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ALC Library and Museum of PNG Artefacts collaborate

Wantok Place is a museum of Papua New Guinea (PNG) artefacts owned by the Lutheran Church of Australia and governed by the LCA Committee for International Mission. Previously called the Louise Flierl Mission Museum and housed in Hahndorf, in 2019 the museum was relocated to North Adelaide.

As of this year, the ALC Library and Wantok Place will be collaborating on a cataloguing project. This project came about as a result of a suggestion from ALC’s Associate Dean for Research, Wendy Mayer, and led to further discussion with Timothy Pietsch, the Museum Manager, the Wantok Place Committee of Management and Lavinia Gent, ALC’s Cataloguing and Systems Librarian.

The task of cataloguing books donated to the museum has begun. These will be searchable via the ALC online catalogue, and easily identifiable, as they will be placed in a discrete collection within the ALC Library catalogue. The physical books will continue to be housed at the museum and be searchable via the web. It is envisaged that these items would be in a 'not for loan' category, but viewable at the museum, though the museum may be open to the occasional loan, by negotiation with the Museum Manager. 

While the library does hold a body of works related to PNG, such as the history of Christian mission in PNG, including Lutheran mission, as well as various language resources, the museum holds a number of esoteric resources, which are not mainstream. In this regard, it is believed that a collaboration between the ALC Library and the museum could be of value to the LCANZ, in enabling areas of research.