1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 57), Aug 2006  
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Training news...

ABS web site training in NT
The new Northern Territory LEP Co-ordinator, Pia Loffley, delivered her first solo information session on 'The ABS web site' to staff of the Palmerston Public Library in mid-June. Palmerston City is an area with rapidly expanding growth and the Public Library has recently moved to a bigger and brighter location to help service this growth.

Staff were keen to learn of the Google search facility on the improved ABS web site and as with other regional libraries they were particularly interested in learning how to access Census data for their regional level. There was also much enthusiasm for submitting an entry to the annual LEP Excellence Award.

'Twas a cold, wintry morning in Canberra …

They came to ABS House in Canberra from near and far – from public, university, TAFE and government libraries and from government departments. The occasion? An ABS Information Morning organised for clients from the ACT and NSW regions by LEP Coordinators Anne Freer (NSW) and Pat Stracey (ACT).

A guided tour through the ABS web site was followed by a quiz, with Census frisbees as prizes. Competition was fierce!

Other topics included:
- Census awareness raising.
- A preview of how Census data will be accessed on the web soon.
- Geography made simple, including a preview of a new small area called a ‘Mesh block’.

Training on at Tuggeranong and Belconnen Libraries!

To keep staff updated in navigating ABS Statistics, Dianne Walton-Sonda, ACT LEP Coordinator delivered an information session on the ABS web site to the very enthusiastic staff of Belconnen and Tuggeranong Public Libraries. Well done to Belconnen library staff, who organised and eagerly participated throughout the session, despite being in the middle of major building renovations.

Pari Assadi, Reference Librarian at Tuggeranong Library and her staff understand the importance of ABS Statistics in assisting their users to make informed decisions. "I have been pleased to see people who use statistics more successful when opening a hair salon, little boutique or even a coffee shop", Pari reports. "Students refer to the ABS resources for their assignments; while the general public may add to their knowledge by finding statistical data on subjects of interest to them. Statistical demography of Canberra has even been used as a deciding factor for our multicultural services like the placement of our foreign language collection".

Would your library like LEP training? Contact your LEP Coordinator to find out when the next round of training is available.