With the release of 2006 Census data, libraries all over the country have been helping their clients find and use the latest statistics about Australia and their local area. Libraries can provide their clients with easy access to Census data by adding Census pages and local area QuickStats links to their own Library website. The Mackay Libraries in Queensland are a great example of how a public library is using their website to help clients find and use the latest data about their local community.
Mackay Libraries - Valuing Community Information
Mackay Libraries have a continuing commitment to the provision of ABS data for customers, councillors, council staff, library staff, visitors, students and researchers. They have created a Statistics section as part of their Library website, which includes links to Mackay Statistics, Census 2006 data, and other popular statistics from the ABS.
The Libraries' Information Services team designed the Statistics pages and are responsible for keeping the information current. The team use the free ABS email notification service to keep up-to-date with new ABS products and releases. The website statistics and user feedback have been extremely positive and clearly indicate the value of providing links to selective, current and community-specific ABS information.
Judy Tayt, Queensland Information Skills Consultant, recently visited Mackay to provide staff with a refresher training session on 2006 Census Data. The training was very well-received with Senior Information Services Librarian, Briengan Rodgers, commenting "some of my co-workers were so enthusiastic about the information you provided that I have asked them to co-present a short...session for staff who missed your visit".
ABS links are located within the Information Services pages and are arranged thematically.
- The general Statistics page contains links to popular ABS features such as Australia at a Glance, Queensland Key statistics, the Population clock and the current year book. This page also contains an ABS RSS feed.
- Mackay statistics includes links to QuickStats data for the Mackay Local Government area as at Census night 2006, the July OESR profile for Mackay, the current Mackay Whitsunday Regional Statistical Profile, ABS Regional Population Growth 1996 to 2006, ABS Regional Statistics, the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics annual review of Australia's social and economic conditions and a link to the Local Government and Planning Department's population growth and housing fact sheets.
- The Census 2006 page contains information on the Census, eCensus and likely developments for the 2011 Census plus links to recently released statistics.
Fig 2: Judy Tayt, Queensland Information Skills Consultant (centre) recently delivered a Census training session to Mackay Libraries staff.