ABS enters the classroom in TAFE SA!
Susan Brunner, Librarian and Lecturer at TAFE SA, Elizabeth Campus Library describes ABS information as a "treasure trove for students and for lecturers". She is innovative in bringing TAFE students to ABS statistics. She has included ABS content in online, face-to-face, and blended course presentations in a range of courses and learning materials. Susan has included ABS within the Learn Information Literacy Initiative (LILI). LILI provides tutorials to students and is a national award-winner for study skills building.
And it doesn't stop there. Other initiatives require students to undertake a range of interesting activities. These include "stats ‘n chat" which focusses on Census data, the economy, and social trends. TAFE SA's 'Ready Reference and Small Business' web links include ABS among the “top 10 web sites”. Currently Susan is developing a 'Webquest' for Vocational Preparation students which will require them to undertake searches for ABS information.
...and in NSW
In 2005 many LEP libraries helped celebrate the ABS Centenary. Inspired by this, UTS library students Amie Zar, Nicole Doherty-Wiley, Rosemary Hanz and Kathy Yue Yang presented an Information Session on the ‘Evolution of the use of ABS statistics in local libraries’ for their classmates. Amie Zar, a Library Technician at Leichhardt Public Library said that, “ABS has consistently met the challenge of changes in our libraries”. The session was a great opportunity for the students to discuss common questions about the ABS web site, LEP, free statistics on the web and CLIB.
Well done UTS students!
LEP travels to regional SA
Pam Balfour and Carla Bianco visited libraries from Mount Gambier to the Riverland to the Clare Valley and the Murray mouth at Goolwa. Sessions on the ABS web site and Census were the popular choices for training, providing a timely refresher for many staff and a first opportunity for others. Pam also conducted a series of very popular sessions in the ABS Adelaide Office. This included training for the library students at the University of South Australia, Magill Campus, and for staff of the State Library of SA.
Jill Patmore, Manager of the Alexandrina Library Service, in the foyer of the Goolwa branch
STOP PRESS The LEP is offering training sessions in making best use of the new look ABS web site. Contact your LEP Coordinator to find out more.