NSW Readers’ Advisory Seminar at the SLNSW on 18 March 2015

Posted on April 14, 2015. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , , , , |

In mid March Lorraine and I were fortunate enough to go to the RA Seminar, an annual event which this year had as it’s theme this year science and science fiction. As always, it was an exciting day.

You can read about it in the Public Library Services Blog post Reading (a)loud. There are lots of links to the various presentations.


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Access to the NSW State Library databases from home

Posted on January 6, 2012. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , |

The State Library of NSW provides NSW residents with remote access to a wide number of online databases. All your patrons need is a Reader’s Card, which they can apply for online. Instructions on how to do so is on our Premium Sites page

Click here to see the list of remote access databases.

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More eBook news from the State Library

Posted on August 25, 2011. Filed under: Books, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , , |

The State Library is pleased to announce the pilot of its EBook Library (EBL) service has now begun!

This collection is comprised of 2,500 Australian books, mainly academic in nature and all being e-versions of published books held in the Library. This service is aimed at people who either can’t get in to use the collection or would like to use the book for a longer period of time or at another location and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

From the Library website click on the eresources link on the right hand side, then go to Access from Home and then scroll down to Ebook Library and log in.

You will have to be a registered State Library user to use this service, but once you’ve logged on just follow the directions and download as many books as you want. Each book will last on your device for 14 days, after which it will become inactive and you will need to re-borrow it if required.

To become a registered borrower, go to the Library website and follow the link How do I?…. get a library card for details.

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State Reference Library closure

Posted on July 18, 2011. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

The State Reference Library including the LIAC centre will be closing from 1 August to 18 September 2011 as part of the renovation to the State Reference Library.

See the blog entry for details:  We’re renovating! – Renovation project.

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Some great eResources on the State Library site

Posted on April 4, 2011. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , , |

Below is a selection of the State Library of NSW eResources that you and your customers can access from home with a Reader’s card. You can direct patrons to the links on how to get a Reader’s Card on our Premium Sites page, and there has been some previous blog entries on this topic for your information.


Provides access to the Australian Literary Database which covers Australian creative writing and Australian writers. Subjects covered by the database include books, poems, short stories, articles and reviews and can be searched by author title, genre or award. The database contains records from 1880s to the current day, with comprehensive coverage from 1988.

Biography In Context

Biography in Context is a comprehensive biographical database containing nearly 600,000 brief biographies of more than 525,000 people gathered from over 780 volumes from 120 reference sources published by Gale. In addition it includes the full text of articles from over 280 periodicals.

Book Review Digest Plus

This bibliographic database indexes and abstracts current English language fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults published or distributed in the United States or Canada. Periodical coverage includes leading magazines from the United States, Canada and Great Britain although at least one review must be from a periodical published in the United States or Canada. Reviews of textbooks, government publications, and technical books in the law and sciences are excluded.

Cambridge Collections Online

Cambridge Collections Online offers subject or theme based collections of content within a functional, fully cross-searchable online environment. CCO contains two sub-collections comprising the Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics and the Cambridge Companions in Philosophy, Religion and Culture. Each collection is updated with new Companions on publication.

The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry

The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry contains 250,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations, numbers that will continually expand with each update. The poems in full text are the most widely-read in the English language, as well as in Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Included also is poetry in Portuguese, Polish, Yiddish, Welsh, Gaelic, and other Celtic languages, as well as poems in the ancient languages: Anglo-Saxon, Provencal and Latin

Facts on File World News Digest

A complete archive of the Facts on File World News Digest, updated weekly. It covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940. Includes an extensive full-text collection of biographies, historical documents, editorials, and background articles.

General Science Full Text

This bibliographic database provides the full text of over 60 journals published in Great Britain and the United States. In addition, popular science magazines as well as professional journals are indexed. Types of materials covered include feature articles, biographical sketches, reports of symposia and conferences, review articles and book reviews. Abstracting begins in 1993, full text coverage begins in 1994.

Humanities Full Text

This bibliographic database indexes articles from 400 English language periodicals covering a wide range of disciplines in the humanities. Periodicals covered include some of the best-known scholarly journals and numerous lesser known but important specialized magazines. Sources include interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, reviews, and original works of fiction, drama, and poetry. Full text coverage from selected journals begins in 1995.


