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!

First 2016 event, #altVALA16 assemblage

We’re eagerly anticipating our first event for this year!

#altVALA16 assemblage at Wheat & Oats (Saturday 20 February, 12-2).

RSVP via eventbrite or facebook (free, just so we know numbers).

#altVALA16 assemblage invite
#altVALA16 assemblage invite

Just a casual Saturday lunch or coffee to talk about #vala16, for those who went, or those who missed out (represent, #altVALA16!).

You might also like to see this amazing thing, especially for us VALA-watchers:  @kylastephan handcrafted a bespoke #imaginarylibraryconference schedule, it’s very entertaining! (features lots of sparkles and conferencey benefits)* (*in no way represents the benefits of #altVALA16 assemblage)

Coincidentally, Bead Street is only a short walk away from our assemblage, should you wish to take Kyla’s #altVALA16 lead and make your very own “ridiculously sparkling” lanyard!

#altaltVALA16 envy
#altaltVALA16 envy

As an aside for the cataloguers, who knew that facebook is so fussy with event naming conventions (Title main entry?).

“Event names need to use standard capitalization [sic] and can’t make excessive use of special characters.”

#altVALA16 Cranky facebook
#altVALA16 cranky facebook

See you on Saturday!


Event name from @snailx’s coining of the phrase in conjunction with @ccmcknz, @katecbyrne and @jobeaz.

Original photo courtesy of Ben Rogers (Flickr), Merry Christmas – All That Glitters, 25/12/13.

Holiday raffle results and Thank you from Elizabeth

We drew the Holiday raffle last week, congratulations to winners Mary, Libby, Colleen, Heather, Pam and the Kates, who are now enjoying their prizes!

We’re very happy to share that the Holiday raffle raised $352, in addition to our other fundraising this year: $700 from other raffles and $500 from the movie night. We’re grateful to the Elizabeth’s Fund volunteer team (at the National Library) for their energy and enthusiasm in selling tickets in addition to their own fundraising events.

Pecan and pie, does it get any better?
Michelle’s famous pecan pie

Thank you to everyone involved, not just the volunteers but everyone buying tickets, sharing information about the raffles, and to our generous sponsors. You helped make Elizabeth’s Iceland bucket list a reality, and assisted with ongoing medical expenses and living costs. Stay tuned for next year’s fundraising initiatives, but in the meantime, please consider supporting the businesses who kindly donated raffle prizes:

Madman Entertainment, National Library of Australia, Lake Burley Griffin Cruises, Lindsay & Edmunds, Canberra Classic Corn, Impact Comics, Conservation Council (ACT Region), Anna Comerford, Moosie Soy Candles, Real Chai, Sweet Bones Organic Bakery and Cafe, Jigsaw Body Mechanics, local musicians and bands (Space Party, Dead DJ Joke, Cracked Actor, Reuben Ingall, The Magic Rob Universe, Subsequence Radio, Inflatable Ingrid and Tundrel), and our GLAMR gourmet cake-bakers!

Þingvellir by Elizabeth Caplice
Þingvellir by Elizabeth

And some beautiful words from Elizabeth:

I’d like to thank all of Canberra Library Tribe – and the library community at large – particularly the amazing Sonja and Beth who have worked so hard to help me out. I really don’t know what i did to deserve such kindness and generosity, and it has made this very difficult year and a half so much more pleasant.

for a more general update: I’m now at a year and a half post diagnosis. This year alone, i’ve had 28 rounds of pelvic radiation, 10 or so rounds of chemotherapy, major surgery, two angiograms, and radiation inserted directly into my liver. I got a blood clot mid-year, and have been on blood thinning injections daily ever since, and have had countless scans, local and interstate trips to doctors, and more ER trips than i care to recall.

i’ve also had some tremendous times – i travelled to the UK, Iceland, and Finland – i saw Lord Byron’s castle and Phillip Larkin’s grave, and the Morrissey shrine in Manchester. i went ice caving in Iceland and stayed in a tiny seaside town called Vik with a black sandy beach. I’ve spent time with loved ones, overseas and in Australia, been lucky enough to have had the health to be able to go interstate from time to time between treatment. i saw Morrissey twice in one week, and Sufjan Stevens a few nights before, and I’m planning small trips for early next year. I’ve had the chance to build stronger friendships, to repair old ones, and to feel as though i appreciate being alive – still – in a way i never have before. I’ve been published in almost all of my favourite Australian literary journals – my name in the same journal that published Patrick White – something i could have never imagined would happen to me.

