Future GLAM: Convergence and collaboration in the cultural heritage sector

Future GLAM: Convergence and collaboration in  the cultural heritage sector

Deakin University, Melbourne, Friday 8th June 2018

We are delighted to announce the forthcoming symposium, organised in conjunction with the Museums and Galleries  Australia annual conference and with the support of Museums Australia (Victoria) and the Heritage and Indigeneity research group of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University.

Convergence across Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) has been the focus of much recent academic and professional debate. A challenging funding context, the potentially transformative digital environment, heightened and increasingly diverse expectations of the role of cultural heritage within society, employment mobility and insecurity, and the emergence of new organisational forms are challenging GLAM practice. This not only disrupts existing ways of working but also raises questions about the training, support, and ongoing professional development needed for those who work in the sector.

This one-day symposium, an adjunct to the Museums Australia ‘Agents of Change’ conference, aims to bring together students, emerging professionals, academics, and practitioners interested in ideas of convergence and collaboration in GLAM and cultural heritage more generally, to share their experiences and to reflect on an exciting but uncertain future. In particular we are interested in:

  • How might we understand convergence and collaboration in the transformative digital environment?
  • What are the exemplars?
  • What might we learn from international initiatives such as the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), Europeana or the mergers of institutions and functions both in Australia and abroard?
  • What are the drawbacks to convergence? What are the constraints that this might impose?
  • What can different GLAM institutions learn from each other?
  • What is it like to work in a converged environment?
  • What new approaches to Cultural heritage – tertiary sector collaboration are there?
  • What might teaching and learning, and continuing professional development look like in a converged sector?
  • What support might the Cultural Heritage sector need from the tertiary sector (and vice versa) so that cultural heritage professionals can be supported as agents of change throughout their career? 

To download the program, please click Future GLAM 2018 program

Keynote speakers: 

Elizabeth (Liz) Jack is Director LINC Tasmania since December 2016, and a member of National State Libraries Association of Australia, and GLAM Peak.

Liz has over 20 years’ experience working within the Tasmanian Government in leadership roles across a range of sectors, including small business, community development and sport and recreation. She is a current Leadership Champion with Tasmanian Leaders Inc and a former Chair and Director of the Fahan School Board. Her previous board positions include Service Tasmania, Tasmanian Leaders Inc and the Australian Innovation Research Centre. Liz graduated with an Honours degree in Modern Languages from McGill University in Montreal. She is an inductee into the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame and is a member of the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women.

Nathan Sentance is a Wiradjuri man who grew up on Darkinjung Country, NSW. He currently works as project officer in First Nations programming at the Australian Museum. Nathan works to ensure that the cultural and historical narratives conveyed by cultural and memory institutions, such galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) have First Nations perspectives and that First Nations stories being told are being told and controlled by First Nations people. This is to balance the biases and misinterpretations of Aboriginal culture and people that has been previously set by GLAM institutions.

Annabel Astbury is the Head of Education at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and is responsible for the strategy and content for all educational products across all platforms. Over the past five years, ABC Education has partnered with the GLAM sector extensively in order to expose existing and new collections to the schools’ audience around Australia.

Cost: $30 (includes lunch and morning and afternoon tea).

Bookings essential:  Please book online via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/future-glam-convergence-collaboration-in-the-cultural-heritage-sector-tickets-42729694667 


Conference organisers

Dr Steven Cooke (Deakin University), Dr Katherine Howard (RMIT), Amelia Marra (Museums Australia (Victoria), Michelle Stevenson (Museums Victoria), Associate Professor Gillian Oliver (Monash University) and Dr Steven Wright (Monash University).