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National Library of Australia

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National Library of Australia
National Library of Australia logo.svg
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Established 23 March 1961; 56 years ago (1961-03-23)
Reference to legal mandate National Library Act 1960
Location Canberra, ACT
Coordinates 35°17′47″S 149°07′46″E / 35.296379°S 149.129448°E / -35.296379; 149.129448
Collection
Items collected Books, magazines, pictures, photographs, maps, sheet music, manuscripts, websites
Size 6.93 million items
Criteria for collection Publications made available to the Australian public
Legal deposit Digital and hard-copy Australian published materials
Other information
Budget A$57,800,000 (2015–16)
Director Marie-Louise Ayres
Staff 400 (2016)
Website www.nla.gov.au
References: [1][2][3][4]
 National Library of Australia as viewed from Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra
National Library of Australia as viewed from Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra
 The original National Library building on Kings Avenue, Canberra, was designed by Edward Henderson. Originally intended to be several wings, only one wing was completed and was demolished in 1968. Now the site of the Edmund Barton Building.
The original National Library building on Kings Avenue, Canberra, was designed by Edward Henderson. Originally intended to be several wings, only one wing was completed and was demolished in 1968. Now the site of the Edmund Barton Building.

The National Library of Australia is the largest reference library in Australia, responsible under the terms of the National Library Act for "maintaining and developing a national collection of library material, including a comprehensive collection of library material relating to Australia and the Australian people." In 2012–2013, the National Library collection comprised 6,496,772 items, and an additional 15,506 metres (50,873 ft) of manuscript material.[3]

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  • Putting Australia on the Map
  • Overview of 'Mapping Our World' at the National Library of Australia
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  • Danny Spooner sings for The National Library of Australia collection.

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(Dr. Martin Woods) It’s a great paradox that while Aboriginal people were using maps in practical and spiritual ways in Australia, that at virtually the same moment Europeans were putting their minds to imagining what the Antipodes might be like. This went on for centuries. The early Greeks imagined an Antipodes the idea of South, that there must indeed be a Southern continent to balance the land mass in the North, along with it, the idea that there must be a place where people stand with their feet opposite yours and so the Antipodeans came into being, at least in the ancient European mind. With rediscovery of ancient European mapping sources a thousand years later maps began to appear which showed a vast continent which went by many names Terra Australis, Jave Le Grande, Magallanica were a few. Post-Columbus, people were looking for new worlds to explore and exploit - gold and other precious metals, spices, and it suited some to keep the South Land myth going. In the early 1500s much of this speculation centered on the French port of Dieppe in Normandy where cartographers apparently had access to Portuguese voyage information. In displaying the anonymous work known as The Harleian Map and The Boke of Idrography by Jean Rotz we’re bringing these two maps to Australia for the first time. They were powerful maps in their day. The Rotz Atlas was presented to Henry VIII as demonstration of his skills as a mapmaker. The Harleian Map with its huge land mass south of Indonesia is so reminiscent of Australia’s East Coast that it’s led many to accept it as a product of Portuguese or possibly French voyages long before the Dutch. It is a great pleasure to be able to exhibit the first maps of Australia by the Dutch who eventually charted the coast from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the Great Australian Bight. This was mostly a by-product of the spice and commodity trade in the islands to our North, but importantly the Dutch East India Company employed a Chief Cartographer whose job it was to build a store of maps the secret atlas of the Dutch East India Company. This stunning map painted on parchment in the early 1600s, is the work of Hessel Gerritsz, Chief Cartographer of the Dutch East India Company and a key figure in the mapping of Australia. It's hard to appreciate what an important trading power The Netherlands was in the 16 and 1700s, until you witness first hand their great skills in navigating and charting the oceans. Remarkably a few of their onboard navigation charts have survived showing the tracks of successful voyages, and some less so, as they traversed the Indian Ocean to the Spice Islands, occasionally detouring to Australia. Australia wasn’t the main game and turned out to be more a fascinating hazard than a trading opportunity. In adding Australia, or New Holland as it became known for 150 years, the Dutch mapped two thirds of the continent and included it on some beautiful maps. But with several ships lost off the W.A coast and no obvious trading partners, interest waned in Australia as a source of revenue. Soon the Dutch had other East India competitors to worry about and Australia was more or less forgotten for 50 years. [Music plays]

Contents

History

The National Library of Australia, while formally established by the passage of the National Library Act 1960, had been functioning as a national library rather than strictly a Parliamentary Library, almost since its inception.

