Collect Connect Community: an introduction to the State Library

This interactive hands-on program aims to increase informed referrals from NSW public libraries and their clients to the State Library website and services. The Library’s Strategic Plan Collect Connect Community will provide the thematic framework for exploring the State Library and associated websites and the wide range of Library services online.

The program will suit all levels of staff including new public library staff and those seeking to refresh their knowledge.

State Library NSW exterior entrance

State Library NSW exterior entrance

In addition to introducing public library staff to the role and history of the State Library, participants will learn to:

  • conduct searches for books and pictures in our collections
  • conduct searches for content across the website
  • understand the role of Public Library Services
  • find out about the specialist services Find Legal Answers, Drug Info, Multicultural Services and NSW.net 
  • explore our Events, Exhibitions and Stories
  • understand how public library clients can access eResources from home (including access conditions)
  • use Research Guides
  • direct clients to the range of ways of using the Ask a Librarian service
  • connect their communities to Learning and Indigenous Services
  • connect their communities to local information in the State Library’s collection (photos, maps and newspapers).

Please note this course will be delivered using iPads.

Feedback from participants

A good opportunity to learn and ask questions because of the small group size - less intimidating and more conducive to chat 

Presenters were knowledgeable and passionate about their work and this made the day interactive and enjoyable.

My knowledge and capacity to utilise the State Library resources has increased tenfold.

All public library staff regardless of experience would benefit from this course.

2017 Program

There will be eight sessions in 2017:

Friday 5 May 9am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 5pm

Thursday 15 June 9am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 5pm 

Friday 15 September 9am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 5pm 

Thursday 16 November 9am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 5pm 

Each session runs for 3.5 hours, including a short tea break. There are 12 participants in each session.

All sessions have been fully booked. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please contact Catherine Bryant.

The State Library also provides the cost of first class return rail travel for participants travelling from libraries more than 100km away - more details can be found on the travel claim form.