WA Indigenous Tourism Story to be Retained

The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) and the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will see the historical paper and digital records of WAITOC archived and maintained by the State Library of Western Australia.

The MOU prefaces the Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) 2011 themed Aboriginal Dreaming, Become part of the Journey through Tourism.  The MOU will ensure the records of the WAITOC journey will be preserved and made accessible to current and future generations.

WA remains the only State jurisdiction in Australia to have a dedicated Indigenous tourism industry association.

WAITOC CEO Johnny Edmonds said “WAITOC started as and remains a grass roots Indigenous owned and governed tourism industry organisation which has stood the test of time and is continuing to develop as an integral part of the tourism industry in WA”.

Mr Edmonds said “Internationally, WA’s approach to the organisational development of Indigenous tourism sits at the forefront of international best practise which seeks the empowerment of Indigenous tourism”.  The MOU with SLWA reinforces the continuing empowerment of Indigenous tourism in WA.

SLWA CEO Margaret Allen said “the signing of the MOU is a significant step for the future of the WAITOC records, and their preservation captures a significant part of the WA story.  Historians and researchers will be able to access this unique archive of the Indigenous Tourism Industry now and into the future”.

The State Library of Western Australia is located in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre. It preserves and provides access to Western Australia’s published heritage and original historical records.  The State Library also provides numerous online and e-resources, many of which are accessible from home using your public library membership or State Library card. To see what else the State Library has to offer you please check out the State Library’s web pages at http://slwa.wa.gov.au/

Contacts for Further Information:

Johnny Edmonds, CEO WAITOC, 0419 921 946

Doug George, Manager Public Programs, SLWA, 9427 3150, 0417 961 060

2010 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards – Call for Entries

The State Library of Western Australia announces the Call for Entries for the 2010 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards and a new category, the Digital Narrative Award.

Entry is open to books, scripts and digital narrative which have been published/produced between 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010.  To be eligible authors must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia or whose work has Australia as its primary focus. The closing date for entries is 5pm Monday 31 January 2011.

There are 8 categories in the Awards:  Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s Book, Writing for Young Adults, Poetry, Scripts, State Library of Western Australia West Australian History Award and the new Digital Narrative Award which recognises the use of new media in storytelling/writing.

The Premier’s Prize of $25,000 is presented to the overall winner, chosen from the category winners.

Prize money is made available by the Western Australian Government.  The West Australian History Award is sponsored by the State Library of Western Australia.

The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards are managed by the State Library of Western Australia.

Writers or publishers wanting to enter their work should view or download the new Guidelines and then go to the Online Entry Form on the State Library’s website at http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/pba.html

The Library of Nearly Lost Moments

Ever kept a concert ticket, a birthday card or bus pass?

The Library of Nearly Lost Moments is a collection that reveals inside stories not recorded in history books, minutes that would otherwise be lost, yet add up to life times.

This exhibition invites you to check your pockets and see if there’s anything you can leave behind to preserve a moment in time… a train ticket? A sweet wrapper? Make your mark and be part of a growing collection of stories and memories.

Free Entry  and suitable for all ages

State Library of Western Australia

2011 State Library Graduate Program

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated graduates of Arts, History, Indigenous Studies, Information Technology, Business, Marketing, Records Management, Music, Project Management, Communications, Finance, or Web Design as well as Librarian and Library Technician studies to participate in a structured 12 month graduate program.  The program features a diverse range of professional activities and is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in all areas of the State Library.

Note that there are two sorts of Graduate position; Graduate Librarian and Graduate Officer. For further information see www.jobs.wa.gov.au (search under State Library of Western Australia) or http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/about_us/who_we_are/graduate_program

WAAPA presents ‘Talking To Terrorists’

Talking To Terrorists – at the State Library!
A play presented by WAAPA 3rd year students.
Talking to Terrorists offers unique insights into terrorism and helps explain its multiple causes through the seamless interweaving of testimonies, creating a flow of evidence and graphic detail that will have audiences hanging on to every word. Talking to Terrorists is powerful, moving and thought-provoking theatre.

Click here for more information.

April Discard Book Sale

The SLWA Shop is having a massive April Discard Book Sale soon on Wednesday 21st Thursday 22nd Friday 23th and Saturday 24th April beginning each day at 10am and closing at 4pm. The sale will be held near the SLWA shop, inside the SLWA main entrance on the ground floor. Prices range from 50 cents for children’s books, $1.50 for large print, $2 for fiction, $3.50 for non fiction, and some higher prices for ‘special’ books. New stock will be brought out each day.

