Worth Creating. Worth Keeping.

A new era of collecting and preserving Western Australia’s history is upon us with the introduction of the Legal Deposit Regulations 2013 which came into force on 1st January 2014.

Legal Deposit is a statutory provision (under the Legal Deposit Act 2012 and the Legal Deposit Regulations 2013) that obliges publishers to provide copies of their publications to libraries in the State in which they are published.

If you live or work in Western Australia and publish content you can help the State Library of Western Australia preserve our State’s heritage by depositing copies of your published material within 30 days of publication.

A publication is any material that has been made available to the public freely by sale or request e.g. materials in print, sound, film or data produced as books, journals and maps or even images, music and vision on USBs, CDs and DVDs.

Safeguarding published works through legal deposit is not only important for commercial organisations and government agencies but also for community groups and private individuals who produce works.

The Act and regulations are the result of considerable consultation with publishers, librarians, researchers and educators, as well as the music and film industries and history and writing communities. Internet and online publications will be the subject of further consultation and regulations at a later date.

With your help now we can make sure today’s work benefits the people of tomorrow.

Find out more about Legal Deposit on our website or email  legal.deposit@slwa.wa.gov.au or call 9427 3348 for more information.


Mystery WWI Soldiers

The State Library of Western Australia has received these two photographs of WWI soldiers which we would like to add to our collection but we have no idea who they are. The portrait of the standing soldier was photographed at the Dease Studio in Barrack Street, Perth but we have no information at all about the seated soldier.

If you can help identify either of them please email the State Library at info@slwa.wa.gov.au with the subject line Mystery WWI soldiers.

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Library Awards Call For Entries

Librarians, library technicians and other library professionals working in Western Australian libraries are encouraged to enter one of several upcoming awards in the field of excellence and innovation.

Both the Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence and the Kay Poustie OAM Scholarship open for entry Friday 7 February 2014.

The Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence is intended to recognize a particular service, event, program, piece of research or partnership completed within the last two years by any person, library or organization in Western Australia.

The winner will receive $5,000 prize money.

The Kay Poustie OAM Scholarship provides a travel grant of up to $8,000 for a professional library practitioner wishing to extend their knowledge and research international library practice models that will benefit the Western Australian public library network.

Sponsored by Curtin University and the generosity of donors to the State Library of Western Australian Foundation, the Kay Poustie OAM Scholarship is delivered in partnership with Public Libraries of Western Australia.

Both awards are a valuable opportunity for library practitioners to receive recognition for their achievements in the field of library practice. The winners will be announced at an event at the State Library of Western Australia in May 2014.
Entries for the Kay Poustie OAM Scholarship and The Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence close on Friday 28th March.

Further information regarding the Kay Poustie OAM Scholarship, as well as the application form, can be found at www.statelibraryfoundation.org.au

Further information regarding the Library Board of Western Australia Award for Excellence, as well as the application form, can be found at http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/about_us/library_board/award_for_excellence

New Justice of the Peace Service Opens at State Library

Whenever you need a Justice of the Peace, think State Library of Western Australia.

A Justice of the Peace will be at the State Library every Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm to do things such as witness and attest documents, certify copies of original documents, witness signing of documents such as Power of Attorney or Guardianship documents and divorce papers.

The service is free and no booking is required.

The State Library is working in partnership with the Department of the Attorney General to provide volunteer Justices of the Peace to provide the service.

The Justice of the Peace Signing Centre is located on the First Floor.

Picture a Story

Picture a Story exhibition

Picture a Story is an exhibition of original illustrations from Australian picture books from the 1970s to today.

Come and explore original artworks by Australia’s top illustrators such as Shaun Tan, Alison Lester, Leigh Hobbs, Graeme Base, Frané Lessac, Ron Brooks and more.

Be taken on a journey through the imaginative world of a picture book illustrator. Along the way you’ll see colourful images of the Australian landscape, scenes of magic and fantasy as well as charming depictions of everyday life.

Get to know some of Western Australia’s top illustrators. The work of home-grown favourites Frané Lessac, James Foley, Sean Avery, Matt Ottley and many more will be on display.

Picture books and the illustrations within them are for everyone, from young children to adults. There’s always something new to be discovered within a great picture book.

Enjoy exploring old worlds and new in Picture a Story.

When: 2 November 2013 – 27 February 2014
Where: The Gallery, Ground Floor and The Place, Mezzanine Floor, State Library of Western Australia
Entry: Entry is free. Open during library hours.

More information:

  • Join fun family activities on weekdays from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
  • Picture books will be on sale in the State Library Shop.

Picture a Story Family Day

The Picture a Story Family Day

Explore the magic of picture books with your child at the Picture a Story Family Day at the State Library of Western Australia.

Join a magical storytime before taking part in the host of art activities on offer

Kids will love creating artworks to hang in our tiny gallery. They’ll also learn new drawing techniques from local illustrators and create a small book to take home. Don’t forget to visit the fabulous fairy tale photo booth to have your picture taken!

Before you leave, purchase picture books from the State Library Shop and have them signed by the illustrators themselves.

When: Saturday 2 November, 10.30am – 1.30pm.
Join a special storytime from 10.30am.
Join fun family activities activities from 11.00am to 1.30pm.
Where: The Place, Mezzanine Floor, State Library of Western Australia
Recommended for: Children aged 6+ and their families
Cost: Free
Bookings: Not required

The Picture a Story Family Day is being held as part of the Picture a Story exhibition which is taking place from 2 November 2013 to 27 February 2014. On display throughout The Gallery (Ground Floor) and The Place are original illustrations from Australian picture books from the 1970s to today.

