29 November 2013
New members of Library Council of NSW appointed
The NSW Government has welcomed the appointment of three members of the Library Council of NSW, Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, said today.
He said Ms Maxine Brenner and Ms Susan Doyle were newly appointed Council members, while Dr John Vallance had been reappointed for a third term. The three-year terms of the members will start on 1 January 2014.
“It is my great pleasure to confirm these appointments to the Library Council of NSW which oversees and guides the management of the State Library of NSW and the state wide Public Library Network,” Mr Souris said.
“The State Library of NSW is one of the State’s pre-eminent cultural institutions with assets worth $2.2 billion. It is NSW’s main public reference and research library, housing a collection that includes nine of the 11 First Fleet journals. The Library also administers public library grants and subsidies, including the Government’s regional library revitalisation package and funding for wireless internet in regional libraries.
“The newly appointed Council members will bring substantial experience and expertise in law, public administration, teaching and the arts to their roles advising on the promotion, provision and maintenance of library and information services for the people of NSW.”
29 November 2013
Digitisation & Imaging: Christmas & New Year 2013-14 Opening Hours and Turnaround Times
The last day on which photographic and digital orders may be placed for the standard 3 week turnaround is Friday 29th November 2013.
These orders will be completed on or before Friday, 20th December 2013
Over the Christmas/New Year period, the following turnaround time will apply:
For orders placed:
From: Saturday 30th November, 2013
Until: Monday, 6th January, 2014
Allow: 4 weeks turnaround
(i.e. add 1 calendar week to the standard turnaround time)
Turnaround times will be calculated from the date of the cash register imprint on the client’s order form.
Express orders must be approved with photographic staff before the client is given approval. Express orders that have not been discussed with Imaging Services will not be possible.
Digitisation & Imaging will be closed for the Christmas period as follows:
From: Tuesday, 24th December 2013 at 11:30am
Until: Monday, 6th January 2014 at 10:00 am
No Digitisation & Imaging staff will be present during this period.
Standard service (3 weeks) delivery will resume from Monday, 6th January, 2014.
Bruce York (9273 1482)
Digitisation and Imaging Services
28 November 2013
Opening Hours for Christmas and New Year
The State Reference Library and Special Collections in the Mitchell Library will be closed during the holiday period.
Public study spaces with free Wi-Fi (located in the Mitchell Library and Verandah), Exhibition Galleries, the Library Shop and Cafe Trim will stay open.
Check the Christmas and New Year 2014 opening hours for details.
28 November 2013
Revitalising the Mitchell Reading Room
- restoring the Mitchell Library Reading Room to its role as a magnificent public reading room
- opening up more heritage spaces for public use
- creating a new space dedicated to research and scholarship
- providing better access to the Library’s unrivalled collections and services.
What to expect
The Mitchell Library Reading Room will continue to function as a public reading room.
Access to reference & printed materials
From early December the Library’s reference and printed materials will be made available solely from the State Reference Library in the Macquarie Street building.
Access to special collections
Manuscripts, pictures, oral history, rare books and maps will continue to be accessible in the Mitchell Library Reading Room until a space for research and special collections is re-established.
Continuing the history and tradition of the Mitchell Reading Room
The revitalising will restore the Mitchell Library Reading Room to its role as a magnificent public reading room and return the space to its original layout from 1942, when it was opened as the General Reference Library.
The Library’s capacity to evolve and respond appropriately to changing client needs and preferences is one of the principal reasons that it is so trusted and valued.
Your feedback has emphasised the need for our collections to be accessible from the one location. The changes mean that you will no longer have to work across two reading rooms to use reference and printed materials.
The popularity of our Verandah space in the Macquarie Street building has also highlighted the need for more informal study spaces. The Mitchell building renewal will open up more of the building for public use. There will be more tables and chairs in the Mitchell Reading Room, as well as free Wi-Fi. You can keep your bags and bottled water with you.
If you would like to know more please speak to Library staff, and check our website for updates on the revitalisation of the Mitchell.