Innovative Archivists as Drivers of Change

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Innovative archivists know three things:

  1. Archival systems are infrastructure
  2. Archival infrastructure is man-made
  3. That which is man-made can be man-unmade

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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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Social Media and Collaboration Opportunities in the Archival Sector

Startup Stock PhotosSocial media presents us with the opportunity to collaborate with one another, in accessible language which not only increases the reach and impact of your ideas, but also fosters collaborative opportunities. Aligning our professions’ research activities with industry requirements would be to the benefit of us all.

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#FundTROVE

troveUPDATE: Following extensive campaigning, Trove received a commitment of $16.4 million in Dec 2016.

In case you missed it: The Australian federal government is significantly cutting funding to the National Library of Australia. One of the services that will be most detrimentally impacted is Trove, which will no longer be able to aggregate content from museums and universities unless fully funded to do so.

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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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