Public Library Services have set up a board on Pinterest called WWI in NSW public libraries, which your library or council can pin to, to bring together the research, programs and services being provided as part of the commemoration of World War I. This suggestion came from Clinton Johnston at Marrickville.
The board is bare because we want you to contribute, and to pin. To do this you will need to follow the board, and then we will invite you to pin. We will be inviting NSW libraries and councils to pin, not individuals. The purpose of the board is to showcase research, services, and programs relating to the commemoration of the centenary of World War I, rather than stories of individuals.
Information about individuals at war and on the homefront can be added to the Imperial War Museums Lives of the First World War project which aims to collect over eight million stories from around the world. You can find out more about it here http://www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/
You can add your events to the Imperial War Museums listing of events. Information about how to do that is available herehttp://www.1914.org/about/add-your-event/
The State Library of NSW began documenting the war right from its beginning, in newspapers, ephemera and posters. Soon after Armistice was declared in November 1918, the Library launched a collecting drive to purchase descriptive collections which expressed the personal feelings of men and their observations of conflict.
The Library now holds the diaries and letter collections of over 500 service men and women who served in the First World War. This amazing collection – some 1140 volumes supported by newspapers, photographs, maps and ephemera – are at the heart of our four year commemoration program. The Library’s collections are some of the richest, but also the least known – records of the Australian experience of WWI.
We are keen to know more about our diarists, many of whom we know very little about – and we’re hoping Public Libraries can help us to spread the word. Visit the Library’s dedicated WWI website here http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about/projects/wwi/index.html where you can Browse or Search the list of WWI Diarists and find out if we hold your relative’s diary. Log in (or register) to upload your photo, letter or other memento to add to a diarist’s story
Find out more about the Library’s WWI program.
There are several hashtags being used for the centenary. #WW1 is being used to talk about the history, #WW1Centenary is being used for centenary events. You may want to also use #nswpubliclibraries to connect with other libraries in NSW.
Ellen Forsyth and Brooke Hutchison