Wen yuma guwin ya, yuma garra sabi, la dis fouda ma en rikoding ma, sambala pipurl bin finish na. En wi garra rispek alabat.
When you enter this website, be aware that there are photos and recordings of people who have passed away. We must treat them with respect.

Using the online library

The goal of Ngukurr Language Centre is to revitalise, document, teach and promote the traditional languages of the Ngukurr community. As part of this, we make language materials available to people within our community, and to others who are interested in supporting language maintenance.

The online library on this site is one of the ways in which we do this. It contains a large collection of cultural materials. You are invited to browse these materials. This article explains how to find your way around the library, and view items you are interested in.

About the materials in the library

The online library contains a collection of hundreds of cultural items. Many of the items feature the traditional languages spoken in and around the Ngukurr area. These languages include Alawa, Mangarrayi, Marra, Ngalakgan, Ngandi, Nunggubuyu, Rembarrnga, Ritharrŋu-Wägilak, and Warndarrang. Some items also feature Roper River Kriol, which is also commonly spoken in Ngukurr.

Some of the items are written in these languages, while other items are written in English but describe the history, grammar or other features of the traditional languages. Some of the items are photos or recordings of people, places or things of importance to these language communities.

The types of items that you may find in the library include:

  • Stories about many subjects such as historical events, plants and animals
  • Dictionaries and wordlists
  • Songs
  • Photographs
  • Videos
  • Worksheets and teaching materials
  • Fieldwork materials, including fieldwork notes and audio recordings
  • Reports
  • Academic papers

... and more.

The materials have been collected and contributed from many sources, including community members, the Language Centre itself, others who have lived or worked in the community, and archives including those of AIATSIS. We thank all those who have generously made items available.

We are gradually building up our collection over time, so for some languages you may find there are not many materials yet.

Access to materials in the library

Some of the items in the library are available for public viewing, while other materials are only for restricted use within the community. If you have a user account on the site, and are logged in, you will normally be able to see a wider range of materials than are available to the general public. Which materials you can see depends on which communities and cultural protocols have been linked to your account. As you browse the site, it will only show you items that you are entitled to view.

For further information about user accounts and access restrictions, please contact Ngukurr Language Centre.

Please remember that all items in the library are copyright. You are welcome to view them, but not to reproduce them or use them for other purposes without the approval of Ngukurr Language Centre. For more information about licensing, see the help article on copyright and licensing.

Finding your way to the library

The website has several sections. To browse library items, you first need to make sure you are in the library section of the site.

To get to the Library home page from anywhere in the site, click the Laiberi link in the main menu, to the right of the header image.

Website header showing main menu with Laiberi link highlighted

When you are in the library, the Laiberi link in the main menu will be coloured in grey.

Using the library menu

Once you are in the library, you can browse different pages using the library menu, below the header image.

Website header showing Library menu

Clicking on the links in this menu will take you to different pages within the Library.

  • Laiberi (Library) - Library home page. Includes a few featured items, plus general information about the library
  • Pipurl (People) - Featured items about people within the community
  • Geim (Games) - Featured items which are about games or activities
  • Ridim (Reading) - Featured items to read, for example books, dictionaries, articles about spelling
  • Fouda mob (Photos) - Featured photos
  • Bidiyo (Videos) - Featured videos
  • Stori (Stories) - Featured stories about many different subjects
  • Song (Songs) - Featured lyrics and recordings of songs
  • Sentins mob (Sentences) - Featured items containing sentences and phrases in different languages
  • Bla skul (For school) - Featured items that may be useful in the classroom, for example worksheets, activities, word lists
  • Lukabat (Browse) - General content. On this page you can browse through all the content in the library. It includes the items that appear on the feature pages, plus many other items.
  • Main feibritwan-feibritwan (My favourites) - A collection of items that you have flagged as your personal favourites. This page is only available to users who are logged in.

Depending on what language you are viewing the site in, the menu links may be called something else. If in doubt, on a computer hover over menu items to see a translation into Kriol and/or English. You can also view menu translations in the help article called Guide to the menus on this site.

Viewing lists of library item

On the library pages, library items are displayed in a list. Each item in the list has an image, a title, a brief description and a list of the languages featured in that item.

Partial view of library feature page showing list of library items

Because there are many items in the library, items within a library section are often displayed over more than one web page. Each web page usually shows 20 to 30 items. You can go to a different page using the page navigation links at the bottom of the list of items.

Partial view of library feature page showing page navigation links

The links work as follows:

  • FIRST - Go to the first page of items in this section
  • PREVIOUS - Go to the page of items in this section that is before the page you are currently viewing
  • Page numbers (1, 2 etc.) - Go to the specified page number in this section
  • NEXT - Go to the page of items in this section that is after the page you are currently viewing
  • LAST - Go to the final page of items in this section

If there are no page navigation links showing, it means that all of the library items in this section are displayed on the current page.

Viewing an individual library item

When you find a library item you are interested in, you can open it to view its full details. To open the item, click on the image or title of the item.

Partial view of library feature page showing list of library items, with clickable image and title highlighted

The item will open in a new page. The media file or online dictionary content will be displayed, along with selected metadata fields. Towards the bottom of the page you will also see a link to VIEW MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ITEM... You can click this link to see the remainder of the metadata fields for the item.

