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Digitised maps at the State Library of NSW

As part of the Digital Excellence program many maps and subdivision plans are being digitised.  These are in colour and are high resolution.  We are working our way through the subdivisions plans in alphabetical order but with over 40,000 plans it will be a few years until they are completed!
The State Library recently asked people to tweet the name of their suburb using #DigitiseMySuburb and tag @StateLibraryNSW. The most Tweeted suburb (between 6 January 2015 –17 February 2015) was moved up the list for digitisation.  As a result of this the subdivision plans for Woolloomooloo were next in line for digitisation. There are over 150 plans in this collection which have been digitised and made available online.

Due to the overwhelming response received, the Library has also decided to prioritise the second and third most voted suburbs: Parramatta and Chippendale.
Many suburbs in your local government areas have already had subdivision plans digitised  -  we have been concentrating on the As and Bs  You can find out the most recent ones by going to the current content feed.
The subdivision plans have the following statement on the image. Due to a technical issue this cannot be changed until we implement our new management system.
This image is provided for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the State Library of NSW.
The correct statement for the subdivision plans is
This image may be used freely without requesting permission. Please acknowledge that the image is from the collections of the State Library of NSW.

Maggie Patton and Ellen Forsyth


Changing library services : Chattanooga and Campbelltown Public Libraries

Last week at the State Library of NSW many people came to hear Changing library services : Chattanooga and Campbelltown Public Libraries. For those of you not able to be here, the videos are now available.

We suggest that you watch them in small groups as a time of professional development and so you can discuss the ideas raised in them. The Storify of the tweets is available here.

Thank you to Corinne Hill from Chattanooga Library and the staff of Campbelltown Library.

Corinne Hill

Corinne Hill discusses managing disruptive change as a part of normal business and fostering a culture of change and innovation from State Library of New South Wales on Vimeo.


Campbelltown Library staff

Campbelltown Library staff discuss how they are using a drone for taking photographs for the local studies collection. from State Library of New South Wales on Vimeo.

More information about the drone at Campbelltown is available via this link.


2013-2014 data available on Bibliostat.

The 2013-2014 statistics can now be searched on Bibliostat.  

Some tips to get started:

When searching Bibliostat select NSW library services to access the main content of the statistics. 

You can search Bibliostat and find for example that the total collection stock for NSW is 13.3 million items, which have been borrowed 45.4 million times.

You can also see that Sutherland and Wingecarribee have the highest percentage of self check with 99%. Followed by Willoughby (92%) and Penrith (90%).

If you select NSW Councils you will be accessing the two measures we report to the NSW Office of Local Government - circulation by council and non-resident membership.  

NSW Central and Branch Libraries has no content, we are looking into this.

If you need help with searching contact Kathy, Kate, Mylee or Ellen.


Libraries change lives: an EU library promotion

Last year the Public Libraries 2020 programme was launched. It is run by the Reading & Writing Foundation (in Dutch: Stichting Lezen & Schrijven). You can see the EU library statistics (in an infographic), look at videos of success stories, and join the discussion on twitter via PL2020

Thanks to Philippa and Andrea for the alert about this.

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