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Born Digital 2016

Celebrating digital collection and preservation

Born Digital 2016

During the week of 8 - 12 August 2016, State Library of Queensland will join the other state, territory and national libraries of Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the digital collection and preservation activities of our libraries.

Each of the five days will focus on a different theme:

Monday 8 August – Science and Space
Tuesday 9 August – Indigenous Voices
Wednesday 10 August – Truth and History
Thursday 11 August – Digital Lifestyles
Friday 12 August – Play

The week coincides with the 25th anniversary of the internet.  At midday on each day, a video will be released on SLQ's website, featuring an interview with an expert in the field of that day’s topic:

Dr Alan Duffy (Science and Space)
Dr Alan Duffy is an astronomer and science expert at the Centre for Astrophysics and Computing at Swinburne University, Melbourne.

Dr Rachael Ka’ai-Mahuta (Indigenous Voices)
Dr Rachael Ka’ai-Mahuta is Senior Lecturer, Associate Director: Te Whare o Rongomaurikura – The International Centre for Language Revitalisation at the Auckland University of Technology.

John Birmingham (Truth and History)
Author and journalist John Birmingham’s books include He Died With a Falafel In His Hand and Leviathan: an unauthorised biography of Sydney, for which he won the National Award for Non-fiction. His most recent fiction series is the Dave Hooper trilogy.

Dr Rebecca Huntley (Digital Lifestyles)
Dr Rebecca Huntley is a social researcher and writer with degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in Gender Studies. She is currently Senior Editor & Director of Insights & Research at Mama Mia Women's Network.

Steven O’Donnell and Stephanie Bendixsen, aka Bajo and Hex (Play)
Steven O'Donnell and Stephanie Bendixsen are Australia’s best known video game critics, writing and presenting ABC TV’s Good Game and its companion shows, Good Game Spawn Point and Good Game: Pocket Edition.

Collecting digital content is not new to libraries – however our communities are not always aware of this activity.  Born Digital 2016 provides resources that you can use to promote digital collecting in libraries.  It will be a source of information for the public and staff alike, with links to advice on caring for your digital collections, and information about donating digital collections to the library.

If you are active in the social media space, please feel free to tweet/retweet the event - hashtag: #borndigital2016, and promote on Facebook, Instagram, and other social sharing platforms.

You may also want to screen the daily videos for staff and/or members of the public.  The videos will be available via the SLQ website.

It is hoped that Born Digital week will become an annual event so your feedback regarding interest and ideas on activities will be greatly appreciated for Born Digital 2017.  Please forward any suggestions to Regional Partnerships.

Last updated
3rd August 2016