In Fiction

moonglowMoonglow by Michael Chabon

Part memoir (or is it?), part fiction, with a brilliant dose of imagination; all this and more is packaged between the covers of this book.   Chabon visits his terminally ill grandfather, who reveals secrets and confessions of an unbelievable life lived.  There is a real richness in the layering of the story and descriptive detail on the small, everyday events that happen.  Running the gauntlet of all emotions, Moonglow is incredibly moving and inventive.

Ebook : https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2766685

Goodreads rating 4.1/5

 

 

 

If Blood Should Stain the Wattle by Jackie Frenchjackie-french

A young adult, historical romance novel set in 1972, a time of upheaval and turmoil in Australia when the Whitlam government was dismissed and universal love and peace was dreamt for. Based on French’s experiences growing up in the 1970s in a small town with communes and alternative “hippies”.  This is Matilda’s story.

Ebook : https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2968446

Goodreads rating 4.67/5

 

 

In Non-Fiction

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Maggie Smith A Biography by Michael Coveney

Large Print Edition : The amazing, beautiful, and talented Maggie Smith’s acting life is presented in great detail in this biography by Michael Coveney. The book covers her early career in 1952 with her Broadway debut, all the way up to ‘The Lady in the Van’ film in 2015.  Smith’s quick wit and talent permeates all her roles ensuring she is adored by all her fans young and old.

Goodreads rating 2.88/5

 

 

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Last of the Giants : The True Story of Guns n’ Roses by Mick Wall

Mick Wall has written biographies on numerous bands of rock, including AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Foo Fighters, and Prince to name just a few, so he is amply qualified to write this latest biography on Guns n’ Roses.  This is a celebration of the band and its frontman Axl Rose in extraordinary detail.

 

 

In DVDs

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The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Following his parents’ deaths, John Clayton (John Skarsgard) would be raised by an ape and known as Tarzan.  As an adult, he would leave Africa with Jane Porter (Margot Robbie), and go to his parents former home in England. Eventually he returns to Africa to try and prove atrocities committed by Belgian King Leopold. Accompanied by an American, George Washington Williams (Samuel L Jackson) Tarzan and Jane experience danger and adventures, including capture by their enemies.

IMDB rating 6.4/10

 

 

The Boy (2016)the-boy

Greta is a young American nanny in a remote English village, and discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll; the parents care for him just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their son 20 years ago.  But a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta to believe that the doll is actually alive.

Creepy dolls and poltergeists may have been overdone in the past decades, but the story has NEVER been done like this.  This film brought a refreshing perspective on this genre, and I can honestly say I never saw the twist coming. Overall, it was above average yet unnerving.

IMDB rating 6.0/10

You may have missed . . .

This month we feature two popular eBooks, a quick and efficient option to access a great range of titles.

Use your library card to check out eBooks 24/7.  Download to compatible devices (sorry, not currently available for Kindles) and take your portable library with you.  Check out our user guide or the help page for information on downloading to specific devices.

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Japan Lonely Planet Guide

This is a brilliant use of the e-book format – travel guides. Comprehensive in its detail Lonely Planet guides are for all budgets from back packing through to 5 star accommodation.  Bursting with cultural tips, places to stay and sights to see.  Pack a Lonely Planet Guide e-book on your next adventure.

https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2385763

 

 

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child : Parts One and Two by JK Rowling

Haven’t been able to get your hands on the latest Harry Potter book? No matter because you can access it free to loan here from your library.  The 8th book in the Harry Potter series and the first official story to be presented to stage.

https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2706485

 

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Digitisation and the changing library.

Libraries are not about books, rather the thoughts and knowledge that is borne from them. Maintaining this intellectual content is at the very core of digitisation.

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The digitisation process has been described as “a series of collaborative activities that transforms analog materials into a digital format”.  In libraries this is most often understood as the scanning of books into electronic files, kept on servers and digitally retrieved when needed. However, digitisation efforts are currently in place to collect images, sound, and audiovisual data around the world. Projects such as Google Books push the boundaries of copyright and public domain. Generally the need for digitisation is to improve sustainable access and preserve materials by reducing their handling. The ultimate goal is for digitised materials to be searchable on the Internet, thereby sharing the collection with a wider audience. These two needs aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. Rare books that are digitised for preservation may also find new life as more people are able to view the resource digitally. It is this global connectivity, the prospect of getting local information to individuals searching from anywhere in the world, that will continue to drive digitisation projects into the future. With each passing year new digitisation vendors have emerged creating a competitive marketplace which institutions are taking full advantage of. Libraries of all sizes are now contemplating, planning or engaged in some sort of digitisation initiative.

The core of library service is still essentially facilitating access to information and a key part of that chain in the analog world has been the Interlibrary Loans Scheme (ILLs).  However, studies have found that the cost of an item loaned through ILLs was approximately ten times the cost of an ordinary loan item; by any standard, a premium service! One solution is in the digitisation of library collections. E-books now serve as texts in some of the most fundamental classes taught in universities. However, largely due to issues surrounding copyright and licensing, the ability to share e-books with patrons via interlibrary loan has predominantly been ignored by publishers and libraries alike. Observers however note that an e-book interlibrary loan program would be “in spirit and in practice” the same process currently used for physical items by public and academic libraries globally. Furthermore, as there is no such thing as a lost e-book, shipping or replacement costs would be non-existent. Furthermore, it could be lent many times instantaneously (and simultaneously, if licensing allows) increasing access to users who would be able to download the e-books at their convenience on their own device.

Through digitisation the landscape of library services is changing rapidly. As it becomes more affordable, libraries will increasingly initiate their own projects, their collections becoming available as e-books. The “Discovery to Delivery” process remains at the heart of library operations and core services such as the interlibrary loan scheme can be applied to benefit both user and library while new technologies make the process more and more convenient.

Book Talk

Here are some new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services for this month, plus more from our selection of titles you should read . . .

In Fiction

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The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

From the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand comes another delightful read set in the English countryside.  1914 and Beatrice arrives in the quaint historical town of Rye on the south coast to begin her appointment as Latin teacher.  Following the loss of her father all Beatrice wants to do is get on with her life but life in Rye won’t permit it.  A lovely read full of eccentric characters.

goodreads.com rating 3.82/5

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The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah

The Narrow Bed is the latest instalment in the Culver Valley Crime series by Sophie Hannah. The novel is a brilliant work of crime, dark and devilish with a good dose of humour in the mix.   Once in this book you’ll be lost in the whodunit mystery and will be working out who will be the next target.  Sophie Hannah is the novelist authorized by the Agatha Christie family to write further Hercule Poirot stories, the 2nd title Closed Casket is due out soon.

goodreads.com rating 3.39/5

kelby

In Non-Fiction

How Do I Do That in Photoshop by Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby is the bestselling author of photography guide books. Presented in full colour with step by step instructions this book is simple to follow and easy to navigate.  The guide will have you operating Photoshop like a pro.

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What Went Right by Michael G. Wetter & Eileen Bailey

A self-affirming and confidence boosting instructional book, with tips and challenges to create a more positive mindset and a happier self.

In DVDs

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The Brothers Grimsby – DVD

Grimsby is about two brothers who were separated as young children when their parents died; one is Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a working-class benefit claiming hooligan who lives in Grimsby, along with his girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) and his 11 children; the other is Sebastian, an MI6 agent. The two brothers come together when Nobby finds out his brother is going to a high class event as he makes his way down to London, where he essentially ruins Sebastian’s life. It is claimed to be one of the funniest films of the year and is full of inappropriate jokes that will have you cringing. If you enjoyed Borat and Bruno, this is definitely a must watch.

imdb.com rating 6.2/10

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The Lady in the Van – DVD

Maggie Smith won the Evening Standard British Film Award for this film and it has also been nominated for 4 more awards including the Golden Globe Award.

The tale begins as Mary (Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey) decides to park her dilapidated van – which doubles as her home – on the street in the Camden Town neighborhood where Alan (Alex Jennings, The Queen) and a number of other upper-class folks live. A number of residents timidly approach her in an attempt to figure out why she’s there and whether they can do anything to send her on her way, but Mary is having none of it. She’s planning to stay right where she is, and has very little interest in what anyone else has to say about the matter.

The Lady in the Van is bound to please just about anyone.

imdb.com rating 6.7/10

What you may have missed . . .

This month we feature a popular eBook, a quick and efficient option to access a great range of titles. 

Use your library card to check out eBooks 24/7.  Download to compatible devices (sorry, not currently available for Kindles) and take your portable library with you.  Check out our user guide or the help page for information on downloading to specific devices.

gilgamesh

Gilgamesh by Joan London

This book takes you from the hardships of life in Yallingup WA during the depression to the volatile world of the Middle East and Europe during World War ll. The story follows Edith as she trapes the world with her infant son in tow searching for the child’s father.  Through despair, loneliness and hardship Edith must remain strong and stoic in her search for happiness and home.

goodreads.com rating 3.59/5