ACTive ALIA’s Journal Club will shortly be hosting its second issue… er, meeting!
Okay, so we didn’t quite manage to get together bimonthly, but we’ve made up for it by teaming up with ALIA ACT Students and New Grads for a 2x Journal Club combo that is absolutely unmissable!
Our article for this month is ‘The Archival Turn in Law: The Papers of Lindy Chamberlain in the National Library of Australia’ by Katherine Biber in the Sydney Law Review. It’s an article about archives, held in a library, written by a law academic. Confused? Don’t be. It’s a great chance for us as GLAM workers to examine our profession from the outside in.
The following themes popped out at us as we read the article. We’ll use these as the basis for some conversation, but don’t feel obliged to prepare answers—we’ll see where the conversation takes us:
- So… what is the ‘archival turn’?
- The materiality of law—how is the law embodied in papers and objects, especially those not created by courts or lawyers?
- By donating her papers to the NLA, how has Lindy contributed to making her story more accessible for researchers? Does the NLA itself help shape Lindy’s story?
- How does the author’s experience of archives match up with our professional knowledge of archives?
Come join us on Tuesday 30th October, 5.30pm at the CIT Reid Library (Ground Floor, E Block, 37 Constitution Avenue Reid). This event is free! There will also be a tour of the library, which is painted all sorts of loud colours so you’ll never fall asleep in there…