Storylines partners with the Yamaji Yanda Project and Geraldton Regional Library

Thursday 04 February

Storylines is the State Library of Western Australia’s online archive of collections relating to Aboriginal history. People can view, print and engage with thousands of photographs, as well as a growing number of oral histories, historical documents, sounds and movies. A key aim of the Storylines Project is to remove barriers between Aboriginal people and the State Library’s heritage collections, for the benefit of the wider community.

As part of the Yamaji Yanda Project, the State Library has been invited to take part in a workshop which has strong links to Storylines aims. This will help to build a digital archive to record and share the photographic history of the Yamaji people. Supporting community memory and local Aboriginal history is an important outcome for the Storylines project.

The workshop, at the Mullewa Indigenous Women’s Group on Wednesday 10 February at 10am, is intended to foster a connection between Yamaji people and Geraldton Regional Library. It represents a growing commitment by library services to ensuring the histories, perspectives and stories of Aboriginal Western Australians are given the prominence and respect they deserve. For more information call Geraldton Regional Library on 9956 6659.

The idea for Storylines came about in 2010 when State Library staff observed a number of remote communities archiving local material. Not only were people engaged with the archive, but they were also using technology to build the skills and expertise required to maintain their own local collections. The State Library Storylines archive was launched in 2012 and is a core part of the Library’s commitment to creating responsive and culturally inclusive learning programs which reflect the rich history of Western Australia.

“This project has enabled the digital return of thousands of historical images to families and communities, and supports the creation of local keeping places for Aboriginal photographs, oral histories, documents and videos,” Margaret Allen, CEO and State Librarian said.

“We encourage the community to engage with Storylines by attending the Yamaji Yanda workshop. People can also access the Storylines database to leave text or audio stories, or help us to identify photographs or to correct information currently held by the State Library, allowing families to reconnect to their past and strengthen their future.”

For more information on Storylines see:  link to Indigenous - Storylines

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Last updated on: 25 Aug 2016