Story Box by Amy T: The Currents of Technology
This month, with our first Social Media classes running for members in mind, Amy reflects on technological changes within the Institute.
It is interesting to think that throughout the BMI’s history, the community has come in to read and access the most up to date information, and share new knowledge and ideas. Today, through a variety of means including the Institute being hooked up to the NBN this year (fast broadband, connected through fibre optic cable), members can utilise this connection, alongside the valuable knowledge and expertise of librarians and archivists.
Our Librarian Rosemary has seen sweeping changes at the Institute over the last 25 years.
I had a chat to Rosemary McInerney who has been with the library for a quarter century, and has seen a few changes along the way! Rosemary remembers the early days where she had to use a typewriter. But then computers came along and changed everything.
“Technology has certainly improved within the library…For borrowing we used the Browns system, which was done by hand. With computers and the internet, this certainly changed for us. Especially the knowledge that you could get from the internet regarding new books, information on authors and our loans going over to computer.”
Social Media can be a great way of connecting with like-minded people near and far, and also for sharing the story and activities of great cultural hubs like the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute. Funds raised through the workshops will go towards a library Ipad so that Rosemary and other members can use their new skills to share the BMI with the world!
Favorite books and reading memories now for the world to see.
As a postscript, I have fond memories of those yellow envelopes used for loaning out books and incorporated them into an artwork in 2013. People were invited to write down their favourite books and reading memories that were then inserted into the envelopes and hung as part of an installation celebrating the joys of reading.
And now there are even more ways to celebrate the joys of reading too, like tweeting and interacting with your favorite authors using social media.