Issue 9
Monday, 06 June 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
The CDU Library Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages Project Technical Team (from left): Glenn Boyling, Jerome Apresto, Ujjal Kandel, Jessie Ng, Iwona Rohoza, Neil Godfrey and Anthony Hornby
The CDU Library Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages Project Technical Team (from left): Glenn Boyling, Jerome Apresto, Ujjal Kandel, Jessie Ng, Iwona Rohoza, Neil Godfrey and Anthony Hornby

Library team receives award for innovation

By Leanne Miles

A team from the Charles Darwin University Library has taken home an award recognising success and innovation for their role in the preservation of thousands of texts in dozens of Indigenous languages of the Northern Territory.

The Australian Library and Information Association NT Recognition Award encourages recognition of an individual or team working in any sector of the library and information profession in the Northern Territory.

The CDU Library Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages Project Technical Team won the award for Most Innovative Practice in 2016 for their implementation of new services and technologies as part of the living archives project.

The team, led by Library Services Director Anthony Hornby, has been involved in the project since 2012 assisting to preserve endangered texts and stories to promote the use of Indigenous language materials created in remote communities of the NT.

Involved in all technical aspects of the project, the team provided training and equipment to enable the digitisation of print materials and to host the archive on its institutional repository. They have also created a mobile app and enabled ongoing development of a purpose-built web interface.

“Much of the work required innovations to current practices and further development of library and information services,” Mr Hornby said.

Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages project manager and linguist at the Northern Institute Cathy Bow congratulated the team.

“We are so delighted to be working with the library team,” Ms Bow said. “The project would not look like it does today without their amazing support.”

Ms Bow said the archive provided a model for collaborative work between university libraries and academic researchers, where the wide range of skills and knowledge within a library can serve the needs of a research project.

To find out more about the archive visit W: cdu.edu.au/laal/