Review: City History Tour

Adelaide City Archives

On 13th February, 15 curious library types met in Topham Mall to tour the Adelaide City Archives. Jane Ratcliff and Rob Thornton kindly showed us through their facilities and talked about their work.

The Adelaide City Council was the first council in Australia. They have a mandate from State Records to manage their own records, whereas other councils send all their records to State Records for management. Their records include 6000 shelf metres of council records, building plans, IT backups of council systems and a historical civic collection which includes over 4000 objects and 500 paintings. They have an amazing collection of historical photographs which have been digitised. Some of the historical items are on display in the Town Hall. The objects are cared for by an in-house conservator.

Adelaide Town Hall and General Post Office, c. 1930
Adelaide Town Hall and General Post Office, c. 1930 – City Archives reference HP1366

They receive approximately 2000 visits a year, as well as online visitors. 40% of their enquiries are from architects and engineers who want to look at construction plans and documents.

The Archives have been in their Topham Mall site since 1986, and before that, they were in the Town Hall basement. The Topham Mall site was built for purpose so includes atmospheric regulation controls and  a gaseous fire prevention system. It was fascinating to walk through the compactus and see the range of material they held.

They are open for enquiries at their counter or by phone, 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and their search room is open for research 10am – 4pm, Tuesday to Thursday.

Adelaide City Library

After the archive tour, the group trekked over to the Adelaide City Library to get an introduction to the Adelaide City Council History Hub from Jess Curtis, Digital Services Coordinator at the Library, and Cyprian Maynard, SALIN committee member and former volunteer with the History Hub.

The History Hub has dedicated computers for research, provides access to digitised collections, and runs information sessions and workshops, thanks to the help of a team of dedicated volunteers. The Library works with the Archives to use their collections to make displays. They also work with partners to run larger programs and events such as author talks and History Month activities.

There is an additional History Hub at the North Adelaide Library and Community Centre.

Dirty Thirties Quiz photos

Check out all the action from the night!

Thanks to all our attendees. Your generosity has provided a $750 donation to Vision Australia, assisting their work for blind and vision impaired people.

Thanks also go to our prize sponsors: ALIA, ALS Library Services, Beerenberg, B.-d. Farm Paris Creek, Dymocks, Emerald, Flowers Everywhere, Imprints, Maggie Beer, O’Connell’s Bookshop, and Recollect.

New SALIN Executive Committee member

SALIN welcomes one of our new members of the committee – Tim Ormsby

Tim came to the world of librarianship via the circuitous route of IT and Archaeology. He finished his Grad Dip. in Library and Information Management from UniSA in 2011. Since then he has been working casually at Mitcham Public Library and Flinders University Library. Tim recently secured the position of Lending Services Librarian at Flinders University Central Library.

New SALIN Executive Committee member

SALIN welcomes our newest member of the committee – Simone Wise

Simone graduated from the Queensland University of Technology’s Masters of Library and Information Science last year. She was awarded the 2010 ALIA QUT student prize for achieving the highest results of her year.

In Brisbane, Simone worked as a Reference Librarian at QUT, and as Collections Assistant at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre Museum. She moved back to her home town of Adelaide earlier this year, where she is now working as a Library Officer for the City of Salisbury, Mawson Lakes branch.

Simone has a particular interest in heritage and history collections, and presented research she’d done into local history collections online at this year’s ALIA Information Online conference in Sydney.

Twitter: SimoneWise

Zombies in the library!

The SALIN Executive Committee has chosen to celebrate our diverse and changing profession through production of the 2011 calendar Zombies in the Library. In twelve beautifully rendered scenes, the calendar covers such topics as the role of the Zombie in reference, the frustrations faced when the Undead hog the photocopier, and for cataloguers, poses the eternal question: 299.675 or 398.21?

Whether it’s something for the wall in Technical Services or simply a Xmas present for Mum, be sure to place your order.

All calendars come in A3 size, are professionally bound and beautifully printed (and you can even choose your starting month).

Here’s where you can preview and order … and if you’d like to join us, we’ve got a Zombies in the library Facebook page!