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2015 Annual ASRA Conference

Play it Forward – Sustainability in a Time of Rapid Change

State Library of NSW
(Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street, Sydney)
Wednesday 18th November to Friday 20th November 2015


Provisional Program Provisional Conference Program (PDF)


Conference Theme

This year's conference theme 'Play It Forward – Sustainability in a Time of Rapid Change' explores the many issues faced by audiovisual collections, collecting institutions and related organisations, in order to remain sustainable into the future. The program will include papers by experts and practitioners with experience from across the audiovisual collections sector, including researchers, archivists, preservation specialists, collectors, oral historians, academics, broadcast professionals and creative practitioners.

The conference will explore is themes including:

  • New funding and business models
  • Knowledge management, succession planning and skills retention
  • Digital collection stewardship
  • Crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and collaborative approaches to sustainability
  • Advocacy, activism and the role of archives in sustaining culture
  • Opportunities and threats from new technologies, platforms and outlets
  • Dealing with obsolescence now and in the future

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



ASRA intends to publish selected papers presented at the Conference in the ASRA Journal the Australasian Sound Archive. More information about the submission process is available on the ASRA Journal Submissions page.


Registration and Membership

All presenters are encouraged to be financial members of ASRA. Membership Applications can be completed online and enables you to obtain a discount on the cost of your conference registration. For further membership information, please contact or visit the ASRA Membership page.


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 professional sound archivists, curators, recording engineers, radio broadcasters, oral and social historians, sound artists, preservation specialists, researchers and private collectors, 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 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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