New online resource for learning English

Public libraries in South Australia now have access to a great online resource for their patrons wishing to pass the IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System), an international standardised test of English language proficiency, which is very much in demand from international students studying here.

Tea Tree Gully Library patrons can access this through the Library website by logging in with their library card at the Online Resources page, then clicking on Logon to Road to IELTS: a preparation course. Access is available on the public PCs and via wifi  in the Library and at home.

Road to IELTS provides hours of intensive work on vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking, to help develop skills to the levels necessary to succeed in the exam.

If you know of someone who would benefit from this, please encourage them to come to the Library where staff will be show them how to access this valuable resource.

Safer Internet Day 2011

Today is Safer Internet Day 2011.

To get some great tips about being safe,smart and responsible online go to Google and click the link to Read Tips and resources to keep your family safe online.

This  takes you to Google Family Safety Centre where you can learn about Google’s safety tools and view safety videos on Google’s YouTube channel.

More information can also be found at the Australian Government Cybersmart site.

How to use PressDisplay

Did you miss out on buying the local paper this morning? Maybe you’re looking for an article from three weeks ago, or want to catch up on news from around the world.

PressDisplay is just one of our many online resources, which you can access from our website. This resource provides full-colour, full-page newspapers from around the world. The time period you can see newspapers for does vary – for local Adelaide papers such as The Advertiser you can view editions from up to three months ago.

To get to PressDisplay, just go to the Library tab and look for Online Resources. Then type in your library barcode number and choose PressDisplay from the list. Use the search bar along the top of the web page to look for newspapers. Any questions? Just ask a friendly staff member next time you’re in the Library.

If you’d like to learn more about the many features of PressDisplay, we’re running a training session, Online newspapers @ your Library in March. More details and booking information are on the website.

Online resources @ your Library

Have you checked out our online resources?
Whether you want to work on your computer skills, start your family tree, identify antiques, catch up on the latest news or discover your next great read, there’s sure to be something for you.

The Library holds regular sessions showing you how to use these great resources.
Visit the Internet Training page to find out about upcoming sessions, or go to the Online Resources page and enter your barcode  to start using Good Reading Online, PressDisplay, TumbleReadables, Price it!, Britannica Online and more!

Hello from China!

Libraries truly do bring the world together as a recent phone call demonstrated. One of our patrons phoned the library as she was having difficulty accessing the online databases that are freely available for all registered borrowers to use. After clearing up what was simply a keying error, she mentioned that she was logging on to utilise the Encyclopaedia Britannica database from HangZhou China! HangZhou is a port city approximately 130km South West of Shanghai.

Google maps indicates that it’s around a 10,000km journey from Tea Tree Gully to HangZhou, and whilst we don’t advocate kayaking across the Pacific Ocean as Google maps recommends, it’s great to see that we can provide an international service!

Any convicts in the family?

The family history database  Ancestry, has made available online the Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1846 , and the NSW Certificates of Freedom 1827-1867, which “completes” the journey from arrest to release of almost one third of all convicts transported to Australia.
It will allow family members to see whether a convict in their family tree was given an absolute pardon, giving them full citizen rights, or a conditional pardon, which entitled a convict to their freedom but not to return to the UK. Other information already on the website includes applications to marry and death registers.

Technology has also made it possible to view digital images of original documentation and to find out details of people’s occupation and religion and gather a physical description.

Ancestry estimates that more than four million Australians are descended from convicts who were shipped from Britain to Australia’s penal colonies, meaning there is a one in five chance the average Aussie will have an ancestor included in the records.
The Ancestry Library Edition database is available  free, via the Library website , on all the public PCs at the City of Tea Tree Gully Library.

Image courtesy of National Library of Australia – National Treasures

Great new stuff on our library catalogue

Have you searched the Library catalogue lately?
If you have in the last couple of days, you will have noticed some extra features when you found the title you were after.

The Library now has LibraryThing for Libraries as an enhancement to our catalogue which uses the resources created by users of the LibraryThing website. 
Each title features book reviews , ratings, suggested titles “you might also like…” and tag browsing to help you find other titles of interest to you.
You can even review and rate titles you have read, directly in the catalogue by simply clicking on Review this yourself and starting a New reviews account. We look forward to seeing some reviews from our Library patrons!

So if you haven’t visited lately, go to the catalogue, search for some titles and check out the new features. We’d love to hear your feedback about it, so please add a comment telling us what you think.

New Evangelion

evangelion1Neon Genesis Evangelion, arguably the most popular and influential anime and manga of the past 20 years, has yet again re-emerged in another re-imagined manga series titled Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji Ikari Raising Project. This series, the third mainstream NGE based manga release, diverges from the original series and is very loosely based on the 2004 computer game of the same name.

The underlying tones of depression, family dysfunction and religious symbolism of the originals is toned down and it has more upbeat emphasis on the daily relationships of the main characters (primarily Shinji, Asuka and Rei) coupled with a more positive outlook of the Ikari family (Shinji’s mother is still alive!). It shares some of the story arcs and the relationships featured in the second manga spin-off, Angelic Days, itself a spin-off from the alternate reality glimpsed in the anime’s last episodes.

Are you lost yet? I wont even try to explain the number of re-imaginings of the anime TV series and its sequel films…

neon-genesis-evangelionBut like it’s predecessors it’s still full of giant robots fighting the enigmatic ‘Angels.’

The library maintains both the manga and anime collection of the original series and is currently stocking up on both the Angelic Days and the Shinji Ikari Raising Project manga series. Keep your eye on the catalogue as the new titles are added.

Library Press Display

LPD

Library Press Display, is an uber-cool database of over 1000 newspapers from around the world is now available to access from our website. You can read today’s newspapers in full colour and full page format from a variety of countries in a number of languages!

This and other databases are available anytime day or night, you just need your library barcode to login and have a look. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Bookworms connect online

For those of us who love reading books, then talking about them with others, (and let’s face it, that’s most of us, isn’t it?) …

Check out this list of cool social networking sites for book lovers. It includes Library Thing and Book Crossing.

bookcrossing:n. the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.

bookcrossingbag

Fast fact: 70 book crossing books were released around Australia last week.

The City of Tea Tree Gully released several books last year, perhaps it’s time for us to do it again?