Dame Marie Bashir receives top honours at NSW State Library

Just hours after the historic re-naming of the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room, Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO was recognised again last night at the announcement of the State Library of NSW’s inaugural awards, receiving the evening’s highest honour.

The Honours of the Library Council of NSW recognise distinguished individuals who contribute to the cultural enrichment of Australia through library and information excellence.

Rob Thomas, President of the Library Council, presented Dame Marie with the Medal of the Library Council of New South Wales “for eminence and scholarship, sustained care for the people of NSW, and for her enduring support for this great Library.”

The following Honours were also awarded:
The Dixson Medal
The Ifould Medal
Emeritus Curator
Honorary Fellow

See media release attached with the full list of winners.

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Dame Marie Bashir honoured with renaming of state's leading reference library

The State Library of NSW has paid tribute to Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO following her recent retirement by renaming its major reference library in her honour today [Monday 20 October].

The State Reference Library will now be known as the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room.

“Dame Marie Bashir is one of the Library’s greatest advocates and we wanted to publicly recognise her much valued and continuing support and affection for this great Library and her passion for reading and libraries,” said NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive, Alex Byrne.

Dame Marie unveiled a plaque bearing her name at the very Library she first visited as a student, and went on to support in her official capacity as Governor of NSW for 13 years.

Deputy Premier of NSW Troy Grant said: “This public tribute offers appropriate recognition not only of Dame Marie Bashir’s high regard and active support for the State Library but also of her substantial and widely applauded commitment and extraordinary contributions to the State of New South Wales.

“Dame Marie’s strong interest in the welfare of Indigenous people, our multicultural population, children and students resonate closely with that of the Library’s areas of focus.”

Dame Marie said she felt greatly honoured to have her name applied to the Reading Room in the Macquarie Street wing of one of the world’s great libraries.

“The State Library of New South Wales has been for me a source of inspiration, as well as a treasury of enlightenment since my years of adolescence,” said Dame Marie.

The Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room provides access to an extensive collection of Australian and international research material, including materials in 42 languages and an increasing number of electronic reference resources. Every year more than 600,000 people - local and family historians, researchers, students and the general public – visit the recently refurbished Reading Room and use its resources.

See the full media release and timeline on the history of the State Library of NSW attached.

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Call for nominations: NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2015

The State Library of NSW today [1 October 2014] announced the opening of nominations for the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Total prize money, including sponsored awards, of up to $320,000 will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony in May 2015.

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards offers awards in the following categories:

  • Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
  • UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
  • Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction
  • Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
  • Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
  • Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature
  • Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
  • Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
  • Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW (Multicultural NSW) Award
  • The Premier’s Translation Prize (biennial)
  • Multicultural NSW Early Career Translator Prize (biennial)

For the first time, The Premier's Translation Prize includes the Multicultural NSW Early Career Translator Prize ($5,000). The winner will be chosen from entries submitted for the NSW Premier’s Translation Prize. Sponsored by Multicultural NSW, this prize offers acknowledgement, encouragement and financial support to translators in the first ten years of their practice.

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