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[BKARTS] Fw: Mirror of the World online exhibition

FYI - this is a project we have been working on for the past few months 
here at SLV. Please feel free to have a look at the website and interact 
with it - there are lots of interesting aspects to the online exhibition 
(and the physical exhibition) and teaching/learning notes will be added by 
the end of this week as well. 

If you like the site, please feel free to mention it in your newsletters 
or articles, add links to it or just tell people all about it. 

All the best,

-Robert Heather-


June 2007

State Library of Victoria launches major online exhibition

The State Library of Victoria has launched a major online exhibition: 
Mirror of the World: books and ideas which showcases some of the State 
Library of Victoria's most precious and historically significant books.

The Mirror of the World: books & ideas website was inspired by the 
Library's permanent onsite exhibition of the same name. Both draw on the 
incredible wealth of material in the State Library of Victoria's Rare 
Books Collection and celebrate books as keepers of ideas, knowledge and 
the imagination.

This website offers unprecedented access to a remarkable range of rare and 
diverse items from the Library’s collections and includes works dating 
from 2050 BC through to modern graphic novels and zines.  Many these items 
are so fragile that they must be carefully stored in climate-controlled 
conditions, making their availability in the digital format all the more 

The Mirror of the World: books & ideas website provides a rich, multimedia 
experience through digitised interactive content including: video 
presentations; audio recordings of book readings; images that can be 
examined in fine detail using zoom and pan tools; book pages that can be 
turned virtually; a timeline of Library rare book editions featured on the 
website and much more.

State Library of Victoria CEO and State Librarian Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, 
believes the website will enable many more Victorians to access these 
unique Library collections.

'Our Rare Books Collection is one of the most significant collections in 
Australia. As Australia's oldest public library, the State Library has 
been collecting books for over 150 years. We are now able to show some of 
our finest items in this magnificent online exhibition and give Victorians 
a unique insight into the way books have shaped the way we think about 
ourselves and the world over the centuries,' she said.

The Mirror of the World: books & ideas website forms part of the State 
Library of Victoria’s slv21 strategy which, through a series of 
digitisation and online programs, aims to increase access to library 
resources for all Victorians.



Robert Heather
Manager, Events and Exhibitions
State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Tel: +61 (0) 3 8664 7288
Fax: +61 (0) 3 9639 2978
Mobile: 0438 090 267
Email: rheather@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
website: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au

A week of activities at the State Library of Victoria
Sunday 3 June - Saturday 9 June 2007

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