Oral history learning opportunities

feature-orahistorytrainingThe Alexander Turnbull Library Outreach Services is offering workshops in Christchurch for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. This is a bit of a breakthrough as previously they have only been offered in Wellington or Auckland. The workshops will be tutored by oral historian Helen Frizzell and Lynette Shum, Oral History Advisor, Alexander Turnbull Library.

The workshops are:

The workshops will be held at Kirkwood Village, Canterbury University.

The courses do cost a bit but you are spared the cost of travel to Wellington and accommodation. I’d really recommend these workshops for anyone interested in oral history. Other useful information can be found on the National Library website under Oral History Advice.

Christchurch City Libraries at LIANZA 2013 Part 2

Here is the conference presentation from Sally Thompson:

Foyers, facades and fenestrations: new library spaces in Europe and Scandinavia

As well as the conference paper there is a power point which has  lots of interesting photographs.

The paper is the culmination of  facts and inspiration gathered on a five week adventure funded in part through the LIANZA Edith Jessie Carnell Travelling Scholarship. Sally visited over 20 new Central and large community libraries in England, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The presentation also contains key themes and feedback from the NEXT Library 2013 conference in Aarhus Denmark as they relate to future libraries.

CCL at LIANZA 2013

Christchurch City Libraries were well represented among the presenters at LIANZA 2013.

Sally also presented on her recent European trip and we’ll post that as soon as we have it.

The full range of conference papers from LIANZa 2013 can be found on the LIANZA website.

Sally in Newcastle

Sally Thompson, Christchurch City Libraries Places and Spaces Manager, has launched into her European study tour with a visit to Newcastle City Library. You can read her impressions here in the Sally and Edith in Europe blog.

Some of the libraries she is visiting include Worcester, Amsterdam, Halmstad, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Newcastle City Library was opened in 2009. It operates over six levels, with a large cafe and a high degree of self service.

Sally’s study tour is funded by her winning the LIANZA award, the Edith Jessie Carnell Travelling Scholarship.

Advocating for libraries

You may have LIANZA president Laurinda Thomas being interviewed on TV1’s Breakfast show advocating for public libraries against this sort of comment, but just in case you missed it – here is the interview.  It’s great to see people advocating the case for libraries so clearly.

And Dylan from New Brighton Library has shared this story from the Huffington Post where Christian Zabrikie  is passionately arguing the case for retaining 45 New York  libraries that are proposed for closure.

What they are saying is what we at Christchurch City Libraries are doing every day.