MyLanguage 2012 Conference Presentations now available

The second national MyLanguage Conference was hosted by the State Library of Queensland in August 2012, in partnership with Public Libraries South Australia and State Libraries of New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Libraries ACT.

The 2012 conference MyLanguage – Connecting, Collaborating, Creating had the focus of exploring digital futures for multicultural Australia, especially ways of connecting communities, collaborating and creating digital opportunities.

The conference presentations are now available on the MyLanguage website.

Multicultural newspapers now available online on Trove

Newspapers that tell Australia’s multicultural stories in their own language are now available online through the National Library of Australia’s award-winning Trove discovery service.

Under the National Library’s Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program, selected German, Italian and Estonian community newspapers have now been digitised. They include German newspapers The Adelaider Deutsche Zeitung (1851 and 1860-62), Suedaustralische Zeitung/ Sud-Australische Zeitung (1850-1851), Sud-Australische Zeitung (1860-1874), an Italian newspaper, Il Giornale Italiano (The Italian Journal) (1932-1940) and an Estonian newspaper, Meie Kodu (Our Home – 1949-1954).

Director of Digitisation and Photography at the National Library of Australia, Wan Wong, said these were the first non-English language newspapers to be delivered through Trove, the National Library’s free discovery service.
‘These newspapers reflect the diversity of the Australian community in its early years,’ she said. ‘They provide an alternative glimpse into our history, telling the migrant experience in their own language.’

The oldest newspapers, from Germany, date back to May 1850. Although they focused mainly on news from the homeland, they also found room for market prices and ads for pills and ointments.

The first edition of the Italian Journal describes itself as ‘non-political, non-partisan, non-sectarian but bright, breezy, newsy and fearless ….’ it was specifically designed for the thousands of Italian workers who migrated to Australia. Content ranged from headlines urging readers to rely on Mussolini to save world peace to recipes for fish with baked potatoes.

The Estonian paper, Meie Kodu, which is still published today, acknowledged, in its first issue in 1949, that publication may be an ambitious venture with the total number of Estonians in the country at only 3000 – but steadily increasing.

Selection of community language newspapers for this pilot digitisation project was based on whether the titles were microfilmed, their copyright status and on specific interest from local communities.

Through the National Library’s newspaper digitisation project, 7 million pages, from a total of 270 newspapers are available online through Trove. To find these multicultural newspapers search the alphabetical list under “Show all titles” at http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper?q=

New MyLanguage website

After six years of operation, MyLanguage, a web portal to multilingual information resources for new and emergent Australian communities, has been relaunched in Adelaide at the FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia) conference on Friday November 18.

Mr Hieu Van Le, Lieutenant Governor of South Australia and Chairman of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, launched the new MyLanguage web portal saying: ‘What we have in MyLanguage is perhaps one of the most valuable tools for living that newly arrived Australians can get their hands on today. It provides a whole suite of important pieces of information – and in more than 65 languages. If you’ve just settled here, if your English is still developing, and if you’re looking to find your feet in a rather unfamiliar place, then this is the website for you’.

MyLanguage reflects Australia’s position as one of the most multicultural countries on earth and seeks to simplify access to important online information resources for a culturally and linguistically diverse population.

The new portal provides clear links to multilingual search engines, web directories, government websites, online dictionaries, and syndicated news headlines. It also contains translations of online government and community information relating to health, legal issues, settlement, education and public libraries along with information on multilingual library collections around Australia.

MyLanguage national manager, Brendan Fitzgerald, says the new MyLanguage website is all about making life easier and more inclusive for Australia’s non-English speaking population. ‘Through the delivery of quality language services MyLanguage ensures that individuals from non-English speaking communities have fair and equitable access to services such as health, education, housing and the justice system.’

MyLanguage is a joint partnership between the State Libraries of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia; Public Libraries Services South Australia, the Northern Territory Library and Libraries ACT.

The new MyLanguage website is now live at:  http://www.mylanguage.gov.au

Would you like to speak better English?

Would you like to speak better English?

Join a FREE conversation group.

Meetings are held at:
Wanneroo Library // every Monday // 9.30am – 11am
Wanneroo Library & Cultural Centre
Rocca Way, Wanneroo
Ph: 9405 5940

Clarkson Library // every Friday // 9.30am – 11am
Ocean Keys Boulevard, Clarkson
Ph: 9407 1600

Girrawheen Library // every Thursday // 9.30am – 11am
Girrawheen meetings held at:
BJL – Connecting Communities
11 Patrick Court Girrawheen (Situated behind Girrawheen Library)
Ph: 9342 8844

For more information please contact your local centre
Evening sessions coming soon in the Girrawheen area

* Note: for you to attend this group, you should already be able to speak a little English

Ethnic Communities Council of WA (ECCWA) Book Fair on Saturday May 7 2011

There are only two days to go until the Ethnic Communities Council of WA (ECCWA) book fair on Saturday 7th May!

The fair will be at 20 View St North Perth, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

There are almost 4000 books as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, videos, cassette tapes and jigsaws available.

Entry is by gold coin donation and all books and other materials are free. All donations go towards the ECCWA Literacy and Reading Program.

I’d like to thank everyone who has donated books and other materials to this event. This support proves that people are concerned about those less fortunate than ourselves and are willing to do somthing about it.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. Please contact me on 9227 5322 if you have any queries.

Regards,

Ananda Barton (Mr)

Coordinator – Literacy and Reading Program

ananda@eccwa.org.au

http://www.eccwa.org.au

Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia (ECCWA) Book Fair Saturday May 7 2011

The Ethnic Communities Council of WA will be holding a book fair on Saturday 7th May 2011. All books and other materials will be free, although people will be asked to make a gold coin donation at entry.

The response to my request for donations of books was far above what I expected. Proof, if anyone needs it, that people are generous and willing to go the extra step to help people in need.

I look forward to seeing you at the book fair, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, 20 View Street North Perth.

I am organizing a ‘busy bee’ on Saturday 16th April, starting 10.00 am, 20 View Street North Perth, to sort the books. If you can assist for a few hours your help will be most welcome. Please let me know a week in advance so that I can organize lunch.

Please contact me if you have any queries.

Regards,

Ananda Barton (Mr.)

Coordinator – Literacy and Reading Project

ananda@eccwa.org.au

http://www.eccwa.org.au

International Mother Language Day 21 February 2011

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.