Library in a timeline
|1958||The State Government of Victoria founded Monash University.|
The University purchased farmland in Clayton from W.P. and H.E. O’Shea. This and other early developments were described in a retrospective article which appeared in 1968.
Monash University Library (MUL) was established. Ernest Clark commenced as the foundation University Librarian and recruited the first Library staff.
The Library collection was established, first housed in a room at the Vice Chancellor’s residence, then in a cottage previously used by the farm overseer, then in the Volkswagen factory in Dandenong Road, all because of rapid expansion. At the factory, some staff parked their cars near their desks on wet days.
The University opened to students.
The Library opened in temporary accommodation on the ground floor of the Science Faculty.
The Library’s collection and services were split between the Hargrave (Sciences) and Main (Humanities & Social Sciences) Libraries.
The Biomedical Library collection was established in the Anatomy Department.
The Alfred Hospital clinical library opened.
The Main Library stage 1 officially opened. The ceremony included speeches by Ernest Clark and Sir John Eccles.
The Southeast Asian research collection was established.
The Library proposed use of computers for cataloguing and other library technical services.
|1965||The Duchess of Gloucester toured the Main Library during a royal visit to the University.|
The single storey Biomedical Library stage 1 opened but its operations were almost immediately moved to temporary accommodation because the building was overcrowded. (No photo available).
|1967||The Rare Books Collection was established.|
The Law Library officially opened.
The Biomedical Library stage 2 opened. It was again severely overcrowded by the early 1970s.
The Friends of the Library group was established. The Friends were instrumental in the growth of the Rare Books Collection.
A computer-based circulation system was developed (introduced in 1969).
The Main Library stage 2 officially opened.
The Library established a graduate library in the Menzies Building for the Faculty of Economics and Politics, known as the Cochrane Library after Professor Don Cochrane, the foundation Dean of the faculty.
The Current Order File (COF) computerised resource acquisitions system was implemented.
Brian Southwell commenced as University Librarian.
A group of Library staff proposed renaming the Main Library the “Clark Library,” after the founding University Librarian.
A security system was installed to reduce theft of Library books.
The Library collection had grown in size and importance to the point that other libraries were borrowing materials at almost twice the rate of the Monash community.
Stage 2 of the Main Library was extended upward to provide more space for stacks (stage 3).
Prof. Perry Morrison, Head of the School of Librarianship at the University of Oregon, spent 9 months working in the Library to further his studies of comparitive library practice. Prof. Morrison’s report on his experiences, which praised the “maturity and sophistication” of the Library, was received in June 1976.
MUL was the first library in Melbourne to subscribe to the comprehensive ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) index on microfiche.
The Library reported that since 1970, Equivalent Full-Time Students had increased by 25.5% but loans had increased by 108%.
|1977||Resources were barcoded to allow tracking of items between branches. This service extended to Rusden and Burwood Colleges.|
|1978||The Plessey Automated Circulation System was implemented, providing fully automated loans.|
The Library reported its one millionth acquisition; it was noted that the other Australian universities with such large collections had all taken much longer than 20 years to achieve this milestone.
The card catalogue closed at the end of the year, with all future catalogue records to be on microfiche produced by computer-assisted cataloguing.
Abseiling from the Main Library roof was offered as an Open Day and O-Week activity during the 1980s and early 90s.
|1981||The Sesame computer system was implemented to replace the Current Order File.|
|1983||Restrictive budgets in the early and mid-1980s led to a reduction in acquisitions and delays to other Library initiatives.|
|1984||The Monash Information Processing (MIPS) computer system, also known as Sesame2, was implemented to replace Sesame.|
|1987||The Library Automation Committee was established to assess the Library's requirements and make recommendations regarding a commercial computerised management system.|
Edward Lim commenced as University Librarian.
An Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) was implemented in Sesame2 to replace the card cabinets.
Caulfield and Frankston (Peninsula) Libraries joined MUL as a result of the merger of the University with Chisholm Institute of Technology. Caulfield Technical School, later Caulfield Technical College, was established in 1922 and Frankston Teachers’ College in 1959.
