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24 Boxes: Unpacking the Cochrane Papua New Guinea Collection

Percy Cochrane_D160/03/373 Mitikata Paramount Chief of Trobriand Islands

UOW Library’s latest exhibition, featuring the Cochrane Papua New Guinea Collection held in UOW Archives, will be open from Wednesday 18 May to 18 September 2016 in the Library Panizzi room on Wollongong Campus. 

This unique collection was created by Percy and Renata Cochrane while they were living with their family in Papua New Guinea after Percy's appointment as Senior Broadcasts Officer for the Administration of Papua New Guinea in 1949.  Renata Cochrane, a trained teacher and writer, was later employed by the Administration as a Publications Officer.  Over the next 16 years, the Cochranes' public occupations and private interests converged in their efforts to photograph, record and document facets of Papua New Guinea cultural life, and the work of the Administration and Catholic Missions.  

Assembled by Renata Cochrane and her daughter Susan Cochrane during 1981-82, the Cochrane Papua New Guinea Collection was gifted to the University of Wollongong Archives in 1985, and is presently housed in 24 archive boxes. 

This exhibition features images, recordings, manuscripts, correspondence and publications around facets of the Papua new Guinea cultural life, as well as the work of government administration and the Catholic Missions. 

Emeritus Professor Ken McKinnon AO will officially launch the exhibition at 1pm on Friday 20 May.  The exhibition will also feature additional special event presentations.




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UOW Library: A Safe Place

The Library is committed to recognising and being open to diversity. To show that we are allies to LGBTI people, celebrate difference and welcome anyone and everyone, the Library has recently joined various units on campus as an official LGBTI safe place.

We want all students, staff, or members of the community to feel welcome to be themselves within our walls, and know that they are in a non-judgemental environment that is free of homophobia, transphobia, and all other prejudices. Language that is hurtful or discriminatory is not used in the Library, and no person will be made to feel that they are unwelcome for their gender expression or sexual orientation.

We believe that being a safe place is a positive way of encouraging progressive social change, and welcome feedback from the community on how we can be of the best support to you - if something isn’t ok, please speak up and let us know.

Other Safe Places located across the UOW main campus are identifiable by the Safe Place stickers placed near entry points.

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Book Launch: The Handbook Of Textile Culture

The Handbook of Textile Culture

The Handbook of Textile Culture, edited by Janis Jefferies, Diana Wood Conroy and Hazel Clark, is the first handbook of specifically commissioned essays to provide a guide to the major strands of critical work around textiles past and present to draw upon the work of artists and designers, as well as researchers in textile studies. This handbook was officially launched at UOW Library on 24 February 2016 by Professor Amanda Lawson, Executive Dean, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.

VALA success for UOW Library

UOW Library was well represented at the major library and information conference, VALA, held in Melbourne 9-11 February 2016. Four distinct themes were addressed: etextbook pilots and collaboration with publishers; design principles and content strategy; History Archive Portal; and the Yellow House virtual reality environment. Each peer reviewed paper pointed to exciting innovations arising from strategic projects designed with the aim of transforming how people engage with UOW Library and its collections. Of particular note was the demonstrated high level of collaboration with faculty in defining problems and solutions, leading to the creation of resources for inclusion in the curriculum. The Twitter streams were enthusiastic with many references to UOW Library’s vision and goals for services, discovery and collections.

View the Twitter stream that was captured on Storify for each presentation:


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Last reviewed: 24 May, 2016

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