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Collection Discovery is expanding

Collection Discovery is expanding

November 21, 2023

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Research tips, Tips and tricks:

We’re expanding the Collection Discovery module to include new categories and showcase many more of the Library’s fabulous digitised collections. So what are you waiting for? Begin a virtual wander through some of our artworks, photographs, posters, maps, and much more now!

VCE English, EAL & literature research guide

Getting help with VCE research

November 16, 2023

Ask a librarian, Research tips:

Our VCE research guides provide a wealth of resources and research tips for several VCE units, including the new English and EAL ‘Framework of ideas’.

Online Collection Spotlight: Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History

Online Collection Spotlight: Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History

November 15, 2023

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Social life & customs, Uncategorized:

What were the conditions like on the Trans-Siberian railway for women in the 1930s? Which American city was most like Melbourne in the 50s? And does anyone know what to wear to dinner when traveling first-class by ship? Learn about travel writing, but from a uniquely female perspective in the Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History database.

Top blogs of 2023

Top blogs of 2023

November 14, 2023

News, Our stories, Tips and tricks:

Our incredible Librarians have added more than 50 new posts to the State Library Victoria blog this year. But what posts were most beloved by our audience?

The unsolved mystery of the ‘Pride of Australia’

The unsolved mystery of the ‘Pride of Australia’

November 3, 2023

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

In 1991, a seven-kilogram gold nugget was stolen from its display case in a daring raid on the Museum of Victoria. Speculation was rife that it was an inside job, but neither the thieves, nor the gold, were ever found.

Careful work for Howard Arkley’s ‘Casual Works’

Careful work for Howard Arkley’s ‘Casual Works’

November 1, 2023

Collection Care, Conservation:

State Library Victoria recently acquired 27 works on paper from Howard Arkley’s 1988 exhibition, Casual Works: Working Drawings, Source Material, Doodles, 1974-1987. This material forms part of a larger collection… Read More ›

‘Believe me to be your fellow laborer and friend’: The friendship between Redmond Barry and Augustus Tulk

‘Believe me to be your fellow laborer and friend’: The friendship between Redmond Barry and Augustus Tulk

October 24, 2023

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

Sir Redmond Barry and Augustus Tulk are significant figures in the story of our State Library, as the first President and Chief Librarian. But what was their relationship like? Their personal correspondence provides an insight.

National Bird Week: Some of our birds

National Bird Week: Some of our birds

October 16, 2023

Collection spotlights:

On the eve of the Aussie Bird Count, explore some of the birds in our collections.

Knitting, coding, and the stars: caring for a time-based media artwork in a library collection – Part 2

Knitting, coding, and the stars: caring for a time-based media artwork in a library collection – Part 2

October 9, 2023

Collection Care, Conservation, Preventive conservation:

Through a two-part blog, gain a behind-the-scenes insight into ‘Stargazing’, a contemporary multimedia artwork that was the centrepiece of the Library’s Handmade Universe exhibition. Learn about the process of preparing it for display, a preventive conservation treatment undertaken once the artwork was deinstalled, and considerations for its care and future access.

3D modelling for ‘Beyond the Book’, bringing rare books to life by photogrammetry technique

3D modelling for ‘Beyond the Book’, bringing rare books to life by photogrammetry technique

October 9, 2023

Digitisation, Rare Books & Arts:

Learn more about the meticulous and extensive photogrammetry work undertaken by the Library’s Digital Production team in preparation for the digital exhibition, Beyond the Book: A digital journey through the treasures of the Emmerson Collection.