Thanks for your Rainbow Storytime support

Thank you everyone for attending Rainbow Storytime last month! We had a lovely time and read lots of fabulous and joyful stories, rainbow chalk art, hula hooping and making giant bubbles. The playground was fun too!

Big thanks to Diversity ACT for their venue and graceful hosting, to Veganarchy Baking for her vegan sausages and BBQ loan, and to all who shared on social media. Lots of glittery love to Carl at CMDphotographics who created our magnificent poster.

Chalk art, photo by Sarah
Chalk art, photo by Sarah

We highly recommend Diversity ACT’s Diversity Hub as a venue for parties and events, do consider hiring them for your next ‘do! Their rates are ridiculously reasonable and all funds go towards their grassroots work in the LGBTIAQ+ community. You can donate to Diversity ACT at their site through paypal.
Stay tuned for our next event!

Rainbow Storytime on Saturday, whether rain, hail or shine!

See you this Saturday for our Rainbow Storytime at Diversity Hub in Kambah!

Don’t worry if the Weather Bureau thinks it will be cloudy – the playground and reading areas at the Hub are all under cover!

Our official book-readers will start at 10:30 with a few stories, and then you can relax by choosing your own reading or have fun on the playground or enclosed lawns.

Bring your favourite books, or try some of ours!

RSVP for our Rainbow Storytime on facebook or eventbrite, or rock up on the day.  It is free but we’ll be fundraising with a sausage sizzle (there will also be vegan options available).

Rainbow Storytime poster with event details
Rainbow Storytime poster by CMDphotographics

We are very grateful to CMDphotographics for making our stunning poster. It makes us think of Rainbow Brite, nostalgia, books and sherbet! Everything you’d want in a Storytime. Thank you so much Carl!

See you all at Rainbow Storytime!

Rainbow Storytime this Saturday!

Excitement! Rainbow Storytime is this Saturday 18th of March!

We are doing readings of children’s books about diversity, all are welcome, especially families. RSVP via facebook or eventbrite (or just rock up).

We are very pleased to be partnering with Diversity ACT, who are kindly providing the venue at Laidlaw Place, Kambah. The Diversity Hub has a lovely enclosed grassy yard including a shaded playground and pergola.

Our talented storytellers will read a few books to the crowd, afterwards there are lots of spots to sit together and read a book with just your family and friends. Books will be available but you’re very welcome to bring your favourite books too.

Rainbow over Drakeford Drive
Rainbow (image courtesy of Tuggeranong Tomatoes)

Please bring some money! While the event is free, there will be a sausage sizzle and refreshments available to purchase, with all proceeds towards Diversity ACT’s valuable community work.

Rainbow Storytime tickets available! Free, but we’d love your RSVP!

We’re pleased to share that tickets are now available for our next event, the Rainbow Storytime! See you on Saturday 18 March from 10:30am!

Thanks for being patient with our Save the Date.

Free tickets now available through eventbrite and facebook.

We are doing readings of children’s books about diversity, all are welcome, especially families. It’s free but do bring some cash for sausage sizzle and drinks. All proceeds towards Diversity ACT’s valuable community work.

National Archives of Australia: B4498, 27E7
Children’s reading session at Toorak library, courtesy of National Archives of Australia

Our talented storytellers will read a few books to the crowd, afterwards there are lots of spots to sit together and read a book with just your family and friends. Books will be available but you’re very welcome to bring your favourite books too.

We’re grateful for the beautiful venue from Diversity ACT. The Diversity Hub has a lovely enclosed grassy yard including a shaded playground and pergola.

See you there!

Image credit: National Archives of Australia: B4498, 27E7

Books – Libraries. Val Foreman Photography, negative number D 7390-A11 Children’s reading session at Toorak library [Album 22]
circa1945 – circa1986

Rainbow Storytime, Save the Date for Saturday 18 March!

The Canberra Library Tribe delightfully announce our next event, a Rainbow Storytime.

We are doing readings of children’s books about diversity, all are welcome, especially families.

Our talented storytellers will read a few books to the crowd, afterwards there are lots of spots to sit together and read a book with just your family and friends. Books will be available but you’re very welcome to bring your favourite books too.

Diversity Hub in Kambah, Canberra ACT
Diversity Hub in Kambah, Canberra ACT

We are very pleased to be partnering with Diversity ACT, who are kindly providing the venue. The Diversity Hub has a lovely enclosed grassy yard including a shaded playground and pergola (you can’t see these areas in the photo, but trust us, they are amazing, verdant and delightful).

