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v. 11 no. 2

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OFFICE OF LIBRARY SERVICES 4 SynapsE LIBRARY DISASTER AND RECOVERY WORKSHOP Three fortunate CDU Library Alice Springs campus staff took part in an exciting and relevant professional development activity recently; a Library Disaster and Recovery workshop. This opportunity came about because the Alice Springs Disaster and Recovery Group (ASDRaG), under the auspices of the Alice Springs ALIA group (Red Centre ALIA), received a Community Heritage Grant of $6000 from the National Library of Australia (NLA) to conduct the workshop. Two preservation conservators from Artlab in Adelaide conducted a two day workshop which was held at the Strehlow Research Centre in early May. Fifteen participants from a cross section of libraries in Alice Springs attended the disaster preparedness and collections salvage sessions. The aim of a disaster preparedness program is to reduce both the likelihood and impact of a disaster affecting collection material and involves four essential elements: prevention, preparation, response and recovery. One of the great benefits from the workshop was the networking and sense of community felt amongst the library community of Alice Springs. ASDRaG is an ongoing group and intends to have regular meetings and workshops. Now the CDU Library Alice Springs campus team is working together to develop a disaster plan for their library. They hope they never have to put their plan into action, but it is better to be safe than sorry! Workshop participants trying out their recovery skills. LIBRARY STAFF BECOME STUDENTS FOR A SEMESTER Shelly McGuire and Julie Cartwright have just completed the Unit NMD302 New Media Advanced Studio and in collaboration with other students in the unit have produced a suite of over 10 promotional videos for the Library. The suite of 10 videos includes: Welcome video Borrowing Special collections Distance services How to print How to photocopy Short Term Loans Learning precinct and wireless areas Liaison Librarians and Research Services coordinator The videos combine the use of video filming, screencasting, audio and still images and some very clever editing. Shelly and Julie assisted students with Library access and information and played a major role in editing, audio recording, writing scripts and facilitating students and library staff collaboration on specific videos. We are hoping that the final product will enable students to get practical and convenient answers to common difficulties they may face in navigating Library areas and services. The videos are to be strategically available throughout the Library website and easily locatable by students. As part of their assessment, Shelly and Julie delivered a presentation to library staff. Shelly McGuire (Learning Precinct Officer) & Julie Cartwright (Liaison Librarian)