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IMS 5048: Information Continuum -- Assessment

Assignment three:

The ICM, memory and Bringing them home.

Worth: 10%. Due: 21 September 2005.

Several of the recommendations in the Bringing Them Home report relate to information management. Comment on the report's implications for the information professions, with particular reference to the ICM and Giddens' on memory.

See the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1997), Bringing them home: Report of the national inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families , Commonwealth of Australia

( http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/special/rsjproject/rsjlibrary/hreoc/stolen/ ). The report can be downloaded via: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/special/rsjproject/rsjlibrary/hreoc/stolen/prelim.html#down.

Consider the following questions:

1.What role are information managers playing in this process? See references to ‘libraries', ‘knowledge', ‘system' and ‘archives' in the report.

2.What role should they be playing?

3.Who are the main actors in Bringing them home ?

4.What are the main structures in Bringing them home ?

5.What does this case tell us about the politics of memory?

For background information on this report, also visit HREOC's home page at

http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/index.html .


Graeme Johanson 30 August 2005.

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