1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 52), May 2005  
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Make your promotion for Library and Information Week count!

We put together some ideas on how you could showcase ABS information to help your users. You could use them for your Library and Information Week activities and/or to enter the inaugural LEP Excellence Award! Think creativity and innovation!

The LEP Excellence Award

Eligibility: Open to all LEP-eligible libraries
Period of competition: The Inaugural Award is for initiatives between 1 January 2004 and 30 June 2005. Future awards will be annual (financial year)
Prizes: The winner will receive a trophy & $1500 worth of ABS products/services of their choice
Closing date for entries: 31 July 2005
Go to LEP Excellence Award for more information.

Some suggested activities:

Media Event

  • Feature eLEP, CLIB or AusStats.
  • Use media releases, newspaper, radio, and even TV coverage.
  • Invite a high profile figure, such as the Mayor or local dignitary.
  • Integrate an ABS display with a launch.
  • The LEP’s Media Kit has sample media releases, speeches … and more. It’s on the LEP pages of our web site. Or ask your LEP Coordinator.

Set up a display
  • Be creative! Use:
  • LEP display stands. Book one with your LEP Coordinator
  • ABS publications from your collection.
  • Census or National Regional Profile data showing interesting facts about your community.
  • Facts, figures and maps from the Social Atlas for your capital city.
  • Give away posters, stickers, or handouts. Email library@abs.gov.au for a supply.
  • Run ABS quizzes, with prizes.

Run an ABS information or training session
  • How to use the ABS web site.
  • Finding local information using census data from CLIB 2001, the web site, National Regional Profile, ABS publications …
  • Tailor your session to your clients’ needs and areas of interest, eg. finding statistics on business, sport, tourism, etc.
  • Develop User Guides to ABS Information to help students help themselves. Use Beattie's Best on the web site as a starting point.
  • Run Open Day initiatives – taking it beyond a static display, by running online demonstrations, quizzes, and other activities focused on ABS statistics.

ABS Centenary event
2005 marks 100 years of national statistical service, so it’s a great time to feature historical promotions!
  • Focus on how Australia or your local area has changed over the years.
  • Use the 2005 ABS Year Book and the historical Year Books on the web site.
  • How censuses were taken in the past – focusing on your State/Territory. See How Australia Takes a Census (Cat. no. 2903.0).

Library web sites
  • Feature the ABS web site as “Web site of the month".
  • Go beyond adding a simple link to the ABS. Add a web page providing information about ABS resources to help your clients.