Field of dreaming: if you build it they will come

Tania Schafer, State Library of Queensland

Poster presentation
Tuesday 30 August 2016, 12:30pm - 12:45pm


Field of Dreaming is an ideology based on the movie “Field of Dreams”, where the main character builds a baseball field in the middle of nowhere and due to a variety of circumstances, people from long distances visit it and pay for the experience. 

Field of Dreaming is a shift of the diameter to “Field of Dreams” in which libraries build a digital library structure which allows easy access to Indigenous collections, that has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote and outer suburbia locations visiting library’s. 

Field of dreaming is more than digitizing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections, it is about “opening” a system that will allow librarians to service Indigenous clients in accordance to their search term abilities and needs. 

There may not be any financial gain, but the sharing of information can have historical value for all Australians.

It took me several years to gain my qualification and understand the library system in order to open up an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection.

Field of Dreaming is about my ten year journey on opening up an Aboriginal genealogical collection known as the Norman Tindale Collection to provide a system for librarians to service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

My paper is supported with long-term statistical feedback of the Norman Tindale Collection to show the need to prioritise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections was and is a valuable commodity to the library environment. 

I have provided phases used by me for other professional policy makers to improve on.  For if you (libraries and archives) build it, we (Indigenous people) will come.  

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