ABouT Dr JuLIET o'CoNor
Expertise and areas of interest
I have a working knowledge of five centuries of children’s books, through 25 years experience curating a heritage collection of Australian and overseas children’s books. My experience includes selection of contemporary and antiquarian children’s books to comprehensively reflect the Australian child’s literary history and to counterpoint those developments with trends in the broader history of international developments in children’s literature.
I draw upon my experience developing the State Library Victoria’s Children’s Literature Collection from 12,000 items to over 120,000 items today of children’s book published between the 16th and 21st centuries. I have supervised the acquisition, preservation and conservation of a large private collection of 25,000 Australian and New Zealand items added to the Library’s collection in 1994. In addition I have negotiated bequests, and smaller donations to the collection. I also actively selected relevant items for exhibition and online promotional opportunities to augment existing collection strengths.
Expertise and areas of Interest