VALA2020 Session 15 Jefford

A Cadillac, a collection and a community

This session is sponsored by Bibliotheca

Thursday 13 February 2020, 2:55 – 3:25

Adam Jefford
  • Lead, Exhibitions
  • State Library of Queensland
Chenoa Pettrup
  • Program Officer, Strategic Engagement
  • State Library of Queensland

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The Frank and Eunice Corley House Photographs collection comprises over 60,000 unsold house photographs that were donated to State Library in 1995. Enhancing the usability and user experience of this collection was a project that spanned 23 years. State Library collaborated with the local community early to develop a grassroots approach to identifying basic location data. Later, it worked with artists, researchers and the general public to foster new understandings of the collection. This paper will highlight how digital tools and analogue processes were integral to facilitating these diverse interpretations.

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