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.

Botanic Gardens from SL collection

Tuesday 23 September, 9.30 AM

Workshop: Then and Now - Photomontage Creations

Take inspiration from the photomontages in Sydney Transitions: 1914/2014 and create your own images merging the past and the present. Visit the Botanic Gardens to take photos of landscape scenes, then learn how to use iPad apps to merge your photos with old black and white images of the same view from the Library’s collection. Print your images and frame your favourite to take home.
Suitable for children aged 9-14 years

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

Treasure map and compass

Wednesday 24 September, 10.00 AM

Workshop: Treasure Trail

Working in groups, follow the clues along this treasure trail to solve the puzzle of the Mitchell Library.  Use a compass, camera and drawing materials to collect all the data you need, then use this information to create your illustrated map and plot your route on it.  Solve the puzzle, create your map and receive your reward!
Suitable for children aged 7-12 years

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

storytime in Shakespeare Room

Thursday 25 September, 10.00 AM

Workshop: Storytime at the Library

Join us for this fun-filled storytime and art/craft activity.
Suitable for preschoolers and their families.

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

endeavour drawing

Thursday 25 September, 5.00 PM

Workshop: Up Late at the Library!

Gear up with binoculars and torches as we head off on a treasure hunt around the library! This family event will take you on a torchlight tour of the extraordinary Mitchell Library, as we follow the trail of Captain Cook. Hunt for clues that he was here, and create your own family artwork of his ship, the Endeavour, to take home. Finish the night with a pizza dinner in our learning space.  Please advise any dietary requirements when booking.
Suitable for the whole family (with children aged 4 years and above)

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

Wednesday 1 October, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Reading Yesterday's News

Join us for this hands-on workshop and discover how to find newspapers in our computer catalogue, via our electronic databases and on the internet. Find out how you can access newspaper databases at home using your Library card. View a historic newspaper from the collection. Basic computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

eresources

Thursday 9 October, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Where do I start? eResources 

This 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 computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

social media

Friday 10 October, 10.30 AM

Course: Social Media for Beginners

See the world in a new way! Explore Instagram and Pinterest. Learn how to capture and share pictures or video, choose a filter and post to Instagram. Also learn how to create a board and organise the things you love using Pinterest. You will need an email or Facebook account before attending the course. Basic computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

documents

Friday 17 October, 10.30 AM

Workshop: 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. Rarely seen collection items will be on display.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

keyboard

Friday 7 November, 10.30 AM

Course: The Art of Searching Online

There is more to Google searching than you think! This hands-on session will help you develop the skills to get the best online results. Learn the art of keyword choice, how to use search operators and explore additional tools and functions available within Google search.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

70s women

Wednesday 12 November, 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 the highlights from our collections.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

State Library

Thursday 13 November, 10.30 AM

Talk: 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.

Tuesday 18 November, 10.30 AM

Talk: Christmas in the Colony

Join us for a festive show and tell and discover how Christmas was celebrated in the colonies. Which traditions linger and which have faded away? Examples from the collections tell their own story of the time with references to the warm weather and local flora and fauna. See original newspapers, pictures and Christmas cards held in the Library’s rich collections.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

camera

Thursday 20 November, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Preserving Your Family History: Digital Media

A seminar dedicated to the long-term care of digital media. 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.

social networking

Tuesday 2 December, 10.30 AM

Course: Social Networking for Beginners

Communicate with friends and family and make new contacts using two of the most popular social networking sites on the web: Facebook and Twitter. Set up a Facebook page and a Twitter account. You will need an email account before attending the course. Basic computing skills are required.

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

SRL verandah

Thursday 11 December, 10.30 AM

Workshop: Where do I start? Library Website & 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 computing skills are required

This event is part of the Lifelong Learning series.

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