cardiShort 18 – John Patten

John Patten is a Bundjalung-Yorta Yorta man on his father’s side, and a descendant of First Fleet convicts, Irish rebels and the Saami people of Lapland via his mother. John is Manager of Diversity and Belonging at Museums Victoria.

In this cardiShort, John walks through the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation where he lives in Sunbury, talking about the local native trees and their cultural significance. The theme for NAIDOC Week this year is Heal Country.

cardiShorts episode 16 – Bridget Hanna

Bridget Hanna, Digital Programs Producer at Museums Victoria, pivoted from providing programs in a digital learning lab to online experiences during lockdown in Melbourne. Learn more about this process and some of the major projects and innovative solutions Bridget and her team achieved over the past few months.

Bridget Hanna manages digital learning experiences at Museums Victoria. She is an enthusiastic creative arts producer, curator, author and educator who is responsible for onsite, online and virtual digital learning experiences at Museums Victoria and for the creative content and programming of Melbourne Museum’s digital Learning Lab.

cardiShorts episode 14 – Sophie Shilling

In this episode Sophie Shilling, Digital Information Specialist at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), shares what it’s been like to start a new job during COVID lockdown in Melbourne, and has some thoughts and links she’d like to share in her blog below.

“I’m the Digital Information Specialist at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), and during the pandemic I’ve been living and working on Boonwurrung land. I started working for BoM in the middle of Stage 4 restrictions, so I’ve never actually worked in the office. I had to get creative to make this video, as the restrictions of being new in the role and of COVID-19 meant that I couldn’t give a tour or even a virtual tour, so instead I’m answering 73 Questions á la Vogue about the job, starting in lockdown, working from home, and how I got to where I am.

For the first half of 2020 I was managing the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s digital collections and answering the curliest of questions at Museums Victoria. You’ll see in the video that it is clearly Christmastime – as of filming I had been working at BoM for less than six months. It’s been a big change from small cultural collections to an agency with data and information in the order of petabytes.

I hope you find the video enjoyable and informative – I’ve linked the bits and pieces referenced throughout below. My thanks to Paul O’Farrell for helping produce the video – all I did was talk, really, It would be remiss of me not to credit him here as cameraman, director, producer, editor, disembodied voice, and chief font detective to get it to look juuust like the Vogue videos.

Podcasts: Still Processing and The Subtlety of It. Virtual GLAM: Coffs Collections, WDPD2020 video, Bayard Bioblitz. TV recommendation: Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty. Book recommendations: Sand Talk – Tyson Yunkaporta, and All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr. Sign the Open Letter to RMIT University Senior Executive to keep running the awesome Master of Information Management course.”

GLAM Blog Club October: Failure

Our theme for the September GLAM Blog Club was Discovery. From what I’ve heard a lot of our Melbourne cardies were busy discovering places less than 5k from their homes (how long has that park been there?!).

Posts matching our theme were a bit light on with the Transgressive Archivist writing about Discovering Records of Same Gender Attraction.

We also have Alissa discovering how to catalogue jigsaw puzzles.

And Bonnie reflects on the GO GLAM mini conference all the way back in January.

We can stretch the theme a little and highlight some of the other great blogs from last month:

Thesis Whisperer gave us a post about ‘discovering’ research jobs during what I’m calling ‘The Year Of Hell‘.

Transgressive Archivist also gave us a post looking at Transgender knowledge and archival practice, which is well worth a read.

Bonnie looks back at the ‘before time’, and reflects on GLAMSLAM.

Sam wrote about career planning.

Nikki reflected on five years being a librarian.

If you want your historical fix, Ellen has you covered with part two of Henry the Young King, and St Govan’s Chapel.

We don’t have a guest blogger this month (if you’d like to volunteer for a future guest blog post, shoot us an email). So you can get cracking straight away on your Blog Club post for October on the theme of Failure.

Remember to tag your blog post GLAM Blog Club and use the hashtag #GLAMBlogClub on social media. Registering on the Aus GLAM Blogs site makes it easier for everyone to find your blog!

cardiShorts episode 7 – Melissa Begg

Melissa Begg hosted a cardiParty back in June 2017, sharing her experiences during an industry placement at the Hugh M Hefner Moving Image Archive at the University of Southern California which is available to listen to on cardiCast.

In this episode of cardiShorts, Mel, who is a News Librarian and Weather Producer at Channel Nine in Melbourne, shares her experiences working from home, ironing out workflows with co-workers, accessing databases remotely, cataloguing new footage and finding archival footage for news stories. Mel takes us on a tour of the News Library and the newsroom, where she produces the weather. Thank you Mel for these fascinating insights into your work during lockdown.

Do you work in GLAM and would you like to do a short video for cardiShorts? For beginner filmmakers, Andrew Kelly has written a blog with some helpful pointers. If you’re interested in submitting a cardiShort, please contact us at