Fiona Blackburn, Senior Archivist, Manuscripts, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), is an Australian with English and European heritage. She has worked in libraries and archives for eleven years, beginning at Alice Springs Public Library as Special Collections Manager. This is where she started thinking about the cross-cultural provision, completing a Master in Information Management which included research into cultural competence and libraries.
At AIATSIS, she is joining in discussions about provenance, arrangement, and description so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait experience is not always presented as a subaltern one, and how to facilitate the right of reply to records. In addition to acknowledging Traditional Owners and their care for country, she acknowledges that the willingness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ willingness to engage with libraries and archives enables her to do her job.