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!


CBR GLAMR events, from 15 to 21 August

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events!

There are lots of great free tours at the National Gallery to celebrate National Science Week! We were excited about their book club but the upcoming one is booked out 😦

Overview TLDR:

WWI musical instruments, digital transformation, conference tips, Japanese gardens, reading, 3D chocolates, migration book, victory in war, writing, foreign correspondent book, Indigenous policy in media, law resources, war and family history, Googong archaeology, John Gould/Gilbert, reading group, Les Murray’s portrait, celluloid film, Hamilton Hume, historian talk, sports panel, CBCA awards, rabbits, stargazing, instagram, sea poetry, sewing, book activities, grammar workshop, zines & badges, knitting, talk on gardens/Australia’s oldest camellia, kickboxing talk, and two authors discuss writing crime fiction.

Monday 15 August

Musical instruments of the First World War

AWM, 2:30pm

Join a Memorial curator to learn about the strange violin of Private Max Nicholls that was made from scraps off the battlefield in 1918. Other relics in this musical talk include Lieutenant “Dad” Jarvis and his tin whistle, played in the thick of a German attack, and Bandmaster Sapper Bill Headen’s cornet, which sounded as a crowded transport sank on Anzac Day, 1918.

Digital Transformation in the APS

DTO, 4pm, 50MC Theatre

(APS only)

The Digital Transformation Programme has so far delivered five digital exemplar services released in Beta. In this session, DTO Head of Delivery Dan Pulham will showcase two of these exemplar products.

Speak Up! Presenting at Conferences for the First Time

ALIA (ACT Students and New Graduates Group, and NLS8), NLA, 5:30-7pm

Are you thinking about preparing something to present at a conference but not quite sure how to do it? Have you presented before but need to brush up your skills? This event is for you. Hear from the NLS8 Team and ALIA about how to submit a proposal for NLS8 in Canberra next year, and join us for a panel discussion with local information professionals who have taken the plunge and presented at conferences in the past.  This is your opportunity to ask questions, pick up some tips, and gather your courage! This event will be particularly useful for anyone who wants to start speaking at conferences and other professional events, or anyone who would like to brush up on their presentation skills.

The development of Japanese Garden Design

Horticultural Society of Canberra, Wesley Hall, 7:30pm

Chris Braddick, Convenor of the Friends of the Nara Peace Park, will speak on the development of Japanese garden design

Tuesday 16 August

The Reading Hour

Everywhere, 6-7pm

Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is our aim for The Reading Hour. We know it’s not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings. The Reading Hour is for everyone and there will be events and activities for all age groups. The Reading Hour is nominally 6pm to 7pm on 16 August, but events will be happening all day, to avoid or coincide with important sporting fixtures and venue opening hours, and to accommodate the different time zones.

3D Printing Chocolatier Workshop

CBR Innovation Network, 6-8pm

What is better than chocolate? Chocolate that’s been cast in the shape of your favourite character or design! Learn to 3D print your own food-safe chocolate mould, and take plenty of chocolate home.

This workshop takes you through the basics of Computer Aided Design (CAD). Using CAD software, you will use a 3D printer to create a mould that you can use to cast chocolates. This is a great intro to 3D design and printing, and the molded chocolates are a great gift idea.

Peter Mares – Not quite Australian

Muse, 6-7pm

Permanent migration has long been vital to the story of Australia and today, there are more than one million temporary migrants living in Australia. They work, pay tax and abide by our laws, yet they remain unrecognised as citizens. All the while, this rise in temporary migration is redefining Australian society, from wage wars and healthcare benefits, to broader ideas of national identity and cultural diversity.

In Not Quite Australian, award-winning journalist Peter Mares draws on case studies, interviews and personal stories to investigate the complex realities of this new era of temporary migration.

War Studies Seminar Series: Special Event: Defining Victory

ANU, 6-7pm

Defining victory in most wars is inherently difficult because most wars are fought for limited objectives and because most war aims can be unstable, multiple, intangible, undeclared, and even negative (e.g. not losing or seen to be losing).  Defining victory in modern wars is even more difficult because today’s wars are often vague in purpose and lack clear measures of success. This session will examine the problems and pitfalls of the problem of bringing a war to an end.

