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Worker shelves traditional libraries
ACT librarian Kerri Buckley.
Picture: Elesa Lee
AS a librarian, Kerri Buckley doesn't
spend her days dusting books, silenc-
ing noisey patrons and handing out
overdue book fines.
She says public libraries have
changed a lot over the past few decades
-- evolving into meeting places for the
community where books aren't the
only thing on offer.
From author talks to workshops,
seminars and activities for new
parents, there is plenty to keep visitors
"I have a bit of a passion for
encouraging people to come into the
library for non-traditional reasons,"
"I feel that most people think we're
all about books and DVDs and
borrowing things, but I like to see
people come into the library to find out
something new, or enjoy the space for
what it is and to meet people."
After obtaining a degree in librarian-
ship from the University of Canberra,
Ms Buckley joined Libraries ACT nine
Since then she has worked for the
organisation in various roles all over
Canberra and has loved every minute
"What I like about my job is that you
can directly affect someone's life," she
said. "You can tell them something
new and ... open them up to new
"I like working with kids because
you can see them change and develop
-- you can see that progression a lot
Ms Buckley recently joined the team
at Gungahlin Library -- one of the
capital's newest and most
The library is jointly used by the
public and the students who attend the
neighbouring Gungahlin College.
The interactive floor in the chil-
dren's area is an example of the
innovative technology-based inclu-
sions at Gungahlin.
"I think we have to keep up with
technology ... we don't want to lose
our young customers," Ms Buckley
said. "We're even getting into e-books
now, which is great."
Ms Buckley said the fact that almost
60 per cent of Canberrans held a
library membership was testament to
Close to three million items were
borrowed from ACT Libraries last year
-- an increase of 11 per cent on 2010.
"I believe traditional books are
never going to die, that people will still
continue to use them," she said.
"I don't think [libraries will] ever
not be used, but I think it's important
for us to be continually promoting
ourselves and our value in the com-
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