Highlighting innovation and new ideas in technology, the Library’s Digital Culture Talk is your window into ebooks, social media, digital collecting and preservation, with new ideas for libraries and cultural institutions.

The Library’s Information Technology Division hosts four lectures a year on a variety of topics.

Below are some of the most popular sessions.


Leaving no-one behind: Can Australia be a truly digital nation?

30 October 2015

In Australia, there are 3.7 million people who have never used the internet. On top of this, many Australians who do have internet access are not confident enough to do the basics. To become a truly leading, inclusive and global digital nation we need everyone to become confident internet users by 2020.

Helen Milner talks about her ambition of a 100% digitally empowered world and shares some transformative stories in the hopes of persuading everyone that we can't afford not to collaborate for Australia to succeed in 2016, the National Year of Digital Inclusion, and beyond.

In association with Infoxchange, Go Digi and Australia Post.


Public shaming with Jon Ronson

1 September 2015

Journalist Jon Ronson joined us to discuss how to spot a psychopath and making Twitter more compassionate. Along the way he introduces us to corporate psychopath 'Chainsaw Al', the acceptable level of madness for daytime TV and shaming of Justine Sacco for a badly told joke. Honest and funny, Ronson explores how we can become a mob as he struggles between being funny and betraying his interviewees.

Warningthis audio contains language offensive to some listeners. It includes references to suicide, drug use and violence against women, if this content raises issues of concern you can call Lifeline 13 11 14.


Fresh angles in online news

24 March, 2015

Digital news means we’re never far from the headlines and journalists give up-to-the-second updates on breaking stories. Social media means readers watch news unfold and new services are replacing traditional newspapers.

But in the race for the digital scoop is news losing its depth? Our panel of experts, Sophie Black (Editor in Chief at Private Media), Tim Duggan (Content Director and co-owner of the Sound Alliance) and Paul Daley (author and journalist), sort through the click bait, avoid feeding the trolls and look to the future of news.



Where the book went next

9 December, 2014

How we read has been evolving since the advent of the internet and mobile devices now mean a good read is never more than a tap away. Rich media, e-books, new channels and other technological innovation have re-invented the book for the digital age.

Join our panel of practitioners, including Simon Groth, Manager of if:book Australia, Zoë Sadokierski, Vice President of the Australian Book Designers Association and Charlotte Harper, founder and publisher of Editia, as they discuss the future of books.


Social Media and the Public Sector

16 September, 2014

How do we promote a healthy social media culture within government organisations? From personal to official accounts, our panel of experts will debate the role of social media in celebrating our public institutions.

Join the panel including John Sheridan (Australian Government Chief Technology Officer), Mia Garlick (Head of Policy, Facebook Australia) and Craig Thomler (Managing Director of Delib Australia) to discuss issues of the day.



DigitalNZ: organically grown search goodness

29 July, 2010

As part of the Library's Digital Culture talk series, Andy Neale, Programme Manager of DigitalNZ, talks about how this service grew to 100+ collaborators in 18 months; nurtured with open data, rapid evolution, and charm. DigitalNZ is an initiative to help people find share and use New Zealand digital content.

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8 April, 2010

Liam Wyatt Vice President of Wikimedia Australia discusses the relationship of the cultural sector and the freewheeling online world embodied in Wikipedia, and how they can work together for mutual benefit. Liam is a historian, podcaster and museophile.

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Dr Strangelove or: how I learnt to stop worrying and love the gov

28 September, 2009

Bernard de Broglio, Internet Coordinator at Mosman Council, presents some of his stories of internet life at the local level. Bernard works at the Library within Mosman Council and is doing some amazing things using the web for community engagement.

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Human traffic, general public

4 December, 2008

George Oates gives an insightful overview of the Commons on Flickr and the opportunities it presents for users to interact with the world's public photography archives.

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Information access in technical and scientific literature:  search and you may possibly find

27 June, 2008

Timothy Baldwin presents a frank and accessible account of text-mining techniques developed to enhance information access.

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Back to the future: copyright law, Internet Archive and the Wayback Machine

3 April, 2008

Dr Matthew Rimmer talks about the need to reform digital copyright laws so that digital libraries, such as Internet Archive, can flourish without fear of disruption from copyright owners.

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Online journalism and its impact on traditional media

29 August, 2007

Crikey.com founder Stephen Mayne assesses how online journalism is fundamentally changing traditional media and whether any of the so-called 'user-generated content' of Web 2.0 should even be called journalism.

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