Whyte Lecture 2015

Whyte Lecture 2015

Whyte Lectures
Monday, 07 September 2015
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (AEST)

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Over 100 IT and librarianship professionals attended the annual Whyte Memorial Lecture held this year at the RACV Club in Melbourne.

The Monash Faculty of IT was honoured to welcome Professor Ross Harvey as this year’s presenter at the 2015 Whyte Memorial Lecture held on 15 September. A renowned expert in preservation and newspaper history, Professor Harvey provided a thought-provoking address on best-practice in retaining saving and archiving in the new digital world.

Deputy Dean of the Faculty of IT, Professor Maria Garcia de la Banda, said that although the faculty looks forward to the event every year, this year’s was particularly special.

“This 2015 event coincided with our faculty’s 25 year anniversary. It also marks 40 years of library and information studies teaching and research at Monash – and 40 years since the appointment of Professor Jean Whyte as the foundation chair in the Graduate School of Librarianship in 1975,” said Professor Garcia de la Banda.

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As a former colleague of Jean Whyte, Professor Harvey moved from New Zealand in 1987 to take up a position at Monash University. He has since held academic positions at other universities in Australia, Singapore and the US, most recently at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston. Professor Harvey is now the editor of the Australian Library Journal and Adjunct Professor in Information Management in the School of Business IT and Logistics at RMIT University.

Professor Harvey’s current research and teaching focus on the stewardship and preservation of digital materials in libraries and archives, and on the history of the book. He has undertaken extensive research in Australia and the UK and has worked with the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute at the University of Glasgow and the Digital Curation Centre.

According to Professor Harvey, archivists and librarians must encourage best practice by creators, but they must also keep an open mind about the record-keeping practices of individuals.

“The careful professional practices developed by archivists and record-keepers for the preservation of digital materials are not appropriate in every circumstance. They can be informed and dare I say improved by learning from the practice of individuals,” Professor Harvey said.

Professor Harvey said he was delighted to help celebrate 40 years of librarianship teaching at Monash, and acknowledged the strength of the archival education that began with Professor Whyte’s founding vision.

“Professor Jean Whyte built a school which equips its graduates with a sound grounding in the traditional aspects of librarianship. What’s more, the school also relentlessly encourages students and staff to go beyond traditional borders and build strong relationships with the professions and disciplines they [find] there,” Professor Harvey said.

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About Whyte lectures

Presented by the Faculty of Information Technology and Whyte Fund Committee, this annual oration aims to provide thought leadership and inspiration in the librarianship, archives and records sector by inviting distinguished speakers to share their insights.

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