NSW public library local studies meeting at Rockdale Library in March 2018

In March the NSW Local Studies group met at the new Bayside Library, Rockdale for a jam packed day of talks, peer catch-ups and to share stories, ideas and advice.


After all the preparations by the committee and Bayside’s Local Studies Librarian, Kirsten Broderick, it was fantastic to see a record number of attendee. 

Local studies at Rockdale Library

Local studies at Rockdale Library


The day commenced with a look at Recollect, a digital asset management system, used collecting institutions in New Zealand and Australia as a way to share a variety of resources including photographs, oral histories, ephemera and maps. I should note by the end of the presentation we were all very envious envisaging what we could do with our collections using this platform!


The next session was sobering with Professor Lyndall Ryan discussing  the Colonial Frontier Massacres in Eastern Australia website which ‘maps’ documented massacres of aboriginal people and colonist from 1788 to 1872.


In the afternoon we had the opportunity of hearing about the Curtis digital object repository. Curtis with its powerful search facility enables objects to be selected from a number of  repositories which can then be shared and re-used.


Over the last few years the collecting of social media has been tagged as incredibly important but its very nature makes this difficult. However, both Richmond Upper–Clarence and the Inner West libraries showed how they have successfully harvested Instagram hashtags.


Another highlight was the ’10 slides in 5 minutes’ a series of impressive lightening talks from Cessnock, Hawkesbury, Ryde, Sutherland, Wollongong and Bayside on how they are successfully working with their communities to locate, collect and share local stories.


For more information and the minutes of this meeting, follow this link.


This is a guest blog post by Donna Braye.