May 25, 2016

SODA images

Have you heard about SODA?

It stands for Stream of Digital Archives and was created by the National Archives of Australia to let people know about new images that are upload to their collection. The National Archives uploads between 50-1000 digital copies a day and upwards of 15,000 a month.

All images are open and available to the public. What's different about SODA is that not only can you access and view these items, but you can share them through social media, export it as a PDF or email it a friend or family member. 

Some of the things you can find on SODA include war graves records cards, cabinet minutes, enlistment photographs, reparation records and so much more.

So have a look at SODA today.


May 18, 2016

Family History Online Classes June/July

Item source: Moonee Valley Libraries
Begin investigating your own family history with these classes which will give you an introduction to the online databases Ancestry, Find My Past and Trove.

Learn the skills and techniques needed to discover the details of your family’s past. 

The best part, it's free!

Classes will run:

Tuesday, 7 June 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Sam Merrifield Library - 762 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039
To book for this class click here or call 8325 1950

Thursday, 16 June 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Niddrie Library - 483 Keilor Rd, Niddrie, VIC 3042
To book for this class click here or call 8325 1925

Friday, 15 July 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre - 69-79 Military Rd, Avondale Heights, VIC 3034
To book for this class click here or call 8325 1940

May 10, 2016

Writing a Non Boring Family History workshop

You’ve done the research, now learn how to write up the results. Over two workshops, Hazel Edwards, author of 'Writing a Non Boring Family History', will teach you how to interview relatives and shape their stories. Various publishing formats such as e-stories, photographic and audio stories are covered. Leave a lasting legacy for future generations.  

The first class is on Monday 2 June and the second and final class is on Monday 9 June. Classes run from 6:00 pm for 2 hours. A non-refundable fee of $40, which covers both sessions, can be paid online or in cash at any branch at the time of booking. This program is aimed adult-learners.

For concession holders this is free. Please call the library to book on 8325 1950.

To book online, click here.

Mar 21, 2016

Trove cuts

Recently it was announced that the Federal Government's efficiency dividend would be making cuts of $20 million from cultural institutions. One of the implications of these cutbacks has been to the National Library of Australia's Trove database. 

Trove allows everyone to search collections from cultural institutions across the country. They are also the largest organisation digitising collections for institutions, as well as providing grants for libraries, museums and historical societies to do the same. Trove has been seen as a world leading database which other national institutions are now trying to copy.

Trove has digitised hundreds of newspapers, maps, images as well as books and articles. It is now the first port of call for most people looking to research local or family history. Around 70,000 people use Trove everyday.

However with these cuts taking place 22 jobs at the National Library will be lost, with most of these coming from the digitisation department and Trove. This means that no new projects will be digitised for the next financial year while funding is being sought to continue to work on digitising newspapers and resources. 

What this means for us is that no new newspapers will be digitised, digitised items will take longer to get uploaded to Trove. 

If you would like to learn more, you can click on any of the following links:

If you would like to sign an online petition to help fund Trove, here are two:

But if you want to do more, contact your local member of Parliament and let them know that you would like to keep this world leading database running and to fund Trove. To see what other people are saying, search online for the hashtag #fundTrove.

Feb 25, 2016

Trove is back!

Trove is back online.

After a week of tinkering Trove 7 is now live and able to be used again. Some of the updates that have been made include the publishing of the NSW Government Gazettes from 1832-2001.

One of the big changes has been to newspaper searching. Gone is the map of where you would like to click, replaced with a narrowing search field that pops across the front of the screen. While this might take some getting used to, it allows for articles to be found faster than before.

To discover what's new click here.