Parramatta Library at PHIVE, Sydney, Australia

A Library Planet post by Paul Jewell. Acknowledgement of Country Parramatta Library is situated on the traditional lands of the Baramadagal clan of the Dharug Nation. I pay my respect to the traditional custodians of the land, waters and sky around modern-day Parramatta, the Dharug peoples. Introduction The new Parramatta Library at PHIVE with its…

Brussels Air Museum, Brussels, Belgium

A Library Planet post by Anthony Kitchener. The Cinquantenaire in Brussels is a lavish set of buildings commissioned by King Leopold II. The construction was financed by his plunder of the Congo. Today, the buildings are dedicated to military, automotive and aircraft museums. Belgium has a rich history of arms manufacture. Many of Napoleon’s cannons…

The Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto, Japan

A Library Planet post by Annie Wu. Kyoto International Manga Museum was established to gather, preserve and exhibit manga materials and to be a centre for research into manga culture. The space simultaneously serves as a library and a museum, with around 300,000 manga products in its collection, including books, periodicals and woodblock caricature prints….

Disquiet in the archives: archivists make tough calls with far-reaching consequences – they deserve our support

Stuart Kells, La Trobe University Right now, for technological, ethical and political reasons, the world’s archivists are suddenly very busy. Advances in digital imaging and communications are feeding an already intense interest in provenance, authorship and material culture. Two recent discoveries – a woman’s name scratched in the margins of an 8th-century manuscript, and John…

World of the Book: State Library of Victoria permanent exhibition

A Library Planet post by Fiona Kells Established in 1854, barely 20 years after the city of Melbourne was founded, the State Library of Victoria is Australia’s oldest public library and one of the world’s first free libraries. (See Jes Layton’s 2019 Library Planet post on the State Library of Victoria for more information.) A…

Carlton Library, Melbourne, Australia

A Library Planet post by Fiona Kells. The Carlton Library is on Rathdowne Street in North Carlton, a popular and populous inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Australia. This is a well loved community library. I visited on a very rainy Wednesday afternoon, just before sitting down to dinner at Chin Chin’s at Koto Moon, just a…