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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#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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ASA Conference: Volunteer Work and Entering the Profession from the Periphery

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 6.59.41 PMThe theme of the Australian Society of Archivists‘ 2015 conference was ‘Archives on the Edge’. Speakers spoke on a variety of topics derived from this theme: archives on the edge of extinction, the edge of great innovation, the edge of redefinition.

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