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Newsletters - Library Extension Program - LEP Newsletter 50 - November 2004
    The quarterly LEP Newsletter is issued for February, May, August and November

    LEP Newsletter, 50, November 2004
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Have your say on the 2006 CensusTraining News
EditorialAll about the NT - one the ABS web site
NetNewsNew eLEP subscribers
Yarra-Melbourne's City Library joins the LEPNew and forthcoming releases
The ABS at ALIA on the Gold CoastShortcuts - always vital: ABS demographic statistics

Have your say on the 2006 Census

Would you like to have a say in how your clients will be accessing 2006 census data? Libraries are the main point of access to census information for the community. And librarians are well placed to know what users of census data want. The ABS would like your help in ensuring that 2006 census products and services are relevant and responsive to users' needs.

The recently released ABS Views on Census Output Strategy (Cat. no. 2009.0) is an overview of proposed directions for 2006 Census products and services. The ABS posted your library a copy with an accompanying questionnaire. Please do contribute your views, comments and ideas regarding the strategies and proposals outlined in the paper. The ABS will accept comments until 15 December 2004. The paper and questionnaire is also available on the ABS web site at Click on 'Census'.

The user consultation process will be a significant factor in the 2006 Census Output Program. We want to hear from you!

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The LEP Newsletter is now one of the longest running currently produced ABS newsletters - this issue is number 50 in the series. The first issue was released in September 1992.

This issue carries on the tradition of helping keep LEP library staff up to date with what's new in the ABS and LEP. Page 1 highlights census 2006 user consultation. Libraries are very well placed to know what users of census information want - and I encourage you to complete and return the questionnaire that was posted to your library in October with ABS Views on Census Output Strategy (Cat. no. 2009.0).

The other big story in this issue is the double page spread on the new look ABS web site. This covers many of the areas we think are useful for libraries. Pull it out of the Newsletter or download the print-ready version above.

Lastly, another year is almost over and, though it seems early to be saying so, I wish all LEP library staff a happy holiday and safe and prosperous New Year.

Kim Farley-Larmour
LEP National Manager

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New look for the ABS web site - and more to come

The ABS web site has had a face-lift. Back in 1995 when the web site was launched, it quickly became one of the top ten government web sites. That hasn't changed, nor has the ABS' commitment to improving the usability of the site.

When designing the new look web site the ABS consulted a wide cross-section of people from a range of occupations and backgrounds. This included new users as well as frequent users of the site.

Pleasing all users all the time is a challenge, but the feedback we have received since the new look was released in August has been very positive. Users used to tell us that they couldn't find what they were looking for and that the site didn't look very professional. They are now telling us quite the opposite, and that they didn't realise the ABS published so much information. Assistance from our users in the development process has been crucial in receiving these positive results.

The ABS has adopted a 'softly softly' approach to changing the web site and at this stage AusStats and eLEP remain the same. They will change in 2005. As with the changes made in August, the content of AusStats and eLEP will remain the same but navigation will become more user-friendly. Related information will be linked together more intuitively and we aim to ensure that ABS clients are more easily able to see what information is available.

Work also continues on refining the search facility and adding an improved Advanced Search.

If you would like to provide your feedback on the ABS web site or for more information please contact me at

Mano Georgopoulos
ABS Statistical Publishing Development

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Yarra-Melbourne's City Library joins the LEP

The Library Extension Program is pleased to welcome a new member. The City Library replaces Yarra-Melbourne's Corporate Library in the LEP. The City Library is a brand new library, created by a joint venture between Yarra-Melbourne Regional Library Corporation and the CAE, and is unique in that for the first time in several decades the central area of Melbourne has a free public lending library. Situated in Flinders Lane, the library offers services for the whole community of Melbourne's workers, students, residents and visitors covering information, learning and recreation needs.

City Library was very keen to join the LEP and include ABS information in their comprehensive range of services. Currently they have a small collection of ABS titles as well as the CLIB 2001 product. They will soon be connected to the eLEP service to further improve access to the ABS for their library users. The library is very well appointed, with around 30 public Internet computers. Near the Reference collection are relaxing deep sofas and study tables where patrons can research in comfort.

I was so impressed that I joined up on my first visit!

Helen Leary
LEP Coordinator, Victoria

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The ABS at ALIA on the Gold Coast

The ABS Trade stand at the ALIA conference in September was a hub of activity. It was great to catch up with many of our LEP clients!
Image: Penny Jackson from Paroo Shire Municipal Library, winner of the ABS Quiz (centre),  with Tanya Lucas, Qld. LEP Coordinator (left), and Karen Vitullo, Director, ABS Library NetworkImage: Kim Farley-Larmour, National Manager, LEP (left) with Jan Richards, Manager, Central West Libraries
Penny Jackson from Paroo Shire Municipal Library, winner of the ABS Quiz (centre), with Tanya Lucas, Qld. LEP Coordinator (left), and Karen Vitullo, Director, ABS Library NetworkKim Farley-Larmour, National Manager, LEP (left) with Jan Richards, Manager, Central West Libraries

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Training News...
The ABS @ Open Day in Canberra

Take a bustling campus. Add a liberal sprinkling of enthusiastic young people. The result: a very successful Open Day at the Australian Catholic University's Signadou campus, the Canberra Institute of Technology and the University of Canberra on 28 August!

