More National Library resources with educational value for teachers and students.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

NAIDOC Week 2016

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

Curator's talk

Nat Williams, Treasures Curator delivered this talk as a special presentation for NAIDOC Week 2016. The talk was delivered in the Treasures Gallery and references specific collection material. There are embedded links throughout the text to view the works discussed.

Read the curator's talk

Collection talk

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members Shannon Sutton, John Morseu and Nicolette Suttor share Library collection items that have special meaning for them.

Nicolette (06:20) explores an item which came into the Library in 2014, the Yan-nhangu Atlas and Illustrated Dictionary, a remarkable publication which acts as a storehouse for the history, culture and languages of the people of the Crocodile Islands off the coast of Arnhem Land.

Shannon (18:40) shows how he was able to use the Library’s collection of books, manuscripts, photos and staff knowledge to shed light on a story from his family's history.

John (29:45) reveals a personal connection in a collection of Torres Strait Islander missionary-related correspondence and photographs that date between 1907 and 1933. 

Listen to the collection talk

National Simultaneous Storytime 2016

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Indigenous language readings

Watch the Indigenous language readings

Online Safety and Digital Citizenship

The Digital Classroom resource The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s has been generously supported by Optus.

Through the Digital Thumbprint program and Kids Helpline @ School, Optus supports digital knowledge and the positive use of technology.

NLA Publishing Teachers' Notes

As part of the National Library of Australia, NLA Publishing has been producing books since 1995. Collaborating with Australia’s leading writers, designers and illustrators, NLA Publishing produces over 20 publications a year, including an award-winning range of popular and children’s illustrated books. Publications produced by the Library contribute to the organisation’s aims of nourishing the nation’s memory, of supporting the vitality of Australian culture and heritage, and of demonstrating a strong national focus in our services, products and programs. 

All children's books published by the NLA are accompanied by comprehensive teachers' notes that link topics and themes in the book to the Australian Curriculum across all relevant year levels. Additionally, the teacher’s notes include some ideas for inquiry questioning, class discussions, and activities.

For all NLA publications and teachers' notes, please click here.