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Kiama Library's NBN Experience


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Presentation delivered by Tim Atkinson at the eResources Seminar held at the State Library of New South Wales October 25th 2011.

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Kiama Library's NBN Experience

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  3. 3. Kiama Downs and Minnamurra are located to the north of Kiama and could be considered “suburbs” of Kiama. <ul><li>Why Kiama Downs/Minnamurra? </li></ul><ul><li>Socio-demographics </li></ul><ul><li>Geographical features </li></ul>Picture from
  4. 4. Who are the first five? <ul><li>Tasmania was first in Australia and not NBNCo site. </li></ul><ul><li>Armidale, Kiama, Townsville, Brunswick and Willunga are the first five mainland locations. </li></ul><ul><li>We have held a few teleconferences. </li></ul><ul><li>No where was there a central location for ideas, information or assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>Different libraries, locations and environments have lead to different methods and directions. </li></ul><ul><li>Our experiences of lack of information are remarkably similar, so we decided ……… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share and continue communicating with each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage the opportunity to meet our community needs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share with other libraries as the NBN wave moved across Australia. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The (Draft) Grant Announcement What is a digital hub? How to investigate and facilitate innovative solutions for a digital hub? Who do we start talking to? What are the costings and staffing implications, if any? What does experience the broadband mean? What can we showcase something when we don’t know what it is? Are the other libraries in the same quandry? ????
  6. 6. Picture The First Five Sites were Guinea Pigs for what is to follow. <ul><li>Telstra had not signed over their cable pits so NBN could use them. </li></ul><ul><li>Although, in the case of the library, a digital hub was what we could apply for grant money, no explanation of a digital hub was available. </li></ul><ul><li>No idea what grant money was available for what, when or how. </li></ul><ul><li>Council Admin Execs feeling anxious and unwilling to participate. </li></ul><ul><li>More agendas unsighted. Local, State, Federal and all local contributors. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Traditional Library as we know it Library of the Future The Launch
  8. 8. <ul><li>Uni of Wollongong – Test site for eConference to Kiama Library </li></ul><ul><li>Uni of Wollongong – digitisation of library materials collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>CSIRO collaborate with DBCDE to provide experience of broadband </li></ul><ul><li>Open ABC collaborate with library using broadband. </li></ul><ul><li>Initial steps in teleconferencing with RTA staff </li></ul><ul><li>New found collaboration with Kiama Community College </li></ul>A golden opportunity
  9. 9. Kiama Library’s Outcomes <ul><li>Upgraded network including firewall, storage & wireless service. </li></ul><ul><li>Library piggybacks on Council Admin connection. </li></ul><ul><li>Group and 1 to 1 training in library and KCC. </li></ul><ul><li>Bookable teleconferencing facility in FHC auditorium. </li></ul><ul><li>Audio domes for skyping. </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive data projected games. </li></ul><ul><li>Youth gaming between different locations. </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of tablets, notebooks for library use. </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade free wireless access. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Library of the Future <ul><li>Kiama Library shares a two story building with Kiama Family History Centre and the Kiama Community College. </li></ul><ul><li>What makes us unique? </li></ul><ul><li>Community, Communicate and Collaborate </li></ul>The Kiama Community Digital Hub
  11. 11. “ The library is no longer a warehouse for dead books. Just in time for the information economy, the library ought to be the local nerve center for information. ” Seth Godin’s “The Future of the Library ”