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History Week

Off the Beaten Track, the History Councilís Inaugural Travelling Lecture Series stopped at Kempsey Library on Monday morning the 19th of September. Professor Richard Waterhouse, a specialist in Australian rural history gave a fascinating lecture on the use and misuse of land in rural Australia, titled Agrarian Ideals, Pastoral Realities. The History Council sponsored the professor and his expenses and also contributed to the libraryís costs in providing chairs and refreshments. Members of the Macleay River Historical Society were thrilled when we contacted them regarding the lecture and they networked with all of their friends and relations so the library hosted an unprecedented 70 people on Monday morning. The success of the lecture was clearly indicated by the fact that numerous questions were asked, and that afterwards the professor was swamped by people eager to continue the conversation with him. Although Kempsey is not remote, it is off the beaten track as far as educational or cultural events are concerned, so people have to travel sometimes quite considerable distances for events of the mind. The audience were most appreciative and we hope to provide more events like this in the future.
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Plenty to crow about!

Wagga Wagga City Library (WWCL) has developed an exciting new avenue for library promotion. Their online e-newsletter Crow About currently has in excess of 180 subscribers and is still growing. Crow Aboutís value to WWCL as an effective communication tool with library clientele has been measured by the volume and varied submissions of the volunteer subscribers to the service. Membership is anonymous but we can ascertain from the addresses that we have Crow About members from Wagga Wagga businesses, regional community organisations, Australian and overseas residents, primary and secondary schools, universities and TAFE. Complementary to WWCLís traditional marketing activities, Crow About took up its proud position on WWCLís webpage in November 2004. It has been instrumental in effectively informing members of over 40 events, services and WWCL achievements. The WWCL Crow About project was assisted by Adam Bell, Wagga Wagga City Councilís Web Developer. We thank him for his assistance and his enthusiasm. Adamís advice and suggestions continue to be an invaluable component in the collaboration between Council and Library. My favourite response from Adam is keep the ideas coming.
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