Our LEP member libraries used the occasion to showcase ABS information to prospective students and their families in three exciting displays. There were AusStats and Statistics @ Your library display stands, ABS publications featuring local information, stickers, mousemats, brochures and posters, including one from the ACT Social Atlas showing where Canberra and Queanbeyan's young people lived. The latter proved to be a source of much interest.

Displays were left up for a few weeks for the benefit of current students. Glenis Matheson, University of Canberra's Facilities Manager, wrote, "Some feedback from the ABS display - it has been great! The display has generated lots of interest from students."

ABS Display at Australian Catholic University, Mount Saint Mary Campus Library.

To promote the use of ABS statistics in the Mount Saint Mary Campus Library at Strathfield, staff put together this display which included statistics about Internet usage and library attendance from the Australian Year Book. The Display was designed by Information Services Librarian, Vicki Bourbous, who is the LEP contact at the library. Vicki says "The students who are studying Education, and Habilitation use a lot of ABS statistics. They are also used by students in the Arts and Sciences Faculty, particularly those studying Geography and Economics." Library staff have also included ABS statistics and services in their subject pathfinders and 'Hot Topics' guides.

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All about the NT - on the ABS web site

We continue our (occasional) series on state and territory Theme pages on the ABS web site.

The Northern Territory page has a new look and is a great place to start if you need a quick path into information about NT. Everything you need to find out about ABS information on the NT can be found from this page.

Catherine Blacker, who designed the page with Bev Fauntleroy (the NT LEP Coordinator), said that the page had been "geared towards user requirements, hoping to make it easier for them to access ABS information for this region. We're not stopping there! We hope to make more comprehensive information available in future updates, particularly focussing on areas of interest, such as Indigenous statistics."

Find the page by clicking on the Themes link at the top and bottom of ABS web pages and then on Northern Territory under 'Regional'.

New eLEP subscribers

Logan City Council Libraries (Qld)Goulburn Valley Regional Library Service (Vic)
Emerald Library (Qld)Gannawarra Library Service (Vic)
Latrobe City Library Service (Vic)

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New and forthcoming releases

These titles are a selection of what the ABS is releasing this quarter. Full information on Releases is available from the link on the centre of the ABS homepage. Keep up to date by subscribing to the free ABS Email Notification Service.

AusStats and eLEP subscribers have access to these titles on the ABS web site as soon as they are released. Core list LEP libraries may request a copy by emailing

Mature Age Persons Statistical Profile: Population and Cultural Diversity, Oct 2004 (Cat. no 4905.0.55.001)
Draws on relevant ABS and non-ABS data sources to provide a comprehensive analysis of the characteristics of mature age persons, ie persons aged 45-64 years.

Health of Children (Cat. no 4829.0.55.001)
Outlines the prevalence of common conditions in childhood. Causes of death, reasons for hospital and GP visits, types of mental disorders and level of disability are analysed.

Divorces, Australia (Cat. no 3307.0.55.001)
Replacing Marriages and Divorces, Australia (Cat. no. 3310.0), this is a valuable tool to analyse family dissolution in Australia. Watch out for another new product, Marriages, Australia (Cat. no. 3306.0.55.001)

The September 2004 issue of the Local Government and ABS Newsletter includes:

      • Recent changes to the ABS web site
      • How to find regional data on the ABS web site
      • Local Government spending on the environment is up
      • What's happening in Local Government Finance

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Always vital - ABS demographic statistics
Demographic information - births, deaths marriages and divorces - are vital statistics in libraries. Not only does this data answer all sorts of questions that come to library Information Desks but it is fascinating in its own right!

Access to demographic data has just become simpler with the release in May 2004 of a new web title, Demography Australia (Cat. no 3311.0.55.001) This is free and provides an annual summary of key Australian demographic data.

To keep up to date between the annual releases of Demography Australia, refer to the quarterly Australian Demographic Statistics (Cat. no. 3101.0). This one is a print title and is sent to all LEP member libraries. But libraries like it online too - in fact Australian Demographic Statistics has been the title most often downloaded by libraries subscribing to eLEP.

Whilst the state Demography titles have now ceased in print form, the data is still available. The free National Regional Profile on the ABS web site provides demographic data down to Statistical Local Area (SLA) level and should be the first place to go to find this important local information.

Subscribers to AusStats - and this includes most Australian universities - should also look for the time series spreadsheets that complement Australian Demographic Statistics. They provide quarterly figures going back, in some cases, to 1981. Another set of Excel spreadsheets also offer specialist demographic data. All of these are a valuable resource for researchers and academics.

For expert researchers AusStats also offers datacubes. These allow users to manipulate data in sophisticated ways - using free SuperTable software. Demographic data is well represented among the ABS' datacubes - look for ABS Catalogue numbers with '33' in the datacubes section of AusStats. Another valuable resource for researchers within AusStats are the Excel spreadsheets that form Australian Historical Population Statistics (Cat. no. 3105.0.65.001).

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