Sounds and silence

‘THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE’ IS A SONG THAT MANY REMEMBER JUST LIKE THE STORIES TOLD IN ORAL HISTORIES AND PODCASTS FROM THE PAST. THEY PERMIT MANY TO REMEMBER VIA SOUND RECORDINGS SO THAT MANY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. Sounds and recording collections, where stories are told orally, are preserved for the nation’s public good. They can …

Jane Austen fans in Canberra with other folk.

JANE AUSTEN FANS WERE IN CANBERRA WITH OTHER FOLK LAST MONTH – THOUGH ANYONE WOULD’VE THOUGHT IT WAS ALMOST THE VERY MONTH OF MAY…. In the middle of Autumn every year, Canberra enjoys the sounds and festivities of the Jane Austen Weekend in the Albert Hall, Yarralumla. The two-day event with Saturday evening ball offers instructions in group folk set …

ArchivesACT revisits 1950s public service

ArchivesACT, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ACT RECORDS OFFICE, IS CURRENTLY EXHIBITING SOME OF THE 1956 COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS. ArchivesACT has released the records at its Find of the Month for December 2016. According to PS News*, the Director of Territory Records, Ms Dani Wickman says ArchivesACT thought “…it would be fun to take …

Photographic evidence of poor etiquette

IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT WE CATCH OUT A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT SHOWING POOR ETIQUETTE. However, the National Library of Australia has shown up itself on its website, to its readers and website viewers with a photograph of poor etiquette. This is also known as lack of ‘table manners’. The relevant photograph is of concern for staff employed to manage corporate image and customer relations. …

Sound recordings played forward

ACHIEVING SUSTAINABILITY OF SOUND RECORDINGS IN A TIME OF RAPID TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE IS A DAUNTING CHALLENGE. However, the Australasian Sound Recordings Association (ASRA) recently held its 2015 national conference in Sydney with a great deal of member and institutional support. The conference “Play it Forward: Sustainability in a Time of Rapid Change” was held from 18 …