2 hours writing at Tilleys

Write Together, Tilleys, 6-8pm

Get motivated with silent writing for 2 hours at Tilley’s Café. You’re also welcome to stay on and socialise after the end of the writing session.

ANU/The Canberra Times meet the author event:

Peter Stefanovic: Hack in a Flak Jacket

ANU, 6:30-7:30pm

Hack in a Flak Jacket is a startlingly honest account of experiencing war and terrorism from the frontline by Peter Stefanovic, one of Australia’s leading journalists and foreign correspondents. For almost ten years Peter Stefanovic was Channel 9’s foreign correspondent in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During that time he witnessed more than his fair share of death and destruction – all while putting his own personal safety very much in the firing line.

Wednesday 17 August

Mediatisation, marginalisation and disruption in Indigenous affairs

ANU, 12:30-1:30pm

This seminar explores how transformations in Australia’s media landscape are impacting on public discussion of Indigenous policy issues.

Collaborate and Learn

Creating and Developing Information Resources and Products

ALLA, Online, 1-2pm

The seminar, through recounting the story of the development of Kidd’s Law Publications will seek to inform, equip and motivate librarians to seize opportunities to create their own client facing information value added resources and products. #kiddlaw

Dusted off with Brett Hunt

NLA, 6-7pm

Dusted Off is the story of youth seeking adventure and of the traumatic reality of war, for those who fight and for those who support them. Accomplished actor and guitarist Brett Hunt shares his family’s story.

CAS/CAR Lecture: Googong Project

ANU, 6pm

Dr Rebecca Parkes presents a talk with the Canberra Archaeological Society/Centre for Archaeological Research.

Thursday 18 August

Thursday Talks at the Botanic Gardens Series:

John Gould’s shooter: the unsung hero, John Gilbert

ANBG, 12:30pm

Dr Susan Serjeantson will celebrate the contribution of John Gould’s collector in Australia, John Gilbert.

Reading for Pleasure book discussion group

Erindale Library, 1-2pm

Come along and share your thoughts on the chosen books, whether or not you would recommend them, and the thoughts they provoked.

Portrait Encounter: Les Murray by David Naseby

NPG, 1-2pm

Meet for conversation and sharing of ideas around selected portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.

National Science Week: Celluloid’s secrets revealed

NFSA, 4pm

Just like everything else in this universe, film is governed by science. Our preservation and restoration experts will reveal how physics and chemistry shape the ‘life’ of film.

Hamilton Hume: Our Greatest Explorer

Paperchain, 6pm

Talk by Robert Macklin on his new book.

The public life of history

ANU, 6-7:30pm

Dipesh Chakrabarty in conversation with Meera Ashar and Frank Bongiorno, reflecting on the public life of history in Asia and Australia and how historians participate in debates about the past.

Sporting moments panel discussion

NMA, 6-7:30pm

Australians love sport – it is woven into our folklore, social fabric and weekend routines. But what does this obsession say about us as a nation? Has sport really been a vehicle for social change? Why do we idolise sporting stars?

ABC RN Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay hosts a discussion about sport and how it has shaped Australian culture and identity with guests.

Friday 19 August

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

NLA, 11:30-12:30

The Children’s Book Council of Australia and the Library invite you to the presentation of the Book of the Year awards and the launch of Book Week 2016, followed by book signings.

Rabbits: how monks, kings and crusaders established an invasive species

UC, 11:30-12:30

Rabbits are widely thought to have been domesticated by monks in southern France in the 4th Century AD and subsequently spread from monastery to monastery into northern Europe. As such, some believe rabbits are essentially ‘feral’ or domestic rabbits returned to the wild. However, other lines of evidence suggest that wild rabbits were also introduced. Research into mediaeval literature and archaeological investigation into rabbit warrens on the island of Guernsey offer detailed insights into the roles the clergy, kings and knights in the rabbits spread in northern Europe.

