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eBook for Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day

We launched this eBook on Daffodil Day to support people in their search for information about cancer. I’m over the moon excited about it.

http://issuu.com/townsville_city_council/docs/cancer_wellness

The Cancer Council is currently promoting ‘Talking about cancer can help beat cancer.’ That’s what we’re all about.

The program involved:

  • liaising with community health groups
  • presenting to community groups (in their spaces) about these resources and our ability to help them find the information they need
  • adding resources to the library’s Goodreads account and linking them to the library’s catalogue
  • adding series descriptors on the library’s catalogue
  • adding weblinks to the library’s diigo
  • gathering recommendations from community groups about resources the library must have
  • creating the eBook with links to the library’s catalogue
  • launching the eBook on Daffodil Day at a shopping centre stall
  • adding shelf-sitters adjacent to the cancer wellness books on the shelves
  • promoting the resources to staff through eNews and employee expos.

It was devised as a proactive, community-focused information/reader service that connects people to the information they need when they need it. We’ve had some amazing feedback on the eBook and our community sessions. We now have plans to continue the program into other health areas (mental health, dementia support, nutrition, etc) and other subject areas (family legal issues, English as a second language, etc).
The eBook is a self-help bibliotherapy resource. It was inspired, of course, by the wonderful eBooks created by Sally Pewhairangi.
The pdf version is also available on the library’s website for people to print. An alternative to the issuu eBook would be a hyperlinked pdf available online and in print.

This has been so much more rewarding for me (and for our community) than sitting at a reference desk waiting for people to approach me. Those days are long gone. Vivant notitia! How can you get information services out of the building and into people’s hearts?

 

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