In 1901, a Commonwealth Parliamentary Library was established to serve the newly formed Federal Parliament of Australia. From its inception the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library was driven to development of a truly national collection. In 1907 the Joint Parliamentary Library Committee under the Chairmanship of the Speaker, Sir Frederick William Holder defined the objective of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library in the following words:

The Library Committee is keeping before it the ideal of building up, for the time when Parliament shall be established in the Federal Capital, a great Public Library on the lines of the world-famed Library of Congress at Washington; such a library, indeed, as shall be worthy of the Australian Nation; the home of the literature, not of a State, or of a period, but of the world, and of all time.[5]

The present library building was opened in 1968. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Bunning and Madden. The foyer is decorated in marble, with stained-glass windows by Leonard French and three tapestries by Mathieu Matégot.[6]

Collections

In 2012–2013 the Library collection comprised 6,496,772 items, with an estimated additional 2,325,900 items held in the manuscripts collection.[3] The Library's collections of Australiana have developed into the nation's single most important resource of materials recording the Australian cultural heritage. Australian writers, editors and illustrators are actively sought and well represented—whether published in Australia or overseas.

The Library's collection includes all formats of material, from books, journals, websites and manuscripts to pictures, photographs, maps, music, oral history recordings, manuscript papers and ephemera.[7]

Approximately 92.1% of the Library's collection has been catalogued[3] and is discoverable through the online catalogue.[8]

The Library has digitized over 174,000 items from its collection[9] (the 100,000th being http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn3409117) and, where possible, delivers these directly across the Internet. The Library is a world leader in digital preservation techniques,[10] and maintains an Internet-accessible archive of selected Australian websites called the Pandora Archive.

Australian & General Collection

The Library collects material produced by Australians, for Australians or about the Australian experience in all formats—not just printed works—books, serials, newspapers, maps, posters, music and printed ephemera—but also online publications and unpublished material such as manuscripts, pictures and oral histories. A core Australiana collection is that of John A. Ferguson.[11] The Library has particular collection strengths in the performing arts, including dance.

The Library's considerable collections of general overseas and rare book materials, as well as world-class Asian and Pacific collections which augment the Australiana collections. The print collections are further supported by extensive microform holdings.

The Library also maintains the National Reserve Braille Collection.

Asian Collections

The Library houses the largest and most actively developing research resource on Asia in Australia, and the largest Asian language collections in the Southern hemisphere, with over half a million volumes in the collection, as well as extensive online and electronic resources. The Library collects resources about all Asian countries in Western languages extensively, and resources in the following Asian languages: Burmese, Chinese, Persian, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Manchu, Mongolian, Thai, Timorese, and Vietnamese.

The Library has acquired a number of important Western and Asian language scholarly collections from researchers and bibliophiles. These collections include:

The Asian Collections are searchable via the National Library's catalogue.[16]

Pictures and manuscripts

Discussion of the acquisition and preservation process of Joan Blaeu's Archipelagus Orientalis (1663) by the National Library (2013)

The National Library holds an extensive collection of pictures and manuscripts. The manuscript collection contains about 26 million separate items, covering in excess of 10,492 meters of shelf space (ACA Australian Archival Statistics, 1998). The collection relates predominantly to Australia, but there are also important holdings relating to Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and the Pacific. The collection also holds a number of European and Asian manuscript collections or single items have been received as part of formed book collections.

The Australian manuscript collections date from the period of maritime exploration and settlement in the 18th century until the present, with the greatest area of strength dating from the 1890s onwards. The collection includes a large number of outstanding single items, such as the 14th century Chertsey Cartulary, the journal of James Cook on the HM Bark Endeavour, inscribed on the Memory of the World[17] Register in 2001, the diaries of Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills from the Burke and Wills expedition, and Charles Kingsford Smith's and Charles Ulm's log of the Southern Cross.

A wide range of individuals and families are represented in the collection, with special strength in the fields of politics, public administration, diplomacy, theatre, art, literature, the pastoral industry and religion. Examples are the papers of Alfred Deakin, Sir John Latham, Sir Keith Murdoch, Sir Hans Heysen, Sir John Monash, Vance Palmer and Nettie Palmer, A.D. Hope, Manning Clark, David Williamson, W.M. Hughes, Sir Robert Menzies, Sir William McMahon, Lord Casey, Geoffrey Dutton, Peter Sculthorpe, Daisy Bates, Jessie Street, and Eddie Mabo and James Cook both of whose papers were inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme Register in 2001.[18][19]

The Library has also acquired the records of many national non-governmental organisations. They include the records of the Federal Secretariats of the Liberal party, the A.L.P, the Democrats, the R.S.L., the Australian Inland Mission, the Australian Union of Students, The Australian Ballet, the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, the Australian Institute of Urban Studies, Australian Industries Protection League, the Australian Conservation Foundation, and the Australian Council of National Trusts. Finally, the Library holds about 37,000 reels of microfilm of manuscripts and archival records, mostly acquired overseas and predominantly of Australian and Pacific interest.

