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Spring 2016 - the stories

13th Century Antiphonal

Director’s cut

Date: 14 October 2016

Our spring edition is bursting with new buds of information about our programs, exhibitions and collections. From our education programs about World War 1 diggers to transcribing tales of a book loving wine aficionado, and a penny-farthing champion of South Australia there is something for everyone.

Born Digital 2016 Collection for the future National and State Libraries Australasia

Born Digital 2016 – The digital explosion! Are you preserving your digital memories?

Date: 12 October 2016

In August we joined libraries across Australia and New Zealand and participated in Born Digital 2016 and the inaugural digital preservation week. Born Digital 2016 aimed to raise awareness of the importance of preserving digital content for the public good and as a record of 21st century history. Digital preservation week marked 25 years since the first public website went live.

Walter Tregonning circa 1887 B47850

1887 Penny-farthing champion of South Australia

Date: 12 October 2016

In 1884 Walter Tregonning followed his two older brothers to Adelaide from the village of Perranporth on the rugged Cornwall coast. Today Perranporth is a mecca for British surfers. However in the late nineteenth century it was one of many villages suffering rising unemployment and destitution as two millennia of the tin mining industry was being overtaken by cheaper sources in the British colonies.

Australian soldier in swamp north of Nui Dat 1968 Photographer Graham McInerney

Preserving memories of the Vietnam War: Emotions still run deep

Date: 12 October 2016

The 18th August 2016, Vietnam Veterans Day, marked the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and Australia's long involvement in the Vietnam War. It was a day to remember all those men and women who served in Vietnam and the sacrifices they made but for many the memories of that time are never far from their mind.

A few of our favourite things exhibition at the State Library of South Australia

Our exhibitions: what’s waiting for you at the Library this spring?

Date: 10 October 2016

English writer Virginia Woolf once wrote: "Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes". The same can be said for exhibitions - everyone comes to see the same exhibition but we all see and take something different away with us. This is the value of the exhibition experience - it may evoke an emotion, a memory, teach you something new, reinforce or influence a belief and the list goes on.

Our recent exhibitions proved to be very popular with visitors to the Library, including international tourists. Were you one of the 12,386 visitors who saw the stunning photographs of French photographer, Frédéric Mouchet? Some of you may have been lucky enough to meet Frédéric at one of his exhibition floor talks. The exhibition of work by internationally recognised Adelaide-based artist, Franz Kempf, attracted 5,219 visitors. Each one of these visitors saw the same exhibitions but they would have seen them through different eyes.


Henry Watson PRG 456 13 1 2

Transcribing Tales: Henry Watson - Linking the State Library and the wine industry

Date: 12 October 2016

Last year I was invited to speak at the South Australian Wine Industry Association's 175th anniversary dinner. As background information, the organiser sent me a potted history of the Association, which referred to its founder, Henry Watson, a name new to me. Lo and behold, a catalogue search revealed the Library holds his 1838-39 shipboard diary (the Association was unaware of this). So I was able to include images from the diary in my slideshow and read extracts to the dinner guests, adding flesh to the bones of their founder, so to speak. Adding further magic to the occasion, Henry's first diary entry was also the date of the dinner!

Developing digital literacy skills at the State Library of South Australia

Beginner’s guide to State Library eResources - Go Digi Adelaide Pop Up Festival

Date: 10 October 2016

In September, our Community Learning Team delivered the first sessions of their adult digital literacy program A Beginner's Guide to State Library eResources. This program aims to help adults develop their skills so that they can use the Library's catalogue, eResources and digital collections. The program was also part of the Go Digi Adelaide Pop Up Festival.

Year 9 students from Ocean View College

Students answer the call

Date: 12 October 2016

Our Community Learning Team offers a range of programs to school students. One program we particularly enjoy presenting is Coo-ee digger: Experiences of South Australian World War I soldiers.


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