Debunking Archival Research Myths

bustedFor 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 sets out to debunk a couple of myths that are stopping people from doing research.

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‘Let me tell you’: Personal digital archives for children in out-of-home care

teenagerIf 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. This post is a re blog of the post I wrote for the Find & Connect Web Resource Blog on 27/06/2016.

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Survey for Volunteers in Australian Archives

SurveyUPDATE: THIS STUDY HAS CONCLUDED. RESULTS ARE FORTHCOMING.

You can all stop holding your breath, as we are now launching the survey which was proposed at the 2015 ASA conference! *collective intake of breath*

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No More Gatekeepers! Social media engagement breaks down barriers within the archival sector

socialmediaThe irrefutable strength of social media is in its ability to break down barriers. We usually talk about this quality in terms of social media’s ability to overcome issues of time and space, but in this post I want to focus on its’ ability to overcome barriers between groups; say… between researchers and practitioners in the Australian archival sector.

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Ethical and interpersonal challenges of researching with Aboriginal communities

Cropped man and woman using electronic device free imageLast week I attended a lecture by Dr. Brett Baker which was part of the University of Melbourne Office of Research Ethics and Integrity’s seminar series. The title of the lecture was ‘Ethical guidelines for researchers working with Aboriginal communities’ and it reflected upon interpersonal challenges in addition to ethical guidelines related to research within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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When optimism and positivity is misconstrued as naivety

umbrellaWednesday night we attended the State Library of Victoria’s 2015 Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial lecture which was presented by feminist historian Dr. Clare Wright. During the lecture Clare reflected upon the 40 years since the publication of Anne Summers’ seminal text Damned Whores and God’s Police.

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Digital Life Story Work with Aboriginal Children in Out-of-Home Care

Cropped man and woman using electronic device free image

I was asked to prepare a video presentation of my research for the Masters of Education students of Australian Catholic University. A transcript of the presentation is included below with links to useful resources for those who are interested.

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