it is hard to think of myself as lucky in this context – as it stands, my prognosis is still very poor – meaning it is very unlikely that i will be alive in three and a half years – but for now, my health is surprisingly robust, despite my current exhaustion from the radiation being inserted into my liver. my doctors are still encouraging me to live my life as much as i possibly can while my pain and nausea is manageable, and i still remain hopeful for new treatment that might be able to keep me going, and to manage the cancer as a chronic illness. The facts remain the same – it cannot be cured, and there’s only a limited number of treatments left if the current ones i am on start to fail.

Having the support of so many people has made my life so much easier. it has made the times where it doesn’t seem worth it – where the pain and discomfort and the fear become too much – i remember how much people care, how much everyone has helped me, and i don’t even know how i can start to thank you.

Gala-h murmuration and nearing Raffle

We had a splendid volery at Sunday’s Year-end Gala-h at Muse Canberra. Not only did we have wonderful friends from Canberra (who variously work at national, university, science, government and emergency sector libraries), we also hosted some lovely guests from Adelaide!

Art in Bunda Street, Canberra
Gang-gang by Geoff Filmer

On our way to the Gala-h we were desperate to take a photo of our event’s namesake, and thought we had done it with Geoff Filmer’s art in Bunda Street shared zone (Civic), but apparently this friend is a Gang-gang. Well, ornithologists, we are certainly not!

Muse Canberra
Mmm, books!

Muse Canberra is a wonderful fusion of wine bar/café and bookshop – Paul and Dan were wonderful hosts! If you didn’t make it, or even if you did, or are already a fan, did you know that you can win a $50 Muse Canberra gift voucher in our raffle? It can be used for any of the things at Muse Canberra (read: wine, coffee, food, books!)

What did we do at the Gala-h? It was pretty relaxed and we didn’t have an organised speaker or anything formal (like our earlier Cafe Catch-up). Just a friendly gathering to celebrate another excellent Canberra Library Tribe year!

Muse Mysteries
Which title could they be?

The Muse Mysteries were a pretty cute bargain, and great for the non-wrapping inclined among us. There are 3 words which give an indication of the contents! We have seen this done at public libraries as well for “book blind dates” (if you do this at your work, just make sure to have a cut-out for the barcode!).

Fyrstekake (traditional Norwegian almond cake)
Fyrstekake- you could win!

Thank you for your support and attending our flocking together. We have had a big year, and it’s only a short time till we draw our raffle (Wednesday night). All funds go towards Elizabeth’s Fund and you can win some delectable cakes, top local music, fragrant coffee, and of course the Muse Canberra gift voucher. The cake above is a delicious traditional Norwegian almond cake (fyrstekake).

There’s still time to buy raffle tickets, even paypal is all good! (cut-off 3pm Wednesday 16 December, tickets are $3 each or 4 for $10). Paypal to canberralibrarytribe@gmail.com

We’ll take wing, but will keep you updated on the lucky winners very, very soon!



Holiday raffle tickets (available through paypal)

Would you like to win some local Canberra music, coffee, handmade cakes, or a voucher? (the voucher is for a wine bar/book café, so the possibilities are limitless).

We invite you to buy a ticket (or 4, or more) for a chance to win the prizes in our Holiday raffle!

Prizes prizes prizes!
Prizes prizes prizes!

(original photo credit to Kristin on Flickr)

We are fundraising for our friend Elizabeth’s ongoing medical costs and living expenses.

Raffle tickets are $3 each or 4 for $10.

Tickets are available in-person with Canberra Library Tribe and Elizabeth’s Fund representatives, but the easiest way to buy them is to send us the funds on paypal to canberralibrarytribe@gmail.com

…once you’ve sent through the funds, we will send you a message showing your raffle ticket numbers.

