While the doors may be closed at Bundaberg Regional Libraries, staff are finding new ways to communicate with members during Coronavirus restrictions.
Information Services Librarian Stephen Harris hosted the first Zoom video catch-up with a handful of residents last week to gauge how the library's patrons want to interact.
Stephen said 11 members took part in the test session, which was a resounding success.
“We discussed what people were doing during their time in isolation as well as the hobbies that were keeping them busy including computer games, quilting clubs and ukulele lessons,” he said.
“We also discussed what they might be able to learn from the library staff using Zoom which included wanting to know how to use the libraries eServices and how to become experts in Zoom.”
Stephen said Zoom was a video-conferencing app that enabled groups of people to chat together at any one time.
He said the technology was highly beneficial during a time of social distancing.
“COVID-19 has presented us with a problem many thought would never happen and that is a disconnect with the services and entertainment that we enjoy and love,” Stephen said.
“In a time when we are all encouraged to social distance, Zoom provides the closest experience to being in a social group where participants can interact with each other and be heard and seen as individuals who are important.
“Embarking on this technological experiment will help us re-engage with the cultural sector of Bundaberg and possibly deepen our understanding of its critical importance to community.”
Stephen said the next Zoom chat would be held on Wednesday, 22 April at 10am.
“After the chat the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre will host a Zoom discussion of the film Looking for Grace.
“The movie discussion will take place at 12 noon and the movie can be streamed from the Library's Kanopy eService.”
The film can be watched here https://bundaberg.kanopy.com/product/looking-grace