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Community Indicators Summit, 22-23 July 2009, Brisbane
The Information Skills Program (ISP) and Library Extension Program (LEP) are discontinued due to recent changes in both the delivery of training and focus for Information Services.
Information Skills Program: After 31 August 2009 the national program of free training and information sessions delivered via the ISP ceased to operate. The ISP has provided a valuable service to our external clients, delivering targeted information seminars to assist and encourage informed and effective use of ABS statistics. The ISP consultants involved in delivering the program have been instrumental in building relationships with external clients; promoting awareness of ABS information and data; feeding back information about client's data and statistical literacy needs; as well as cross promoting the National Statistical Service, information consultancies, statistical training and confidential unit record files.
This program will be replaced with a new suite of training courses which will be offered on a cost recovery basis through the Statistical Literacy Unit. The provision of free online learning tutorials and other resources will also be made available via the ABS website.
Library Extension Program (LEP): Since 1991, ABS's LEP has provided ABS print publications on a complimentary basis to a network of public, state, university and TAFE libraries across Australia, as well as providing training and other educational and promotional services.
The introduction of free statistics on the web, and evolution of the ISP to a cost-recovery model has meant that libraries no longer have a primary role in enabling free public access to core ABS statistics, and as a consequence the LEP will also discontinue.
The Statistical Literacy Unit will continue to support development of statistical literacy for this group as it does with other client groups.
A big thank you: We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all those involved in the ISP and LEP throughout the years. Your contribution has resulted in an increased understanding of ABS statistics for our clients - an important statistical literacy outcome, and a great contribution towards the advancement of ABS.
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Local Government and ABS newsletter
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Indigenous Statistics for Schools
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