Monday, October 12, 2015

ACT Heritage Library Tour 7 October 2015

On the 7 October we had the Active ALIA tour of the  ACT Heritage Library with a small interested group turning up to  experience the delights of the Heritage Library. Antoinette Buchanan the  Heritage Librarian gave us an expose of  current challenges facing the library  and  how much progress the  small team have made on processing their manuscript  collection . The purpose behind the Heritage Library  is to  “help tell the stories of Canberra and its people. We collect, preserve, promote and provide access to the documents that record the lives of Canberrans at home and in the wider community.” This was very evident in Antoinette's discussion of  the library team's current work and their  collection emphasis.

I was very interested in  the increasing web presence of the  Heritage Library  and how they intend to move this forward in the future with  digitising their  collection.  Antoinette explained the focus of the archives and manuscripts collections in the ACT Heritage Library is on local groups and individuals who have made notable contributions to the ACT community. Their book collection focuses on publications produced here  in the ACT, by ACT residents, or about the ACT. The heritage  library  uses the  library system of the  wider Libraries ACT so the  catalogue is  easily accessible to all Canberra residents . I envied the  climate control stacks for their special  collections. 

The library is  housed in the   Woden town centre library and is  open to all ACT  people. It is  a treasure not to be missed so if you  can go on  a future tour do so or just go and visit.

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