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Category: Libraries

Physical office, digital outhouse

On Thursday 23 July I attended New directions in making history at the State Library of Victoria, part of the Making public histories seminar series. After the presentations the discussion was opened up to the floor. The first contribution (which was taken as a comment) came from an audience member who seemed to have a deep distrust […]

The library, the museum, and me

I love libraries and library buildings, from the huge New York Public Library to the British Library complete with Kings Library Tower rising up through its St Pancras site; the grand State Library of New South Wales, the venerable Bodleian in Oxford, our National Library of Australia and more. As a Melburnian working in 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 […]

Newspapers the old-fashioned way [#blogjune 11]

Thanks to all those who read my post yesterday, on skills for digital historians. Today, I want to briefly touch on another aspect of the increasingly digital world. I heard in our meeting yesterday that a history academic asked a room full of students how many had gone to the library and consulted books as […]