What maps and place names are not: Passive Neutral, or Accurate Instead, maps and place names are both the legacy and the tool of continuing colonisation. Consider this; each time that someone looks at a map of Australia and sees Wurrundjeri country being described as ‘Melbourne’, has the space once again been colonised? An understanding… Read More Place is Bigger than Metadata: Maps as Colonial Tools
I’m sitting in Sydney Airport, absolutely wiped out from archival consulting work, and yet so exhilarated. In some ways it’s the opportune time to take a moment and reflect upon the GLAM Blog Club‘s October topic; ‘How I Ended Up Here’. During my undergrad (majoring in archaeology) I went on a dig and, rather… Read More Becoming a Research Archivist: Lessons Learned
Broadly speaking, research is a “goal-directed problem-solving activity” (Bruce Archer, 1965). When I first read this definition I thought “well hell, that means every person is engaging in research everyday”. The main difference between a practitioner and a researcher appeared to be that one did research in an informal way and the other formalised it… Read More How Archival Practitioners can do Research
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
In my last blogpost I examined ‘The Power of the Archive’ and concluded that records themselves predominantly don’t hold inherent power, but are assigned power through interactions with people. I concluded that the only inherent power of the archives lies in their materiality. Thank you to everyone who engaged in the resulting conversation. You definitely prompted… Read More Is the Materiality of the Archive its Power?
We regularly hear about the ‘power of the archive’ and know about the importance of the archive for accountability and identity within our societies. But do we ever actually stop to think about the term ‘power of the archive’? What is the nature of this power? Do archives have inherent power? Or is it those… Read More Considering “The Power of the Archive”
When told about the importance of cultural awareness in GLAM institutions I recently heard a senior GLAM professional say: ‘Why did no one tell me about this?!’ via GIPHY Let’s not be this person.
As some of you may know my colleagues and I recently published an article on ‘Volunteers in Australian archives’. Read this post for a roadmap and to see that you can do research too.
In Private Lives, Public History researcher Anna Clark examined the Australian public’s relationship with history. Through her research, Clark established that the ‘everyday Australian’ (yes she knows how problematic this concept is) was mostly interested in history when it pertained to their personal history and identity. The GLAM sector as a whole has been tapping in… Read More Why Understanding Identity is Integral to GLAM
Is Your Collecting Institution Culturally Appropriate? Probably not.