- Position title:
- Head of Information, Library and Enquiry Services
- Documentary Heritage
- Contact Michaela
I am an information professional with experience in memory institutions in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Currently, I am responsible for managing the Museum’s documentary heritage collections and making them available for researchers, as well as leading the Museum-wide approach for customer information enquiries.
Research interests and projects
The Museum's Documentary Heritage collections are nationally significant with particular strengths in photography, manuscripts, maps, ephemera, Auckland history, war history, exploration and natural sciences. Access to these collections and knowledge about them and their connections with the object collections are among the essential raw material for exhibitions, programmes and events for family, formal education and tourist audiences.
My particular interest is in effective services which seamlessly utilise physical, digital and social media tools. I led the development of Online Cenotaph which signals a sea change in heritage collection development by harvesting and publishing citizen researcher information alongside museum collections.
I’m also focusing on developing collections for future generations – as Documentary Heritage is now largely created in digital format, it could readily be lost if we don't have proactive relationships in place with creators and agile ways of collecting and curating this material. I would welcome opportunities to share ideas with those working on similar strategies.
Selected research publications
- Merito, E., O'Donovan, M. (2014). Guidelines and Procedures for the Use of Māori Images, Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland War Memorial Museum.
- O'Donovan, M., Passau, V. (2015). How can social media tools really augment heritage collections? Paper presented at the LIANZA Conference Karanga Rā, Wellington, New Zealand.
- Macnaught, B., O'Donovan, M. (2012). The National Library of New Zealand Bicultural Implementation Roadmap: from compliance to creativity through achievement. Paper presented at the World Library and Information Congress: 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Helsinki, Finland.
- O'Donovan, M. (2005). Anyquestions.co.nz – from trepidation to exhilaration. Paper presented at the LIANZA Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.
- O'Donovan, M. (2004). ANYQUESTIONS.CO.NZ – Online help for school students. Paper presented at the LIANZA Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. http://www.lianza.org.nz/sites/default/files/anyquestions_odonovan.pdf
- Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) New Zealand Post Management Excellence Award for Process Management
- Government Information System Managers' Forum (GOVIS) Buzzie Award for Technology and Society
- Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) 3M Award for Innovation in Libraries
- Finalist: Technology Users' Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) Education Innovation Award 2005
- Yankee Book Pedlar Award for Collection Management 2003