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Donna McRostie is the Deputy Director, Research and Collection Stewardship within Scholarly Services and currently leads the portfolio responsible for the services, systems and processes that facilitate the acquisition, discovery and access of the scholarly, special and archival collections and developing partnerships to unlock the potential of these collections to support the needs of Melbourne’s scholarly community.
Digital Collections as Urban Placemakers
The University of Melbourne’s Cultural Commons strategy seeks to unlock the breadth of the University’s Cultural Commons in order to reach new and global audiences and inspire scholarship. We will share findings from a global benchmarking study and our steps towards an institutional reimagining of digitisation as a key enabler for engagement and scholarship as well as creating unique placemaking possibilities. As we embed collection items in physical space through projects such as The Digital Bricks, we give visibility to heritage, provide access for community members, and highlight Indigenous knowledge and practice.