The National Library's Pictures collection focuses on Australian people, places and events, from European exploration of the South Pacific to contemporary events. Art works and photographs are acquired primarily for their informational value, and for their importance as historical documents.[20]

Media represented in the collection include photographs, drawings, watercolours, oils, lithographs, engravings, etchings and sculpture/busts.[21]

Reading rooms

The large National Library building is home to various reading rooms and collections. On the ground floor is the Main Reading Room — this is where the bulk of the Library's Internet access terminals are located, and where wireless internet access is available. Services are also delivered on-site from the Newspaper & Family History zone on the ground floor, Special Collections Reading Room on the 1st floor, and Asian Collections on level 3.

Services

The National Library of Australia provides a national leadership role in developing and managing collaborative online services with the Australian library community, making it easier for users to find and access information resources at the national level.

  • Australian National Bibliographic Database[22] (ANBD) and offers free access through the Libraries Australia[23] subscription based service which is also operated by the NLA. It is used for reference, collection development, cataloguing and interlibrary lending.
  • Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP)[24] details, ISSNs and ISMNs for Australian publishers.
  • PANDORA, Australia's Web Archive. A collection of Australian online publications, established initially by the National Library of Australia in 1996, and now built in collaboration with nine other Australian libraries and cultural collecting organisations.
  • Trove, online library database aggregator

The National Library of Australia maintains a catalogue of the resources in its own collection which are available to the general public.

  • National Library of Australia Catalogue [25]

Trove

 The Trove logo
The Trove logo

Trove is an online library database aggregator, a centralised national service built with the collaboration of major libraries of Australia.[26] Trove's most well known feature is the digitised collection of Australian newspapers. By June 2013 over 10 million digitised pages, or 100 million articles were accessible through Trove.[27] Many of the NLA's resource discovery services have been fully integrated with Trove—meaning that several (such as "music Australia", "pictures Australia" and "Australian newspapers") are now accessible only through the site. Others (such as PANDORA and the ANBD) use Trove as their primary means of public access. The service is able to locate resources about Australia and Australians, which reaches many locations otherwise unavailable to external search engines.[28]

Directors

 The library seen from Lake Burley Griffin in autumn.
The library seen from Lake Burley Griffin in autumn.
  • 1901–1927 Arthur Wadsworth, Interim Commonwealth Parliamentary Librarian
  • 1927–1947 Kenneth Binns CBE, Commonwealth Parliamentary Librarian
  • 1947–1970 Harold Leslie White CBE, National Librarian
  • 1970–1974 Allan Percy Fleming CBE, National Librarian
  • 1974–1980 George Chandler, Director-General
  • 1980–1985 Harrison Bryan AO, Director-General
  • 1985–1999 Warren Horton AM, Director-General
  • 1999–2010 Jan Fullerton AO, Director-General [29][30]
  • 2011–2017 Anne-Marie Schwirtlich Director-General[31]
  • 2017-current Dr Marie-Louise Ayres Director-General[32]

See also

References

  1. ^ "NATIONAL LIBRARY ACT 1960 - NOTES". www.austlii.edu.au. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "NLA Annual Report 2015-2016 | National Library of Australia" (PDF). nla.gov.au. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Collection statistics | National Library of Australia". Nla.gov.au. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "CDP - How we collect". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "NLA.gov.au". NLA.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Sue Ebury (2008). The Many Lives of Kenneth Myer. The Miegunyah Press. p. 319. ISBN 0-522-85546-6. 
  7. ^ "National Library of Australia – Our Collections". nla.gov.au. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Catalogue Home | National Library of Australia". nla.gov.au. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "National Library Facts and Figures". nla.gov.au. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "NLA.gov.au". NLA.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ferguson Collection | National Library of Australia". www.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "NLA.gov.au". NLA.gov.au. 12 December 1984. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "NLA.gov.au". NLA.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Coedès Collection, National Library of Australia
  15. ^ "NLA.gov.au" (PDF). Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  16. ^ Asian collections, National Library of Australia
  17. ^ "Portal.unesco.org". Portal.unesco.org. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "The Mabo Case Manuscripts". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  19. ^ "The Endeavour Journal of James Cook". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  20. ^ "National Library of Australia – Pictures Collection Development Policy". nla.gov.au. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "National Library of Australia – Pictures". nla.gov.au. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  22. ^ "NLA.gov.au". NLA.gov.au. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  23. ^ "NLA.gov.au". Librariesaustralia.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  24. ^ "NLA.gov.au". NLA.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  25. ^ "Services". National Library of Australia. NLA.gov.au. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  26. ^ "National Library unveils web-based treasure Trove". ABC News. 28 April 2010. 
  27. ^ Facts and figures, National Library of Australia
  28. ^ "Trove.nla.gov.au". Trove.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  29. ^ "HISTORY OF THE LIBRARY". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  30. ^ "Friends Farewell Jan Fullerton". National Library of Australia. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  31. ^ Library Council Director-General and Executive Member Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, National Library of Australia Archived 27 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Archived
  32. ^ Director-General and Executive Member Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, National Library of Australia

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