Please bring some money, as there will be a sausage sizzle and refreshments available to purchase, with all proceeds towards Diversity ACT’s valuable community work.

Rainbow flowers

Date: Saturday 18 March, in the morning!

Venue: The Diversity Hub, 8 Laidlaw Place in Kambah

More details to follow! We look forward to reading with you! ❤

Retirement of Joye Volker, Chief Librarian at National Gallery of Australia

Joye Volker, the Chief Librarian of the Research Library at the National Gallery of Australia retired in November 2016. Joye was in the role for eleven years, leading Australia’s foremost art library and artist archives collection.

Joye sent a farewell message to the members of Arlis/ANZ (the Australian arm of the Arts Libraries Society, to which she has made an immeasurable contribution):

“It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with so many of you. You are indeed inspiring colleagues. I have had such an adventure with you and my staff over the years, many who attended the champagne celebration at the Gallery.

I wish you many blessings and personal achievements in the future. I have faith that Art Libraries and Artist Archives will continue to thrive.”

Joye Volker and Gerard Vaughan (former Chief Librarian and current Director)
Joye Volker and Director, Gerard Vaughan

Joye Volker was farewelled by the Gallery on 21 November with a champagne celebration in the staff lounge, in front of a replica Blue Poles (copies of works of art were created by staff prior to the opening of the Gallery, to assist with planning and placement).

We are sharing the farewell speech from the event below:

My name is Aileen Weir, a good friend and former colleague of Joye, and it is my pleasure to say a few words this evening. As you know, Joye has been Chief Librarian here at the National Gallery since June 2005. She has loved being in this role and often refers to it as her ideal job. From my point of view, this role was the perfect culmination of a long and distinguished career. Joye is the embodiment of the position of Chief Librarian. She has a passion for art and librarianship and extensive managerial and strategic experience. When she joined the Gallery, she brought her well-established international connections to the role. She also brought a great sense of style and fun. I’m sure there is no one in the room who has not attended one of Joye’s celebratory events, always elegant, and, as tonight, accompanied by champagne.

Given Joye’s passion for fine art, I’m sure there will be some in the room surprised to learn that her first qualification was an honours degree in pure mathematics and physics, a testament to her intellect. Joye obtained this degree in her native Canada after which, luckily for us, she decided to follow her mother’s advice and pursue a graduate degree in Library Science at the University of British Columbia. Joye’s professional career as a librarian began at the University of Calgary Library where, of course given her background, they quickly appointed her Science Librarian. Her colleagues at the University of Calgary soon recognised her potential and invited her to start a library for the new graduate program in the interdisciplinary study of environmental design. But, as one does when one is young and looking for adventure, Joye decided she was working too hard, resigned, hitch hiked across Canada and took a Polish ship to Copenhagen where she explored Europe for six months reconnecting with her Norwegian heritage and meeting many relatives. When she arrived in Copenhagen, she found a letter waiting for her saying she had achieved a National Research Council scholarship to complete a Masters in Librarianship at the University of British Columbia. So, this drew her back to Canada where she completed a thesis entitled “Environmental Design: An analysis of the field, its implications for libraries and a guide to the literature” A copy of her thesis resides in the University of Canberra Library so is still accessible right herein Canberra.

More adventure beckoned and Joye left Canada again, this time to move to Australia and become Senior Librarian at the ANU. Her interest in artistic design, piqued in Canada, developed at the ANU where she helped build the art history collection with Sasha Grishin for the new Department of Fine Arts. It was in this role as Senior Librarian where Joye’s strengths as a manager began to emerge. As a single parent of twin boys, Joye was a strong advocate for work/life balance, not as easily obtained at that time.

Joye and friends
Margaret Cazabon, Marilyn Stretton, Joye Volker, Robyn McKay, Catherine Bohm amd Mary Anne Neilsen.

She introduced job sharing to enable other young mums to juggle their family and professional lives. Many of these librarians became life long friends and went on to significant positions at the Parliamentary Library, ANU and elsewhere. Some, now retired, volunteer at the NGA as Guides convinced by Joye’s frequent raves about how fabulous it was to work here.

