Journal Club #2 – October 2018

Journal Club #2

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…

RSVP on Facebook, if you’re into that kind of thing, or email alia.act.contact@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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ACTive Journal Club June 2018

Journal Club June 2018

Our first event will be the inaugural meeting of the ACTive ALIA Journal Club! We’re looking to hold Journal Club meetups every two months, discussing an article hand-picked by the ACTive ALIA team.

This month’s article is ‘No library required: the free and easy backwaters of online content sharing’, presented by Kathryn Greenhill and Constance Wiebrands at the VALA 2012 conference. We chose this as our first article because it discusses a universal library problem: the loss of our information monopoly and the ability of internet denizens to flout copyright laws at will in the free and easy pursuit of knowledge.

Join us at 5.30pm on Wednesday 13th June, at the National Library. We’ll meet in the Ferguson Room on level 1. (Walk in the front door and look up, then left. You’ll see us in a glass box.)

We’ll have three set discussion questions before opening up the room:

  1. What do Greenhill and Wiebrands’ ‘alternate pathways’ offer that libraries don’t?
  2. Can libraries compete with these alternate pathways? Should they even try?
  3. How could libraries modify their business models or service paradigms to compete, or otherwise stand out in a crowded attention economy?

Please RSVP on our Facebook event or by email to alia.act.contact@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing you all there!