Partial view of library item page showing link to view more information

Some of the metadata fields contain clickable links. You can follow these to see related content. For example, clicking on the name of an author will show more library items to which that person has contributed.

Partial view of library item page showing clickable author link

At the bottom of the page you may see a list of related items. You can click on the image or title of any of these items to view them.

Partial view of library item page showing related items

Viewing and downloading media files

Most library items include one or more media files. You can view these as follows:

Textual documents (e.g., PDFs, Word documents) - these display in a PDF viewer. You can scroll within the document using the scrollbar at the right side of the document. You can also use the Zoom button to zoom in, and the Pop-out button to show the file in a separate browser tab.

Partial view of library item page showing PDF viewer with scroll bar highlighted

Videos and audio files - these display in a media player. Click the small triangle icon to begin playing the video or audio file. Note that large files will take some time to download before they begin playing. You can see how much has downloaded by looking at the thin blue strip (progress indicator) which moves across to the right, at the bottom of the media player. Once it reaches the far side of its area, the video or audio file will start playing.

Media player showing play icon and blue progress indicator

When the video or sound file is playing, you can click the pause icon (two vertical bars) to pause the playback. You can click the speaker icon to adjust the volume. And for a video, you can click the 'full screen' icon to view it in full screen mode.

Media player showing pause icon, speaker icon and full screen icon

Beneath most media files, you will see two links:

  • Open or download this file - Depending on what web browser you are using, this will either open the file in a new page, offer to save it to your computer, or open it using software on your computer.
  • Enlarge this file - This will open the media file in a page of its own, at a larger size. This may be useful for reading text documents or looking at image files close up. When you have finished looking at the enlarged view, use the Back button in your browser to go back to the library item page.

Partial view of library item page showing links to Open/download and enlarge file

Viewing online dictionaries

The library may contain online dictionaries which are embedded within the site. When you open these, they display a frame containing two rows of buttons and a set of dictionary entries.

Partial view of online dictionary page showing dictionary frame

If there are more dictionary entries than will fit in the frame, use the scroll bar at the right to move up and down to see more entries. On a touch screen device such as a mobile phone, you can scroll by touching within the frame and dragging up or down.

Partial view of online dictionary page showing scroll bar

On mobile devices, it is recommended to view the dictionary in landscape view.

The Lexicon button is the first button in the dictionary header. It shows the basic view of the dictionary. Click one of the buttons containing a letter of the alphabet to see words in the language that start with that letter.

Partial view of online dictionary page showing Lexicon and alphabet buttons

The Reversal button is the second button in the dictionary header. It usually contains the word 'English' or 'Kriol'. Click this button to display a new panel at the left which contains words in the reversal language, along with their translations. Click one of the translations to jump to the corresponding word in the dictionary.

Partial view of online dictionary page showing Reversal button, reversal panel and clickable link to dictionary word

The Categories button is the third button in the dictionary header. (It is not visible on devices with small screens due to limitations of display size.) Click this button to show a new panel containing a list of semantic categories. Clicking the title of one of the categories will show in the main panel a list of words which are grouped under that category.

Partial view of online dictionary page showing Categories button and list of words in category

My favourites: viewing, adding and removing items from your personal collection

If you are logged into the site, you will have the option to add and remove library items from your personal favourites collection.

To add an item to your favourites, click the Add to favourites button beneath the media item or online dictionary content.

Partial view of library page showing Add to favourites button

To remove an item from your favourites, click the Remove from favourites button beneath the media item or online dictionary content. This button will only be available if the item is already in your favourites collection.

Partial view of library page showing Remove from favourites button

To view your collection of personal favourites, click the Main feibritwan-feibritwan (My favourites) link in the library menu. This link will only be visible if you are logged into the site.

Partial view of library page showing Main feibritwan-feibritwan link in library menu

This link will open a new page with a list of the items you have added to your favourites. As always, click the image or title of any item in the list to view it.

Viewing library items in specific languages

The library contains items in many different languages, but you may be interested in one particular language. An easy way to browse items in just one language is to use the languages menu.

The languages menu is at the very top of the page, above the header image.

Header of site showing Languages menu

To view library items in all languages, select either the Ebirri langgus (All languages) or English link in the languages menu.

Header of site showing Languages menu with Ebirri langgus and English links highlighted

To view library items featuring one of the traditional languages, or Kriol, click the link in the languages menu that corresponds to that language. For example, if you click on Ngalakgan in the languages menu, then when you browse around the library you will mainly see items in the Ngalakgan language.

Header of site showing Languages menu with Ngalakgan link highlighted

You can read more about viewing content in specific languages in the help article called View items in different languages.

Searching and filtering for library items

The library provides tools to help you find specific content you are interested in. The search and filter tools are located on the Lukabat (Browse) page.

To go to the Lukabat page, click the Lukabat (Browse) link on the library menu.

Website header showing Lukabat link in library menu

Within the Filter library items box, there is a search field and a set of filter tabs which let you restrict the display to specified items. Click the Filter button the apply the search and filter criteria you have entered.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing Filter Library Items box

Beneath the Filter Library Items box, you will see a list of library items. These are the results – that is, the library items which match the filter or search settings you have selected.

Partial view of Lukabat page showing results of search and filter operation

For more information about searching and filtering in the library, see the help article titled Search and filter to find items in the online library.

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