ARC Linkage Projects

Monash University is the administering organisation, unless otherwise indicated.


Legal and social dynamics of ebook lending in Australia’s public libraries


Australian Research Council


Linkage Project





Chief Investigator(s)

Dr Rebecca Giblin (Monash University – Faculty of Law)
A/Prof Kimberlee Weatherall (University of Sydney),
Prof Julian Thomas (Swinburne University of Technology)
Prof Geoffrey Webb  (Monash University – School of IT)

Partner organisations

National and State Libraries
Australian Library and Information Association LTD
State Library of Western Australia
State Library of New South Wales
State Library of South Australia
Yarra Plenty Regional Library service
Gold Coast City Council
Brisbane City Council


Ebooks have tremendous beneficial potential, particularly for Australians in remote areas and those with impaired mobility or vision. Compared to physical books however, the rights of libraries to acquire and lend them are severely restricted. This project brings together 8 library partners with legal, social and data science researchers to investigate ebook lending practices and understand their social impacts. Building upon that evidence base, the project will identify ways of reforming policy, law, and practice to help libraries fulfil their public interest missions. This project seeks to cast new light on libraries’ social and cultural roles in the digital age, and enable them to extract more value from existing public investments.


Project number and title

A/Prof Paula Gerber
Prof Lynette Russell (Monash Indigenous Centre, Faculty of Arts, Monash University)
A/Prof Cecily Freemantle (The University of Melbourne)
Ms Melissa Castan

Partner organisations: Clayton Utz Solicitors
Equal Opportunity Commission
Hills Community Support Group
Plan International Australia, Tangentyere Council
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Cooperative


Duration: 2012-2014

Closing the gap on Indigenous birth registration

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A/Prof Jonathan Clough
Prof James Ogloff (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences)
Mr Rudy Monteleone (Supreme Court of Victoria)

Partner organisation:
Department of Justice, Victoria


Duration: 2011-2014

Asking the right questions: improving juror comprehension of judicial directions

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A/Prof Chris Trotter (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences)
Dr Catherine Flynn (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences)
Dr Bronwyn Naylor
Prof Paul Collier (Faculty of Business and Economics)
A/Prof David Baker (Faculty of Arts)
Dr Kay McCauley-Elsom (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences)
Dr Anna Eriksson (Faculty of Arts)

(Administered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University)

Partner organisations:
Department of Human Services, Vic
Department of Human Services Victoria-Child Safety Commissioner
Department of Justice, Victoria
Prison Fellowship Australia - Victoria, SHINE for Kids Co-operative Ltd
VACRO - Victorian Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders


Duration: 2011-2013

The impact of incarceration on children's care: a strategic framework for good care planning

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