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We have been very excited this week to finally launch our new Digital Collection of ebooks and audiobooks. This is a virtual library created for us by OverDrive, a company which also provides virtual libraries to all of the public libraries in South-East Queensland.

Staff were introduced to the collection first, and enthusiastically welcomed the new service. Many of the boys have also installed the OverDrive Media Console on their smartphones this week, and are now enjoying the convenience and ease of access which the new collection allows. They can also download to their laptops using OverDrive Media Console and Adobe Digital Editions.

From the Library staff point of view, the new collection will save a significant amount of time, because once the loan period has expired, the files become inactive on the boys’ devices and reappear on our virtual bookshelf – meaning no overdues!

Mobile technology represents a significant cultural shift in our society, so we are very pleased to be able to provide this service for our school population.  Tony Keusgen, Head of Technology for Google Australia, comments that “Australia has the world’s highest per capita use of mobile phones, and by 2013, more internet searches will be done on smartphones than desktop computers.” Our new ebook collection is part of our shift towards making content available anywhere, anytime and on any device.


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Sherlock Holmes in the Library


With the holidays fast approaching, the last week of term is always an ideal time for the boys to stock up on holiday reading.  We constantly have the latest titles arriving in the Library, so there is always plenty of good reading material available to choose from.

For boys who enjoy classic mysteries, we currently have a display in the Library of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie novels.  After the release of the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downie Jr and Jude Law, many of the old classic Sherlock Holmes books were reprinted with new covers, sparking a resurgence of interest in these great titles.

There are also a number of Sherlock Holmes book apps available for download from the iTunes App Store:
-  for iPads – The Sherlock Holmes Collection and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
-  for iPhones – The Adventrues of Sherlock Holmes (Classique), Sherlock Holmes – 3D Classic Literature, The Sherlock Holmes Collection

Byook have also recently released a “beyond words” version of Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, featuring animations and music to accompany the text, as you can see from this YouTube video.

In any case, boys can always seek advice for their reading from any member of the Library staff.

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