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Coasting : Issue 6 Dec 2009
9 www.coastingtoday.com.au By DAVID STEWART A good read: library fast facts As Wyong Shire Library Services marks 50 years of page turning, we asked librarian Jean McBride to give us another good read. Q: What general readership book has been borrowed the most? A: The current book with the most borrowings is Catherine Cookson's The Bonny Dawn, which has been borrowed 302 times. Q: What children's book holds the record? A: George's Marvellous Medicine, by Roald Dahl - borrowed 149 times. Q: What book has been stolen most often? A: Why would you steal when you can borrow for free? Q: Which title has the most copies across all of the shire libraries? A: There are 26 copies of The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, including large print and spoken word. Q: What book, or series of books, has had the greatest influence in getting children to read? A: Harry Potter, by J K Rowling, and the Dr Seuss books. Q: What is the most common question asked of a librarian? A: Read any good books lately? Q: Apart from loaning books, what other services do Wyong Shire libraries now provide? A: CDs, DVDs, magazines, free internet access, free online homework help, online databases, story time for kids, knitting groups, information and council customer service, to name but a few. Q: Compared to the early days, there doesn't seem to be much shhhhh-ing going on in libraries any more. Have library staff lost the art of shhhh-ing? A: We've lost our shhhh-ing gene -- librarians are loud! Q: Where and how do libraries acquire their books, CDs, DVDs etc? A: Lots of different booksellers and publishers -- wherever we can get the best items for the best price. Q: Who decided what books and other items get onto the library shelves? A: Books and other items are selected by the library staff from suppliers' lists and websites. The community can suggest a title by letting the library staff know. Q: Is the Dewey catalogue system still holding up OK? A: It's a bit like an old shoe -- still useable but getting a bit uncomfortable. We are considering changing one of the branches to a bookshop feel with all the books in themes rather than Dewey. What do you think? Q: How has the internet, and technology, generally, affected the way libraries now operate? A: We threw out the card catalogue! We can provide our catalogue and online resources 24/7 via the internet and our computer system allows us to keep track of our items much better. At the libraries, we use the internet to get people the answers they need by helping them navigate the maze of information. BOOK 'EM: Librarian Jean McBride at the Tuggerah branch. Picture by Aaron Brown. COASTING HISTORY
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