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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.

Portrait of Mme de Staël, Marie Eléonore Godefroid

Madame de Staël, liberal thinker and writer of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic periods

November 28, 2017

Our stories:

Madame de Staël was one of the most fascinating, intelligent and influential women of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic years. Brilliant, passionate and intense, she lived life through her passion for politics and love at the highest levels of society.

An illuminated Qur’an from the Michael Abbott Collection of Southeast Asian Islamic Manuscripts. Photograph: Emily Keppel

Islamic Bookbinding

November 23, 2017

Collection Care, Conservation, Our stories, Preservation:

While the Western tradition of bookbinding is well represented in the State Library Victoria (SLV) collection, the Library also holds a small but fascinating assortment of manuscripts produced in the Islamic world. A clear understanding of the different materials and structures used in the production of Islamic manuscripts is essential for the Library’s Book Conservators to make informed decisions regarding appropriate methods for preservation, repair and display.

Illustrated children’s books: Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886)

Illustrated children’s books: Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886)

November 16, 2017

Our stories:

Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) broke late 19th century conventions of children’s book illustration by interpreting stories rather than decorating them, peopling them with cheeky caricatures involved in chaotic escapades.

Young Dick from Slate and pencil-vania

Illustrated children’s books: Walter Crane (1845-1915)

October 11, 2017

Our stories:

Walter Crane (1845-1915) is today best known for his ornately illustrated 19th century children’s books. He designed artwork for the British master printer Edmund Evans in a variety of capacities for ten years, before Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway joined him as Evans’ triumvirate of children’s Toy Book illustrators.