Mt. Stromlo Public Astronomy Nights

Observatory, 7pm

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite the Canberra community to attend public observing nights. Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and observations on several telescopes

Saturday 20 August

Instagrammers 101

Instagrammers Canberra, TAC, 10am-3pm

Find out everything you need to know about the wonderful world of Instagram in this one day workshop with Instagrammers Canberra. Throughout the day you can learn all the basic elements and principles of iPhonography.

Sea: Poetry with Lizz Murphy

ACT Writers Centre, 10:30am

For aspiring, new and developing poets and anyone else with an interest in a stimulating writing space and finding the next poem.

August Sewing Sesh

CBR Sewing Crew, 1-5pm

Do you love sewing?  Are you keeping it real in the Canberra district? Care to hang out with other rad peeps stitching up a storm? If so, you may be interested in the CBR Sewing Crew! We’re a sassy group who love to catch up for an informal stitch and bitch session roughly once a month. The CBR Sewing Crew is open to all skill levels – just bring whatever project you are working on along. We’re also looking forward to additional catch ups throughout the year for movies/fabric shopping expeditions/cake for those interested. 

Sunday 21 August

CMAG on Sunday, Book Week Special

Australia: Story Country

CMAG, various times

An afternoon of activities based on books shortlisted for the Picture Book and Early Childhood Book of the Year by the Children’s Book Council of the Australia. There will also be creative activities inspired by exhibitions such as, May Gibbs by gum! The studio based activity for 4-12 year olds inspired by Ronojoy Ghosh’s book, Ollie and the wind,will include three sessions…

Grammar and Punctuation Primer with Pippa Carron

ACT Writers Centre, 10am

This workshop will cover the foundation rules of the English language (the parts of speech, the power of verbs, the rules of sentence construction, and punctuation rules), plus reveal the secret conventions used by skilled writers to break these rules in order to produce a more compelling narrative. 

Zine and Badge Making Workshop

Anvil Design Studio, 1pm

This workshop will introduce participants to the process of making zines and badges. The workshop will be taught by veteran street artist Christopher Tamm, coinciding with his new exhibition at Anvil Studio & Gallery.

Sunday Knitting Sesh

Canberra knitters, Dickson Tradies, 2-4pm

If you love knitting and being social this is the group for you!

Fireside Chat and High Tea: Talk on Camden Park House & Garden

Friends of Old Parliament House Rose Gardens

Mercure, 2-4pm

Camden Park was built for the Macarthur family in 1831. The convict built Palladian house was designed by John Verge and is surrounded by the largest intact 19th century garden in NSW. Rare plantings include the oldest surviving camellia in Australia, c. japonica anemoniflora. John and Edwina and their family maintain the garden with the help of a group of dedicated

Out of left field: Tara James – kickboxing

NPG, 2-3pm

Discover something different in this series of talks exploring culture and identity through the lens of sportspeople who engage in unconventional sports.

Tara James is an Art Handler (aka full-time multi-tasking ninja) at the National Portrait Gallery but all her spare time is spent at Phoenix Gym training under Anthony Manning.

Candice Fox - Crime & Collaboration
Candice Fox at Muse

Candice Fox: Crime & Collaboration

Muse, 3-4pm

Award-winning crime writer Candice Fox has teamed up James Patterson,one of the world’s bestselling authors, to co-write a thriller set in the Australian outback.

Candice is joined by L.J.M. Owen, author of Canberra’s own crime fiction series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth, to talk about this stunning new book, the challenges of writing crime fiction, and just how one goes about co-writing with an über-famous colleague!


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

…last but not least, CLT (Canberra Library Tribe, that’s us!) will plan an event for later in the year. See you for next week’s update!

CBR GLAMR events, from 4 to 9 August

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events!

Thursday 4 August

Climate change and the humanities

ANU, 12:30-1:30pm

While the phenomenon of planetary climate change is defined primarily by natural scientists and is often addressed, in practical terms, by the policy sciences, this lecture asks: What can the more humanist disciplines – or the humanities, as a branch of thought – contribute to our understanding of the phenomenon and how are they, in turn, challenged by it? The lecture will seek to provide some preliminary and provisional answers to these questions.

