Collections Council of Australia
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The Collections Council of Australia is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2004, that focuses on the collections sector throughout Australia, including archives, galleries, libraries and museums. The Collections Council was established to ensure nation-wide stability of collections by consulting with key stakeholders to resolve common issues and promote value of the sector. The Collections Council employs 3 staff in its main office in Adelaide, South Australia.
Exposure Draft - Collections Law
Exposure Draft of Collections Law: Legal Issues for Australian Archives, Galleries, Libraries and Museums is a free online publication, authored by Shane Simpson. It is being released in stages, as chapters are completed.
Version 0.1 of the book is an Exposure Draft. The book can be read online where the reader is able to add comments throughout each chapter. Alternatively, individual chapters (or the book in its entirety at the time) in PDF format can be downloaded and printed.
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The Collections Council of Australia received a grant from the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts to produce Collections Law: Legal Issues for Australian Archives, Galleries, Libraries and Museums as an online publication.
This publication, authored by Shane Simpson, focuses on the subject of the business and law of public collecting organisations in Australia. It is intended that the book be suitable as a reference guide for public museums, libraries, archives and galleries in Australia.
The aim is to release the publication for free on the website in PDF format as either individual chapters or the book in its entirety. Though a set of Exposure Drafts, the Collections Council wanted an easy way for readers of the publication to add comments and feedback throughout each chapter with the goal to update chapters based on comments provided by the public.
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