Hello, my name’s Alissa and I’m a librarian, residing at the intersection of metadata and technology. Currently I work as a web archivist, saving the Australian internet from itself and organising archived web resources for improved discovery and accessibility. My professional interests include critical and radical cataloguing, post-MARC bibliographic formats, Indigenous theories of knowledge in the GLAM sector and the environmental impact of library work.
I am Information Officer for the ALIA Community on Resource Description (ACORD) and a Committee member for VALA—Libraries, Technology and the Future. I have no formal involvement with newCardigan, but I think they’re brilliant and I think you should join. 🙂
This blog is a collection of thoughts and opinions across my library career, mostly about cataloguing but sometimes about other things. Some of my views have changed over time. Please don’t assume that a post on a given topic necessarily embodies my current thoughts on that topic. (Feel free to ask me instead!)
You may have seen/heard me:
- on episode 18 of the Turbitt & Duck library podcast, where I spend an hour talking about cataloguing, zines and critical librarianship
- on the New Librarians’ Symposium 9 program, where I spoke about cataloguing and also about zines (are you sensing a theme here)
- on the VALA Tech Camp 2019 program, where I presented a workshop on OpenRefine, and was also on the organising committee
- on ALIA’s 2018 Library Heroes list, which is acutely embarrassing and also a great honour
- on Twitter, because I live on that website, and it’s a problem
If you need to reach me Twitter is probably your best option, but you can also email me at hello AT lissertations DOT net.
This blog is archived by the National Library of Australia’s Pandora service and is accessible here.
My opinions are licensed under CC-BY and are definitely not those of my employer.