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2013 Annual ASRA Conference


National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, A.C.T.
Wednesday 23rd - Friday 25th October, 2013

2013 Conference Program & Abstracts (PDF)


Conference Theme

This year's conference theme "Access -Ability" explores the many issues faced now and into the future by the AV industries, collecting institutions and related organisations, in order to remain relevant now and into the future. The program will include papers by experts and practitioners with experience from across the AV industries, from researchers, archivists preservation specialists, collectors, oral historians, academics, broadcast professionals and creative practitioners.

The conference will explore approaches to increasing and improving access to sound collections through broadcasting, the use of web sites and other online resources, implementation of new and/or novel access and outreach programs, creative delivery services, preservation to gain access, rights and intellectual property, publications, access in education, Oral histories and field recordings.

As with all ASRA Conferences we plan to celebrate our diversity and are seeking to include papers which explore emerging technologies and business models.


Registration and Membership

Information on registration, accommodation and additional activities will be posted on the ASRA website following the abstract review process.

All presenters are encouraged to be financial members of ASRA. If you would like to become a member of ASRA, please apply using the ASRA Membership page on this web site. Membership application forms will also be provided at the time of conference registration.

For further membership information, please contact:
ASRA Treasurer Bruce Skilton at


Conference Proceedings

ASRA intends to publish select papers presented at the Conference in the ASRA Journal the Australasian Sound Archive, with the view to presenting a cohesive collection. All papers will undergo rigorous review in order to produce a quality publication. Submissions must observe a maximum 4,000-word limit (including List of References).

More information about the submission process will be provided in due course.


Conference Contact

For queries regarding the conference please in the first instance:

  • Convener, Graham McDonald
    National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


  • ASRA President, Matthew Davies
    National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Call For Papers

The conference organising committee are pleased to announce a call for papers and workshop presentations for the 2013 ASRA Conference. This year's conference theme is Access-Ability. The conference will be held at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra. We are looking for papers that examine the issues and challenges that our industries and organisations are currently facing, and what we need to do in order to ensure our relevance into the future.


How to Submit a Proposal

If you are interested in presenting a paper please contact us with a brief outline of your proposal via email to , by 23rd August 2013.

Please use your surname as the document title, as in O'Reilly.docx.

Delegates requiring an extension of this deadline should indicate this in an email to the above address. Proposal will be reviewed by the Conference Organising Committee, and successful applicants advised promptly by email.

Please include in this order:

  • Name of author(s) (as you would like it to appear in the program)
  • Institution or affiliation
  • Contact phone numbers, including international codes
  • Email
  • Title of paper
  • Abstract (250-300 words)
  • 5 keywords for your paper (for programming purposes)


About ASRA

ASRA was formed in 1986, from the Australian Branch of the International Association of Sound Archivists (IASA) and is an association for those interested in recorded sound. The Association is made up of private record collectors, professional sound archivists, radio broadcasters and social historians, consisting of individuals and institutions with a strong interest in sound recording history, its development and all related activities.

ASRA also publishes the Australasian Sound Archive, a bi-annual journal that features papers by fellow professionals in the sound and archival industries and often includes papers delivered at the ASRA annual conference.



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