Archive for March, 2010

National survey of young Australians


Mission Australia’s  National Survey of Young Australians 2010  has been launched.  The results of the survey assist with the development of programs and services that meet young people’s needs, as well as being a key resource document for policy makers in the youth space.

The survey is for all young people aged between 11 and 24 years and asks them what is important to them, what their issues of concern are, where they turn to for advice and support and their participation in community activities.

This year the survey has some additional questions, around what young people think should be done about their issues of concern, what they see as the main issues in Australia today, and how optimistic they feel about the future. These questions will help us to develop youth advocacy strategies that are shaped by the voices of young people themselves. 

Last year close to 48,000 young people participated.

The survey can be completed online at until Friday 2 July 2010.

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library (from the Mission Australia website)

do you need a story for Belonging?

A new book published in late 2009 is “Stories of Belonging: finding  where your true self lives” and edited by Kali Wendorf.

Kali says….”belonging is an aspect of our true nature.  It is not just a feeling or a sentimental experience.  When true belonging is denied, we suffer a haunting povery of the soul”

This book consists of 15 stories from writers from Australia and around the world.  They each reveal their own search to find where they belong.  Experiences range from riding the rapids of the Grand Canyon, to living in a remote village of Tibet, to being confronted with sadness and loss, to being a member of the Stolen Generation.  Ask for this book at your local public library.

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library


Do you need to know about cyber consumer protection, privacy, cybercrime, spam and social networking issues?  Cyberlaw from the Hot Topics series includes case studies and sources of further information.

You can find the Hot Topics series at your local public library and school libraries.

For a full list of Hot Topics visit Find Legal Answers site at the State Library of NSW

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library


Are you using the textbook “Living Religion” by Morrissey and others.  There is also a companion web site for this textbook.

Companion Website for Living Religion.

Living Religion

by Janet Morrissey, Peter Mudge, Adam Taylor, Greg Bailey and Paul Rule.Companion Website content provided by Nicola Edghill

To start exploring this website, make a selection from the drop-down box on the yellow toolbar and click  the ‘Go’ button

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Tell Us survey

Is success at school just about your marks? Young Australians are now having their say by joining a huge national campaign called Tell Us: Are you more than your marks?  For the first time, secondary school students are being asked what success at school really means. At, students can complete a short survey, and go into the draw to win some awesome prizes, including iPod touches, pocket cameras and Red Balloon vouchers. Students can also get creative and speak up using video, text or photography.
Tell Us is open from now until Friday 30 April. The results will be presented to Government, giving young people the chance to speak up and change the way ‘success’ is measured at school.   If you are aged 13-19, visit & take the survey now

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

 (from a post by  The Foundation for Young Australians  Melbourne Victoria 3000)



INFOCUS articles

Infocus: linking people and information
Infocus is an innovative service that links students studying for the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) with information from the State Library of New South Wales.
Specialist staff research the vast collections of the State Reference and Mitchell Libraries to identify HSC-related resources that represent a diversity of viewpoints and text types.
Some Infocus items are reproductions of rare and unique heritage materials.
Infocus provides material that is

  • specially chosen for its relevance to HSC topics, texts and issues
  • drawn from Australian and international sources
  • often hard to locate without visiting the State Library of New South Wales
  • copyright cleared so that it can be maintained in member libraries collections

Infocus items can be ordered by everyone and are delivered by mail or fax from the State Library to your home, school or library. Prepayment by cheque or credit card is required. Items can also be purchased at the Library, Macquarie St., Sydney. Schools and libraries can become members of Infocus and receive printed copies of the complete Topic List of resources, as well as enjoying additional member benefits.

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

HSC Exam Papers from 2009

These are available on -line at the NSW Board of Studies website

HSC Exam Papers

Past Higher School Certificate Examination Papers and Notes from the Marking Centre

2009 HSC Examination Papers and Notes from the Marking Centre (including Marking Guidelines)

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

The Kokoda Track

Coming soon in 2010 is a new website developed for students

The Kokoda Track 1942 – In 1942, along a narrow track over the rugged mountains of Papua New Guinea, 625 Australians were killed and over 1000 wounded…

The fighting there, against a Japanese invasion force, was perhaps the most significant battle fought by Australians in World War II.

This site will help students to understand about this extraordinary event: Why it occurred, who was involved and what it was like to face death in the jungled mountains along the Kokoda track.

Visit to register your interest.

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an Australian cultural icon

The Sydney Harbour Bridge site includes a the history of the bridge plus engineering science details.   This site provides support for teachers and students who wish to explore aspects of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in their studies.  Articles include: Why Sydney Harbour needed a bridge: a missing link, JJC Bradfield and JT Lang: the movers and shakers, The bridge-builders, The 1920s – working lives, Six million rivets: The timeline.  There is also a special section for engineering studies with articles on Mechanics, Hydraulics, materials, Surveying and Professional Issues

Scan of original 94-page document. "Report on Tenders, 1924"   Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

visit HSC on-line at Charles Sturt University

This site has articles and information on HSC subjects done by real teachers who are employed to write material for HSC students.  It is organised by the subjects you study so its easy to find material relevant to your studies.  Visit

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library