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.”


cardiShorts episode 13 – Lauren Ellis

In this episode Lauren Ellis, Curatorial Manager at Bendigo Art Gallery, reflects on some of the incredible digital content freely available this year, and lists some recommendations: Dungala Kaiela Oration by Dr Lois Peeler AM; Making Art Work by the Institute of Modern Art; Hyper-linked by Art Gallery of New South Wales; Defining Moments: Australian Exhibition Histories 1968-1999 by Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Third Culture Kids on ABC iView; The AIDS Memorial.

Lauren has added a bonus recommendation, not mentioned in her cardiShort: “Another pod I have loved this year in the lead up to the US election explored the historical and intentional foundations of systemic racism and exclusion – Who We Are hosted by Carvell Wallace (who also hosted the beautiful Finding Fred pod)”.

Lauren shared some beautiful footage of the Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion and the Peta Clancy: Undercurrent exhibitions now open.

Many will remember Lauren from her cardiParty on Racism and Identity in Australia, and a tour of the Identity: your, mine, ours exhibition at the Immigration Museum in July 2017, available to listen to on cardiCast.

Big thank you to Lauren. I can’t wait to visit Bendigo Art Gallery this Summer.

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.


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.


cardiShorts episode 11 – Adria Castellucci

Adria Castellucci, Librarian at the Australian Museum in Sydney, and my hilarious friend from our days studying info management at RMIT, shares what it’s been like working from home. Adria has been working on some fascinating digital engagement projects, digitisation legacy content, and virtual storytime! Adria – you’ve brightened my day, thanks a bunch!

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.


cardiShorts episode 10 – Rose Barrowcliffe

In this episode Rose Barrowcliffe, Butchulla researcher and emerging archive activist at the University of the Sunshine Coast, shares her PhD research in the K’gari Research Archive. Rose’s research is looking at Indigenous representation in archives and historical narratives. Rose is a contributor to the Indigenous Archives Collective and recently wrote a piece on #BlackLivesMatter and Archives in Australia. Thank you Rose, it’s great to see you again after meeting at the ASA conference in Adelaide. Really excited to see where your PhD research takes you.

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.


cardiShorts episode 9 – Rolf Schmidt

In this episode Rolf Schmidt, Collection Manager, Invertebrate Palaeontology at Museums Victoria, talks about working from home, catching up on legacy cataloguing in EMu transferring data from paper accession registers into the electronic collection management system, working on publishing information from Rolf’s PhD in scientific journals, and selecting a fossil for Victoria (voting details later)! Rolf’s cute fluffy cat also makes an appearance! Thank you for sharing your WFH experience with us Rolf. I’m sure many of us can relate to the overwhelmed feeling of uncertainty during these difficult times in isolation. Stay safe and well everyone.

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.