Our stories

Celebrating Australian women on International Women’s Day

Celebrating Australian women on International Women’s Day

March 7, 2018

Our stories:

International Women’s Day is always a welcome opportunity to share stories of women. Intrepid, individual, inspiring – there are so many lives that blazed before us and often into obscurity.

Snow White and Rose Red from Little brother and little sister and other tales

Illustrated children’s books: Arthur Rackham (1867-1939)

February 6, 2018

Our stories:

Arthur Rackham’s haunting images in children’s fairy tales evoke a sense of mystery, even nightmare. They made him the leading decorative illustrator of the Edwardian era.

New editions: 144 great magazines in the heart of the Library

New editions: 144 great magazines in the heart of the Library

January 16, 2018

Our stories:

At State Library Victoria we have magazines in all shapes and sizes from over 1500 active subscriptions, perfect if you want the latest in culture, current affairs, commerce, computers, clothing, craft, cars, cricket, conservation, comets… and cockatoos?

Illustrated children’s books: Samuel and William Calvert

Illustrated children’s books: Samuel and William Calvert

January 16, 2018

Our stories:

The brothers Samuel and William Calvert established a series of children’s books in the 1870s called Calvert’s Australian Picture Books, bringing wood block printing techniques developed by the English master printer Edmund Evans to Australia.

An example of the items available in PressReader

2017 in eResources

December 19, 2017

Our stories:

State Library Victoria offers a growing collection of electronic resources. Our current eResource collection consists of over 200,000 full text eResources, including multi-subject databases, historic archives, popular magazines and scholarly… Read More ›

2017 in ebooks

2017 in ebooks

December 19, 2017

Our stories:

Our eBook collection includes biographies, travel books, titles on politics, history, philosophy, arts, health and many other subjects. We purchased our 10,000th ebook in 2017 and we are adding new titles each month.

Research Guides – get the best information

Research Guides – get the best information

December 18, 2017

Our stories:

Our Library has developed a wide range of online research guides to assist our patrons unravel the complexity and cut through the online white noise in order to access the best information for your interests and research tasks. Topics range from frequent research tasks, to tasks and interests that are regular but not frequent. They make complex subjects and collections more easily accessible, navigable and useable.

Remembering Passchendaele – 100 years on

Remembering Passchendaele – 100 years on

December 4, 2017

Our stories:

The Battle of Passchendaele has come to symbolise the horrors of the Great War, largely due to the photographs taken at the time

Digitising and cataloguing 11,000 works on paper

Digitising and cataloguing 11,000 works on paper

December 1, 2017

Collection, Our stories:

Recently the Library finished digitising 11,000 works from the collection – the result of a complex combination of research, cataloguing, scanning and photography before the works finally appear online.

Cropped image of Disarmament Sunday, Yarra Park, Sunday 6 November 1921 / Photographer: unknown / Source: Records of the Women’s International
League for Peace and Freedom Collection, State Library Victoria

Accessible, intuitive, powerful digital

November 29, 2017

Our stories:

In Towards a Theory of Digital Preservation, Moore states that ‘a preservation environment manages communication from the past while communicating with the future’ (2008, 63). This simple statement captures the essence of what all collecting institutions have been doing with their physical collections care for decades, and the challenge of how we need to approach caring for our growing digital collections.