Archive for October, 2009

NSW Youth Week 2010 Design Competition


Are you a young person who loves art? Want to have your creative design seen across NSW? Want to win $1,000? Enter the NSW Youth Week 2010 Design Competition! Youth Week is a celebration of young people. Part of that celebration is giving young people the opportunity to express themselves creatively, in a way that can help promote Youth Week across the state.  The winning entry will be used for the NSW Youth Week 2010 website, poster and other promotional materials.

 The winning entry may take the form of a poster, or a website, or just some images jotted down on paper. It may be a photo, or a drawing, or a totally electronic graphic design.  The design may work around the words ‘National Youth Week’; use this year’s theme, “Live it Now!”; or incorporate the safe driving messages of major sponsor It could be anything – as long as it’s funky, creative, and says something about what it means or feels like to be a young person in NSW.

Entrants must: – Be under the age of 25, – Live in New South Wales, – Have entries submitted by 5pm, Monday 16 November 2009, – Submit their own original design – you can’t copy (plagiarise) anyone else’s work, – Submit the design electronically as a .jpeg or .pdf file, or in hardcopy on paper no larger than A4

 The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and have their work promote Youth Week in NSW through its posters and website. Entries close 5pm, Monday 16 November 2009.  For the full terms and conditions and more information, please visit the website at

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

History of Social Media – Pop Culture

This interesting website “History and Evolution of Social media” covers 9 major social media topics:  Precursors to Social Media, early Social Media, Advances, Niche Networks, News & Bookmarking, Real Time Updates, Lifestreaming and Lifecasting, Concerns and Criticisms and the Role of Social Media in Pop Culture.  This article was found on an interesting website called webdesignerdepot

Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library (from a news item on a SLNSW e-list)


2010 United Nations Australian Youth Rep.

      2010 Australian Youth Representative  Applications are now open for the 2010 Australian Youth Representative Position!   
Each year since 1999 the United Nations Youth Association and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has chosen one young Australian to be the Youth Representative in Australia’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.  
In 2010, this could be you!  
The Australian Youth Representative is responsible for representing the views and interests of Australian young people to the United Nations. The Australian Youth Representative will have the amazing opportunity to journey around Australia to further understand the depth and breadth of the opinions of young Australians, before travelling to the Australian Mission. Once in New York they will work in the UN as a fully accredited member of the Australian Delegation, working closely with Australian diplomatic personnel. They will also work with fellow Youth Representatives from other Member States to advance the youth agenda and meet with UN staff to formulate new projects for young people around the world! 
Young Australians between the age of 15 and 24 are strongly encouraged to apply for this exciting position!

Applications will close on the 2nd of November, 2009.

 For more information and to apply, go to

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library (from a Youthgas post)

Perspective, a new journal of youth writing on international affairs and domestic policy

Perspective Journal Cover

The United Nations Youth Association of Australia (UNYA) is proud to launch Perspective, a new journal of youth writing on international affairs and domestic policy. Perspective aims to provide an outlet for the views of young people who have a unique perspective and an intrinsically fresh approach to a range of global issues. Perspective volunteer managers, editors and designers have high hopes: wanting it to become the cornerstone of youth opinion and intellect.

The new issue is jam-packed with some incredible articles that were handpicked from approximately 80 submissions. Each article offers the reader a highly intelligent and inventive approach to some of the most complex problems our world faces today, such as climate change, human rights, war crimes, child prostitution and gender issues.

Individual articles and the whole journal are available to download from the UNYA Australia Site

These are the example articles from the current Winter edition:

  • Coffee, Laneways & Child Prostitution: Eradicating Melbourne’s Hidden Shame
  • Accessing Clean Safe Water in Africa: Privatisation and the World Bank
  • State Failure in the Pacific: Howard Versus Rudd
  • “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” Rhetoric Vs. Reality
  • Climate Change and You: How is the Human Rights Discourse Informing Climate Change Policy?
  • Slow Justice or No Justice? Sexual Violence During the Rwandan Genocide
  • Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

    Looking for Primary Source materials for your history assignment?

    The Australia Post website “Letters of a Nation” has hundreds of original letters, by Australians.  They can be searched by CATEGORY eg migration, politics, war, milestone events, or by TIME PERIOD eg 1850-1899, 1940-1949.  The letters also have transcripts – so you don’t have to read the difficult older handwritings.

    One of the letters on the Australia Post site
    One of the letters on the Australia Post site

    The  “Letters of a Nation Archive” is at

    Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library