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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
Published September 3rd 2016
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Using Internet Databases at the State Library of South Australia


The State Library of South Australia is one of our best-loved cultural institutions. Every week thousands of people are drawn to the State Library in Adelaide, seeking knowledge, entertainment, help or even just a quiet refuge.

The staff are welcoming and polite, and all visitors are treated well irrespective of their appearance, cultural background, language or position. Unlike libraries of the past, quiet conversation and even music is acceptable and even encouraged. It's an inclusive environment which is a restful retreat from the bustle of Rundle Mall only a street away.

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Music While You Work at Your Hub in the State Library


The Benefits of the State Library
Researchers are often drawn to the State Library for their rich collections relating to South Australian history - indeed I regularly use photographs from the library's massively diverse collection of imagery in my writing. Articles like Ten Adelaide Firsts in Pictures would not have been possible without using images from The State Library of SA, while others like Underground Bunkers and Tunnels in Adelaide drew on the library's wartime images.

For many people though, the library is a convenient place to study or find a book to read. Others come here for the free tours, an opportunity to see the spectacular beauty of the Mortlock Library, be entertained by tales of Crime and Punishment in Early Adelaide, to see the current exhibition A Few of Our Favourite Things, or to see curators conserving old books.

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Children's Library 1949 (Image: State Library SA)


Non-English speakers are enthusiastic about the free English Language Learning Improvement Service (ELLIS), amateur genealogists are drawn to the Family History Service, while parts of the library's Bradman Collection are now on loan to the Cricketing Museum at Adelaide Oval.

In this digital age, you don't even have to visit the library to enjoy its services. A handy app for mobile devices provides a rich range of guided walking tours in Adelaide, while the varied Digital Collections from the State Library are always available online.

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The State Library of South Australia 1999 (Image: State Library SA)


Activating Adelaide
Even after dark when library staff have long gone, the animated Story Wall outside the State Library continues to make the library a sought after Adelaide attraction with its colourful illuminations.

At a time when the State government and City of Adelaide are throwing money at initiatives to activate Adelaide, the State Library is quietly doing just that: keeping the city a vibrant place of culture and knowledge. While Renewal SA pay entrepreneurs to bring Adelaide alive with events like the Alpine Winter Village, our State Library does this every day of the week by default.

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English Language Learning Improvement Service (ELLIS) Tutors


Too Good to Be True?
If all this seems too good to last, you may be right. The State government is now proposing massive budget cuts to the State Library which would see the loss of 20% of their staff. Under threat are the Family History Service, ELLIS service for non-English speakers, processing of SA Heritage items, Oral History services, and the very popular Ask Us service for the public to lodge quick enquiries.

The loss of support staff due to the proposed budget cuts could cause the library's current collection of 110,000 images to stagnate, with new images only added at a trickle, while map expertise would be completely lost.

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Rally Against State Library Budget Cuts By the State Government


What Can You Do?
The SA Public Service Association recently held a rally outside the library to protest the budget cuts, and raise public awareness of this short-sighted decision by the man who is currently trashing SA's health system, Jack Snelling. It was well attended and supported by many including SA Greens Tammy Franks and former Senator Robert Simms.

No other events are planned as yet, but there are two online petitions to petition the State government to stop the budget cuts. I urge you to sign either or both of these petitions to support the library continuing to provide its awesome free services, and remain a prime Adelaide attraction.

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The Magnificence of the Mortlock Library


There is a petition on change.org and also another on Gopetition.

Most people in South Australia have at one time benefited from the free services at the State Library of South Australia. Please show your support for their great work and sign the petitions to the State government!

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Outside the State Library 1961 (Possibly With a Politician?)

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Your Comment
Dear Jack Snelling, cut the State Gov instead and lead by example.
Thank you.
by MRZATA (score: 0|8) 384 days ago
Good grief, don't people realise that libraries are c as important now c as they have ever been. Hats off to you for highlighting the problem here on b Weekend Notes.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5679) 384 days ago
Have signed - would be the thin end of the wedge. Libraries are very important resources for all ages. One can tell a lot about a city by its library, bookshops and art gallery. Thanks for highlighting.
by Jenny Esots (score: 2|969) 385 days ago
Hans off the libary (I know the spelling is wrong) ;-)
by Shane (score: 0|6) 53 days ago
Thanks for this alert, Have signed both petitions and forwarded to lots of contacts to seek their support against this most unnecessary cut to one of the few remaining public services that are free!
by iris7 (score: 1|17) 384 days ago
Thanks for the article Dave. Have signed and will keep an eye out for what we can do in future. Cheers.
by belin (score: 1|13) 381 days ago
A sign of a society in decline is cuts to arts and education. Lets make savings elsewhere. And lets stop NEW UNNECESSARY SPENDING! Could start with canning the proposed expenditure on trams down North Tce and up the Parade. Could also look at cutting pollies salaries. (A better levie bank along the Gawler River is more important that the stupid trams!!
by rusht (score: 0|5) 356 days ago
Why is this happening, this doesnt happen overseas, people cherish their heritage and history, South Australia has lots of memorable history and we should be preserving it. Jay Wetherill and Jack Snelling need to go, they are a threat to history and their own heritage.
by annjo (score: 0|5) 367 days ago
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