In 1986, Joye achieved the position as Librarian at the Canberra School of Art at the ANU, a position she held and loved for 17 years. Joye blossomed in this creative atmosphere, admiring the talented students and it was at the School of Art that Joye’s strengths and reputation as a leading art librarian really took hold. She embraced the role, frequently publishing papers and presenting internationally. One of her first presentations was in Stockholm for the International Federation of Library Associations Art Library Section. Given the lucky timeslot of 5pm on a Friday afternoon, Joye knew she had to be entertaining and her presentation entitled “Kangaroo Kitsch: the iconography of design in Australia” captured her audience with its striking visual imagery. Joye soon established herself internationally, becoming the Australian representative on the Standing Committee of the Art Library Section of International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Joye continued to represent the region in the coming years, giving presentations at IFLA conferences held in Bangkok and Quebec.

Other international presentations include the work she co-authored with ANU art history Professor Greenhalgh called “Australia, Images and the Internet” presented in San Antonio, Texas and “The Image Down Under: Collaborative ventures in the visual arts, music and architecture in Australia and New Zealand” presented in New York.

Joye was always on the forefront of the digital age, contributing to the international development of the Dublin Core standards and creation of metadata applied to web publications. She was active in the field of copyright of images and received numerous study grants over the years including from the Getty Museum, a Paris bookshop, ANU, Visual Resources Association and the Research Libraries Group based in the US. Joye was also active in professional life domestically, becoming President of the Arts Libraries Society, ANZ, as well as Chair of the ACT Branch of the Australian Library and Information Association, our profession’s peak body.

Joye’s leadership also left a lasting legacy at the ANU. In 1987 the Schools of Music and Art were brought together to become the National Institute of the Arts and Joye became the Institute Librarian. Joye was responsible for establishing the first Infolab on campus at the Art Library, officially opened by the Vice Chancellor and bringing state of the art equipment to her.

Working with Robyn Holmes at the School of Music, Joye contributed to the National Networked Facility for Research into Australian Music (NFRAM) in 1999. This project was a partnership with three other universities, the NLA, NFSA and the Australian Music Centre and attracted the largest ARC research infrastructure grant awarded in the arts to that date. Ultimately this led to the development of Music Australia at the NLA, still accessible through Trove.

After joining the NGA, Joye continued her international and national leadership in the field of art librarianship. The Gallery library has become the finest art research library in the country, with a collection valued at 37 million dollars, half of which is unique material. The fully catalogued Archives and Artist Files have been thriving and are now discoverable by researchers around the world through the OCLC Art Library Discovery Catalogue operated out of the USA.

Like every good library, the collection and space has enabled new creative output.

Betty Churcher wrote much of her book Australian Notebooks in the Library and Sasha Grishin spent every Friday for a year there researching his important book Australian Art: a History. In his Introduction he writes;

“The National Gallery of Australia Research Library has been an invaluable resource, and Joye Volker and her staff provided me with access and support that one can only dream of. It would not have been possible to complete this book without their assistance.”

And many NGA exhibition catalogues would not have been so excellent without the Research Library.

Of course, Joye has many interests outside of work as well. Earlier I briefly mentioned her twin boys, Aaron and Sam. Since their arrival in the world in 1981, Joye’s boys have been the core and centre of her life. Both are now very successful in their own right. Sam is a Senior Accountant in Melbourne and Aaron is working in law and accounting in Zurich Switzerland. I understand she is flying to Switzerland in December to visit Aaron and his fiancée Natascha to once again experience a North American winter and explore the Christmas Night Markets in Germany and France.

Joye and Chris
Joye and Chris

Joye closely identified with the Norwegian practice of ‘hygge’ (hoogah) – which means embracing the coziness of winter and enjoying the outdoors of summer. Joye has always been active, competing internationally in the sport of orienteering in far away places such as the highlands of Scotland and Tasmania. 15 years ago she took up golf at the Royal Canberra, playing with the Business Ladies on Sundays. This sport, however, has brought something much more important to her life. It was through golf that Joye met her lovely partner Chris, a champion golfer himself, enjoying a shared pastime that has brought them both many trophies. They are now winning trophies in another field as well as Chris and Joye are part owners of a racehorse, named Akiko Gold. As you might expect, Akiko Gold is an elegant, dainty little filly, who has already won three races and placed in others.

Joye’s generosity and thoughtfulness are renowned. She throws terrific parties, is a fabulous hostess and a great cook. She inherited this from her mother who, as a preacher’s wife, entertained anyone who didn’t have a special place to go following the Sunday morning sermons. Joye is a PK as they say in Canada – a Preacher’s kid – and the values and generous spirit she gained from this religious upbringing permeate everything today.

Joye has received many heartfelt messages in the lead up to her retirement, and I’d like to read one from one of her closest friends. Janine Schmidt is the former Director of Libraries at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and former chief librarian at the University of Queensland. Janine says:

“Congratulations on your brilliant career. You have made outstanding contributions to libraries in Canberra, to the professional association ALIA, and to art libraries throughout the world particularly through your work with IFLA. You have been a guide and mentor to many and a truly exceptional professional colleague. Your personal warmth, charm, intellectual capacity, thoughtfulness, passion and style have enriched occasions and events and won you friends everywhere. For all who have worked with you, let alone passed by, you will remain long in their memories. Best wishes for the next steps on life’s journey. Felicitions et bon voyage.” – Janine.

Joye adds to all of our lives. Her favourite colour is red which, according to one of the pop psychology sites, defines her as extroverted and optimistic, courageous and confident, action oriented and physically active. You are stimulating to be with and you radiate a great deal of energy. You are achievement-oriented and gain the respect of others easily with your practical and grounded attitude and ability to set boundaries. Lovers of red are the explorers and pioneers of the world and have a passion and enthusiasm for life.

Says it all really. Please join me by raising a glass to acknowledge Joye’s world-class career, her significant accomplishments, her fantastic sense of elegant style and her warmth and generosity as a human being. To Joye.

Canberra GLAMR events, December 2016

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events!

Monday 5 December

Haunting history: past possibles and possible pasts

4:15pm, HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14, ANU (free)

Professor Ethan Kleinberg’s  paper uses works of fiction and of history to argue for a deconstructive approach to the past. If the past has an ontology, it is a latent ontology that is activated when one does history.

Book launch – River’s Edge by Owen Bullock

5:30pm, Smith’s Alternative, Civic (free)

Book launch of Owen Bullock’s latest haiku sequence, River’s Edge.

In Owen Bullock’s second haiku sequence with Recent Work Press, he explores the wisdom garnered from his period as a care worker for the elderly in New Zealand. These haiku display the riches of Bullock’s keen sense of observation married with his ability to get to the essence of any subject with his deft use of this most precise of Japanese forms.

ADFAS Canberra AGM and Christmas party

5:45pm, Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla (own cost)

Book discussion: Darren Lehmann’s Coach

6pm, Woden Library (free)

Meet Darren Lehmann, coach of the Australian cricket team, and hear about his book Coach, a candid and intimate look behind the change room doors. Coach traces Darren’s path to the top coaching job in Australian cricket and the highs and lows of the role, as well as addressing the issues of pressure, maintaining a team’s hunger and the part luck plays in success or failure.

Darren will be signing copies of his book which will be available for purchase at the event.

Meet the author: Paul Livingstone aka Flacco

6pm, Theatre 2, Manning Clark Centre 26A, ANU (free)

Hear the inside story of The Doug Anthony All Stars then and now from Paul Livingston. In D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall, Livingston reveals all – their rise, disappearance and rebirth – and interviews their fans, colleagues and famous peers and admirers.


Tuesday 6 December

Inversion: on some poetics and politics in the discourse of the sublime

4:15pm, HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14, ANU (free)

Professor Ian Balfour’s talk looks into how language works in the discourse of the sublime, zeroing on the figure of inversion from Longinus to Milton’s Paradise Lost (read through Edmund Burke) to Friedrich Hölderlin and beyond.


Wednesday 7 December

Seen but unseen: missing visible Indigenous women in the media and what it means for leadership in Indigenous Australia

12pm, University of Canberra (free)

Tess Ryan’s presentation reports on an investigation of media representation of Indigenous women’s leadership in Australia.

Behind the scenes in the Research Centre: Boxer uprising

1:15pm, Australian War Memorial (free but RSVP)

Come behind the scenes in the Memorial’s archives to discover the stories hidden in some of the Research Centre’s treasures. Please note these tours have access limitations. For more information, please contact Public Programs.

Canberra-wide GLAMR sector end of year function

5:30pm, ALIA House, Deakin (free)

Six Canberra professional groups, including Canberra Library Tribe, have come together to host an end-of-year function for people working in the GLAMR sector. Drinks, nibbles and a collegial, convivial atmosphere.


