INF318 Community Histories (8)

This subject provides an introduction to the development and promotion of local history and archive collections. It will examine the role of local histories for a community; the place of libraries in building collections of such histories; and the nature of such collections, focusing on local newspapers, oral history, photographs, other paper-based materials, memorabilia and digital media such as digital photographs, websites and blogs. It will also examine the place of organisational archives in providing a history for an organisation as it evolves over time and place and how such archives may be promoted to management.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF318. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF518

Subject Relationships

INF518 Double coded subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the nature of local history collections and the contribution they can make to understanding a community and its evolution;
  • be able to create the policies and practices involved in developing, managing, preserving and providing access to such collections;
  • be able to manage digital objects in the context of their growing importance as a part of the community record;
  • be able to articulate the need for organisations to develop their own archiving approaches in order to ensure the long term retention and preservation of records relevant to the history of that organisation; and
  • be aware of the various funding and development opportunities that may exist and how they may help in developing collections.


This subject will cover the following topics:

The local history context Traditional history collections The digital impact on local history collections Promotion of and support for local history collections


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.