Welcome to the eRecords Project

Apr
8

Journey's end

All long journeys start with the first step ... and end with the last.

After five and a half years, close to 1.3 million electronic records created, over 500,000 barcode labels applied to books, and a few remarkable discoveries, the work of the eRecords Project is completed and the State Library of New South Wales’ incomparable collection is accessible through its electronic catalogues. The eRecords have changed the way our clients find and use information in the Library’s collections and the way we work internally, helping us to rethink the way we deliver services and share the collections with the world.

The eRecords Project has also provided a strong platform for the Library’s future. The work of the eRecords Innovation Project continues as ‘business as usual’ for the Library’s services, achieving greater global exposure of the State Library’s collection through our use of social media and sharing with the world the expertise of our staff by creating and editing Wikipedia articles.

And perhaps most importantly, the eRecords Project has provided the platform for the Digital Excellence Project ... the project that will open up our extraordinary collection to the world and transform the Library into a leader in digital cultural heritage.

Leading such a project has been a career highlight for many of those involved ... thank you for sharing the journey.

Dr Jennifer M Berryman
Program Manager, eRecords Project

 

Oct
11

Wikipedia and Library Collections

State Library of New South Wales is actively engaged in contributing to Wikipedia, our goal is to make it easier for people to find information about the people, places and events that are significant in our history and communities.  One aspect of sharing our collections with the wider community is contributing images to the Wikimedia Commons.  Known as the Commons, it is an online repository of more than 18 million images, sound recordings, and other media files that are freely available for reuse and can be used across all Wikimedia projects in all languages, including Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikispecies, Wikisource, and Wikinews, or downloaded for offsite use.  

Images that are contributed must be in the public domain or shared with a Creative Commons licence that will allow reuse.  The Library has contributed images of items that are out of copyright and photographs of objects from our collections.  Some notable examples include this landscape view of Tenterfield painted by convict artist Joseph Backler in 1861.  

File:View of Tenterfield Joseph Backler p2 00036h.jpg

A picture of one of the holey dollars in the Library’s collection, these were in circulation in the early days of the colony of NSW.

File:Holey dollar coinage NSW 1813 a128577 02.jpg

 

It's interesting to note that one of our images, a picture of James Dunlop who was a Scottish astronomer based in the Parramatta area in the 1820s-1830s has appeared in many different language editions of Wikipedia.

File:James Dunlop, ca. 1843 oil portrait by Joseph Backler a2448001h.jpg

There are two categories for images from the Library’s collections:

We are not the first Library to contribute images to Wikimedia Commons, here is a list featuring the contributions of many galleries, libraries, archives and museums for you to enjoy exploring.

 

 

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