Invitation to RAILS

An  invitation to the 2022 Research Application in Information and Library Studies (RAILS) Conference. RAILS is Australasia’s premier research conference for information and library studies and related disciplines. This annual conference brings together educators, researchers and practitioners within GLAM sector to encourage a culture of informed and innovative research practice. Sadly, a face to face RAILS has been delayed for two years now, so academics in Charles Sturt University’s School of Information and Communication Studies have planned a smaller, online version of the conference for 2022.

“Off the RAILS: Changing Research for Changing Times” is a FREE online conference bringing together selected invited speakers over two half days on the 29th and 30th of November 2022 (AEDT). Speakers and programme information can be found here including an international timezone program. You will need to register your intention to attend the conference to get the Zoom link. Please register for the conference using this page on Eventbrite. There will also be a Doctoral Showcase which will include a series of short presentations from research students. If you are a doctoral student studying at a university in Australasia, with a research project related to the GLAM sector, and would like to present your research to date as part of the Doctoral Showcase, please contact Prof Philip Hider by Friday the 11 November at and also register online.

Social control and whitness in the history of Australian libraries

At 5 AM Thursday the 16th of June Australian Eastern Standard Time (3 PM EDT Wednesday 15th June) Drs Mary Carroll, Louise Curham (School of Information and Communication Studies) and Holly Randell-Moon (School of Indigenous Australian Studies) joined their US colleagues to present an online paper as part of the American Library History Round Table (LHRT) research seminar.  You can find a little more about their presentations on the blog of the Charles Sturt University Library Research Group Blog.

International Podcasts and blogs

If you would like to know a little more about libraries and archives in other parts of the world try these podcasts and blogs

IFLA Library History SIG

Archives Fever

Libraries Research Group blog

A reflection of the origins of Australian public libraries

Australian public libraries by design

SICS Radio


Library and information history group blog

Fight to save the historic libraries of Burnington House UK

THe Society of Antiquaries of London have launched a campaign to save their historic libraries based in Burlington House. with rents for their space having increased by 3,100% since 2012 the Society and its 300 year old library may be forced to move. Find out more about these collections and the campaign here

50th Anniversary of the Killam Memorial Library illustrated Tour

A “Brutalist” Beauty: the Killam Library on its 50th anniversary will hold an online illustrated tour of the library.

The Killam Memorial Library officially opened in March 1971. On the 50th anniversary of this landmark building’s opening, the origins of the Killam Library, why it looks the way it does, and what other buildings on campus and across Canada are its “siblings”will be explored. Professor Christine Macy, former Dean of the Faculty of Architecture & Planning, will take an illustrated tour of the Killam Library, interpreting it through the lens of post-WWI reconstruction in Europe and nation-building in Canada. Details .

From the Albury Library Museum

Nurses on call. Using the collections and resources of the Albury Library and Museum and the Albury Health Library, NSW, Australia, librarian Anna Griffith can be heard narrating the story of midwives and the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum in this region. A great collaboration and example of historical story telling from the library/museum.

Bibliographic Society of Australia and New Zealand

Free registration and open to all this is a great opportuntiy for those interested in book and publishing history to attend virtually at no cost.

Bookings for the BSANZ 2020 conference ‘The History of the Book and the Future of the World’ are now open. Registration is free and you can tune in from anywhere in the world. If you’re lucky enough to live in South Australia you can attend in person – and even if you’re not, depending on the state of the borders at the time, you would be welcome to visit Adelaide for the occasion.

The registration link is: