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What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution and what does it mean for libraries?

The industrial revolution began in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  Before this period, production was done in people’s homes, using hand tools.  From the eighteenth century the industrial revolution began replacing hand-made production with machinery and mass production.

The progress of industrialisation is recognised by periods; the first industrial revolution (1765) and the second industrial revolution (1870) refers to the development of energy and mechanisms affecting the manufacture of the steel age and chemical synthesis; the third industrial revolution (1969) – the digital revolution and the rise of electronics, an era of computer driven technology bringing new technologies into our lives designed with computers.

Finally we come to the fourth industrial revolution of today where the digital revolution of the last period takes technology to the next level where computers communicate to each other in the manufacture of goods, the implementation of smart systems and smart technologies.

Libraries can use big data to create a personalised user experience by offering content and resources based on each individual wish. Think Facebook, YouTube, Netflix. They all use data stored from previous interactions to build a browsing experience which makes suggestions that are unique to you.

While tailoring suggestions to suit the individual may appeal, it also homogenises by limiting an individual’s world view.  With the opportunity to browse and choose at will, a deeper cultural understanding of self and the world we live is developed.

The possibilities for libraries in the fourth industrial revolution, commonly termed Industry 4.0 are enormous with predictive maintenance, improved decision-making in real time and improved coordination among jobs.

Book kiosks, similar to banking ATM machines are a likely product of the future for libraries, there will be more online content to access and it will be accessible in a smarter more efficient way.  Bricks and mortar libraries will evolve, embracing spaces for the advancement of public knowledge and use.   Unlike the previous industrial revolutions using non-renewable resources the future for Industry 4.0 will look towards smart cities powered by wind, sun and geothermal energy.

Book Talk

Book Talk October

The following items are new to the library this month:

Adult Fiction

One Hundred Years of Dirt

By: Rick Morton

Violence, treachery and cruelty run through the generational veins of Rick Morton’s family.  An horrific accident thrusts his mother and siblings into a world impossible for them

to navigate, a life of poverty and drug addiction.

Here are some of the reviews:

  • Extraordinary book
  • Powerful
  • Unflinching
  • Incredible Story

Goodreads: 4.19/5


Friend of the Family

By: Tasmina Perry

You invited her in.

Now she wants you out.

Don’t miss this gripping, addictive read.  You’ll never see a house guest in the same way again…

Goodreads:  4/5





Young Adult

Killer T

By Robert Muchamore

Killer T is a synthetic virus with a ninety per cent mortality rate, and the terrorists who created it want a billion dollars before they’ll release an antidote….

Goodreads: 3.73/5






By: Scott Westerfeld

Frey and Rafi are inseparable…but very few people have ever seen them together.  This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadows of their rich father’s fortress.  While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill.  Frey only exists to protect her sister.  There is no other part of her life.  Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal.

Goodreads: 4.09/5





Junior Fiction

Liars – The Truth App

By Jack Heath

The TRUTH APP is the latest craze in the town of Kelton.  It listens to everyone around you and tells you if they’re lying.

The TRUTH doesn’t always set you free……

Goodreads: 4/5





Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London

By Kate Knapp

Ruby and her grandmother love to travel and now they are in London, the home of red buses, red telephone boxes and red letter boxes.  No wonder Ruby’s red shoes feel especially at home in this wonderful city!

What a delightful book to read to children.

Goodreads: 4.27/5






Whats New – Be Connected

What is Be Connected?

Be Connected is an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. We have online learning resources as well as a Network of community partners – the Be Connected Network – who offer in-person support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence. Find a local place for friendly help and advice, or join the Network to help others.

Learn a new skill from home, or here at the Shire of Dardanup Library Services.

Join thousands of Australians who are taking our free courses on everything from how to access the internet, to using your device and keeping in touch with others online. We are lucky enough here at the Shire of Dardanup Library Services to have a dedicated computer and work space for the Be Connected program. Whether it be in one of our Group Workshops or in one of our One on One sessions during the month. You’ll be in great hands and be made to feel very welcome.

Our number one motto is “There is no such thing as a stupid question, only that you do not know the answer to it yet”

Some of the topics that are covered are…..

  • Computer Basics
  • Staying Safe Online
  • Getting to know your device
  • Using the internet, email and search engines
  • Online shopping and social media
  • Connecting to others, using Skype and Facetime
  • and many many more


This month we are offering one on one sessions on the following days…….

Please phone the Eaton Community Library on 9724 0470 to make your booking for an available one on one session.

Book Talk

New fiction titles


The Ghost Tree by Barbara Erskine

Before you follow the path into your family’s history, beware of the secrets you may find…

The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage, career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the eighteenth century, Thomas Erskine.

Goodreads rating 4.44/5




Court of Wolves (Book 2 New World Trilogy) by Robyn Young

The New World Rising trilogy continues with this immersive, atmospheric adventure set in Florence and southern Spain in the last decades of the 15th century, when everybody wants a piece of the pie they except Christopher Columbus to discover when he sets sail. Beautifully, elegantly written as you’d expect from Robyn Young.

Goodreads rating 4.33/5





New non-fiction titles



3D Game Programming for Kids : Create Interactive Worlds with JavaScript – Chris Storm

You know what’s even better than playing games? Creating your own. Even if you’re an absolute beginner, this book will teach you how to make your own online games with interactive examples. You’ll learn programming using nothing more than a browser, and see cool, 3D results as you type. You’ll learn real-world programming skills in a real programming language: JavaScript, the language of the web. You’ll be amazed at what you can do as you build interactive worlds and fun games.

Goodreads rating 4.03/5


New DVD’s



Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space,  examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

IMBD 4.2/10



Agatha Christies Poirot Series 8 

Hercule Poirot, the world’s greatest detective, nest-ce pas? Enigmatic, eccentric and extremely intelligent, Hercule Poirot cracks the toughest cases with brainpower alone, endearing himself to thinkers everywhere. Epitomising Agatha Christie’s Poirot, David Suchet stars as the dapper and debonair Belgian detective with an eye for deadly detail, outsmarting both the criminals and his cohorts in and around elegant upper-crust London.