NSLA seeks Indigenous researchers to dive into collections

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Photo: 'Recruits from the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Station, V. who arrived at the Caulfield Military Camp last night, 25-7-40'
'Recruits from the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Station, V. who arrived at the Caulfield Military Camp last night, 25-7-40' (1940). State Library Victoria (http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/permalink/f/1o9hq1f/SLV_VOYAGER1706185)

NSLA is seeking proposals from researchers (individuals or a team of two) to analyse a sample of Indigenous collections in four member libraries between October 2021 and February 2022. The successful applicant/s will work with the NSLA project team across participating libraries: National Library of Australia, State Library of Queensland, State Library of New South Wales, and State Library of Western Australia.

This work is the second stage of a broader contemporary Indigenous collections audit which looks at published Indigenous collections, web archives relating to Indigenous activism and original collections including oral histories, photographs and manuscripts since 2010. The project is a first for NSLA libraries and seeks to answer questions like:

  • Whose voices are represented in our Indigenous collections?
  • How do we make collecting decisions for Indigenous collections?
  • What proportion of our collections are created by Indigenous people, versus about Indigenous people?
  • Which subject areas or groups are underrepresented?
  • How can do better at putting our Indigenous collecting policies into practice?

Applicants may have a background in academic research, journalism, or related fieldwork and will bring experience in working with Indigenous collections and communities. The project has a budget of $35,000.

For more information and application submission details, download the Request for proposal document below.

Applications close Thursday, 30 September 2021.