We've breezed through our first month as a Super-Library in a Super-Auckland.
It's been wonderful hearing customers report their excitement at having access to so many more library resources. Not just books, but also eResources in our Digital Library.
A couple of recent additions to the Family History collections (courtesy of the amalgamation), is JSTORs Ireland Collection which has more than 75 journals and 200 books digitised spanning from 1780 to present day; and the 19th Century British Pamphlets with more than 23,000 pamphlets covering political, social, technological and environmental issues.
In our Super-Library system, we've joined with two other research centres. We have South Auckland Research Centre, (currently based in the Manukau Research Centre), and North West Research Centre (covering Waitakere, Rodney and North Shore), currently based in Henderson Libary.
Marie, Bridget and myself represented the newly renamed Central Auckland Research Centre and Auckland Libraries at the Unlock the Past History and Genealogy Roadshow on Monday, November 24.
The Roadshow covered 11 cities over 20 days - eight centres in Australia, and three in New Zealand.
The Roadshow brought international speakers to the family history community: Elaine Collins, FindMyPast UK; Louise St Denis, National Institute of Genealogical Studies; Dan Lynch, author of Google Your Family Tree; and eminent Australian family history researchers and consultants Shauna Hicks (Shauna Hicks History Enterprises) andRosemary Kottipke who spoke about FindMyPast Australasia. Gould Genealogy were exhibitors as well as Unlock The Past. Each city also had local guest speakers and exhibitors. Sadly Dan Lynch couldn't make it to the New Zealand leg of the trip, due to other commitments.
The Auckland Roadshow was held in the Ellerslie Events Centre, at the Racecourse. Local exhibitors were the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, the highly esteemed Jan Gow and Beehive Books,National Library and of course, us.
The presentations were all of a very high standard and were very well received. Even the most seasoned family historian would have learned a great deal during the course of the day.
I spoke about "The Treasures of the Central Auckland Research Centre", putting a new spin on the old theme of letting the public and professionals know that there is a lot more to our Library than meets the eye. I introduced the highlights of what we also have available for family historians in the Sir George Grey Special Collections.
I was very excited to see a copy of the new magazine Inside History which was launched at the start of the Roadshow. Its a very good quality magazine, beautifully designed and printed and packed full of fabulous New Zealand and Australian content. We're going to subscribe to it here at the Library, so hopefully it will be available for our customers soon.
Happy hunting all!
Happy hunting all!