By Michael R. AndersonEditorPublished November 09, 2018 10:22:55The search for the perfect library has never been easier.
The National Library of Australia (NLA) has been asked to help provide a guide for the next few months as part of its research into the role of libraries.NLA president John Gough said it was “an incredibly valuable service” and would help students, parents and visitors find the right place.
“It’s a lot like being a house cleaner, you get an order, and then a month later you find out that you can’t get the job done,” he said.
“The NLA is an incredible service, it’s something that we want to deliver to the community and make available for everyone, but we want it to be in a way that’s accessible to everyone.”
The service will be available on a 24-hour basis and will include a full list of NLA-approved libraries.
“You can expect a list of all the schools and libraries that are eligible to be used for research, and that information will be shared with schools and schools will be able to select which library to use,” Mr Gough explained.
The NCA is also providing a free online resource to help users understand where to look and when.
“There’s a whole lot of information out there on the internet about where to find library books, but that’s not necessarily helpful,” Mr O’Shea said.NALA has been using the NLA search engine, the Library Finder, since 2008 to help guide students and parents to the right resources for learning and studying.
“So what we’ve done is we’ve created a guide that’s a guide to the Library and Library Finder,” he explained.
“We’ve been using that to sort through that information, and so if we can identify a library that you want to go to, we’ll send you an email and we’ll give you an order to book that library.”
A library can also be a good place to explore an online resource, or to book a book or two.
“A lot of times we use the Library Builder to find a book that’s worth looking at and that’s the best place to do that,” Mr Waugh said.