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What do I want to learn in 2017?

This is the final of three related blog posts to start the year, all reflecting on where I am professionally and what lies ahead. The first post, How did I end up here?, talks about how I became an archivist; the second, What have I learned?, tries to sum up some of the things I’ve worked out […]

What have I learned?

This is the second of three related blog posts to start the year, all reflecting on where I am professionally and what lies ahead. The first post, How did I end up here?, talks about how I became an archivist; this post tries to sum up some of the things I’ve worked out getting to this point; […]

How did I end up here?

This is the first of three related blog posts to start the year, all reflecting on where I am professionally and what lies ahead. It talks about how I became an archivist. The second post, What have I learned?, tries to sum up some of the things I’ve worked out getting to this point; and the […]

2016

What a year. So many aspects of 2016 were awful in so many ways. The horror-shows that were Brexit and the US election. The rise of minor parties and failures of policy and basic humanity (Dutton anyone?) that characterise the Australian political landscape pre- and post-election. Heartbreaking stories of refugees fleeing for Europe and the plight […]

Ubiquitous Archives

Our session on Ubiquitous Archives from the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) Conference in Parramatta, Sydney, Australia, 20 October 2016.

The Disney analogy

A couple of weeks ago I saw Inside Out, the new Pixar/Disney animated film. It was wonderful – funny, moving, intellectually stimulating, emotionally rich and visually beautiful. Today I came across Disney again, in a report noting that Anna and Elsa from Frozen are being used to help inspire girls to take up coding. There are […]

Preserving records for ‘Forgotten Children’

Today the news is filled with stories about the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014) and the Government’s reaction to its findings. Of the 800 or so children currently in mandatory closed immigration detention (including 167 babies born there) the AHRC notes ‘the negative impact that prolonged immigration detention […]

Seven years scratching an itch

I have little interest in numerology and related fabrications, but there seem to be a lot of social and cultural concepts involving the number seven. Heavens, saumurai, sins, dwarfs, seals, seas, signs, wonders, pillars of wisdom, hills of Rome and years in Tibet – all magnificent sevens. Seven (or, if you’re David Fincher, Se7en) years ago I […]

What would trauma informed archival access look like?

Last week I attended an all day training session with colleagues on trauma-informed practice, run by Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA). As some readers will know, for a little over three years I have been involved in the National Find & Connect Web Resource Project, a large scale collaboration between archivists, historians, organisations and the […]

What’s the definition of an extroverted archivist?

As seen on Twitter, 18 May 2012: The cliché of the introverted archivist – like the idea of ‘dusty’ or ‘musty’ archives – is widespread. I shared that State Records NSW tweet with colleagues at the time to knowing laughs; and more recently I noted there is often a sense at the end of archival conferences that […]

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