Waitaki Herald : July 23rd 2014
Wednesday July 23, 2014 HERALD WAITAKI DAIRY PRICE SHOCK Page 6 A bigger picture for library S By NICOLA WOLFE elfies in the library are the next big thing. A selfie photo competition is running at the Oamaru Public Library during August to help promote the technology aspect of the library. The competition, inspired by a similar event that ran at the New York Public Library (NYPL), aims to promote the library’s relevance in a technology-driven society. Library assistant Julia de Ruiter came up with the idea after reading how the NYPL competition had ‘‘re-energised’’ the library. She hopes it will do the same here. ‘‘I hope it will create a fresh pic- ture in people’s minds that the library is not just for borrowing,’’ she says. A ‘‘selfie’’ is a self-portrait some- one takes of themselves they intend to upload onto social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram. The competition is not just targeted at children and young people who use the websites, but everyone is invited to enter. ‘‘At the heart of it the compe- tition is about getting people involved in the library,’’ de Ruiter says. ‘‘Come in and take a photo of yourself in the library and upload it to the Waitaki District Library facebook page with the hashtag #oamarulibraryselfie. ‘‘Every participant gets a delicious prize.’’ There would be a grand prize winner though the prize had not yet been decided. Despite the popularity of tech- nology among young people, de Ruiter says a large number of youth still use the library and the competition was not an attempt to boost membership. ‘‘It’s not so much about attracting more youth but show- Snap shots: Oamaru Public Library’s Julia de Ruiter takes a selfie at the library as part of its latest competition. The competition runs from August 4-8 and aims to promote the library’s relevance in a technology-driven society. ing the library is about much more than borrowing books,’’she says.’’ The development of technology has meant libraries are now able to provide a wide range of resource to their communities including e-readers and audio books, computers and wifi access. ‘‘It’s a fun, light-hearted thing to do but I hope it’ll change people’s perceptions of the library and show that we have something for everybody,’’ says de Ruiter. The ‘‘selfies in the library’’ competition will run from August 4-8.
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