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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Accessing ABS Information

Libraries often need to respond to statistical queries and locate data for clients. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has a vast range of data available free on its website: http://www.abs.gov.au/, but it can be difficult to locate the information you need.

There is a range of help available for library and information staff:
  • the ABS offers free introductory sessions. The latest Accessing ABS Information seminar at ABS House in Belconnen on the 2nd April 2008 was attended by over 60 people from a range of sectors. A hands-on workshop will be offered in the coming months, details will be posted to the ABS Training Calendar soon.
  • the ABS Services for Libraries webpages provide more information and resources for library staff (access via the 'Services we provide' link on the homepage)
  • keep up-to-date with the latest ABS information and tips for finding data via the ABS blog for librarians: Statistically Speaking
  • if you can't find what you need on the website: contact the free National Information and Referral Service for assistance - phone 1300 135 070.

For any further information contact Nicola Cross: nicola.cross@abs.gov.au

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