SLWA Shop Discard Book Sale

The SLWA Shop is having a massive Discard Book Sale this week on Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th beginning each day at 10am and closing at 4pm. The sale will be held across from the SLWA shop, inside the SLWA main entrance on the ground floor. Prices range from 50 cents for children’s books, $1.50 for large print, $2 for fiction, $3.50 for non fiction, and some higher prices for ‘special’ books. New stock will be brought out each day.

Creativity, newspapers, recycling and recognition – all in one package!

What do dresses, baskets, animals, hats, shoes, purses and helicopters all have in common? Want some ideas for creative activities to do when you are bored? Wonder what to do with all your old newspapers? If you’re stumped for answers come to the State Library to find out.

On Sunday December 13th at 2:00pm the State Library will formally recognize the winners of the Make it with Newspaper Contest 2009. The winning artists are all primary and secondary students throughout WA. Come in and meet with them to learn their tips and “do’s and don’ts” on how to create your own sculptures with newspaper.

Their winning sculptures will be on display in The Place on the Mezzanine level in the SLWA from Sunday 13th December to Sunday 31st January 2010. For ideas to beat summer boredom come to the State Library to get inspiration for your holiday activities.

Don’t waste your old newspapers – recycle them, creatively!

Where: State Library

Location: 25 Francis St, Perth, 6000

The Place, Mezzanine Level

Winners Awards Ceremony: Sunday December 13th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Exhibition: Sunday December 13th until Sunday January 31st

Hours:

Mon – Thu        9.00am – 8.00pm

Fri                      9.00am – 5.30pm

Sat – Sun         10.00am – 5.30pm

Cost: FREE

Kim Beazley Talks about “Father of the House” and other anecdotes on life and the universe

Join us at the State Library of Western Australia to hear Kim Beazley talk of his challenging role recording the audio version of the book titled “Father of the House: the memoirs of Kim E Beazley”. The book was written by his father and is an inside story of one of Australia’s longest serving and most influential Ministers in Federal Parliament.

In addition to his many accomplishments in the political arena, Kim Beazley spent nine weeks with a member of the Association for the Blind of WA Audio Production team recording and finalising the audio for the novel.

The State Library of WA is pleased to host Kim Beazley in our Theatre as he shares with us his fascinating experiences recording the book, read pages from the book, tell some anecdotes of his relationship with his father and maybe reveal some of his future plans in Washington.

Please join us to also congratulate Kim and wish him safe travels on his journey across the pond to Washington, D.C..

Where: State Library of Western Australia

Address: 25 Francis St, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth

Location: State Library Theatre on the ground floor

When: Friday January 8th, 2010

Time: 12:30pm start

Cost: FREE

RSVP  Recommended: Phone: 9427 3151, or, events@slwa.wa.gov.au

Enter a World of Whimsy and Fantasy – at the State Library!

Monsters by the sea, sandcastles with personality, mining excavators with attitude and farm equipment with eyes to watch your every move! Imaginations soar and stories are inspired by David Miller’s whimsical sculptures on display at the State Library.

David Miller is an Author and Illustrator and paper has always fascinated him. He has written a book called “You Can Make Paper Sculptures” and his latest book is “Big and Me”. Bring the kids to the State Library to begin the journey to another world.

Where: State Library

Location: 25 Francis St, Perth, 6000

The Place, Mezzanine Level

When: Now until Thursday December 10th

Mon – Thu        9.00am – 8.00pm
Fri                    9.00am – 5.30pm
Sat – Sun         10.00am – 5.30pm

Cost: FREE

The State Library of Western Australia is located in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre. It preserves and provides access to Western Australia’s published heritage and original historical records. The State Library also provides numerous on-line and e-resources, many of which are accessible from home using your public library membership. To see what else the State Library has to offer you please check out the State Library’s web pages at http://slwa.wa.gov.au/

For further information please Contact:

Hilary Hatfield: Subject Specialist

(08) 9427 3161 or hilary.hatfield@slwa.wa.gov.au

or

Linda Frederick: Community Awareness Coordinator

(08) 9427 3151 or linda.frederick@slwa.wa.gov.au