Workshops & courses

The State Library of New South Wales provides a range of workshops and courses both for the public and library industry professionals. 

Bookings and prepayment are strongly advised for all events and courses. Please inform the Events Liaison Officer of any special requirements, or arrangements for people with a disability.

Costs for workshops, seminars and courses include GST.

Please note that some workshops or courses need to be booked via an external agency; where this is the case, it will be indicated in the workshop or course details.

Information about the 11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School courses can be found here.

 

Men working in shed

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 10.30 AM

Talk:Strange Sydney

Join us to explore the strange and unusual tales of Sydney and surrounds. From mysterious murders to colonial ghost stories and phantom animals, find out what has intrigued and shocked Sydney over the years.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Mitchell Library

Thursday 11 February 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Where do I start? Discover the State Library

For the first-time user, this talk introduces the fantastic services and collections available at the State Library and provides a good idea of where to begin research.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Women sorting books in the Library stacks

Thursday 18 February 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:eresources for Researchers: History and Social Sciences

Designed for the experienced researcher of history and social sciences this course will reveal some of the most relevant databases and online resources available with the use of your Library card. Learn from expert librarians how to interrogate databases and online resources to achieve the best results from a targeted history or social sciences search, as well as how to export citations. Intermediate computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Children playing in the street

Wednesday 24 February 2016, 10.30 AM

Course:Starting family history research at the State Library

Family history can reveal surprising and sometimes moving lost stories that enhance an individual's understanding of who they are. Family history librarians will provide an introductory program on the State Library’s diverse family history collections.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Vintage photo of old personal study

Thursday 10 March 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Where do I start? Library Website and Catalogues

This hands-on workshop provides an overview of the services and resources available from the State Library website. Explore highlights of the Library’s collections, take a guided tour of the catalogues and browse our exhibitions and events. Basic computer skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Public Library lending bus

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Welcome to the World of eBooks

Join us for a hands-on workshop exploring how to use an ereader, phone or tablet to read ebooks. Discover the Library's ebook collections and learn how to download ebooks from popular websites.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Man working in computer room

Tuesday 22 March 2016, 6.00 PM

Workshop:Where do I start? eresources

This introductory hands-on workshop highlights the online resources available via the State Library website. Learn how to access ebooks, local and international newspapers, reference works, full-text magazines and more. Basic computer skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Horse and carriage in street

Friday 1 April 2016, 10.30 AM

Talk:NSW Senior's Week special event: Travelling through the ages

Travel inspires, educates and provides us with unforgettable memories. Australians are renowned travellers and the State Library has some fascinating tales to tell. This program will focus on resources that highlight the various methods of travel from the 1800s to the present. Join us on a journey as we look at print manuscripts and artists’ interpretations that give insight into travel experiences from the exotic to the regional. We will delve into personal diaries, magazines, photographs, sketches and advertising.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Children playing in street

Wednesday 6 April 2016, 10.30 AM

Course:Starting family history research at the State Library

Family history can reveal surprising and sometimes moving lost stories that enhance an individual's understanding of who they are. Family history librarians will provide an introductory program on the State Library’s diverse family history collections.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Man working in computer room

Thursday 7 April 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Where do I start? eresources

This introductory hands-on workshop highlights the online resources available via the State Library website. Learn how to access ebooks, local and international newspapers, reference works, full-text magazines and more. Basic computer skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Mitchell Library

Thursday 5 May 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Where do I start? Discover the State Library

For the first-time user, this talk introduces the fantastic services and collections available at the State Library and provides a good idea of where to begin research.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

People in costume

Tuesday 17 May 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Treasures of Trove

This hands-on workshop provides an introduction to the unrivalled repository of Australian and online resources available from the Trove website. Search books, images, maps, music, archives and more. Learn how to access digitised newspapers and local history information on Trove and how to sign up and add comments, edit text and tag articles. Basic computer skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Vintage study room

Thursday 9 June 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Where do I start? Library Websites and Catalogues

This hands-on workshop provides an overview of the services and resources available from the State Library website. Explore highlights of the Library’s collections, take a guided tour of the catalogues and browse our exhibitions and events. Basic computer skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Woman in fashion show

Thursday 16 June 2016, 10.30 AM

Talk:Reliving the 50s

The 1950s was a decade of recovery, celebration and renewal. Highlighting the extraordinary range of our Library collections, please join us as we step back in time to look at such themes as immigration, the Royal Visit, the Olympic Games, political events and changing popular culture.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Woman studying in Mitchell Library

Thursday 23 June 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:eresources for Researchers: Online literature and history primary resources

For experienced researchers in need of the skills to find those elusive primary sources for their literature or history research. Explore the Library’s databases and online resources with an experienced librarian who will share tips and tricks to locate the best primary sources from the Library’s eresources. Intermediate computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Mother nursing child

