Seed Bank Flooded!

I like to think of the Global Seed Vault as a form of archive and library. I can only imagine how they have catalogued and organised all those seeds!

The vault is supposed to be

an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever.

Unfortunately, even deep in the Arctic circle it is still not perfectly safe. An archive/library’s worst nightmare – FLOOD. According to The Guardian, due to climate change and much warmer temperatures than usual, loads of melted snow and rain have breached the vault!!

Thankfully no seeds were harmed. But this questions the vaults ability to preserve the seeds for eternity, and also shows the dramatic effects of climate change. I’ve seen flooding before in a library, and its not a pretty site. Paper clearly does not withstand water very well. I can’t imagine having the responsibility to preserve my library items for eternity!

 

GLAMR New Professionals Meetup

Last week I attended a GLAMR New Professionals meetup at ‘Fall from Grace’ in Melbourne CBD.

You can visit the GLAMR New Professionals Twitter and Facebook page to see some great photos of the night, and join the group!

The meetup was another fantastic opportunity to meet like minded individuals from all across the GLAMR sector. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to chat to some ladies who work in a variety of Museum and Gallery areas. Their work sounds so interesting I wish I had more time to pick their brains! One woman I spoke to was working for Museums Australia with developing their standards for accreditation, and another worked for the Shrine of Remembrance with their exhibitions. I was enthralled, I really know so little about theses areas and it was a great opportunity to chat.

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Monash Event – 25 Years of Archival and Recordkeeping Research and Education

On September 17th, Monash University put on a wonderful event to celebrate this year being the 25th anniversary of archival and recordkeeping research and education at Monash:

In 1990 Sue McKemmish joined Frank Upward, Livia Iacovino and others in the Graduate School of Librarianship to develop an innovative, ground-breaking education program and establish the Records Continuum Research Group as a focal point for the international community of researchers, educators and practitioners exploring and utilising continuum conceptualisations of recordkeeping.

Our alumni have been an important part of that success. Many have gone on to play leadership roles within the profession, and are role models and mentors to the next generation of recordkeeping professionals.

And so we were invited to attend a cocktail reception, again with amazing catering 😉

(There was a lecture before the reception, but unfortunately I was working and unable to attend.)

It was a wonderful evening and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with friends, reconnect with classmates, lecturers and tutors, share Monash memories, and celebrate achievements. I met some new inspirational people and learnt more about the history of Monash education in this field. We had a laugh adding memories to a memory board and looking through some kind of art installation that we couldn’t quite figure out.

The highlight of the evening was of course the photobooth! I will cherish the photos I got with such influential people in my life and career. I love my GLAMR peeps!

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Thank you Monash, for not only providing an extremely high level of education, but for also enabling my continued connection with Monash networks through these wonderful events.

Thanks for Reading,

Michelle De Aizpurua

2015 Whyte Memorial Lecture

Last night I attended the annual Whyte Memorial Lecture run by Monash University. It is a free event and one worth attending if you are in the GLAMR field.

“The annual Whyte Memorial Lecture celebrates the legacy of the late Jean Whyte and her sister Phyllis. Professor Jean Whyte was the foundation professor in the Graduate School of Librarianship at Monash University. The sisters left generous bequests to Monash to support research in librarianship, archives and records, and to support the library’s research collection in English literature, librarianship and philosophy.” (Monash University website)

This years topic was ‘Keeping, forgetting, and misreading digital material: libraries learning from archives and recordkeeping practice’ presented by Professor Ross Harvey from RMIT University. The event was live tweeted and you can get a broad idea of the event from Jaye Weatherburn’s storify here.

In the invitation I received to attend (as a Monash alumni) the topic was described:

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