Gippsland Library joined MUL as a result of the merger of the University with Gippsland Institute. Yallourn Technical School, later Gippsland Institute, was established in 1928.
|1991||PALS, the Library’s first commercial computerised management system, was implemented.|
The C.L. Butchers Pharmacy Library joined MUL as a result of the merger of the University with the Victorian College of Pharmacy, which was established in 1884. Charles Leslie Butchers, who started the library collection in 1873, was an early Registrar and later Secretary of the College
The Humanities & Social Sciences Branch Library, formerly the Main Library, was formally renamed the Sir Louis Matheson Library. Sir Louis (seated, in a photograph taken at the renaming ceremony) was the foundation Vice-Chancellor of the University.
The Information Services Building (Matheson stage 4) officially opened, allowing a merger of the Caulfield and Clayton Technical Services departments.
Berwick Campus opened: print library resources were provided by arrangement with the Berwick TAFE Library while space was allocated on campus for an “electronic library.”
The Library’s various Asian language materials were brought together to form the Asian Studies Research Library (later Collection).
The Library developed its first website home pages, introduced an email reference service, began acquisition of electronic journals and participated in electronic publishing.
The Matheson Library new front entrance officially opened, providing extra study space and shelter for the external entry steps.|
Monash University Malaysia opened.
The new Peninsula Library officially opened.
The new Gippsland Library officially opened.
Voyager library system was implemented, replacing PALS.
The Hargrave Library was extended to accommodate the Biomedical Library, which closed. The newly merged library was named the Hargrave-Andrew Library after Sir Lawrence Hargrave and Professor Rod Andrew, the foundation Dean of Medicine at Monash.
Monash South Africa opened: MUL Australia led the project to plan and establish the South Africa library.
The Matheson Library annexe opened to provide access for extended opening hours.
The Caulfield Library was renovated.
Cathrine Harboe-Ree commenced as University Librarian.
MUL and the University of Melbourne Library jointly appointed a Senior Asian Studies Librarian to manage the Asian special collections at both libraries.
The Monash University ePrint Repository was established.|
Led by the Library, Monash was appointed the lead agency for the Commonwealth-funded Australian Research Repositories Online to the World (ARROW) project.
Monash ePress was established (later Monash University Publishing).|
Matheson and Caulfield Libraries recorded annual door counts of more than one million for the first time.
|2005||The Monash ARROW repository was established, incorporating the Monash University ePrint Repository.|
The Hargrave-Andrew Library refurbishment officially opened.
The Berwick Library refurbishment opened.
A new library opened at the Malaysia Campus, with support from MUL Australia.
A new library opened at the South Africa Campus, with support from MUL Australia.
The Cochrane Library closed. Working papers from the collection were digitised and added to the Monash ARROW repository.
The C.L. Butchers Pharmacy Library refurbishment opened
Led by the Library, Monash was appointed the lead agency for the Commonwealth-funded Australian National Data Service (ANDS).
Information Research and Learning Skills was operationalised within the Library.
The Service Points Review initiated a new model for physical and virtual library service provision.
|2010||The Research Skill Development Framework was introduced by the Library.|
The commercial Primo library management system, including Search discovery layer, was implemented to improve access to Library resources. It replaced Voyager.
The Library led the development of a research data management plan for the University.
The Ada Booth Slavic Collection was established.
Alma integrated library system was implemented.
The Matheson Library celebrated its 50th anniversary with a birthday cake and historical website.
Monash University Research Repository (formerly Monash ARROW repository) reached the milestone of 100,000 records.
The Matheson Library 1997 entrance was demolished as part of refurbishment works.
The Library reported its one millionth eBook acquisition.
The refurbished Matheson Library officially opened.
The refurbished Caulfield Library officially opened.
Transition of the Berwick Library from MUL to Federation University began.
Janette Burke was appointed Interim University Librarian following Cathrine Harboe-Ree's retirement.