The Royal Society of Tasmania Library, 1845-

Date: November 23, 2014
Time: 2 pm


Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk
2 Invermay rd; LAUNCESTON


Andrew Parsons served as Honorary Librarian to the Royal Society of Tasmania from 2010 to 2013. Drawing on material from The Society’s new publication, The Library at the End of the World, he will take listeners through the history of the Library, from its earliest days as a fledgling colonial library right up to the digital age.

He will draw on his own experiences, as well as the knowledge of others intimately involved with the library and The Society’s latest publication. Andrew will look at all aspects of The Society’s library operations and collections, including rare books, journals, and digital content.

Andrew Parsons worked at the AMC and University of Tasmania libraries, Launceston and Hobart, from 1996 through to early 2013. From 2010 to 2013, he managed the University Library’s special and rare collections; as part of this role he served as Hon. Librarian to the Society. During his time in this role, he oversaw the continuation of digitising of the Society’s archives and ‘Papers and Proceedings’, as well as the completion of the cataloging and re-organisation of the Society’s serials collection.

In February 2013, he took up the position of Library Coordinator at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, where he revived the Society’s Northern library collection. Andrew served on the Society’s Council from 2010-13, and is presently a member of the Management Committee of the Northern Chapter (2013-).

Cost: $5 general public, $3 friends of the museum, $2 students. Free for members of the Royal Society of Tasmania.  RSVP by Thursday 20 November 2014, or telephone (03) 6323 3798.

Event audience: Everyone