• ‘Imagining the library of the future’ (published in INCITE, September/October 2021)


I wrote a piece for the magazine of the Australian Library and Information Association about how the future of the library has been imagined over the past century. I highlighted three of these visions—Otlet’s ‘Mundaneum’, the memex, and H.G. Well’s ‘World Brain’—and whose world views they reflect (and whose they don’t). I sought to to challenge the imperial logic built into the idea that all human knowledge can be harnessed by technology using some kind of universal system. We still hear these ideas touted about, so I hope this article goes some way in providing some historical context and a critical framework in which to understand them. The article is available online.

  • ‘Defining and inscribing ‘multicultural library services’ in Australia’ (published in the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, February 2021)


This is a critical history of the use of multiculturalism as a framework to recognise and accommodate difference in Australian libraries, with a focus on the activities of the Working Group on Multicultural Library Services (Victoria). The paper was published in a special issue of the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association on ‘Libraries and the Community: Representing and Reflecting Cultural Diversity in Library Research, Policy and Practice’, March 2021. The guest editors for the issue were Dr Jodie Boyd and Associate Professor Ian McShane. The published article is behind a paywall, however the accepted manuscript is available open access via the RMIT Research Repository.
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