Category Archives: library

Florida’s Ask a Librarian Service

Ask a Librarianis a service run for the residents of Florida. Offering a virtual reference service, and a 24 hour email service, this is another example of how libraries are agile and differentiating their service from the search engines.

This site also includes Hurricane Help which focuses on best serving the community by connecting them to services they require to get through natural disasters.


The Secret Language of Books

Have you been here, where you’re standing next to a student, looking for a book for them, and you’re performing the little reference interview trying to extract what kind of book they’re after. Well look no further – a gem of a collection of the language of books is here from NoveList: The Secret Language of Books: A Guide to appeal. 2018 edition. This is great summer vacation preparatory reading before you go back into the library and face the new readers.

“a woman’s rights”

A really powerful report from the New York time son the erosion of the rights of women…..

Feminist Philosophers

The NYTimes has a series of pieces exploring what happens as ‘More and more laws are treating a fetus as a person, and a woman as less of one,  as states charge pregnant women with crimes…

A woman studying nuns in the middle ages told me recently that nunneries were often seen as refuges from too-often fatal pregnancies.  Reading the Times’ series one feels pregnancies can be dangerous, not so much physically as legally.  The series is so full of details that it is, as far as I cn see, goood material for classes.

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An Alert to all Australian authors – please read and enter this competition…..



THE DEAD AVIATRIX         A Short Story Collection    BY    Carmel Bird

Carmel Bird is the Australian author who edited the Stolen Children’s Book. She has written several books, including a book for writers; in 2016 she received the Patrick White Literary Award. She was the focus of a session announcing the creation of this new writing award, in the Red Rotunda of the State Library on the 14th of December 2017. Carmel was also launching her new collection of short stories, The Dead Aviatrix

She began by acknowledging the Aboriginal Elders and the lands we were standing on; and then told us about Spineless Wonders; who are partnering her in the creation of this award. Bronwyn Meehan was the representative of Spineless Wonders and she was the MC. Spineless Wonders was founded in 2011; it is a short story…

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her side

A great poem from a wonderful poet!

Nikki Skies


She say for her family
she do what she can
when in reality it be for her man
who wants another mother like her son

so she wipe both they asses / and then her tears cause it be from the same shit

too tired more / more tired than / her mother who
taught her how to stay
who lived and died the same way
the palm reader etched on her palm.
now that she know,
she can remain calm
when he comes to bed
smelling like fuck nut and dried saliva

he’ll say it’s all in her head
so she close her eyes and have nightmares
of forever being a fool.

from the poetry book, Pocket Honey Wind & Hips
available at

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The Knowledge Compass

When faced with an area of research, we need to be able to formulate questions to help us understand it. This brilliant website offers the educator, student and parent some ways to help formulate questions. Enjoy!

20 Tips to Help in the Schoolroom and Library

A great range of tips that makes the statement that behaviour is often the reflection of what is occurring internally in the student. I found the article proactive and all about building the skills of both the student and the teacher/Librarian, and creating a valuable toolbox that can be used to build resilience and persistence.

As a parent whose child has undergone the Resilience Project,I have noticed a great improvement in behaviour because they now have access to a toolbox of coping mechanisms and strategies.

My Book Corner

A treasure trove of beautiful children’s literature for you to discover.


The Independent Woman and the myth of the Australian bushman

ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

For lovers of Australian and New Zealand literary fiction; Ambassador for Australian literature

The YA Room


A Cosy Reading Blog

Powered by hot tea and full pages...

Australian Haiku Society

haikuoz - the enjoyment of haiku

Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog

This is a writer's blog for authors, business people, creative people, freelancers, journalists, publishers, and poets. They will learn the ins and outs of writing for publication. Both beginning and experienced writers will profit from it.


Crazy quilts are unique and innovative quilts created from scraps of materials. This expresses my hope for young people.


Humanising! Indigenising! Decolonising! Thriving

T is for Training

10 Years of Sharing Knowledge One Call At A Time

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

This is Lit

Book Blog

Kylie in the library

Musings of an emerging information professional

Sarah Cawkwell's Blog

"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense." -- Tom Clancy

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

Life in the Information World

Mother Jones

Smart, fearless journalism

Librarian Lisa

school library consultant


nurturing the compassionate maker, the reluctant reader, and embracing #librarylife

Australian Aboriginal Languages Student Blog

A place to share anything at all that's interesting and related to the languages of Australia. WARNING: We wish to advise that this blog may contain names, voices and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away. We strongly urge readers to exercise caution when viewing the blog so as to avoid distress.

I am Jessica

A student's attempt at environmentalism.


simple connected living, city style


Fitness Community

L-B the Librarian

Use your library

Imogen Crest

Creative Artist - Time Travelling Nature Hermit - Soul Food Cafe

Cybils Awards

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more


moneyless low impact living

Nikki Skies

I am a lover of perseverance. I am folklore. I am consistency and contradiction.

Whispers of a Womanist

A Black Female Perspective...

When Women Inspire

Inspirational Women | Health and Lifestyle Tips

Eliza Grace Quinn

Feminism, feelings and faraway places.

Jason's Movie Blog

A Movie Blog for the Latest Movie Reviews, Trailers, and More

A Library Lady

News and views from the world of children's books and libraries

Spoonie Authors Network

We love words and manage spoons.

Loving the Library Life...

living and loving life as a middle school librarian

Just So Stories

Random Reviews and Ramblings from Redcliffe

Matt Doyle Media

Taking A Positive Look At Pop Culture

Simply Etta

Inspiration for the Heart, Mind and Soul