State Library NSW

Last night visited the State Library of NSW to attend the Teacher Launch Event, my turn to be a partner! The library, through the Community Learning Services was launching their new online resource Learning@the Library. This is full of digitised documents including original diaries, documents and letters – with transcriptions where appropriate. The Library has a great programme of events and it was great to talk to the staff and let them know about my historical fiction books – The Melting Pot and New Gold Mountain. As part of the evening we were also able to walk through a brand new exhibit Artists Colony: Drawing Sydney’s Nature just exquisite views from the early days of the colony.

Learning at the library

Learning at the library

The State Library and especially the beautiful Mitchell Reading Room (I just adore the floor to ceiling shelves of books and the staircases and the landings), is a special place for me because it is where I spent 4 days a week for 6 months researching my historical fiction titles. Libraries are so very important adn vital, holding the creative output of so many individuals. We need to encourage the proliferation and expansion of libraries and of course the librarians who share this fountain of knowledge.

The new online resource has  lots of classroom-ready resources linked to the national curriculum (and much more to come) so teachers are going to find this a wonderful bonus – although nothing beats the experience of sitting in the still and quiet and the cool of the reading room and leafing through the original documents and diaries; holding papers that were hundreds of years old; seeing the pen and pencil marks on the papers in the diaries; feeling the pain radiate through the drops that were on the papers; … amazing.

And for Learning Resources (@SLNSW_Learning) there was also much tweeting and twittering going on too with #learninglaunch!

Great fun!

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