What lies beneath the State Library?

Thursday, 27 April 2017

An exciting new digital project launching tonight will lift the lid on almost six million items held underground in the stacks of the State Library of NSW.

Unstacked, developed by Digital Creatives Elisa Lee and Adam Hinshaw, is the result of the State Library’s inaugural DX Lab Fellowship - the first fellowship of its kind to be offered by an Australian cultural organisation. It offers an innovative way of experiencing and engaging with the State Library’s rich collection by providing a virtual window into what Library users are searching for and requesting physically and digitally ‘from the stacks’.

Acting NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive, Lucy Milne said: “It’s great to see our first DX Lab Fellowship delivering exciting results. Unstacked is an example of how this Fellowship can help bring to the surface our vast collection which includes millions of digital objects.

“By working with innovators like Elisa and Adam we’re able to push the boundaries of what libraries can achieve in today’s digital world.”

The DX Lab Fellowship winners describe their work as “an elegant and playful visualisation of library collection items as they are being discovered in real time.”

Unstacked is essentially a webpage that shows what items people are accessing from the State Library’s collection over time. On any given day you might see searches ranging from Shakespeare, to the psychology of teenagers, HSC papers, subdivision plans, kisses, the history of the bean bag, or mosquito management.

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