May 22

What a day for information.

The Attorney General Mark Dreyfus announces that Australia is joining the Open Government Partnership and the interpretative conversation begins.

Also it was NSS13, so I could watch 40+ children being enthralled by a telling of The Wrong Book and a costumed performance of it afterwards at my workplace.


Sport – it is a thing

Here are some things about that thing, that relate to Australian collections or management – in case you wanted some quick sports reference help. They come from this conference paper Sports archives and collections in Australia which has some links at the end, to save you opening the document here they are:

National Sport Information Centre, Australian Sports Commission
Davis Sporting Collection (State Library of New South Wales)
Tom Brock Collection (State Library of New South Wales)
MV Anderson Chess Collection (State Library of Victoria)
History of the Paralympic Movement in Australia (Australian Paralympic Committee)
Olympic and Paralympic games digital archive (National Library of Australia)
Athletics in Australia, 1890- (Paul Jenes, Peter Hamilton, David Tarbotton, Fletcher McEwen and work from Bert Gardiner)
Empire Games, Sydney, 1938 (National Archives of Australia)
Olympic Games, Melbourne, 1956 (National Archives of Australia)
Australian Centre for Paralympic Studies Oral History Project (National Library of Australia)
National Sports Museum
Australian Centre for Olympic Studies
Orange City Council Sporting Hall of Fame
Picture Australia – sport (National Library of Australia)
Australian Rules Football (State Library of Victoria)
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Powerhouse Museum)
Clearinghouse for Sport (Australian Sports Commission)
Criteria for Judging Heritage Significance, Australian Sports Commission
Heritage Significance Assessment of Objects, Australian Sports Commission
Sport Australia Hall of Fame
NSW Hall of Champions
Australian Society for Sports History
There are a number of people tagging sport in TROVE, here is an example

Federal Election 2013

During the last (2010) federal election, ALIA sent each of the parties a set of 10 questions seeking their views on library related issues, such as digitisation, funding, the NBN, school librarians etc. The parties responses are still available at:
The Greens unsurprisingly responded well and agreed generally with ALIA’s policy directions. The Coalition agreed with many but said that economic imperatives prevented them from making any new spending commitments. The Labor response however, was laughable and seemed to have been written by a child intern. Even though, at that time, the ALP had a very good story to tell of building very many new school libraries and of developing fantastic open government initiatives its response was stunningly bad and one of the questions was even answered solely by recourse to plagiarism. See this earlier post.
This coming election, we will await again the library and information related policies from political parties. Hopefully this time, some of them will treat the questions and the sector with more interest.

The contents of the book don’t have value, the marginalia might

To answer that by way of illustration and example, I was giving a talk a few years ago to a group of librarians back home about provenance and the importance of historical evidence, and one of them came up to me at the end and said I work in the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine, I recently accessioned a contemporary book that had belonged to a distinguished living haematologist, which had his pencil notes on the flyleaf commenting on a recently introduced drug, saying how ineffective it was and how it shouldn’t be used. Of course, he said, I had to rub those out before putting it on the shelf, as it wouldn’t be appropriate for anyone to see them. To which I said, You did what? That was probably the only part of that book that had long-term historical value; the text probably exists in an online version already and if it doesn’t now, it will do one day.

David Pearson at: