Three books that have to go back to the library

This semester, I’ve had three books sitting on my desk from the Curtin Library. I’ve dipped into them for references for my units, and read some parts in depth and other bits I’ve skipped through.

The first of these is Along the archival grain: Epistemic anxieties and colonial sense, by Ann Laura Stoler  (2009). Published by Princeton Press , this book is a look at archives and archival arrangements by an historian and anthropologist. Focusing on the records of Dutch colonialism in the nineteenth century, Stoler uses the lens of the archives to analyse both colonial administrative practice and to provide voice to those not normally heard, and to look at the way in which the records were used to both document and define. This is a work about interpretation and imagination, both crucial tools in using and understanding archives.

The second is the Encyclopedia of archival science, edited by Luciana Duranti and Patricia C. Franks (2015) and published by Rowman and Littlefield . Michael Piggott covers this well in his review in Archives and Manuscripts, so I’ll leave it with him.

The third is The government and copyright, by J.S. Gilchrist (2015), based on his doctoral thesis, and published by Sydney University Press.  Given the current debate around copyright, I may try to hang on to this one a little longer. Dr Gilchrist looks at the rights and responsibilities of the Commonwealth as ‘proprietor, preserver and user of copyright material’, and makes recommendations for government use of copyright materials based on his understanding of the Act and how it is currently interpreted.  A very focused, yet exhaustive, discussion of some of the issues.



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