But if you really want to see us in the flesh and buy raffle tickets ye olde fashioned way, we will be in the National Library’s foyer this Wednesday evening (9 December, 5pm-7pm), as well as selling them at our fabulous Year-end Gala-h (Sunday 13 December at Muse Canberra, 1pm-3pm).

The raffle will be drawn on the afternoon of Wednesday 16 December, with winners notified that day or the following day. Please note that the prizes of handmade gourmet cakes are only able to be delivered in Canberra, Queanbeyan and surrounds. Other prizes are able to be posted within Australia.

Thank you for helping with our fundraising!

(some more wordy information about our Holiday raffle is included in our previous post).

Canberra Library Tribe’s Holiday raffle

It’s that time of year, when you love to win great prizes prizes prizes! (and you could even use them as a sneaky Xmas present…)

We have some fantastic things on offer including a food/wine/book voucher, local music, coffee and cakes!

Sterile heaven. Just another touch of paradise. By Elizabeth Caplice
Sterile heaven. Just another touch of paradise. By Elizabeth Caplice

We are hosting our final raffle for the year, raising funds for our friend Elizabeth’s ongoing medical costs and living expenses. We are very grateful for everyone’s support this year in helping Elizabeth complete her bucket list trip to Iceland – you can find out more about our earlier fundraising through our previous post.

Books at Muse Canberra
Books at Muse Canberra

Prizes prizes prizes!

You could win…

Muse Canberra voucher (value: $50, donated by a CLT supporter)

Enjoy food, wine or books to the value of $50 at Muse Canberra, a new café, wine bar and bookstore within East Hotel, Kingston.

CD mega prize (value: lots, donated by local musicians)

Over 20 CDs, including releases from local acts (Space Party, Dead DJ Joke, Cracked Actor, Reuben Ingall, The Magic Rob Universe, Subsequence Radio’s compilation CD, and the sadly missed Inflatable Ingrid).

Coffee 2 x Lonsdale Street Coffee Roasters 250g bean packs (value: $28, donated by a CLT supporter)

Two aromatic packs of some very different coffee beans just for you: Colombia is medium strength with a balanced, fruity and sweet flavour, from small farms in Pitalito, in the far South of Huila. Guatemala is medium strength with a dark chocolate, spice and lemon zest flavour, from small farms in Los Valcanos near Antigua.

Margaret's famous boiled Christmas cake
Margaret’s famous boiled fruitcake


Indulge and save some time over the holidays – you can even tell family and friends that you baked it yourself!

Each homemade cake is a separate prize so you have better odds of winning! Deliciousness guaranteed, because they are all handmade by GLAMR workers.

All the cakes will be made and delivered in the days after the winners are drawn (late afternoon of 16 December). We will contact you to confirm the best delivery time and place (to take place before Xmas day). Please note that delivery is only available in Canberra, Queanbeyan and surrounds.

  • Margaret’s famous boiled fruitcake: Lose yourself in a luxurious blend of raisins, sultanas, currants, cherries and more. Desired by all!
  • Michelle’s famous pecan pie: A delectable flavour journey of star anise, maple syrup, pecans, and eggs from her very own chickens.
  • Liddly’s famous fyrstekake: This traditional and decadent Norwegian almond cake wins the heart of any marzipan fan!
  • Sonja’s famous vegan carrot cake: Moist, nutty and cruelty-free!

Ticket details

If you’d like a chance to win, buy one or more raffle tickets!

Raffle tickets are $3 each or 4 for $10.

Tickets are available from some Elizabeth’s Fund representatives at the National Library, or if you send a paypal payment to us at canberralibrarytribe@gmail.com

We will be in the National Library’s foyer on Wednesday evening (9 December, 5pm-7pm), other times to be advised.

We will also be selling tickets at our Year-end Gala-h (Sunday 13 December at Muse Canberra, 1pm-3pm). Drop by and say hello and get some tickets from our table!

The raffle will be drawn on the afternoon of Wednesday 16 December, with winners notified that day or the following day.

If you think you might win a cake and have dietary concerns, please indicate this on your ticket as most of our award-winning* cakes contain nuts and other allergens.