On war with Dr Meleah Hampton: the battle of Pozieres

NLA, Theatre, 5:30-6:30pm

Dr Meleah Hampton, AWM historian, expores the allied efforts to capture the OG (Old German) trench line near Pozières, France, in 1916. This was among the most costly battles for Australians during the First World War.

Book talk: Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing

ANU, 6:30-7:30pm

Ashleigh Wilson will be in conversation with Sasha Grishin on Wilson’s new book, Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and The Other Thing. Written with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, and handsomely illustrated with classic Whiteley artworks, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos, this dazzling biography reveals for the first time the full portrait of a mercurial artist.

Friday 5 August

The Vinyl Lounge

NFSA, 5:30-7pm

On the first Friday of every month, NFSA Sound curators hold a listening party, and everyone’s invited. The format is simple: BYO vinyl, or choose from a huge selection on stage, share why you love them, or just listen to others’ stories.

Saturday 6 August

Land: Poetry with Lizz Murphy

Gorman House (ACT Writers Centre), 10:30am (requires booking)

Three poetry workshops facilitated by Lizz Murphy on the themes of Land • Sea • Air: discover new lands, make a sea journey or a sea change, navigate the air. Themes will be explored broadly.

Let’s meetup and write (Let’s write Canberra)

Civic Library, 11am-12:30pm

Are you writing professionally or for yourself or just want a group of like-minded typists hanging out with you while you are visited by your muse? then come along and write! Pen and paper also welcome.

Blundell’s Cottage: A home for the workers

NCA (various times)

Through 100 years of occupation this cottage housed many families. Discover the stories of the first and the very last families to live here.

Felting workshop: texture and colour

Lanyon Homestead, 1-4pm (requires booking)

Feel the colour and texture of wool at Lanyon Homestead. Explore the homestead set within a working farm and create your own felted necklace with water, soap, soft wool and a little bit of creativity. A simple and enjoyable creative skill, felting has many possibilities.

Canberra Book Club Democratic Meeting 2016

NGA Café, 2pm

The featured book is Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness.

For background, see Robert McCrum’s article from the Guardian:

“It is a haunting, hypnotic masterpiece by a great writer who towers over the literature of the 20th century.”

Star Stories of the Dreaming

NFSA, 3:30 or 5:45pm

Aboriginal people in Australia are increasingly being recognised as the first astronomers. When the ancient wisdoms of the universe held by the oldest culture on earth meet modern astrophysics, a new concept is born – cultural astronomy. In Star Stories of the Dreaming , Euahlayi man Ghillar Michael Anderson shares with CSIRO astrophysicist Professor Ray Norris teachings passed to him as the knowledge holder for his people.

Feminartsy Story-Share: Regrets

Smith’s, 7-9pm

Regrets – we all have them, whether they’re regrets about things we did or didn’t do, or regrets we’re on track to having as a society.

Sunday 7 August

Winter Festival

NPG, 10am-4pm

Celebrate Canberra’s winter season at the Portrait Gallery’s annual Winter Festival. 

Chill Zone, Ice sculptures, sideshow, woolly wonderland, knitting, live music, bling your beanie, let it snow and even Pokemon lures!

Fact into Fiction Masterclass with Valerie Parv

Gorman House (ACT Writers Centre), 10:30am (requires booking)

Through enjoyable writing exercises and discussion, this Masterclass explores narrative choices, timing and chronology and the importance of composite characters – essentially, how to write about your billiards-playing aunt without getting disowned.

CMAG on Sunday: Colour, life and quirky detail

CMAG (various timeslots, requires booking and small fee)

An afternoon of structured workshops, led by local artist Katy Penman. See the lively landscapes in the exhibition Michael Taylor: A Survey 1963–2016, then scoop, drop, mix and scrape puddles of coloured paint in the Studio to create your own landscape.

