National Libraries

How Much Actual History Do You Need for a Historical Novel?

“Individual memory, history, and the novel, are all selective: no one remembers everything, each historian picks out the facts he or she chooses to …


Forgotten stories of Indigenous heritage discovered deep in archives

Lost in Australia's vast archive collection are records of Indigenous people, places and languages, once not seen as valuable enough to bother …

Australian News

Tail wagging the dog? Our leadership failure on same-sex marriage

After speaking recently at a writers' festival, I was asked about what in Australia's history could account for our failure to legislate same-sex …

Australian News

Atlas of the Irish Revolution is mammoth and magnificent

Diarmaid Ferriter: This book distills a huge range of perspectives in an accessible format<p>Most Read

News (Ireland)

Journal Article: “Library Metadata on the Web: the Example of”

Here’s a new article that will likely be of interest to many infoDOCKET readers. It was published today by the Italian Journal of Library, Archives, …


17 Rare Salt Paper Prints of Welsh Women's Portraits From the Early 1850s

The salt print was the dominant paper-based photographic process for producing positive prints during the period from 1839 through approximately …


8 Public Libraries That Are Architectural Wonders

Public libraries can sometimes be taken for granted. From their vast, free, and accessible collections of books (plus magazines, movies, and music, …


Amateur sleuthing helps solve the mysteries of old Irish photos

Members of the public helped unpick the National Library’s image collection on Flickr<p>10 minutes ago<p>The first community-sourced exhibition of …


Merchants’ Arch Through Time.

R. Atkinson & Co, Irish poplin manufacturers (Image: National Library of Ireland)Like many Dubliners, I pass through Merchants’ Arch a few times a …


The Irish experience and the meaning of modern diaspora – Kevin Kenny

From 1700 to the present, fully ten million Irish men, women and children left Ireland and settled abroad. Remarkably, this figure is more than twice …


In color: Amazing photos of Jews and Muslims in the Holy Land from 1900

The then-revolutionary photochrom method gave the world its first color pictures — based a lot on the imagination of the employee working the …


Thomas Moore's forgotten oriental romance - Lyric Feature Preview

<b>Lyric Feature Preview: 200 years ago, in 1817, Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer Thomas Moore published a work that was an immediate</b> …

News (Ireland)

Suppressed story of Richard Burton's rival explorer surfaces

Secret edition of John Hanning Speke’s What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile contains stinging accusations against his fellow adventurer<p>A secret addendum to John Hanning Speke’s account of his discovery of the source of the Nile, which details his long-running feud with fellow …


20 Amazing Photos That Capture Street Scenes of Ireland From Between the 1860s and 1870s

Here is an amazing collection of 20 rare photos from National Library of Ireland that shows street scenes of Ireland from between the 1860s and …


Archaeologists reveal story behind ancient crop circles discovered in Kilwinning field

The structures were found by Jeni Park after searching a map from the 1950s.<p>Bizarre ‘crop circles’ in a Kilwinning field have been revealed as an …

Crop Circles

Irene Harand's 'Sein Kampf': One woman's answer to Hitler

By deconstructing the anti-Semitic claims of 'Mein Kampf' with wit and eloquence, Irene Harand became a thorn in the side of the Austrian Nazi party


Palestinians to turn presidential palace into national library

The building of what used to be a Palestinian presidential palace is seen after it was turned into a national library, near the West Bank city of …

News (South Africa)

Former Sask. resident and opera star Irene Salemka has died

Irene Salemka, who grew up in Saskatchewan and later became a superstar of Europe’s opera scene during the 1950s and 1960s, died Sunday. She was …

Canadian News

Nutrition is not a belief system. Why wishful thinking won't get you results, but science might.

<b>Nutrition is often seen as a belief system. In other words, the answer to “What should I eat?” is often based on faith, magical thinking, emotional</b> …


PA presidential palace to become national library

It is unclear when the building will be open to the public and which resources it will offer.<p>The PA has announced that a multi-million dollar …

World News

Harry Potter works his magic at the Canberra Writers Festival

While it's been 20 years since we were first introduced to Harry Potter, the boy wizard still seems able to work his magic.

Australian News

Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia: Division and disintegration

Twenty-five years ago this weekend, the fates of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia were sealed. Though the countries were created in a similar way after …


Countdown to Kuala Lumpur

“There is no truly sustainable development without access to information, and no meaningful, inclusive access to information without libraries,” …


Canberra Writers Festival: something for every appetite

Before One Nation's astonishingly successful return to Australian politics in 2016, multi-award-winning filmmaker Anna Broinowski had complete access …

Australian News

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National Library of Australia staff show off their Book Week costumes on the forecourt of the Canberra institution

If you're still stuck for inspiration for a Book Week costume - and time is a-tickin' - then have a look at what the experts - staff at the National …


Canberra Now: Andrew Barr offers plebiscite proxy, CSIRO fallout widens

Good morning Canberra and welcome to your Thursday.<p>We're heading for a top of 14 degrees today after an overnight low of minus 1. Expect patches of …

Australian News

Check out the National Library of Australia Book Week costumes - can you find Wally?

If you're still stuck for inspiration for a Book Week costume - and time is a-tickin' - then have a look at what the experts - staff at the National …

Australian News

Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for August 24, 2017

Chief Minister Andrew Bar has offered to fill out a proxy ballot for anyone who trust him in the same-sex marriage survey.<p>Mr Barr told the ACT …

Australian News

10 Weird Physical Signs That Reveal Larger Health Issues

The body isn’t as mysterious as you might think: In fact, it is surprisingly adept at telling you what’s going on within. Little signs throughout your body, from your eyes to your toes, could signal problems and direct you toward the treatment you need—<i>if</i> you know what to look for.<p>“When you see …