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Connecting to collections

A series of events: Tuesday 19 March 2019 to Tuesday 17 November 2020

Come and hear about ways you can connect and use the collections at the Library. Talks will usually be held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month Februrary to November.

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From Red Rot to Bit Rot – Preserving Family Books and Floppy Disks

Tuesday 19 March 2019, 12:10pm to 1:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Join us to learn about the preservation of your treasured family collections from physical books and papers to digital materials.

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Enhancing the story: resources at the National Library that you can access

Tuesday 16 April 2019, 12:10pm to 1:30pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Joan McCracken introduces resources at the National Library that can add both content and context to your research.

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Crowdsourcing history: the women who signed the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition

Tuesday 21 May 2019, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Insights into the crowdsourced biographies of some of the 32,000 women who signed the 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition, as well as some of the fascinating biographies themselves.

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Immortality for Black Sheep

Tuesday 16 July 2019, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Did your ancestor come up against the police from the late nineteenth century onwards? They could be in Police Gazettes! Join archivist Trish McCormack for an overview of what you might find in the Police Gazettes and how to access them.

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Turning the page — Seeing the light

Thursday 19 September 2019, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

On Women's Suffrage Day hear Anna Whitehead talk about why the Women's Suffrage Petition scroll is moved on regularly to show new signatures. Stef Lash uncovers some insights into the newly-revealed signatories on display.

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Researching buildings, architects and architecture

Tuesday 29 October 2019, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Librarians Fiona Gray and Hannah Benbow will discuss using the Library’s collections to research New Zealand buildings, architects and architecture. Along the way, they’ll share the stories behind some of their favourite buildings.

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How to handle four million results and other tips — A practical workshop for users of Papers Past

Tuesday 17 March 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

The collections on Papers Past have grown larger, and the tools on the site have changed a little over the years — this is a simple workshop to explore how to make the most of the tools on Papers Past, to get more from the content.

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(No) Food in the Archives?

Cancelled

Tuesday 21 April 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

An exploration of recipes in the Turnbull Library’s collections. This talk will provide an overview of the types of recipes and food collections at the Alexander Turnbull Library.

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Preserving your social media and other digital files

Tuesday 21 July 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Tips for managing your social media archives, and other digital files.

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Working from home: resources you can access online

Cancelled

Tuesday 18 August 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Whether you are experienced or new to family history, there is material available online through the National Library that you can access. Joan McCracken from the Alexander Turnbull Library will explore some of the well-known resources (PapersPast, Digital NZ) and look at some that you might be new to you.

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Working from home: resources you can access online

Cancelled

Tuesday 15 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Whether you are experienced or new to family history, there is material available online through the National Library that you can access. Joan McCracken from the Alexander Turnbull Library will explore some of the well-known resources (PapersPast, Digital NZ) and look at some that you might be new to you.

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Working from home: resources you can access online

Wednesday 30 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Whether you are experienced or new to family history, there is material available online through the National Library that you can access. Joan McCracken from the Alexander Turnbull Library will explore some of the well-known resources (PapersPast, Digital NZ) and look at some that you might be new to you.

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Danger on our shores: The white slave trade in 20th century NZ

Tuesday 20 October 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Hear about the unsavoury history of sex trafficking through the first decade of the 20th century.

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Contribute your own images to DigitalNZ

Tuesday 17 November 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

There’s a fun new feature soon to be launched on DigitalNZ. You’ll be able to upload your own images to DigitalNZ ‘stories’. This talk will demonstrate the new tool and how personal images can be shared alongside institutional collections.

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Some of my favourite things

Tuesday 16 February 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

John Sullivan is retiring after 45 years at the Alexander Turnbull Library. Come and hear him reflect on his years at the Turnbull and some of the collection items that are special to him.

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Exploring queer archives at the Alexander Turnbull Library

Tuesday 16 March 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Join Val Love and Will Hansen to find out how to use the queer/LGBTQIA+ collections held in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

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Staunch identifiers and frilly descriptions: making collections discoverable and usable

Tuesday 20 April 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Describing items in the Alexander Turnbull collections is an art. Come along and hear about how the Library navigates elements such as language, format, provenance, original order, and indexing, for its one and a quarter million linked online tools.

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Love, adventure and… pet hair? Joanna Turnbull’s autograph album in the Alexander Turnbull Library

Tuesday 15 June 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Audrey Waugh will highlight some of the wonders found in Joanna Turnbull’s autograph album from the Manuscripts and Archives collection.

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Pasifika Family History collections at Alexander Turnbull Library

Tuesday 20 July 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

A glimpse into the reconstructed Pasifika Family History Guide.

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Twenty years of Papers Past

Tuesday 17 August 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

As part of Family History Month 2021 Emerson Vandy will reflect on 20 years of Papers Past — the development of the site, some of the stories we’ve encountered, and what is coming up. There will also be a chance to ask questions about using this invaluable service.

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Telling your stories with Digital Pasifik and DigitalNZ

Tuesday 19 October 2021, 12pm to 1pm

Online — RSVP

Connect with your culture and identity from across Aotearoa and the wider Pacific. The Digital Pasifik and DigitalNZ websites are fantastic resources for engaging with collections and sharing your stories.