Video highlights the Library's eResources collection
1 November 2010
The National Library subscribes to a large number of subscription databases covering a wide range of subject areas. Many of these databases can be accessed by registered users from home via the Library’s eResources page. A recent collaborative project managed by Reader Services staff has produced a short video on how these databases and resources can be accessed from home. Reader Services staff drafted the video – and learnt that it can take several edits to create a short, simple draft! Publications staff produced the video using Motion software. One of our reference librarians provides the voice talent, and the audio recording was produced by Oral History staff in the Oral History recording studio. Web Publishing staff uploaded the video onto YouTube and the Library website. The video was a great team effort, and gave us all the opportunity to learn from each other’s expertise. Please take a look at the video, and browse a full list of databases which you can access from home using your library card on the eResources page. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWjwe4EBnlM One of my favourite aspects of the project was becoming more familiar with the content in eResources. I found it easy to get distracted while looking for images to use in the ‘montage’ sequence – I was constantly stumbling over things like 19th century newspapers which serialised works by authors such as Dickens and Joyce, medieval books about witches, early accounts of the discovery of ‘New Holland’, journals on subjects I wish I’d studied at university (but can now read in my own time!), and I began to find tables, graphs and maps of economic information on countries around the world strangely compelling! If you are an Australian resident and would like to access eResources from home but don’t have a National Library card you can register online. We will send you a card in the post, and you can watch the video (again) to remind you how it all works!