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The Library Detective – Christchurch City Libraries podcasts

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17 September 2008

Christchurch City Libraries break into the world of podcasting next week with a documentary-style series of six podcasts on the behind-the-scenes world of libraries.

The podcasts look at popular library services such as storytimes, follow books and other items on their journey around the city and uncover the treasures of the digital and physical library which are available to everyone in Christchurch.

The series of six 25-minute podcasts provide a fresh insight into how libraries work in the 21st century, library online services says editor Andy James.

“If your relationship with the library is limited to borrowing the odd book, or maybe even less active than that, the podcasts could change your library experience completely,’’ he says. “In six varied episodes, Joanna and the team discover there's a whole lot more to libraries today. The podcasts themselves are a great example of that - they're just part of our extensive digital library, open online 24/7, helping you to find information you can trust. Head to and explore our fantastic resources, including unique content, recommended books, websites and more, as well as free member-only access to premium sites.’’

Produced by New Zealand Radio Award winner Joanna Cobley and library staff, the podcasts will reveal there’s much more to libraries than meets the eye for customers.

“I was absolutely delighted when someone from the digital library team suggested that I should 'get lost ... in the library',” she says.

“Libraries and books have always been central to my life but I always wondered what happened behind the scenes. The Library Detective project has provided me with fond memories from chatting with the mobile bus librarians over a freshly brewed cuppa during their morning tea break, to feeling mortified when a fast moving nine-month old baby planted its mouth onto my microphone while recording Kirsten take Babytimes at Spreydon Library! Yes, libraries are more than books - they're about meeting people, learning something new, and being surprised,” she says.

The podcasts will be available on each Monday, including an RSS feed which customers can subscribe to For customers who prefer traditional broadcasting, the podcasts will also be aired on Plains FM96.9 fortnightly on Saturdays at 4.30pm, with a repeat the following Wednesday at noon.

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