Open Practices within the Library and Information Profession

Librarians have a long history as successful advocates for open access. The library is often the locus of the infrastructure and practices which enable open knowledge within our institutions, as the home of institutional repositories and open access presses, as drivers of open access policies, and as the source of expertise on open data, open […]

ISBNs and the challenge of future-proofing

ISBN numbers are the unique code given to books that enable booksellers and bookbuyers to identify a particular publication without ambiguity. ISBNs are also used by library services when users search their catalogue, and for the monitoring of their stock. In the RADAR project at Swinburne and Melbourne, we’re using the ISBN as a cornerstone […]

Are Australian public libraries one of the first points of contact for new arrivals?

In December 2016, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) was one of many high profile organisations to make a submission to the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Plan. This plan aims to position Australian cities to succeed in the 21st Century economy, supporting productive, accessible, liveable metropolitan and regional cities that attract talent, encourage innovation […]

Learning to be Open: Open Access as a Deliberate Academic Practice

When I was first asked seven years ago whether I wanted to publish my doctoral thesis as open access on the university’s online institutional repository or enforce an embargo on it, it was the first time I had heard about such an embargo. I was quick to make my thesis open access, wondering why anybody […]

Data, ethics, and the burden of being upright

Working in libraries, or doing research on how people use, find, and store information we often come across large–or very large–data sets. These data sets can be a veritable goldmine of information about how people behave, what information they need, and what services we need to build and develop. I’ve worked a lot with big […]