Letters to Lindy: Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Alana Valentine

NLA, Theatre, 2-3pm

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton speaks to Alana Valentine about the making of a stage play based on 20,000 letters sent to Lindy by the public since 1980.

(the theatre production will be at Canberra Theatre Centre between 9 and 13 August).

Book Discussion: The Days of Abandonment, by Elena Ferrante

Tilley’s Restaurant, 3-5pm (The Readers Canberra)

For background, see James Wood’s discussion of Elena Ferrante in The New Yorker:

“The Days of Abandonment” is Ferrante’s most widely read novel in English, with good reason. It assails bourgeois niceties and domestic proprieties; it rips the skin off the habitual. 

Monday 8 August

Two languages, one poetry: reflections on multilingual poetic practice

UC, 2-3pm

Over the past ten years researchers such as Lera Boroditsky (2011) have found that language directly impacts, not only our view of the world, but also our use and understanding of spatial and temporal metaphors. In light of the increasing number of poets writing and performing bilingual and multilingual poetry, this paper will reflect on issues relating to the composition and existence of this sub-genre, focusing on the use of language.

ALIA Midwinter Dinner

Muse, 6:30pm

Enjoy a two course meal and hear from guest speaker Monika Szunejko from the National Library (and recently elected ALIA board member).

Choose from just a two course meal ($40) or two courses with additions of drink on arrival plus tea or coffee after ($50).

Tuesday 9 August

Woden Reading Group: Poetry (e.g. Shelley and Georgian Poets)

Woden Library, 10am-12pm

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

Out of the box

NGA, 12:45pm

Australian Prints and Drawings curator Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax explores how artists have experimented with cartographic imagery. These alternative maps can provide external orientation, reveal hidden relationships, or lead us off the beaten path.

Reading across borders: Spanish Crime Writer Víctor del Árbol

ANU, 1pm

A conversation with Víctor del Árbol, award-winning author from Barcelona, followed by a Q&A. A public event in English from the Reading Across Borders public lecture series. Lilit Thwaites (La Trobe Univeristy) will lead the conversation with Víctor, and Consuelo Martínez Reyes (Australian National University) will interpret for the author.

Richard Brooks, from Convict Ship Captain to Pillar of Early Colonial Australia

NAA Menzies Room, 5:30pm

Talk by Christine Maher for Canberra District Historical Society (CDHS)

Book Camp Book Club

Beyond Q, 6:15-8:15pm

Number 1 Ladies Book Club

Beyond Q, 7-9pm

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

…last but not least, CLT (Canberra Library Tribe, that’s us!) will plan an event for later in the year. See you for next week’s update!

CBR GLAMR events, from 20 to 31 July

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events!

Wednesday 20 July

Crochet Moore Together

12-1pm, Smith’s Alternative

Learn how to crochet, or use your existing skillz to make useful items for St Vinnies Winter appeal.

(repeated on Wednesday 27 July)

Thursday 21 July

Understanding our rainforests from the seed up…

12:30pm, ANBG

Dr Cathy Offord (Principal Research Scientist at RBG Sydney) assesses the storage potential of seeds from Australian rainforest species.

Friday 22 July

Preparing for your data future: Canberra Research Data Community Seminar

9:30am-12pm, Menzies Library, ANU

For ACT research data producers and consumers to learn about recent initiatives, prospects for likely developments, and future opportunities in research data.

Saturday 23 July

Inside out/Outside in: the urban and regional landscape

ACT & Regional Annual Heritage Partnership Symposium

CSO, Mount Stromlo

The symposium asks how people, practice and planning relate to place making, recognising and celebrating our spaces and shared cultural and natural heritage.
The concept of landscape has moved on from its early meaning of open areas of land and planted gardens; based on only aesthetic appeal. How can we extend our understanding of our landscape, the natural, the built and the Indigenous, into better planning of our city, our suburbs and their settings and into a city that understands and draws from its cultural and natural heritage values; from the people, communities, and the environment that inhabit it and exude it?

