Geography resources at the State Library of Victoria


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Geography resources at the State Library of Victoria

  1. 1. GTAV Annual conference Geography resources at the State Library of Victoria 22 August 2011
  2. 2. Session outline <ul><li>Introduction to the State Library of Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>Map collection </li></ul><ul><li>Viewing material onsite </li></ul><ul><li>Remote access resources </li></ul><ul><li>ergo website </li></ul>P –
  3. 3. About the State Library of Victoria <ul><li>Victoria’s premier reference and research library, founded in 1854 </li></ul><ul><li>collections include: books, newspapers, artefacts, pictures, maps, and digital and online resources </li></ul><ul><li>provides a range of information services, learning programs, events and </li></ul><ul><li>exhibitions </li></ul>P –
  4. 4. Map collection <ul><li>The SLV has over 110,00 maps in its collection </li></ul><ul><li>most are Australian </li></ul><ul><li>strong focus on Victorian content </li></ul><ul><li>also contains strong holdings of maps </li></ul><ul><li>from overseas </li></ul><ul><li>Left: Tabularum geographicarum contractorum libri quatuor , by CJ Visscher, 1649 </li></ul>P –
  5. 5. Map collection <ul><li>Maps are in various formats, the collection also includes geographical and cartographic reference books and atlases </li></ul>P –
  6. 6. Map collection <ul><li>Local features include: </li></ul><ul><li>Township, parish and county maps </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>produced by the former Victorian Lands Department (19th-century) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Sewerage maps </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>produced by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (late 19th century to the 1940s) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Real estate auctioneers' plans </li></ul><ul><li>Fire insurance plan </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>produced by Mahlstedt and other companies </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Topographic maps </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>from government agencies such as Land Victoria and GeoScience Australia </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>P –
  7. 7. Map collection <ul><li>International features include: </li></ul><ul><li>maps by the British Ordnance Survey </li></ul><ul><li>city plans </li></ul><ul><li>worldwide coverage of nautical charts </li></ul><ul><li>19th-century Indian maps </li></ul><ul><li>Left: Speculum Orientalis Occidentalisque Indiae navigationum , by Joris van Spilbergen, 1619 </li></ul>P –
  8. 8. More information <ul><li>More information: </li></ul><ul><li>SLV Map collection </li></ul><ul><li>http:// /our-collections/what-we-collect/maps </li></ul><ul><li>SLV resource guides </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>P –
  9. 9. Viewing material onsite <ul><li>Most items in the Maps Collection can only be viewed by appointment. </li></ul><ul><li>Copies of some maps (grouped by suburb) are in the Heritage Collections Reading Room in ‘suburban map bags’. </li></ul><ul><li>No appointment is necessary to view these items. </li></ul><ul><li>Right: Melbourne and its suburbs, compiled by James Kearney, 1855 </li></ul>P –
  10. 10. Viewing material onsite <ul><li>If you want to view a map from in the collection, it must be retrieved by a librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Provide as much information about what you are looking for as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Most requests are taken over the phone or via email </li></ul><ul><li>If in doubt, talk to the librarians because they have extensive knowledge about the collections </li></ul>P –
  11. 11. Remote access resources P – Maps on the catalogue Different tabs are to search for different item types The search bar is just like a search engine on the web. Just type in what you’re looking for and click Go 
  12. 12. Remote access resources P – MMBW plans Let’s use the plans to locate the State Library of Victoria. There is a research guide to help you navigate through the plans
  13. 13. Remote access resources P – Information databases Includes multi-subject databases (EBSCO, Informit Complete, General OneFile, JSTOR etc) Also has subject specific resources like: SAGE (Science and Geography in Education) 1990–
  14. 14. Remote access resources P – Information databases and newspapers Remote access to databases requires login using your surname and Library Card barcode You can register for a Library Card online: http:// / services/join-library
  15. 15. ergo P – ergo website <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Information on study skills and </li></ul><ul><li>SLV collection items that are </li></ul><ul><li>linked to common curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>areas at VELS level 5 & 6, and </li></ul><ul><li>also VCE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For teachers </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. ergo <ul><li>For teachers: </li></ul><ul><li>Ready-made education kits for topics like deforestation </li></ul><ul><li>High-res versions of all maps and images used available to download </li></ul><ul><li>Series of worksheets for evaluating information </li></ul><ul><li>Worksheets include Map Study templates http:// </li></ul>P –
  17. 17. Contact details <ul><li>Bethany Leong, </li></ul><ul><li>Education Programs Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (03) 8664 7268 </li></ul><ul><li>SLV website: http:// / </li></ul>P –