cardiCast episode 74 – Siobhán Motherway

In this episode of cardiCast, Siobhán Motherway, Manager, Public Information at Museums Victoria, shares insights about the important work of the Ask Us team based at Melbourne Museum in facilitating access to collections, research, identifying specimens and artefacts, and processing donation offers. We also reflect on Siobhán’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Philosophy, Master of Cultural Heritage (Hons), and her fascinating PhD research (currently on hold) analysing case studies of the use of soundscapes in museum exhibitions. Also talented in pottery, follow her work @siobhan.the.potter and see some of her beautiful pieces in the Treasures of the Natural World exhibition when Melbourne Museum reopens.

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cardiCast episode 72 – Megan Cassar

In this episode of cardiCast, Megan Cassar, Project Manager, Exhibitions at the National Communications Museum shares what it has been like to manage the development of a new museum due to open in 2022 during a pandemic. Megan also reflects on how she started out as a forensic photography student at RMIT, moved into publishing textbooks, then volunteered at Melbourne Museum which led to working as an Operations Coordinator for the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery, then later Project Managing the Exhibition Productions team at Museums Victoria, moving in to work as a Production Coordinator at the Science Gallery at University of Melbourne, then finally her current role at the National Communications Museum. Megan also discussed how work in her field is often contract based, which is always difficult in uncertain times that we are living in. Perhaps a lesson learned from Megan is to follow your passion and see where it takes you.

We hope you’re enjoying this series of cardiCast.

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GLAM Blog Club September – Top 5 ‘Favourite’

My, my… it’s September already. Top 5 ‘Weird’ for August turned out to be strangely fitting, eh?

Although there isn’t really a huge amount of top 5’s there is certainly enough weird and delightful blog treats to go around. But if you want a straight up wild and weird top 5 of Museum finds, then check out Nik’s post. It’s a little bit freaky.

If you want to go exploring the oddest corners of the internet, however… maybe try these:

Do you know what Software Gardening is? Or Inventive Robots?
Did you know about the Untitled Drawing Club and virtual tours around the world?
Maybe you can commiserate with a little PhD Loopy La-Las, or work how the who and why of a digitally dexterous workforce and the accompanying copyright?
Did you want a little bit of weird historical fact about Matilda of England and Vera Deakin?
What is the best way to make public spaces successful (and not weird at all)?
What will libraries look like in a world Post COVID (a prospect that is appearing to be a little weirder everyday), as well as a museum streaming service (oh la la!)?
Last, but not least, some W.E.I.R.D steps to a greener library

Through September the theme is top 5 ‘Favourite’

It’s spring- let’s spread a little bit of joy where we can!


cardiCast episode 71 – Nick Henderson

It’s been awhile since we published our last episode back at the start of 2020. As we could no longer host cardiParties, we ran out of recordings for cardiCast. We concentrated our efforts on cardiShorts, but now it’s time to bring back cardiCast with a series of Zoom interviews with members of our incredible GLAM community.

Our first episode in this series is with Nick Henderson, Curator at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA), and volunteer curator and archivist at the Australian Queer Archives. We discuss the role of curator at NFSA and how that has changed over the last few years. Digital engagement with collections via social media and online; and accessing collections during a pandemic. LGBTIQA+ representation in collections, exhibitions and the GLAM community.

We hope you enjoy this new series.

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GLAM Blog Club April – Obsession

Well, well, well… 
The beginning of March was a weird little blip for one of the cardiCommittee (that member being me), so the theme of PIRATE got a run for 2 months!
Are there a lot of blog posts about the GlamBlogClub theme for adventure and derring-do?
This is debatable.
Are there a lot of blog posts to cover?
My word, yes there are. 
So let’s get to it.

