The Australian Society of Archivists’ 2017 conference explored the theme of ‘Diverse Worlds’ and had an element of activism throughout. The conference featured two keynotes passionate about decolonising the archival space (Jarrett Drake and Verne Harris) and had a strong Indigenous Australian focus. The conference reinforced Cassie Findlay’s view that: “[Archivist/recordkeepers] have a unique view… Read More Being an Activist Archivist
Why do volunteers choose to contribute thousands of unpaid hours per week to Australian archives? This paper presents the results of a nationwide web survey that provides insight into the demographics, motivations, and experiences of volunteers in Australian archives.… Read More Volunteers in Australian Archives
What does the Copyright Amendment Bill actually mean for archivists and archival organisations?… Read More Demystifying the Copyright Amendment Bill
I recently became excited when I learned that an Australian Information Management undergrad course contained subjects about research. This excitement dampened considerably when I was told the intent of the subject was to teach future information professionals about how to support the research activities of others, rather than to conduct research of their own.
This year I will be partaking in the Australian Women Writers Challenge which ‘was set up to help overcome gender bias in the reviewing of books by Australian women’.… Read More 2017 Aus Women Writers Challenge
Being a new archival professional is terrifying. You are scared of stepping on toes, of being viewed as competition, of making a fool of yourself. Often this means that we hesitate to step out of our comfort zones.
Unless of course, you make a pact with a colleague…… Read More 2016: The Pact that Proves the Value of New Professionals
The innovative archivist recognises that archival infrastructure is man-made, and anything that is man-made can be man-unmade. … Read More Innovative Archivists as Drivers of Change
For most archivists, research continues to be shrouded in mystery. Unfortunately this contributes to the growing gap between practitioners and researchers in our profession. This blog post debunks myths that are stopping people from doing research.
If the Care sector recognised that their records were evidence of a child’s life and therefore formed part of that child’s personal recordkeeping the nature of their records would be very different.
UPDATE: THIS STUDY HAS CONCLUDED. RESULTS ARE BEING PUBLISHED IN JULY 2017.