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Buildings, Books and Beyond: Mechanics’ Worldwide Conference 2004

Proceedings of the an International Conference convened by the Mechanics' Institutes of Victoria at Swinburne University, Prahran Campus, Melbourne, Australia, 2-4 September 2004.

 

Foreword

by Dr Frank Hurley

 

Opening Address

by Candy Broad, Minister for Local Government

 

Preliminary workshops: Mechanics' Institute Halls

Pam Baragwanath

Introduction

 

Fred Green

Incorporation

 

Dick Ford & David Heale

Mechanics' Halls on Crown Land

 

Peter Pereyra

Building Compliance and Risk Management

 

Lorraine Huddle

Maintenance and Architecture

 

Richard Heyward

Web Publishing

 

Papers

 

Dr Robert Anderson

Mechanics' and Their Museums

 

Pam Baragwanath

Mechanics' Institute Libraries in Victoria, 1839-2004

 

Donald Barker

Politics and Personalities: The Victorian Government and Mechanics' Institutes, 1840-1860

 

Joan Beddoe

Schools of Arts and Technical Education in Queensland

 

Barrie Brennan

Researching Mechanics' Institute in Regional New South Wales

 

Merilyn Bryce

On the Wool Track with a Good Book: Shearers, Shedhands and Station Schools of Arts in New South Wales

 

Dr Geoffrey Burkhardt

Researching Historical Records of Mechanics' Institutes and Schools of Arts: The Local History Context

 

Inez Shor Cohen

The Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco: A 150th Anniversary Tapestry

 

Anne Doggett

Making a Difference: Music at the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

 

Dr Robert Draper

An Historical Setting for a Contemporary  Revival: Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution

 

Judith Dwyer

The Casey Collection of the Berwick Mechanics' Institute

 

Geoffrey Forster

The British Association of Independent Libraries

 

Dr Lisanne Gisbon

Mechanics, Gold and the Uses of Art

 

Ian Good

An Awesome Foursome: Four Notable Contributors to the History of Berwick Mechanics' Institute and Free Library

 

Professor Dane Gordon

Why did the Institute Survive? The Story of the Rochester Institute of Technology 1829-2004

 

Dr Adrian Haas

Floods, Debt and a Library: The Newstead Mechanics' Institute

 

Jennifer Hazelwood

Role of the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute in the Cultural Life of Ballarat and the Education of Females, 1859-1901

 

Dr Anke Heins

Art in Schools of Arts: Inspirational Steps on a Personal Journey

 

Dr Helen Hewson

"An Intellectual Oasis?": Australian Writers Remember

 

Dr Frank Hurley

Useful Survival: Reflections on a Mechanics' Institute in the 21st Century

 

Professor Maria Curro Kreppel

An American Mechanics Melting Pot: Visionaries, Meatpackers and Machine Tool Makers, and Some Women who Seasoned Their Mix

 

Tom Lonsdale

The Marsden Mechanics': Luddites or Literacy or Gigs to Gigabytes in the Yorkshire Pennines

 

Jim Lowden

People of the Mechanics': Anderson, Birkbeck, Francis and Leonard Horner, Brougham, Pringle, Dupin, Holbrook, Howe, Ryerson, Woodward and Binns

 

Dr Keith Manley

From Workers' Libraries to Public Libraries

 

Dr Peter Mansfield

The Issue of Access

 

Dr David McKitterick

British Institutes and their Buildings

 

Catherine Milward-Bason

The Prahran Mechanics' Institute: A Noble Maturity

 

Dr Roger Morris and Lucy Bantermalis

Five Sydney Workingmen's Institutes

 

Ken Murphy and Bruce Draper

Arthurs Creek Mechanics' Institute and Free Library

 

Ivar Nelsen

Making Heritage Happen

 

Peter Pereyra and Lorraine Huddle

The Design of the Database of the Mechanics' Institutes of Victoria, with some Observations on the Scope of the Project and the Problems Encountered

 

Dr Stefan Petrow

High Water Mark of Learning: The Van Diemens Land Mechanics' Institute and John Lillie, 1838-1856

 

Mark Piel

History of the New York Society Library

 

Dr Peter Rushbrook

My Business was not with Lost Souls and the Underprivileged: The Contribution of Colin Badger (1906-1993) to Adult Education in Victoria, Australia

 

Dr Celestina Sagazio

Protecting and Funding our Mechanics' Institutes

 

Michael Scoble

The Plymouth Athenaeum

 

Dr George Suckarieh and Dr Muthar Al-Ubaidi

Architecture, Equipment and More: OMI Transition in Technology over 175 years

 

Peter Thompson

A 21st Century Database for a 19th Century Library

 

Erika Torri

Membership Libraries in the United States Today and the Founding of the Membership Libraries Group

 

Professor Alex Tyrrell

From Public Libraries to Mechanics' Institutes: An Early 19th Century Scottish Experiment

 

Alan Verity and Brenda Barnett

Bradford Mechanics' Institute

 

David Verran

Mechanics' Institutes in New Zealand

 

Marshall Mansborough

Planning for Change at Montreal's Atwater Library and Computer Centre: Building a Case for Support

 

Libby Webster

Tallarook, Where Things are No Longer Crook

 

Dr Richard Wendorf

Boston Athenaeum: Riding High

 

Peter Wolfenden

Movies at the Mechanics': More than Meets the Eye!

 

Christine Worthington

Strategies for Survival: Managing Mechanics' Institute Libraries

 

 

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