1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 49), Aug 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/08/2004   
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Mackay Libraries connect the community to ABS information

Mackay Libraries recently demonstrated the valuable role that libraries play in making ABS information available to the community.

The Library focussed on ABS information in June. Through training provided by the LEP, library staff have developed an understanding of ABS information and its uses in a range of contexts. All this activity culminated in the Library's launch of the eLEP service on June 17.

Guests from council, business and the general public helped the Mackay Libraries and the ABS celebrate the launch of their libraries’ access to the eLEP service. The launch, attended by Mayor Julie Boyd and councillors, reflected that the LEP was a valuable service to the community. Councillor Don Rolls commented “Thank you – I will be able to provide my constituents with a better service."

Two key events were organised in conjunction with the eLEP launch. Firstly, a “Stats Quiz” for school students was held to raise awareness of ABS information available at the library. Secondly, following the launch an information session was held for the general public. This session was well attended and focused on ABS information available at the library including how to access the eLEP service.

Local media played a key role in informing their community that the new free web service was available at their local library, with coverage in the local newspapers and television news. This has generated a lot of interest in what is available at Mackay Libraries.

Mei Lin Gray, Information Services Librarian, Mackay City Library