The Picture a Story Family Day is a wonderful opportunity to explore the world of picture books illustrations with your little ones.

Call-out for donations of council amalgamation ephemera

Perth Council Amalgamation

We need your donations of ephemera (flyers, posters, letters etc) about council amalgamations. Details below.

For our readers living in Perth, talk of council amalgamations is running high.

Depending on where you live, there are mixed opinions on whether the amalgamations are a good thing for residents of the area.

Some councils are lobbying for or against the changes. Others are trying to make best of uncertain times by offering reassurance to rate-payers.

You might be feeling hopeful, anxious or perhaps ambivalent of the changes due to happen in your area.

The changes and outcomes will most certainly affect planning, development and delivery of council services in different suburbs. We are at a cross-roads in the history of Perth suburbs and councils.

The State Library of Western Australia actively collects ephemera (flyers, posters, postcards, letters, maps, tickets etc) during “historical hot-spots” like election campaigns and major local government reform.

Future researchers and students can tell a lot about a time in the past by examining this sort of material. By collecting items during times of political and social change, we help historians of the future understand and unravel the reasons behind the change.

We need your help!

We are now actively seeking donations of ephemera (flyers, posters, postcards, letters, maps, etc) relating to metropolitan local government reform in your area. We are also seeking material in electronic format. Whether you are for or against the changes, this is your chance to contribute to the ongoing historical record of Western Australia.

If you only have five minutes, that’s enough to contribute to this important call-out.

Send print materials by post or in-person to:

Ephemera materials
State Library of WA
25 Francis Street

Send electronic materials to serials@slwa.wa.gov.au.

Click here for more information.

Your assistance in helping the State library collect and preserve this important documentary record is greatly appreciated.

Is your city ‘walkable’?

Public Forum with Jeff Speck

In association with writingWA, Consult Australia and the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, the State Library of Western Australia presents:

The Walkability Mandate: A Public Forum with Jeff Speck

Renowned US author, city planner and architectural designer Jeff Speck will share his vision for smart growth, sustainable design, and walkability in a public forum on 16 October at the State Theatre Centre.

The evening will include the opportunity to get involved in an audience Q&A and to purchase copies of Jeff’s new book, Walkable City – How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time. For more information on Jeff Speck visit http://www.jeffspeck.com.

Jeff has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive and he has it down to one key factor – walkability.

If we have learned one thing from the suburban experiment, it is that you can’t grow a green economy on bitumen.” – Jeff Speck

Venue: State Theatre Centre of Western Australia
Tickets: $45 (not inclusive of ticketing fee)
Cost includes complimentary drink and finger food on arrival.
Date: Wednesday 16 October 2013
Doors open: 6.00pm
Light refreshments: 6.00pm – 6.45pm
Public Forum: 6.45pm – 8.00pm

Buy your ticket now via Ticketek.

Public Lecture: Democratic Dream or Democratic Illusion?

With the Federal election fast approaching, questions about Australian politics and democracy are hot on our minds. Does the majority actually rule? Has voting changed? How democratic is democracy?

In association with our current exhibition Majority Rules, we will be hosting a public lecture on Wednesday 18 September where political commentators Emeritus Professor David Black and Dr Harry Phillips will discuss all of these questions and more.

By Wednesday 18 we will all know the verdict of this Saturday’s election. Whether you are looking to celebrate or commiserate, join us as Professor Black and Dr Phillips unpack Australian democracy.

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Public Lecture: Democratic Dream or Democratic Illusion?

When: Wednesday 18 September 6.30 -7.30pm
Where: State Library Theatre, 25 Francis St Perth
Free event, no bookings required.

Emeritus Professor David Black has taught history and politics for more than thirty years at Curtin University of Technology. He has been a prominent television and radio commentator on electoral politics in WA and has authored numerous books and websites on WA political history. Professor Black has also written extensively on the life and achievements of war time Prime Minister John Curtin.

Dr Harry Phillips has been at the forefront of political and civic education in WA for four decades. As a political scientist his writings on parliament, electoral law, elections and sport have been widely published. Currently Harry Phillips is a Parliamentary Fellow (Education), an Honorary Professor at Edith Cowan University, an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University of Technology and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.

For more information please visit our website: http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/whats_on/events

Cast your vote in the People’s Choice Awards

Books shortlisted in the WA Premier's Book Awards

Do you love Australian fiction?

Do you want to rub shoulders with authors and publishers at the awards ceremony for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards on 16 September 2013?

As part of the WA Premier’s Book Awards for works published in 2012, The West Australian have sponsored a People’s Choice Award that gives you the opportunity to have your say and a chance at winning some great prizes.

By voting on your favourite book shortlisted in the fiction category, you will go into the draw for a double pass to the awards ceremony as well as copy of the winning book in each category, signed by the author.

The six titles in the fiction category shortlist are:

  • The Meaning of Grace by Deborah Forster
  • The Conversation by David Brooks
  • Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
  • The Voyage by Murray Bail
  • The Mountain by Drusilla Modjeska
  • Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany

What’s your favourite?

Your time to decide is running out, with voting closing at 10am on Friday August 30, 2013.

Vote now on The West Australian website. 

Want to get your hands on these titles? The State Library Shop is currently offering a 20% discount on all 6 books shortlisted in the fiction category.

2013 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Shop Special

All titles are also available throughout the Western Australian Public Library network.

For more information about the Premier’s Book Awards, please visit our website.