Tag Archives: Australia

Digitization of oral history records at the State Library of Western Australia

This paper will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, 17-23 August 2013 in Singapore.

The Oral History Records Rescue Group (OHRRG) Digitisation Project at the State Library of Western Australia.

Digitising Oral History at the State Library of Western Australia: the Oral History Records Rescue Group (OHRRG) Project – In-house digitisation project of analogue audio cassette tape collection – Providing digital preservation and access: collaboration, building the structure, innovative solutions, realities, lessons learnt, and the future.

Australian State Library commits Wikipedia with GLAM residency

“Wikipedia is set to experience a dramatic increase in Australian content with the State Library of NSW becoming the first Australian cultural institution to engage a GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) Wikipedian-in-residence.”


ALIA Conference in Australia, July 10-13, 2012

The ALIA Conference will be taking place in Sydney later this month.  It looks like they have already posted some of the papers that will be presented at the conference.  I see three sessions concerning collaboration and libraries, and two of them are available online (as far as I can find.)

iPads: outreach, collaboration, and innovation in academic libraries” (PDF) by Freya Bruce, Vicki Bourbous, Maria El-Chami, John Eliot, and Sarah Howard, Australian Catholic University

Ecosciences precinct library – collaboration of spaces & people” (PDF) by Helen Macpherson, Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, and Anne Tobin, Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management

“International Collaboration to put Evidence into Practice” by Lisa Kruesi, University of Queensland Library, Suzanne Lewis, Central Coast Local Health District, and Connie Schardt, Duke University

Here is the full program as a PDF document.

Disturbing Dust in Australia

This is a small sample from Sample & Hold: Rick Lugg’s Blog. The article is “Disturbing Dust and Data.”  The article considers several Australian academic libraries and the way they are weeding and storing their lesser used collections.

Clearly, like most academic libraries, the Fisher Library needs more space for students to study and collaborate. On upper floors, the stacks are reportedly too close together to allow adequate access for disabled users. Wider aisles require fewer shelves. The library is legally bound to comply with this mandate. And, of course, many of those students “having lunch and plugging in their laptops” are in fact accessing the library’s electronic resources.

Improving Access to Historical Texts

Clemens Neudecker and Asaf Tzadok wrote this article, “User Collaboration for Improving Access to Historical Texts,” for the journal LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of European Research Libraries.

The paper will describe how web-based collaboration tools can engage users in the building of historical printed text resources created by mass digitisation projects. The drivers for developing such tools will be presented, identifying the benefits that can be derived for both the user community and cultural heritage institutions.

Happy reading.

Report from the National Library of Australia

The report is “Collaboration across the collecting sectors.”

This lecture examines opportunities for better collaboration between museums, archives and libraries. It will cover:

  • How improved collaboration (especially in discovery services and data exchange) can deliver significant benefits to collecting institutions’ users;
  • Some of the models and standards that support collaboration; and
  • The National Library’s new discovery service, Trove, and how it will help improve collaboration.

“Collective Wealth, Global Sharing, Global Resources”

“On behalf of the conference committee, I am delighted to invite you to participate in ALIA Access 2010 Conference, taking place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia from 1 – 3 September 2010.

The 2010 event will challenge the traditional format of ALIA conferences with a focus on making the conference more ‘accessible’ for delegates and vendors. More will be revealed as the planning progresses……

The 2-day multi-sector conference will feature library tours, video streaming, a conference dinner and an associated exhibition with library industry suppliers.
We look forward to seeing you at the ALIA Access 2010 Conference.”

Graham Black
Conference Convenor