The Sydney Morning Herald ran this story about a new library for Green Square, Sydney.
Part of a larger proposal going before the City of Sydney Council this month is the possibility of the library in the Old Custom House building being open 24 hours.
This is just one of many measures to attract a greater mix of people, events and businesses to the city at night and boost annual late-night turnover to $30 billion by 2030. The plan proposes developing a ”night cities global index” to rank cities by their night economies – with the goal of earning a top-three placing for Sydney. It said a 25 per cent increase in jobs in the city’s night economy by 2030 would count as a measure of success, as would increasing shops to 40 per cent of businesses open after 6pm.
Read more here.
The page includes a radio interview between Suzie Matthews from the City of Sydney and Angela Catterns and Wendy Harmer where Ms Matthews was questioned about the impact of 24 hour opening on them, eg. attracting homeless people to the library all night and how much extra power would all the night cities activities generate?
A poll on the page, which asks “How do oyou rate the idea of an all-night library at Circular Quay?” is showing good interest in the idea (36% of respondents).
Time Out Sydney has posted an A-Z list of What’s Cool in Sydney and it may surprise some of you that haven’t been to a library recently that Library’s (or in this case the Surry Hills Library) have made it into the list at L :
L is for Late night library
You may wonder what ‘library’ is doing on a list of all things cool, but Surry Hills Library is a cultural hive on Thursday nights. We’re talking rock’n’roll, dirty talk and booze. Seriously. Each adults-only Late Night Library is different, so as well as live music and erotic fan fiction you might find a literary event like Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire’s Women of Letters, DIY publishing presentations, twisted comedy, film screenings, or artist talks. All are free and for many you can BYO!
The Edublog Awards blog allows people to nominate their best blogs in a variety of categories:
- Best individual blog
- Best individual tweeter
- Best group blog
- Best new blog
- Best class blog.
- Best student blog
- Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
- Most influential blog post
- Best twitter hashtag
- Best teacher blog
- Best librarian / library blog
- Best School Administrator blog
- Best free web tool
- Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
- Best educational wiki
- Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
- Best educational use of a social network
- Lifetime achievement
We have had a think and we are going to nominate Read It 2011 in the Best librarian / library blog category. A plain, unassuming little blog, this blog is packed with good reading ideas and backs up a twitter reading group run by the NSW Readers’ Advisory Working Group. We have been posting about it all year.
The Readers’ Advisory Working Group works hard at encouraging their colleagues and the public to enjoy their reading and nudges them into areas they may not have ventured into before (Fantasy for me *shudders*). Then they are encouraged to post on the blog and tweet about their reading. It’s been fascinating reading about other people’s reading.
We have had a lot of fun reading in the various themes suggested, and hope you have too.