Tuesday 28 June 2016, 10.30 AM

Seminar:Preserving your family history: photographs

A seminar dedicated to the long-term care of printed photographs. The emphasis will be on archival storage, with tips on what materials to use and where to find them. Bring along one or two family photographs to discuss their care with a Library conservator.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

family history

Friday 1 July 2016, 10.30 AM

Talk:Climb Your Family Tree

Join us for five Family History Fridays. This short course will take you from starting your family history through to finding out all the details of your ancestors' lives. Was your ancestor a convict? When did the family first arrive in Australia? Where did they come from? Learn how to find this information for yourself and all the tips and tricks in climbing your family tree. Presented in association with the Society of Australian Genealogists, this course will include a tour of the Society’s library.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Man working in computer room

Thursday 7 July 2016, 6.00 PM

Workshop:Where do I start? eresources

This introductory hands-on workshop highlights the online resources available via the State Library website. Learn how to access ebooks, local and international newspapers, reference works, full-text magazines and more. Basic computer skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Children playing in street

Thursday 21 July 2016, 11.51 AM

Course:Starting family history research at the State Library

Family history can reveal surprising and sometimes moving lost stories that enhance an individual's understanding of who they are. Family history librarians will provide an introductory program on the State Library’s diverse family history collections.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Public Library lending bus

Thursday 25 August 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Welcome to the World  of eBooks

Join us for a hands-on workshop exploring how to use an ereader, phone or tablet to read ebooks. Discover the Library's ebook collections and learn how to download ebooks from popular websites.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Mitchell Library

Thursday 1 September 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Where do I start? Discover the State Library

For the first-time user, this talk introduces the fantastic services and collections available at the State Library and provides a good idea of where to begin research.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Vintage study room

Thursday 8 September 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Where do I start? Library Websites and Catalogues

This hands-on workshop provides an overview of the services and resources available from the State Library website. Explore highlights of the Library’s collections, take a guided tour of the catalogues and browse our exhibitions and events. Basic computer skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

People in costume

Thursday 15 September 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Treasures of Trove

This hands-on workshop provides an introduction to the unrivalled repository of Australian and online resources available from the Trove website. Search books, images, maps, music, archives and more. Learn how to access digitised newspapers and local history information on Trove and how to sign up and add comments, edit text and tag articles. Basic computer skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Children playing in street

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 10.30 AM

Course:Starting family history research at the State Library

Family history can reveal surprising and sometimes moving lost stories that enhance an individual's understanding of who they are. Family history librarians will provide an introductory program on the State Library’s diverse family history collections.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Man working in computer room

Thursday 6 October 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Where do I start? eresources

This introductory hands-on workshop highlights the online resources available via the State Library website. Learn how to access ebooks, local and international newspapers, reference works, full-text magazines and more. Basic computer skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Sydney street scene

Wednesday 19 October 2016, 10.30 AM

Talk:Exploring 20th century Sydney

Join State Library staff to discover Sydney's stories from Federation to the 2000 Olympic Games. We will view extraordinary collections of manuscripts, maps, paintings and artworks that provide a glimpse into 20th century Sydney. Practise using the Library's catalogues and other search tools, and discover the many formats that reveal how Sydney took shape in the 1900s.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Woman and child reading newspapers

Thursday 20 October 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:eresources for Researchers: online newspapers

Using the Library’s substantial eresources, learn how to locate and use historical and current online newspapers from a variety of sources including Trove, Proquest and Gale. Learn how to track back through the indexes associated with Australia's longest running newspapers and find the front page of newspapers from all over the world. For experienced researchers. Intermediate computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Mitchell Library

Thursday 3 November 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Where do I start? Discover the State Library

For the first-time user, this talk introduces the fantastic services and collections available at the State Library and provides a good idea of where to begin research.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Young people exercising

Thursday 10 November 2016, 10.30 AM

Talk:Reliving the 70s

The 1970s was a decade of great change in Australia with developments in women’s rights, Indigenous rights, politics, music and fashion. Dig out those flares and platform shoes and come along to see and hear about some of our collection highlights.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Children playing

Friday 18 November 2016, 10.30 AM

Seminar:Preserving your family history: digital media

A seminar dedicated to the long-term care of digital media such as digital images, video, documents and audio files. The emphasis will be on the vulnerability of different digital formats and tips on preservation strategies that aim to achieve archival storage.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

Vintage study room

Thursday 8 December 2016, 10.30 AM

Workshop:Where do I start? Library Websites and Catalogues

This hands-on workshop provides an overview of the services and resources available from the State Library website. Explore highlights of the Library’s collections, take a guided tour of the catalogues and browse our exhibitions and events. Basic computer skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

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