2017 Inky Award longlist announced, teens invited to apply for judging panel

2017 Inky Award longlist announced, teens invited to apply for judging panel

February 23, 2017

Announcements, News:

The Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria has announced the longlist for the 2017 Inky Awards for young adult literature.

Maggie 'Herself', Maggie Diaz, 1950-1969

Maggie Diaz: remembering a life as modern as tomorrow

February 17, 2017

Events, Photography:

Maggie Diaz was an American-born Australian commercial photographer. She lived and worked in Melbourne from 1961 until her death in October 2016. She was 90 years old. On Friday 24 February, 2017—on the eve of what would have been her 91st birthday—the State Library of Victoria is holding a public memorial in her honour.

5 things to do at the Library during White Night Melbourne

5 things to do at the Library during White Night Melbourne

February 16, 2017

Events:

You’re going to be spoilt for choice if you’re wandering around White Night Melbourne. Thankfully, we’ll have enough for you to see and do here at the Library that you won’t have to worry about deciding how to spend your time.

Say it with scorn: Vinegar valentines from the collection

Say it with scorn: Vinegar valentines from the collection

February 14, 2017

Our stories:

Rejection rather than affection was the theme of early 19th-century paper valentines.

Google Doodle, 9 February 2017

Access four centuries of women’s history with your library card

February 9, 2017

News:

In the late 1800’s, Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the revolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women’s rights.

Intrada, 2016, c1974

New Listening in Arts: Shows & Soundtracks : Bright Star to Chinatown, and much more.

February 2, 2017

Arts, Film, Music:

For the New Year, some great new additions to the Library’s large and growing collection of film soundtracks, and Broadway musical cast albums. From classic scores like Chinatown and Mame, to the contemporary sounds of Waitress and… Read More ›

State Library Victoria calls for Fellowships for 2017

State Library Victoria calls for Fellowships for 2017

January 31, 2017

News:

Applications are now open for artists, performers, filmmakers, writers, composers – or anyone with an interesting idea – to tap into the State Library’s rich collections through its annual Fellowships program.

'Cruising in search of whales'

Castaway in the Siberian Arctic

January 31, 2017

People & professions, Such was life:

David Wilkinson joined Victoria’s first whaling expedition, aboard the ship Japan under the command of Frederick Barker. On 5 March 1869 Japan weighed anchor in Hobson’s Bay and commenced a voyage from which she would never return.

Inside the lab: How we prepare for an exhibition

Inside the lab: How we prepare for an exhibition

January 24, 2017

Our stories:

The Library’s Conservation department works behind-the-scenes to ensure all collection and loan material selected for an exhibition is prepared and installed to a museum standard. The recent installation of ON AIR: 40 years of 3RRR was no exception.

The last residential caretaker

The last residential caretaker

January 20, 2017

Our stories:

George Swain, the State Library’s last residential caretaker sadly passed away this week. A WWII veteran, he brought up a family of six children in an apartment on the roof of the Library’s dome, living there until the early 80s. In a post he wrote for the dome centenary in 2013, George reminisces about bringing up his family on the roof of the Library.

Such was life

Australian ornithologists in Siberia

Australian ornithologists in Siberia

April 28, 2017 0 comments

In 1903 the Australian ornithologist Robert Hall (1867-1949) embarked on his major expedition to Siberia (via Japan and Korea), to collect specimens and eggs of Siberian birds known to migrate… Read More ›

Arts

Half a Cow Records, 2016

New Sounds : local performers, Electrical Bananas, Firework Dogs & assorted others.

April 7, 2017 0 comments

Lots of new arrivals in the Library’s large collection of recordings by local groups, performers and composers, all released on independent labels.