Get your team together and join us after work on Friday May 24th for the annual library quiz night, the biggest night on the library calendar!
Join us on Friday May 24th at the Walkerville Town Hall (66 Walkerville Tce, Gilberton). Please arrive from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Tickets are $15 per person and payment is on arrival, by card or by cash. Funds raised will be donated to the Zahra Foundation, in support of South Australian women and children experiencing domestic violence.
Television theme costume is optional but encouraged. There will be prizes for winning tables and for best dressed.
Once again, the Adelaide branch of the Country Women’s Association will have food available for purchase. You are also welcome to BYO picnic basket with food and drink (including alcohol).
Tables have a maximum of 8 seats and bookings are essential. If you don’t have a full group and still want to come, let us know and we’ll find a spot for you.
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.
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.
Thanks to everyone who made our Totally Rad! 1990s Quiz such a great event. On a stormy Friday night, we had 100 people fill the Walkerville Town Hall, and because of their generosity we will be donating $700 to the Welcome Centre.
Carole and Hossein from the Welcome Centre
Music Round led by our outstanding MC Katrina Williams
Prize baskets, courtesy of our sponsors
Congratulations to all the tables and everyone who participated
Congratulations to all of our prize winners:
Best dressed table: Smells like quiz spirit
Best dressed individual: Hannah Foster as Hermione Granger
3rd place (by the narrowest of margins!): Taking care of business
In August, SALIN visited the South Australian School for Vision Impaired (SASVI) to tour their Resource Centre. Lauren Fountain, the Resource Centre Manager gave an excellent tour of this unique library.