Provides online access to a wide range of Australian, Asia and Pacific research and information resources covering social sciences, education, law, criminology, film studies, health, medicine, accounting and economics, business, management, drug information, and sport.

includes: AGIS Plus Text : AGIS comprehensively indexes and abstracts articles from over 120 Australian, New Zealand and Pacific law journals. Some articles are in fulltext.


JSTOR is a high quality, interdisciplinary digital archive of scholarly material in the social sciences and humanities and the sciences. It includes the full text of non-current issues from over 1,000 leading academic journals as well as select monographs and other materials. Academic journals form the majority of the content of the archive and are included from the earliest issue onwards except for the most recent 3–5 years of issues. All titles in JSTOR are fully searchable and interlinked by citations and references. The State Library subscribes to the Arts & Sciences Collections Parts I – VIII and the Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets collection.

Library PressDisplay

Library PressDisplay is a web-based portal which provides access to 60-day back issues of over 1,400 newspapers and magazines from more than 82 countries in 39 languages.

Macquarie Dictionary

Updated annually, this online Australian dictionary includes the Macquarie Thesaurus online.

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online contains Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms with 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,000 images.

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online contains Encyclopedia of Popular Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music Online and The Oxford Companion to Music with articles on composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres, as well as biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists etc from 1900 to the present.


A multidisciplinary collection of 37 separate databases. The subject coverage is from the humanities to the pure and applied sciences, and the geographic coverage is international.

Shakespeare Collection

Use The Shakespeare Collection to access and study an extensive collection of authoritative materials supporting literary, textual, historical, and performance studies. Resources include the complete works, as well as editions and adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, other works published during Shakespeare’s time, prompt books, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries, criticism, reviews, images, and reference.

Sydney Morning Herald Archives

The SMH archives contain 820,000 pages in almost 13,000 issues from January 1st, 1955 to December 31st, 1990. The contents of all issues of the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald are fully text searchable including advertisements, captions and birth, death and marriage notices.

Full-text results are returned in an exact digital reproduction of the printed pages as they were originally published

Who’s Who in Australia

A browsable and searchable database of biographies of prominent Australians. It includes various categories like Nobel Prize Winners, Diplomats in Australia and more.

World Book

An online reference source that contains every article from the 22-volume print set of the World Book, etc. It also contains multimedia, maps, editor-reviewed Web sites.

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Happy 21st Birthday . . . PLEG

Posted on November 17, 2010. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , |

Very timely with the next PLEG survey due to start on Monday.

“Over 120 public library staff were on hand at the State Library yesterday to wish the Public Libraries Evaluation Group (PLEG) a happy coming of age. The birthday party was a highlight of Measuring Up, a seminar on evaluating your library services.

Since 1989 PLEG has been active in developing, endorsing and publicising performace measures for public libraries. These measurements continue to demonstrate the necessity and value of public libraries to their communities.”

Hurry on over to the Public Library Services  blog to read more about it. What do you reckon about that cake? Would it go round 120+ people?

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Blogging about blogs

Posted on November 3, 2010. Filed under: Blogging, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

The Public Library Services of the State Library of NSW now have a blog. Check it out here. This is the latest addition to the State Library blog suite.

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Collaborative tools from SLnsw

Posted on October 19, 2010. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians, Reference, Web 2.0 + Web 2.1, Web sites | Tags: , |

There are a number of networking tools, such as blogs, wikis, forums, available on the NSW State Library web site in the Public Library Services section. Check them out if you want further information in the areas of document delivery, literacy, reference and marketing. There is also a link to access previous seminars on Slideshare.

To join email lists in your area of interest, go here.

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SLNSW and NLA readers cards and eResources links

Posted on October 18, 2010. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians, Web sites | Tags: , , |

There are now links to the eResources pages of the State Library of NSW and the National Library of Australia on our Premium Sites page. Let your patrons know that they will find there instructions on how to get a reader’s card in order to access a wider range of online databases. Here is the added blurb:

You can also access an extended choice of premium online information from the State Library of NSW or the National Library of Australia. All you need to do is apply online for a Reader’s Card from these institutions (they will send the card to you) to access their selected web resources.

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Did you know…?

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , , , |

…that the Children Book Council of Australia web site has lists of suggested authors for different age groups (see their “For Readers” tab)?

… and that there is great historical information on the Crossing of Blue Mountains on the State Library of NSW web site?


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