Growing the knowledge forum

On an auspicious date - Friday 13 November - State Library hosted a forum called "Growing the knowledge: ideas for increasing access to your collections". Participants from local public libraries and other cultural institutions attended presentations by John Oxley Library staff members Kate McDonald and Gavin Bannerman.

Kate talked about using Web 2.0 technology to enhance access to collections, using the examples of State Library's contribution to Flickr Commons, our ventures into Twitter and this very blog.

Gavin's presentation delved into the world of Copyright and how workers in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) sector can make it work for them. The talk spotlighted three particular tools available in this industry: Creative Commons, an orphan work strategy and Section 200AB of the Copyright Act.

One particularly fantastic resource for GLAM workers is a free online publication by the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee and the Australian Digital Alliance. This handbook on dealing with Section 200AB and flexible dealing is an excellent resource with reference to very common, often quite sticky, Copyright scenarios.

Kate McDonald showing the group State Library’s images on Flickr Commons


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