We want your feedback! Complete the 2022 Newsletter Subscriber Survey and you can go into the draw to win: 2x $200 vouchers, 3x My APO+ memberships, and a ticket to EIS 2023.

Cultural collections



Report

Report of the Functional and Efficiency Review of the National Archives of Australia

The Federal Attorney-General commissioned this review of the National Archives of Australia to ensure that the institution can undertake its important role to protect, preserve and use Commonwealth information in the digital age.
Report

Machine learning and libraries: a report on the state of the field

This report expertly frames machine learning and both its possibilities and its challenges. After defining machine learning and distinguishing it from the broader category of artificial intelligence (AI), the author describes the history of the use of these technologies in libraries and explores various approaches.
Report

Maple leaves: discovering Canada through the published record

The Canadian contribution to literature, music, film, and other forms of creative expression is rich and deep. Using WorldCat, the world’s largest and most comprehensive aggregation of data describing global library holdings, this report explores the contours of this contribution, as it is manifested in...
Journal article

Extending the social justice mindset: implications for scholarly communication

In 2016, the Collections Directorate of the MIT Libraries convened a Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DISJ) Task Force to explore ways to manifest DISJ values in our daily work.
Report

Museums as economic engines

Researched and prepared in partnership with Oxford Economics and with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this comprehensive report quantifies the economic benefit of museums, including jobs, direct spending, and supply-chain effects.
Report

Digital access to collections: evidence base

This project is a strong example of how support from a large organisation (the State Library of Western Australia) can assist local people (Mowanjum Community) with their project to deliver culturally appropriate digitalaccess to important collections.
Report

Digital access to collections: Stage 1 project report

Imagine the difference it would make if Australia’s arts and cultural heritage collections were all easily available online. If, simply by taking a smartphone out of their pocket, turning on their PC or swiping their tablet: - Artists could take inspiration from vintage designs and...
Report

Local government and cultural collections in Victoria

This report illuminates the important contributions to Victorian cultural life made by council collection activities, and identifies opportunities for enhancing this work. It includes findings about council collections and displays, and draws attention to how councils assist community collecting groups such as Historical Societies. The...
Report

10 Ways that digital access to collections benefits millions of Australians

GLAM peak bodies and institutions in Australia have put together case studies of ways in which digital access to collections have made a positive impact on people's lives.
Thesis

I Yau Vakaviti: Fijian treasures in international museums – a study of repatriation, ownership and cultural rights

Pacific islands artifacts and imageries have had a strong appeal to the popular imagination of the West over the years. However, in recent years the question of ownership of intellectual property rights has emerged as many indigenous groups around the world call for the repatriation...
Report

Australian best practice guide to collecting cultural material

INTRODUCTION Australia’s public collecting institutions enrich public life by displaying, interpreting, making accessible and preserving the world’s shared cultural, scientific and historic heritage.
Report

Towards sustainability indicators for museums in Australia

This report looks at environmental, societal, cultural and economic sustainability issues of collecting organisations. A set of pilot sustainability indicators is proposed, based on consultations with the directors and CEOs of some major South Australian collecting institutions, (including the Art Gallery of South Australia, the...
Book

Significance 2.0: a guide to assessing the significance of collections

This publication outlines the theory, practice and many applications of the concept of significance in collection management. It takes readers through the key concepts and steps in assessing significance, for single items, collections and cross-collection projects.
Policy report

Report of the contemporary visual arts and craft inquiry

This report presents the findings of the Contemporary Visual Arts and Craft Inquiry and was released by the Minister for the Arts and Sports, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp, on 6 September 2002. It provides valuable insight into the contemporary visual arts and craft sector...
Report

Museums in Australia 1975

This 1975 report, commonly known as the 'Pigott Report', helped spur the creation of the National Museum of Australia in 1980 with the passing of the National Museum of Australia Act. There had been plans to establish a national museum since Federation, but with world...