State Library announces Australia's first dedicated digital fellowship

The State Library of NSW has announced a new $30,000 digital fellowship, the first of its kind to be offered by an Australian cultural organisation.

The DX Lab Fellowship will provide a digital innovator with the opportunity to work alongside the State Library’s pioneering DX Lab to develop a creative digital experience using the Library’s rich collections.

“This Fellowship will bring together data from the State Library’s collection, passionate researchers and the latest technologies to create something new and revolutionary,” said Dr Alex Byrne, State Librarian and Chief Executive.

Applications close: Thursday 12 November 2015.

Find more information about the DX Lab Fellowshop here.

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Call for nominations: NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2016

The State Library of NSW has announced the opening of nominations for the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. 

Established in 1979, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have recognised hundreds of talented Australian writers.

A new category to recognise and support the contribution made by Indigenous writers to Australian literary life has been announced for 2016.

According to NSW Premier Mike Baird, “We have so many talented and creative storytellers who make great contributions to the state’s cultural sector and I would encourage anyone who has had their work published to consider entering these awards.”

Total prize money of $305,000* will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony at the State Library of NSW in May 2016.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
- Multicultural NSW Award
- Indigenous Writers Prize (biennial Prize in its inaugural year)

Nominations close: 5pm, Friday 9 October 2015

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Winners announced for 2015 NSW Premier's History Awards

The 2015 NSW Premier’s History Awards, offering $75,000 in prize money, were announced TONIGHT [4 September 2015] at the State Library of NSW, as part of the official launch of NSW History Week. 

NSW Premier Mike Baird, said: “These awards celebrate the great achievements of our historians who provide compelling insights into our past and keep our nation’s historical legacy alive,”

“I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s winners who have spent time researching and analysing past events to allow the stories of our nation to be retold for generations to come.”


Australian History Prize ($15,000) 

The Europeans in Australia, Volume 3: Nation, Alan Atkinson (NewSouth Books)  

Australian First World War History Prize (commemorative medallion) 

Joint winners 

Anzac, the Unauthorised Biography, Carolyn Holbrook (NewSouth Books) 

The Lost Legions of Fromelles, The true story of the most dramatic battle in Australia’s history, Peter Barton (Allen & Unwin) 

General History Prize ($15,000) 

Intolerant Bodies: A Short History of Autoimmunity, Warwick Anderson & Ian R Mackay (Johns Hopkins University Press) 

NSW Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000) 

The Luck of the Irish: How a shipload of convicts survived the wreck of the Hive to make a new life in Australia, Babette Smith (Allen & Unwin) 

Young People’s History Prize ($15,000) 

My Gallipoli, Ruth Starke & Robert Hannaford (Working Title Press)  

Multimedia History Prize ($15,000) 

Brilliant Creatures, Dan Goldberg & Margie Bryant (Mint Pictures & Serendipity Productions)

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