Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Literacy for Life : Eastern Regional Libraries

The ERL Literacy For Life Forum was held on Tuesday 9 of September at Quest Wantirna. The event showcased work being done by community groups to address literacy, and provided a platform for the Eastern Regional Libraries to launch its Literacy Strategy.

Over 100 people attended the day to hear informative presentations, learn about the literacy challenges facing our communities, and to discuss innovative ways this challenge is being addressed.

If you were able to attend Literacy For Life, we'd like to thank you for helping make the event a fantastic success! The entire team hopes you were both engaged and informed by the event's speakers, and perhaps have taken some great literacy-promoting ideas home.

Presenters from the day included: Robin Black, Brendan Fitzgerald, Guy Masters, Ronni Kahn, Dean Groom, Michael Taylor, Liz Grigg, Judith MacPherson and special guest Ramona Koval. Literacy for Life was expertly facilitated by radio broadcaster and author Derek Guille.

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If you missed the day or perhaps would like to find out more, seven PDF presentations from the event are downloadable at the links below. Most include contact details if you'd like to get in touch with the presenter. As always, you can contact your nearest Eastern Regional Library branch on 1300 737 277.
  1. Literacy for Life - Main Show
  2. Robin Black - 26TEN Call to Action
  3. Michael Taylor - Literacy for Life
  4. Dean Groom - The Negotiations of Play
  5. Guy Masters - Yarra Ranges Early Literacy Project
  6. Brendan Fitzgerald - Go Digi & Infoxchange
  7. Judith MacPherson - Outer Eastern Literacy Program

Brendan Fitzgerald discusses the valuable work Infoxchange is doing with Australia Post as part of the Go Digi program.

The attendees finding their seats.

Researcher Dean Groom, educates and entertains regarding the value of games in our society, especially as a learning tool.

Derek Guille introduces the event's next speaker.

Dusty checks tickets and distributes bags at the door!
Guy Masters discusses his experiences managing the Yarra Ranges Early Literacy Project.
The crowd gathers to hear ERL CEO Joseph Cullen.
Michael Taylor talks about literacy and numeracy in the workforce.
The libraries' dynamic Community Outreach trio present a special storytime to close the event.
From left to right: Felicity, Rusty Arnold and Ajne in action at the event!
Ronni Kahn discusses the amazing work Oz Harvest is doing to nourish our community.
The Eastern Regional Libraries would like to thank the speakers for their valuable contribution, as well as the wonderful audience for the enthusiastic engagement. It was a pleasure to present and we look forward to improving literacy in the future!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Exciting New eMagazines added to Library's Zinio account

We have just added the following eMagazines to our Zinio account - these are all available now and ready for you to download and read on your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile device.

Australian House & Garden
Australian Knitting
Australian Women's Weekly
Clean Eating Magazine – Australian Edition
Complete Wedding Melbourne
Cosmopolitan Australia
Craft from Woman's Weekly
Dumbo Feather - interview magazine
Earth Garden
Good Health
Gourmet Traveller
Instyle UK
Money Australia
Prima UK
Real Living - Australia

You can download as many as you want and keep them for as long as you like!

Happy eReading!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Checkout history has arrived!

We are trialling the option to view a history of checkouts within the My Account section of Enterprise.

When you login to your account you can enable this feature through the Personal Information tab - Select Preferences. Make sure both Show My Checkout History and Record My Checkout History are ticked.

The history feature will not show up for previous checkouts only NEW checkouts that have been returned, from the date the history option was enabled.

Members may also view Digital Checkouts from Overdrive eLibrary by selecting Digital Checkouts from the Checkouts tab.