|Councillor David Pahlke with Council Webmaster Pam Lemon|
THE Ipswich Library and Information Service has strengthened its online presence with the launch of a new and improved website. Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said the new-look website at http://library.ipswich.qld.gov.au/ featured additional services and content, improved navigation and extra e-learning and training opportunities.
“Council is committed to embracing the digital age and the new website is part of our efforts to ensure Ipswich residents have access to a world of information at their fingertips,” Cr Pahlke said. “Visitors to the website can browse the latest books, movies and music added to the collection, including what’s hot and staff picks, plus read book reviews and join the conversation in the Book Club forum.
“Online resources have been improved and arranged by topic with databases and helpful websites, and there are now more e-books and audiobooks to download as well as music tracks from the full Sony catalogue. “Patrons can also keep up to date with the latest library news and check out what’s on with a program and events calendar.” Cr Pahlke said residents of all ages would benefit from a new ‘Learning Lounge’ portal providing access to e-learning and training opportunities.
“Library members can sign up for a course through Universal Class and learn online at their own pace, or register for one of the many Internet Training Classes offered by the Ipswich Library,” he said. “People taking part in these classes are encouraged to join the computer training forums where they can connect with and receive support from library staff and other class participants. “Young school students will also benefit from the Study Zone where they can get help with homework or receive assistance online from real tutors.”
Library membership is required to access some of the online services, however membership is free and it’s easy to join. To find out more phone 3810 6815 or visit http://library.ipswich.qld.gov.au/