January 22, 2021

New Full Text Research Article: “A Theory of Mobile Library Service Delivery”

Note: infoDOCKET would once again like to thank the team at SAGE for opening up their paywall and allowing us to provide free, full text access to a journal article we selected and have linked to below. This article was made available via the SAGE OnlineFirst program last week and will appear in print in […]

Results of International Survey: “Feeling Better Connected: Academics’ Use of Social Media”

The following full text report was published in June by the News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra, Australia. Title Feeling Better Connected: Academics’ Use of  Social Media Author Deborah Lupton University of Canberra Source News & Media Research Centre University of Canberra, Australia. Abstract This report outlines findings from an international online survey of […]

Audio: Wikimedia’s Executive Director, Sue Gardner, Speaks at New Librarians Event in Australia

Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation (the organization that “powers” Wikipedia) was interviewed last week at ALIA’s 6th New Librarians Symposium in Brisbane, Australia. Richard Fidler from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation conducted the interview. An audio podcast of the conversation is now available online. Stream online or download (mp3).

24 Hour Library Facility Proposed in Sydney, Australia

From a News.com.au Commentary by Tim Blair: Libraries aren’t often in the news these days. This situation was partially rectified last week by the City of Sydney council’s latest “draft strategy and action plan”, which includes a proposal for Australia’s first 24-hour library. “Being able to borrow a library book after work would be an […]

Australian Broadcasting Corp. Adds Archival Video to Wikimedia Commons, Available Under CC License

From the Wikimedia Blog: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the national public broadcaster, turns 80 this year. To celebrate it has launched a new website called “80 Days That Changed Our Lives“, giving 80 pieces of audio visual content from the ABC archives a new lease on life. Today, the ABC has also announced that […]

Australia: New South Wales Government to Open Source Digital Archives Software

From iTnews.com.au: NSW State Records has promised to open source any digital preservation software it writes for an archive of “born-digital” records that will sit in a new Western Sydney data centre. The digital archives project is the State Government’s first attempt to permanently and centrally store a portion of digital files that are beyond […]

National Archives of Australia Shares Records Digitization Strategy With Release of Digital Continuity Plan

From iTnews.com.au: The National Archives of Australia has outlined a plan to reduce the dependency of government agencies on paper records, saving up to $200 million a year in physical storage costs. The Director General of the National Archives, David Fricker, said he hoped to drive a coordinated and strategic approach to digital information management […]

Australia Considers National Digital Archive: Copyright Act Amendment Could See All Electronic Publications in National Library

via The Register: Australia’s Legal Deposit requirement, which compels publishers to send copies of all books to the National Library, may be extended to digital works. The potential extension of the Legal Deposit is discussed in a new Consultation Paper issued by the Federal Attorney General’s Department. [Clip] Attorney General Nicola Roxon has noticed the […]

Australia's Public Broadcaster (ABC) to Open Access to Digital Archives

From ITnews.com.au: The ABC and Education Services Australia have garnered a $20 million project to digitise the public broadcaster’s archives for a new education portal the Federal Government hopes will promote use of the National Broadband Network. [Clip] It would be specifically targeted at primary schools and linked to the school curriculum, allowing teachers to […]

Missing Items: Treasures of Australia's Past Lost from the National Archives

UPDATE: Audio: National Archives defend records, despite missing items (via ABC News) From The Telegraph: Over the past two decades the National Archives has lost at least 748 historic items, some dating back more than 150 years, from its official collection of documents, government files, letters, recordings and photographs. [Clip] National Archives of Australia assistant […]