Aboriginal Australians

Improving library services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Libraries across Australia are focused on improving services for people identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, whether they live in cities, towns or remote communities.
 
This document has examples of initiatives that are already underway, while highlighting opportunities for further improvement. It shows that libraries are maximising the use of their facilities, developing thoughtful programs, taking a more respectful approach to collections and expanding professional development opportunities for library and information professionals.
 

ALIA submission in response to the IP Australia inquiry into the protection of Indigenous Knowledge in the Intellectual Property System, February 2019

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) submission in response to the Protection of Indigenous Knowledge Consultation Paper concerning issues associated with the protection and management of Indigenous Knowledge.

Indigenous matters: a report on the ALIA Leadership & Innovation Forums 2018-2019

In 2018, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) organised seven Leadership & Innovation Forums across Australia. These forums are a biennial event.
 
The theme in 2018 was ‘Meaningful and respectful engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and heritage – what more do we need to do?’ This aligned with the Presidential theme of Indigenous matters and complemented ALIA’s 2019 Truth, Integrity, Knowledge campaign.
 

Gaps in the descriptive metadata of our national memory: digital engagement with colonial photographs of Indigenous Australians

National 2016 Conference, 29 August-2 September 2016 Adelaide: Engage Create Lead
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers should be aware that this paper contains images and names of people who are now deceased.
 
This conference presentation (PowerPoint slides) supports the paper which discusses the value, relevance and role of historical images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people along with the decriptive metadata that was recorded at the time of capture.
 

Gaps in the descriptive metadata of our national memory: digital engagement with colonial photographs of Indigenous Australians

National 2016 Conference, 29 August-2 September 2016 Adelaide: Engage Create Lead
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers should be aware that this paper contains images and names of people who are now deceased.
 
This conference paper discusses the value, relevance and role of historical images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people along with the decriptive metadata that was recorded at the time of capture.
 

Digital engagement and the ATSILIRN protocols: Indigenous Australian experiences and expertise guiding the use of social media in libraries

ALIA National 2014 Conference, 15-19 September 2014 Melbourne : together we are stronger

This conference paper discusses how The State Library of New South Wales piloted collecting social media content for the heritage collection of life in NSW, as part of a scientific trial with the CSIRO.  The lessons learned provide valuable insights into collecting this type of digital material.

VIZIE: collecting social media

ALIA National 2014 Conference, 15-19 September 2014 Melbourne : together we are stronger

This conference presentation discusses how the State Library of New South Wales piloted collecting social media content for the heritage collection of life in NSW, as part of a scientific trial with the CSIRO.  The lessons learned provide valuable insights into collecting this type of digital material.

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