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e-BULLETIN No. 90 – 30 October 2011


Hon Editor, Dr Ruth S. Kerr




1) Collections management software selection


2) Copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives


3) Cultural tourism in Australia: a national conversation


4) New book on Australian historical landscape


5) Local history - Mid-Richmond Historical Society Inc



1) Collections management software selection


The FAHS is currently examining the collection management software that is being used in Australia so that we can offer advice on what we consider most suitable for societies. In the meantime, if you are looking at acquiring software this Canadian website might be useful – although it is intended for larger organisations than our small societies.

(Source: FAHS President – 22 September 2011)


2) Copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives


International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has begun a campaign in support of their Draft Treaty on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives (TLIB) in the lead up to the upcoming meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), scheduled in November this year.  IFLA has been working with WIPO Member States to gain support for a binding international instrument on copyright exceptions and limitations, to enable libraries to preserve their collections, support education and research, and lend materials.  IFLA is asking libraries and advocacy groups worldwide to commence lobbying government contacts responsible for library copyright issues. Information on the Treaty is available here.


(Source: aliaAGLIN – 21 September 2011)


3) Cultural tourism in Australia: a national conversation


Thursday 10 November 2011, 5.30-7.00pm, Museum of Chinese Australian History, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne


A special event has been organised to address issues of cultural tourism. The flyer for the event covers the following summary:


In past decades Australian tourism policy has focused on stimulating demand. Investment in well resourced, attractive tourism product is now considered essential.


The Australian Government’s National Long-Term Tourism Strategy states that ‘the future of tourism will depend on ensuring the industry provides compelling and sustainable experiences to consumers’ and that the value of natural, cultural and heritage assets is ‘likely to become increasingly important as consumers actively seek sustainable and authentic tourism experiences’. The Federal Government believes that these experiences are drawn from the four broad themes which differentiate Australia in the current international market - indigenous culture, landscapes, sophisticated cities and regions, and the ‘Australian people’.


Accordingly questions have to be considered, such as:


Can the existing cultural tourism industry in Australia rise to the challenges that currently assail all developed destinations in terms of changing markets and demand?


What changes in policy are needed to aid its adaptation to new markets, new technologies and the demand for the ‘unique and exceptional’ which underpins the experience economy?


Do these conditions provide the impetus for rethinking the way Australia has performed cultural tourism in the past?


Presenters include

historian Dr Richard White - University of Sydney,
Associate Professor of Tourism Sue Beeton - La Trobe University,
Dr Tim Winter Senior Research Fellow - University of Western Sydney and
Mr Mark Wang – Deputy Chairman of the Museum of Chinese Australian History.


Please RSVP to Ms Amber Thomas –
or +61 3 9903 4073 by Monday November 7, 2011.


The event is free of charge. Places are limited so please reserve a seat asap.


(Source: National Trust of Australia (Victoria) - 5 October 2011)


4) New book on Australian historical landscape


The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage. (Allen & Unwin , 434 pages, $49.95 (hardback)). The book is a landmark publication outlining Aboriginal exploitation and management of the Australian landscape. It is based on settlers’ observations and records.


(Source: Reviewed in Weekend Australian  8-9 October 2011, Review p.20)


5) Local history - Mid-Richmond Historical Society Inc


The Historical Society’s museum is located in the original Woodburn Council chambers in Adam Street, Coraki, northern New South Wales. The Society has been operating for more than 30 years. Its strengths are its focus on the history of the use of the Richmond River and the role of the early settlement as a northern port. The Society aims to present the history of the towns of Coraki, Woodburn, Evans Head, Broadwater and their surrounds. The Richmond River Herald 1886-1942 (Coraki) and Clarence and Richmond Examiner 1873-1887 (Grafton) are available on microfilm for research. Opening hours: Wednesday 10am – 3pm; Saturday 1-4pm; or by appointment. Contact: Phone 02 6683 2838. Mr Ron Parker is President and retired surveyor, Mr Noel Flaherty is Research Officer.


(Source:; personal visit 3 September 2011)