Let’s meetup and write

11am-12:30pm, Civic Library

(Let’s write Canberra)

Are you writing professionally or for yourself or just want a group of like-minded typists hanging out with you while you are visited by your muse?

Blundells Cottage: a home for the workers

11:30am-12:30pm, NCA

Discover the stories of the families who lived at Blundells Cottage and how the NCA grew up around this humble dwelling.

Feminartsy Workshop: Getting Published

1:30-3:30pm, YWCA House, $ variable

For budding writers looking to get their work published!

Winter gardening with Tracey Bool

2-3pm, Tuggeranong Library

Hear about Winter in Canberra gardens: protecting plants from the cold, what to plant, and getting ready for spring.

Co-existence seminar
Co-existence: recognising and respecting Indigenous rights in planning?

Monday 25 July

Co-existence: recognising and respecting Indigenous rights in planning?


Panel talk on Indigenous land title and implications for land use planning.

Tuesday 26 July

The Time Traveller’s Book Club with Dr Mike Smith – A Woman in Arabia

11am-12:30pm, NMA (possibly NMA members only?)

Join archaeologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Museum, Dr Mike Smith, for this history book club with a difference.

RegNet Bookclub: a culture of rights – law, literature and Canada

12:30-2pm, HC Coombs Building, ANU

In his new book, Benjamin Authers examines the unique rights landscape of Canada through the lens of law and literature, taking as his point of departure the enactment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982.

Innovations in the Parliamentary Library

12:30-1:30pm, Ferguson room, NLA

Liz Luchetti, Assistant Secretary, Library Collections and Databases Branch and Sam Spencer, Library Innovation Manager, will talk about past, present and future Library innovation and demonstrate their favourite innovative products that enhance the delivery of library services  – the new parliamentary handbook data management system and the news services currently available via the mobile Web@Work app. In addition they will provide some tips on how to engage staff in the innovation process. 

Book launch: The Art of Time Travel by Tom Griffiths

5pm, The Drawing Room, University House

Tom Griffiths’ new book, The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft will be launched by Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno.

2 hours writing

6-8pm, Tilley’s Devine

(Write Together – Canberra)

Get motivated with silent writing!

Wednesday 27 July

Newsfeed – museums, galleries and media

5:30pm, NPG (with Museums Australia)

A special panel discussion interrogating the dramatic changes in the media landscape and the implications for the museums and galleries sector.

Thursday 28 July

Trees, Woods and Man

12:30, ANBG

John Turnbull (former CSIRO scientist) will talk about the importance of trees in Australian culture and the impact of tree-planting on the livelihoods of people in developing countries.

Canberra Launch of Graeme Innes’ Book “Finding a Way”

6pm, Paperchain

Celebrate the Canberra launch of Graeme Innes’ book, sharing his perspective of being blind from birth, and overcoming discrimination.

Literary Portrait: Theft: a love story by Peter Carey

6-7:30pm, NPG

A discussion of Peter Carey’s Theft: a love story by Professor Jen Webb, Professor Desmond Manderson, and Christopher Chapman.

Read the book and join the conversation.

41 Art Journals with Bella Insch

6-8pm, BAC

Take part in the 41 Art Journals project!

Eat, Drink and Be Literary with Richard Fidler

6:15-9pm, The Hall, ANU

Richard Fidler will join Alex Sloan in conversation to discuss his new book, Ghost Empire, his popular ABC radio series, Conversations with Richard Fidler, and the Doug Anthony All Stars.

Friday 29 July

A Poets Archive: Peter Porter’s Creative Legacy

9:30am-5pm, Theatre, NLA

The National Library is proud to be the custodian of the personal archive of poet Peter Porter. From first drafts to page proofs, from notes to correspondence, the collection reveals the life of an Australian poet in London and is a treasure trove for research. 

Join Peter’s family and friends for a day celebrating his legacy in all its diversity, and for a glimpse of the richness the archive offers.

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.

Object Club: New Springfield-Faithfull collection

10am-12pm, NMA

Curator Cheryl Crilly shares the stories of two Victorian era dresses, on show at the Museum fo rhte first time.

