From bookstores to museums to science fiction, Australia’s most important literary institution has been making the most of its time and space.
The bookshelves in the library of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) are the envy of the nation and its citizens, and the bookshelftops of Melbourne’s CBD are home to a vibrant and vibrant community of readers.
Now, thanks to a grant from the National Library of Australia, a new collection of nearly 3,000 books will be available to the public for the first time in years.
The library’s new collection is the brainchild of Professor Tonya Smith and her husband, David Smith, who have been involved in the book publishing and research sector for more than 40 years.
Professor Smith said the new collection was a culmination of their work.
“We’ve been trying to find books that are really good and that we know are relevant to the library’s needs and the future of the library,” she said.
“These are books that we can read and look at and see what they’re about, what they’ve done over the years and what we can use them for.”
There are some books that have had a long history and we’re going to be able to take some of them back and really bring them back into the library.
“Professor Smith and David Smith have been at the forefront of book publishing for more years than most Australians could ever imagine.
In addition to the books they have worked on, the Smiths also co-founded the publishing house and publishing company LCCC, which has been in the publishing business for almost 50 years.
They have worked closely with the CSIRO and the Commonwealth Library’s books team, which they call their “friends”, to help the new book be made available to libraries around Australia.”
We wanted to make sure that the library could support the books that were available, so we started doing this research to figure out what the best ways were to make it available to people.””
We didn’t know what we wanted to do.
We wanted to make sure that the library could support the books that were available, so we started doing this research to figure out what the best ways were to make it available to people.”
The CSIRO, which is also home to the National Archives and Records Administration, is looking for new ways to support the library by offering the books as part of its annual “A New Library Year” program.
Professor David Smith said they wanted to give the libraries the opportunity to make the best of the books and make the library a more sustainable resource for generations to come.
“This is a great opportunity for libraries to make their library collections more accessible to the people,” he said.LCCC has been at Melbourne’s Library for almost four decades and the Smith family has enjoyed a unique partnership.
“The whole family is very passionate about this,” Professor David Smith added.
“It’s been a great experience to work with a group of people who have such a passion for libraries and books and that love to be involved in making sure that books are accessible to all Australians.”
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