1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 47), Feb 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/03/2004   
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Temperatures soar on WA training trip - but librarians stay cool

Western Australia LEP Coordinator David Brown beat back the heat on recent visits to LEP libraries all over WA, from Esperance to Carnarvon and Merredin to Harvey.

David's trip late last year to Merredin Regional Library Service, located about 250km east of Perth in the WA wheatbelt, saw temperatures soaring to more than 41 degrees on the day of the visit, but David didn't let that stop the training! Despite the heat, the training was a great success.

He also travelled to the south west of WA visiting Manjimup, Albany and Narrogin Public Libraries and conducted training at all three.

This was followed by a flight to Carnarvon in the Gascoyne region of WA. "While Carnarvon is only 900km from Perth, I had to stay overnight because the daily flight out of Carnarvon departs just 30 minutes after the inbound flight - a quick 30 minute LEP session in the airport lounge was not really sufficient!" David explained. "It was a good excuse to enjoy some country hospitality from Librarian Shirley Slatter and assistant Sa Toomalatai," said David. He conducted several training sessions covering all aspects of the LEP program and re-connected Carnarvon District Public Library to eLEP via their new ADSL line.

On a trip to Harvey in the south west of WA, David spoke at the South West Librarians regional meeting about the benefits of the eLEP service.

He also made a quick trip to the far south east of the state to Esperance Public Library, where he presented an information session to Library staff and people from a range of other organisations.

Overall, David covered more than 5,500km, visiting seven libraries, three of which had not been visited previously by the LEP.