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Latest News - 2017


National Simultaneous Storytime 2018

23 October 2017

Details for National Simultaneous Storytime 2018 have been announced and the featured book is ‘Hickory Dickory Dash’ by Tony Wilson...

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Human Library at Auckland Library

19 October 2017

The role of Libraries in supporting the homeless members of their communities has been a big topic this year. Most...

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Keeping Up With The Librarians

18 October 2017

Invercargill Librarians have gone viral with their parody of the Kardashians’ magazine cover for the 10th anniversary of ‘Keeping up...

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Saunders wins Man Booker 2017

18 October 2017

The 2017 Man Booker Prize has been won by US author George Saunders for his debut novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”.

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ABC's The Book Club to end

13 October 2017

After 11 years the ABC’s 'The Book Club' is set to end after its Christmas Special on December 19th 2017.

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Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature 2017

6 October 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017.

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Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018 Speakers

4 October 2017

The Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018 will be held on the Gold Coast 30 July-2 August and the first...

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Miles Franklin Literary Award 2017

8 September 2017

Australia’s most prestigious literary award has been bestowed on Josephine Wilson for ‘Extinctions’, published by UWA Publishing.In a year when...

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Australian Reading Hour

5 September 2017

On Thursday 14 September, thousands of Australians will be taking time out to read for an hour.

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NZ Poet Laureate Announced

28 August 2017

Selina Tusitala Marsh has been announced as the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2017-19.

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NSW Government abandons council amalgamation legal battles

27 July 2017

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that the NSW government will no longer force the mergers of 14 Sydney local...

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Comic Con-versation 2017

29 June 2017

We love graphic novels at James Bennett so we are excited about Comic Con-versation 2017. It runs from the 10th-15th July.

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Australian Library Design Awards

27 June 2017

Last week we saw the presentation of the first ever Library Design Awards.

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collectionHQ and SOLUS Announce Joint Initiative

22 June 2017

collectionHQ, the world’s leading collection performance improvement solution and Solus, a global library technology provider, have just announced a new...

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Glen Street Library Opens

5 June 2017

The new Glen Street Library in Belrose, NSW was officially opened on Friday 2 June 2017 by Michael Reagan, former...

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ASA seeks DLR Reform

18 May 2017

As reported in Book+Publishing the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has written to the government urging them to extend the...

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Marija Pericic wins 2017 Vogel Literary Award

27 April 2017

The 2017 Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award has been announced. The winner is Marija Pericic with her novel 'The...

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ABC's The Book Club announces first list for 2017

15 March 2017

ABC's The Book Club has announced the first four books for the 2017 season! To start this 11th season of...

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Kate Grenville wins Australia Council Award

7 March 2017

Kate Grenville has won the 2017 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

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CBCA Notables list announced

3 March 2017

The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced the list of Notable Books (Longlist) for the 2017 CBCA Book...

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The 89th Academy Awards

1 March 2017

The 89th Academy Awards winners have been announced.

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New Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust

21 February 2017

“What can I tell you about it? The first thing to say is that Lyra is at the centre of...

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New York Times Reduces Bestsellers lists

31 January 2017

The New York Times has announced that it will reduce the number of their print and ebook bestseller lists.

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SMH Literary editor Susan Wyndham Leaving

10 January 2017

Susan Wyndham, literary editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, has announced that she will be leaving the publication at the...

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Kim Jardine New Managing Director at James Bennett

6 January 2017

Kim Jardine has been appointed as the new Managing Director at James Bennett, effective January 1st 2017.

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5 January 2017

Wikipedia has launched a campaign to encourage Librarians around the world to each add a reference to Wikipedia. The One...

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Florida's Fake Borrowers

4 January 2017

A couple of senior library staff at East Lake County library in Florida have been discovered to have created fake...

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Productivity Commission's final report

3 January 2017

The Productivity Commission released its final report into Intellectual Property Arrangements on December 20. This report recommends the adoption of...

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