Here are some Pirate posts: 

Archiving Pirate Genders – Transgressive Archivist 
3 ways to remain true to your goals, like The Dread Pirate Roberts (AKA Westley) from The Princess Bride – Avril Cross

For those that so want to sail the seven seas of (other) information…

Research and writing (the treasure maps of academia)
Semi-Structured Interview tips – Niamh Quigley 
What I wish I had Know at the Start of My Masters Project – Niamh Quigley
How to Write a More Compelling Sentence – The Thesis Whisperer
Getting Creative with The Discussion Section – The Thesis Whisperer
Emerging Trends in Academic Libraries. By Which I Mean: Puppies – David Whitteveen 

If you want to catch up on conferences, then these links may offer some bounteous GLAM booty:

Rebecca Lush wrote an extensive coverage of the MuseumNext Digital Summit Day One, Two, Three, Four and Five.
Lib_idol and their treatise on IFLA elections and International involvement.
Get down with your bad miniconf self and Re-live the Excitement of Generous and Open GLAM 2021 with Hugh Rundle.

Hugh has also sailed off into the sunset with quite a few Marginalia posts on Viral Computing, Histories and FuturesWhen Your Boss is A Robot and The Beautiful and Surprising. If that wasn’t enough there is a post on How to Write a Static Site Generator in 30 Lines or Less

In some kind of virtual/intellectual sword fight, Matt Finch/Mechanical Dolphin has bested Hugh for sheer volume of blogs (eight pieces… or is that pieces of eight? Too much?) with the following: 
Interview with Mark Stewart Part 1, Strategy as Dance, The Lusory Attitude: Interview with Florence Engasser, “Whose Futures Matter?” Gender, Identity and Strategic Foresight, Closing the Loop, A Discomfort Watch, Fandom and Literacy – A Conversation with Ludi Price and Endlessly Repeating Days.

If you are into well dressed adventurers, spending time with Nicole Jenkins and the following: Mary Quant at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Frocks, Fashion and Flinders Lane, Women of the Woorayl Shire and Australian Modernist Dress of the 60’s and 70’s.

Other gem’s in the Blogging treasure chest: 

Employment in our sector can be a challenge at the moment, so if you have recently found yourself looking for work, you may find spending time with Danielle Johanesen worthwhile. Seb Chan wrote a really interesting piece on collecting things and ACMI Lens – if user experience and data collection is your jam, you should totally check this out. Andrew Kelly has also raised some interesting tensions in growth and ethics, that are well worth a read. If you want to learn more of the challenge of being autistic and working in the Library Sector, then spend a little time with Alissa’s take on their experiences. Katherine Gehrke gave 3 good tips about how to continue to live sustainably in an ever changing world, because finding ways to help save the planet is as equally as important as reading a good book. However, if you are looking for a good book (because let’s not be binary about these things), you can check out Snail’s recent reads. Are medieval tiles your thing? Why not make them your thing- Historical Ratbag will show you how! Last, but certainly not least, Sam Searle’s dive into the issues of  non-use of preferred names and things to consider when facing inclusion issues in library systems. 

April’s theme is OBSESSION, so the punny lean into the previous theme seems somehow more fitting now. 


Make sure to tag your posts with ‘GLAM Blog Club’ so people can find your blog, and the tag #GLAMBlogClub when sharing on socials. Join our rad community by registering your blog with Aus GLAM Blogs. We look forward to reading what you write, whether on theme or not – See you next month!


cardiShorts episode 12 – Clare Presser

I’m the Digital Library Activation Specialist for Newcastles Libraries. It would be remiss of me to not acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which this video was captured. The Digital Library sits where the lands of the Awabakal and Worimi people meet and I would like to pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.  

Newcastle Libraries opened this new library space in early September of this year. It was a (very) soft launch, due to health concerns around the pandemic. Due to low community transmissions, staff at Newcastle Libraries can elect to wear masks during customer service shifts – I thought it easier to talk to the camera without. I am using a stylus instead of my fingers for the touch screen technology and we have cleaners that wipe down the screen every hour.

A full tour of the library service normally takes anywhere between half an hour to an hour (depending on questions) so 10 minutes was a challenge, which was fuelled by my slightly chaotic end-of-day energy. Many thanks to my colleague Steve Benko-Nehme for holding my phone for me whilst I scampered about the place.

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 hello@newcardigan.org.