Thursday 8 December

Book launch: No body’s perfect

12pm, University of Canberra (free)

Book launch of No Body’s Perfect: A helper’s guide to promoting body image in children and young people by Dr Vivienne Lewis. To be launched by Professor Deep Saini, Vice Chancellor and President, University of Canberra with guest speaker, Tim Gavel, ABC Canberra, Sports Broadcaster. The author, Dr Vivienne Lewis, will be signing purchased copies of her book following the launch.

Australian Aboriginal basket exhibition talk

12:30, National Museum of Australia (free but may require exhibition entry)

Join Andy Greenslade from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the Australian Aboriginal basket, her favourite object from the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Book launch: The West Verandah: The life and work of Les Murray

5pm, Common Room, University House, ANU (free)

The book launch will feature a poetry reading by Les Murray.

Meet the author: Paul Keating: the big picture leader

6pm, Theatre 1, Manning Clark Centre, ANU (free)

Troy Bramston will be in conversation with The Australian’s Editor-At-Large, Paul Kelly, on Bramston’s new biography of Paul Keating. The first biography that Keating has cooperated with in more than two decades.


Friday 9 December

Books that changed humanity no. 5: A Christmas Carol

5:30pm, HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14, ANU (free)

Associate Professor Jenny Gribble will introduce and discuss A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens in 1843.


Saturday 10 December

Canberra Region Indexers Christmas Brunch

11am, The Oaks Brasserie, Yarralumla (own cost)

Christmas brunch for Canberra Region ANZSI (Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers).

Beneath the surface: classical painting demonstration

11:30am, National Gallery of Australia (free)

Discover what lies beneath the surface of an 18th century oil painting in a demonstration by Michelle Hiscock. Watch the painstaking process unfold as Michelle recreates a fragment of Carl Van Loo’s Madame de Pompadour as the ‘beautiful gardener’ 1754-55.

Canberra Book Club Costume Christmas Party

12:30pm, Tilley’s, Lyneham (own cost)

A 2016 Christmas Party to celebrate another year of reading.

Read like a feminist book club

2pm, Smith’s Alternative, Civic (gold coin)

Featuring Fight like a girl by Clementine Ford.


Sunday 11 December

Eucalypt Dye Workshop

9am, Australian National Botanic Gardens ($49)

Local textile artist Sally Blake will demonstrate techniques for extracting plant dye from eucalypt leaf and bark. Choose to dye a personalised scarf or fabric section for a cushion cover, either for yourself or a unique Christmas gift.

Plotting for success with Scott Baker

10am, AWC, CCAS ($110+)

Full of great ideas but having trouble pulling them into a coherent and compelling form? Learn to plot your story and maintain a compelling pace in this practical full day workshop with Scott Baker – author of the bestselling action-thriller, The Rule of Knowledge, and Writer/Director of the soon to be released Blue World Order feature film.


Tuesday 13 December

Woden Reading Group: Christmas get-together and planning for 2017

10am, Woden Library (free)

Come along and share what you have been reading, whether or not you would recommend it, and the thoughts it provoked.

For country, for nation: exploring our archives

12:30pm, Australian War Memorial (free)

Written records from the Memorial’s archives enabled crucial background research for the exhibition For Country, for Nation. Join a Research Centre curator to learn about the records we hold and how they can be accessed. View some of the original documents that contribute to our knowledge of Indigenous Australian experiences of wartime.

Book Camp Book Club

6:15pm, Beyond Q, Curtin (free)


Wednesday 14 December

APSIG Christmas Lunch

12pm, Lemon Grass, Woden (own cost)

Lunch with ALIA APSIG and the Asian Library Resources of Australia.


Thursday 15 December

ACT Writers Centre Christmas party

6pm, AWC, CCAS ($10.50+)

Celebrate the ACT Book of the Year announcement, our 2016 ACT Writing & Publishing award winners, and the end of a wonderful year.

There will be a table of local author’s books for sale, as well as music, wine and a silent auction.


Shakespeare Trivia Night VI

7:30pm, Queanbeyan (free)

It’s back for its 6th edition, Shakespeare Trivia Night! Every year for our final event, Laura writes up a bunch of questions on each of the plays we’ve read throughout the year and we compete to see who retained the most information on them (or just makes the most lucky guesses).


Please comment with any GLAMR orgs or events we’ve missed!


…of course the most important event is the GLAMR eoy event including Canberra Library Tribe (that’s us!) on Wednesday 7 December!