An Evening Inspired by Bean

4:30-7:30pm, UNSW at ADFA

The exhibition opening of “Charles Bean: Life and Work”, and a tribute to the legacy of Charles Bean through music, film and a panel discussion.

Saturday 30 July

Book signing, Rodney Dunn: The Truffle Cookbook

9:30am-10:30am, Muse (free book signing, but make a reservation for breakfast).

A truffle-filled winter weekend morning! Founder of Tasmania’s Agrarian Kitchen and Australia’s foremost authority on all things truffle, Rodney Dunn will be in the bookshop from 9.30am-10.30am signing copies of his latest collection of recipes and truffle lore, The Truffle Cookbook.

Meanwhile, head chef Steven Sweeney will be celebrating the occasion with a dish inspired by Rodney’s visit: Baked eggs, roast Jerusalem artichoke, smoked cow’s curd, beetroot oil, brioche crumble, mushroom dust & shaved local black truffles.

Sunday 31 July

Book launch, Ellen Van Neerven: Comfort Food

3pm-4pm, Muse

Book launch, the poetry debut of acclaimed Queensland author, Ellen van Neerven: Comfort Food.

Using food as her inspiration, van Neerven offers a cross-cultural vision of the exotic and the familiar, moving between place and culture to explore identity, sovereignty and the restless quest for love.

Friday-Sunday 29-31 July

GovHack 2016 Heritage Hack node: Competition weekend


A weekend of working with data within GovHack

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

…last but not least, CLT (Canberra Library Tribe, that’s us!) will plan an event for later in the year.

CBR GLAMR events, from 11 to 18 July

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events! Stay tuned for next week!

Monday 11 July

What is a children’s classic?

2-3pm, UC

In this CCCR seminar Kenneth Kidd from the University of Florida the will discuss the question, “what is a children’s classic?”, outlining his book in progress on the children’s literary classic in American culture. He will address the ongoing broader question, “what is a classic?”, and how any answers might look with respect to children’s titles. Some of his topics include literary prizing, anticensorship work, and adaptation. He’ll give particular attention to the “self-helping” of classics, or the adult appropriation of children’s classics for self-help or pop-psychological purposes.

Tuesday 12 July

Health issues in Canberra in the 1920s and how Queanbeyan doctors handled them

(Canberra & District Historical Society) 5:30pm, Menzies Room, NAA (free)

Book Camp Book Club

6:15-8:15pm, Beyond Q

Number 1 Ladies Book Club

7-9pm, Beyond Q

Wednesday 13 July

How to write your business book so it sells

6pm-7:15pm, The Mantra on Northbourne

Thursday 14 July

Mephisto in the archives

1:25pm, AWM (free)

Join a staff member for a talk about records from the Research Centre’s collections that were used to discover the backstory to Mephisto and the German A7V.

Science fiction futures: in conversation with Cat Sparks and Chris Palmer

5:30pm, ANU

It is the year 26,000. A catfish dips into a pool of acid water, the sky is a single ashen cloud. Terry scans the landscape: a metallic junkyard, concrete, hot and bothered. What has happened?

Science Fiction Futures asks you to consider your own vision of the future. Do you see catastrophe or sustainability? Importantly, how has science fiction shaped collective understanding of the future?

Enter the playwright: pulling drama from an archive box

6pm-7pm, NLA (free)

Playwright Alana Valentine discusses the alchemy of turning letters and ledgers into the flesh and bones of drama, transporting our history into the artistry of universal emotional resonance.

Saturday 16 July

July Sewing Sesh

1pm-5pm, TBC (Canberra Sewing Crew)

William Yang: My Generation (film screening)

2pm-3pm, CMAG (free)

In the 70s and 80s, photographer William Yang captured his experience of Sydney’s emerging artistic, literary, theatrical and queer circles, as well as his friendships with artists, filmmakers, writers and fashion designers such as Brett Whiteley, Patrick White, Jim Sharman, Linda Jackson and Jenny Kee. With myriad images and his trademark candid narration, Yang leads us through this beguilingly decadent and creative era.