*We think our cakes are award-winning but not in an official evidence-based sense.

With thanks to our sponsors, and the anonymous CLT supporter, plus our baking GLAMRzons!

More information about our wonderful Canberra acts who donated prizes:

Thank you for your support, and stay tuned in case you’re a lucky prize-winner… you gotta be in it to win it!

Year-end Gala-h

Flocking together to celebrate another year!
An event for GLAMR-types & GLAMR-workers & GLAMR-students, etc.

Join us on Sunday 13 December, 1pm – 3pm.

Tickets are free (RSVP via eventbrite or our facebook event listing), but you might like to buy a drink, all-day brunch or some books while we’re enjoying the space.

We will also be selling raffle tickets towards a good cause (more details to follow).

Poster showing details for Canberra Library Tribe's Year-end Gala-h.
I said Gala-h, love!

Full FAQs are included on the eventbrite listing and our facebook event listing (they cover ID, transport, special diets and more).

The most important FAQ, though is: What is GLAMR? Am I GLAMR?

GLAMR: Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, Records [Management].

You are GLAMR if you’re working in the sector, studying in this field, or a GLAMR-lover. GLAMR glitter!

See you there!

Image credit:

“galahs 1” image with thanks to Flickr photographer Jim Bendon:
“A long shot of 2 galahs very late in the day. The pink just lights up in the late light”

Volunteering with the National Library of Australia: interview with Margaret Goode

This post is part of our short series of interviews with people who volunteer in the GLAMR industry (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, Records). The series began with our participation in #blogjune, but there are too many remarkable volunteers, places and stories to restrict them to just one month!

These stories will highlight the profusion of volunteering opportunities across Canberra, and showcase our local volunteer heroes. You can also find out how to volunteer!

Our sixteenth interviewee is Margaret Goode, who volunteers for the National Library of Australia.

Moore sculpture at the Library (photo by Damian McDonald)
Moore sculpture outside the Library (photo by Damian McDonald)

Tell us about you and your National Library of Australia volunteer role…

I began volunteering at the National Library several years ago when I was phasing down my consulting business. I began by doing Treasures Gallery and Behind-the-Scenes tours and by undertaking weekend shifts on the foyer information desk.

As I reduced paid work it seems I increased projects at the National Library, commencing the practice of forming small research teams to prepare guides for the library’s exhibitions. We also set up small teams to make a big hit in a short time on projects that library staff will never get to. Currently small teams are working on the Australian theatre programs, rehousing and listing them and entering holdings information on to a shared national database called AusStage.

What are the benefits of volunteering with the National Library?

The public benefit is that the volunteers get a lot of work done for the Library that wouldn’t otherwise be done.

The benefit to me is the satisfaction of doing something productive and the social contact in a very pleasant millieu, providing the contact with the world outside home that working used to give me.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your volunteer role?

The volunteer work is absorbing, and educative in that I learn a lot of things that I mightn’t otherwise explore.

A big difference from the working life is that while you are responsible for doing work properly when you’re at the Library, there is no management responsibility staying with you when you walk out the door to go home. That is very, very nice.

And the volunteers in the Library staff are really delightful, varied, interesting and good spirited to people, in other words lovely people to be with. The library staff are wonderful to the volunteers, and vice versa, and no harm comes from people being nice to each other.

Volunteers at the National Library can choose to provide exhibition tours, behind-the-scenes tours or assist the public at the Foyer Information Desk (FID). How did you choose your tour specialisations and projects?

I guess it is a combination of what my background would make me suited to and what the Library needs at any particular time.

Do you have a favourite insight into the library or a library secret that you could share?

The National Library is a place where the starting point for interaction is goodwill. On the front desk, for example, when you tell people that exhibitions, tours and kids activities are free they are amazed and delighted. Some people don’t expect a free good, and do value them when they receive one.

How do people express interest to volunteer with the National Library?

The National Library offers a range of volunteer roles – assisting the public at the Foyer Information Desk, welcoming visitors, providing guided tours or behind-the-scenes doing dedicated project work.

You can find out more about how to apply for the Volunteer Program on the National Library’s Become a volunteer webpage.