Library continues to expand grape and wine resources
New e-books and a mobile catalogue of library resources are among the proposed plans for The John Fornachon Memorial Library, which continues to grow both its resources and accessibility.
Housed at The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), The John Fornachon Memorial Library was established in May 1969 and named in memory of John Fornachon, the first Director of Research at the Australian Wine Research Institute.
It is a specialised information resource centre, providing technical information to the Australian grape and wine industry, researchers and students.
AWRI Information and Knowledge Manager Linda Bevin said the library has a comprehensive collection of grape and wine resources comprising over 75,000 books, journals, journal articles, conference proceedings and standards.
The entire library collection is catalogued into a database, which is available online at the AWRI website. Members of the Australian grape and wine industry can access the catalogue using their AWRI website login or signup for a new login here.
‘In addition to the online catalogue, the Library also packages and maintains a number of online article ordering facilities based on subject areas such as smoke taint, wine aroma compounds, making low alcohol wines and fermentation’, Ms Bevin said.
‘The AWRI Publications database is another frequently used resource that industry members use to request the latest journal articles authored by the AWRI staff’.
Ms Bevin said one of the most popular resources is the document delivery service, which is a free service to industry and an efficient way for winemakers and grapegrowers to access published journal articles and books.
‘The articles and books can be ordered via the online catalogue or by using one of the online article ordering facilities on the AWRI website. The library also receives requests by email or telephone’, she said.
Items not held in the library can be sourced through inter-library loans from libraries in Australia or overseas.
Located on the Waite Research Precinct in Adelaide, industry members and students can also visit the library, which is equipped with quiet research and reading areas, computers, printers, scanning and photocopying facilities.