Sunday 17 July

Writing Science Fiction with Ian McHugh

10am-4pm, Gorman Arts Centre

This practical workshop is aimed at writers with an interest in science fiction or who are already developing their craft in the genre. Covering the key aspects of the genre it includes segments on world-building, creating alien creatures and characters, future and alternate technology, turning science into stories.

Monday 18 July

A phoenix from the ashes: English Silver in the 20th and 21st Centuries

The Shine Dome (for ADFAS members)

Martin Ellis is a curator, lecturer and broadcaster with a wide-ranging expertise in art and design. This lecture is an introduction to the complexity of modern design history through the development of a single art form. We follow the changes of fortune in English silversmithing since 1900. At the turn of the century the English Arts and Crafts metalworking was the most influential force in European avant-garde design. It went through crises of confidence, ravages of war, austerity and industrial decline to the recent re-emergence of silversmithing as one of the most exciting and dynamic forms of contemporary British design.

…last but not least, CLT (Canberra Library Tribe, that’s us!) will plan an event for later in the year. See you for next week’s update!

CBR GLAMR events, from 5 to 10 July 2016

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events! Stay tuned for next week!

Tuesday 5 July

NAIDOC week Collection talk

12:30pm-1:30pm, NLA Conference Room, Level 4 (free)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members Shannon Sutton, John Morseu and Nicolette Suttor share collection items that have special meaning for them.

Wednesday 6 July

Behind the scenes in the Research Centre: Boxer Uprising

1:15pm, AWM, Research Centre Reading Room (free)

Come behind the scenes at the Memorial’s archives to discover the stories hidden in some of the Research Centre’s treasures.

July Story-share, advice to my teenage self

7pm-9pm, Smith’s Alternative

When we’re older, we’re wiser, right? What would you say to your teenage-self if you could go back in time?


Cover of Ngunnawal Plant Use Guide
Ngunnawal Plant Use Guide

Thursday 7 July

Today’s Aboriginal culture: a Ngunnawal Perspective

12:30pm, ANBG

Wally Bell, Director, Buru Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation, will describe the development and content of the ‘Ngunnawal Plant Use Guide’ in recognition of NAIDOC Week.

The Guide is available for purchase from various bookshops and online.

Fantasy knits from Harry Potter

1pm-3pm, Libraries ACT (Erindale)

Create fantasy knits from ‘Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter’. Share what you like about Harry Potter books.

UC Heritage Hack Connections

6pm-9:30pm, UC (free)

A whirlwind introduction to cultural heritage data, digital tools, and online possibilities. Warm up for the GovHack 2016 weekend (29-31 July).

Saturday 9 July

Constitution Day Celebrations

11am-4pm, NAA

Join in family fun Constitution-style – try the discovery trail and collect your cupcake, try your hand at calligraphy, or Indigenous face-painting and storytelling, and make your own Constitution Day badge. Learn about the story behind the Larakia petition. Enjoy Indigenous performances and join Queen Victoria with her lady-in-waiting to view the Federation documents including the Constitution and Royal Commission of Assent. A must see!

Cooking demonstration: scones on a wood fired stove

1pm-4pm, Calthorpes’ House (tours at 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm)

Visit Calthorpes’ House and experience the warmth and smell of baking in the wood fired stove.
Share recipes and cooking tips in the kitchen then sample a scone after your tour.

Constitution Day Speakers forum

2pm, NAA (also streamed online) (free)

Join Mr Stan Grant, Journalist, Host of The Point and Member of the Referendum Council and Ms Shireen Morris, Policy adviser and constitutional reform research fellow at Cape York Institute, as they discuss ‘Indigenous recognition and Australia’s identity – Why is it important?’

Sunday 10 July

Book Discussion: Elephant Moon by John Sweeney

3pm-5pm, Tilley’s (The Readers, Canberra)


…last but not least, CLT (Canberra Library Tribe, that’s us!) will plan an event for later in the year. See you for next week’s update!