Did you know that out of the estimated 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in Australia, 120 are still spoken and approximately 90% are endangered?
This year in the Library, we’ve started a project to add in additional spelling variations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages into our records.
Now you can more easily search & discover items in our collections that feature Indigenous Australian languages.
For example, whether your preferred spelling is “Kamilaroi”, “Gamilaraay” or Gamilaroi, you’ll now be able to find resources like Gagan = Colours, a picture book written for Gamilaraay language learners by Suellyn Tighe, a Gamilaraay woman and University of Sydney graduate.
“Our languages are inextricably linked to who we are. It encapsulates our identity and connection to country whilst maintaining links to the past, present and future through our stories and songs” says Suellyn Tighe.
This work is also timely as the United Nations General Assembly have declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019). Australian indigenous languages are increasingly recognised as a precious global resource and IY2019 is an opportunity to raise awareness and to provide an opportunity to achieve positive change through improving the promotion and preservation of these languages.
“The importance of our languages being spoken between generations can not be undervalued or replaced. We are fortunate to live in times when technologies can assist us to ensure that our languages are not forgotten. It does not replace human interaction, though it does provide us with the opportunity and ability to ensure our and future generations have a connection to ancestral belonging and knowledge.” says Suellyn Tighe.
This project is based on AUSTLANG,
an online resource developed by Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), which provides comprehensive information on
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages spoken across Australia in an
effort to preserve our Indigenous Australian languages and what we know about
This NAIDOC week, you can learn more about the languages of Australia by looking up your local language using the AUSTLANG website and searching our Library for language resources.
Library online search gets a facelift: read about the new integrated Library search tool for research, teaching and learning.
The new Library Services Platform is a cloud-based tool used to manage information resources including a search portal, called Library Search for discovering library collections. This interface has replaced CrossSearch, the Catalogue, and MyLoans from January 2019.
The new provider for the Library Services Platform is Ex Libris – a major technology provider for research libraries globally. Their customers include Cambridge and Harvard.
The interface was updated in January 2019 and the new Library Services Platform automatically replaced the current platform.
Searching: A new single platform
A separate, traditional library catalogue has been replaced with an integrated single portal, called Library Search. Early feedback from academic staff has indicated that the new Library Services Platform has made it “much easier to find and access specific journal articles”.
Some information from MyLoans, including current loans, will carry over to the new system, however some information will not:
The Library is making some changes to the way it supplies material that isn’t held in our collections. From Monday 22 October 2018 access to the Bonus+ service will be phased out, and clients will be able to use the Document Delivery service for all future requests.
As part of this change the Document Delivery Services is being extended to undergraduate students for a trial period. From Monday 22 October 2018 undergraduates will have access to requesting 10 items per academic year from hundreds of member libraries across Australia within the Libraries Australia Document Delivery (LADD) service. Researchers and post graduate students will continue to use the service as normal.
The library is currently trialing two databases that may be of interest.
Please have a look at these databases and let us know if you think they would be useful additions:
De-classified Documents Reference System
DDRS is a collection of previously classified government documents relating to domestic and foreign policy. It fills an important gap in post-World War II domestic and foreign policy studies and provides unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate comprehensive research in a rich primary source. In addition, Declassified Documents Reference System provides a significant resource for researchers in almost every discipline, including journalism, public policy studies, international law and security, and more.
The Churchill Archive is a unique resource that brings nearly 800,000 documents amassed by Winston S. Churchill throughout his life online for the first time.
To complement the core content, the Churchill Archive will offer an expanding range of additional materials, including pedagogical resources and secondary materials, plus editorially-selected links to other resources, video and audio content, and biographical and bibliographic databases.
Alexander Street Press recently announced the release of a new video streaming collection to add to their growing database – the BBC Video Collection.
This collection contains 700 of the best videos from the British Broadcasting Corporation! This database has 528 hours of video content from the BBC and covers a little bit of everything: history, business, science & engineering, health & psychology, art, and music. The collection consists mostly of documentaries –636 documentaries—but also contains 43 performances, and 21 instructional videos.