Monday, 20 May 2013

Activities around Tasmania for Library and Information Week

      Department of Education Media Release

20 May 2013

                                                                                                                                                     Director, LINC Tasmania

National Simultaneous Storytime and behind the scenes tours of the Hobart LINC are among the activities being offered as part of Library and Information Week .
LINC Tasmania Director, Jenny Rayner, said a number of events had been organised at local LINCs for the week, which begins today.
“The week is organised by the Australian Library and Information Association and promotes the value of reading and literacy, the importance of Australia’s book industry and the role of libraries,” Ms Rayner said.
“This year’s theme is Share Your Story.
“At 11am on Wednesday May 22, 26 Tasmanian LINCs will participate in National Simultaneous Storytime.

“Staff in libraries, schools and childcare centres across Tasmania will read the same book at the same time to children. In Tasmania guest readers include local author Katherine Scholes, actor John X and adventurer Rob Pennicott,” Ms Rayner said.
As part of the week LINC Tasmania is sharing via Historypin the story of its 91 Murray St building which was recently heritage listed. Historypin, an online interactive tool which is linked with Google Maps, allows people to view and share historical photographs, videos, audio and their personal recollections about places.
“LINCs, libraries and Online Access Centres across the state are offering information and training sessions about Historypin for people to add their photos and stories about their local communities,” Ms Rayner said.
“A range of tours are also being offered at 91 Murray St including behind the scenes tours of the stacks and an insight into how collections are digitised and both original records and convict records are stored.
“There is also a rare opportunity to visit the repository at Berriedale which holds more than 18 kilometres of Tasmanian records.

“LINCs in other selected locations around the State are also offering guided tours of their services. 

“LINC Tasmania offers a broad range of library and information services in over 60 locations across the state.  We are delighted to be offering a diverse range of activities for Library and Information Week and invite all Tasmanians to come and explore what is on offer at their local LINC,” Ms Rayner said.
More information about Library and Information Week is available at:

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