Mander Jones Awards Categories

Category 1A

Publication making the greatest contribution to the archives profession in Australia written by or on behalf of a corporate body. This category is aimed at rewarding publications of superior excellence and usefulness to the field of archives. Weighting is given to:

  • originality of subject, or treatment of subject
  • addressing unmet needs
  • appropriateness for the intended audience
  • appropriateness of design, choice of medium
  • originality of thought, clarity of style and expression, completeness of the argument

Examples of works that might be nominated:

  • a guideline or standard developed by an archival institution
  • a website for archivists /recordkeeping professionals with tools and information to help them do their job

Category 1B

Publication making the greatest contribution to the archives profession in Australia, written or edited by a person in their own right. Same judging criteria as Category 1A. Examples of works that might be nominated include:

  • a collection of essays on recordkeeping / archival theory
  • a monograph on archival theory or practice, or
  • a website by an individual featuring archival tools

Category 2A

Best publication that uses, features or interprets Australian archives, written by or on behalf of a corporate body. This category is aimed at rewarding publications that illuminate archives and archival collections for the community generally, or for a particular community. Weighting is given to:

  • the extent to which archives feature and are explained in the publication
  • featuring archives or archival collections that are less widely known and understood
  • the appropriateness of the design and medium to the subject and audience, and
  • originality of presentation of archives

Examples of works that might be nominated:

  • exhibition catalogues
  • online exhibitions, or
  • magazines for public users of archives

Category 2B

Best publication that uses, features or interprets Australian archives, written or edited by a person in their own right. Same judging criteria as Category 2A. Examples of works that might be nominated include history monographs, essays or articles that feature the use and interpretation of archives.

Category 3

Best finding aid to an archival collection held by an Australian institution or about Australia.

This award is for tools that enable access to and engagement with archival collections, in traditional or innovative formats. Weighting is given to:

  • ease of use, including layout
  • ancillary aids where appropriate eg indexes, maps, glossaries, chronological information or timelines
  • tools that fill a gap, for example assist those researchers or groups who are not experienced with using archives

Examples of works that might be nominated in this category include:

  • traditional finding aids in hardcopy or electronic forms
  • indexes
  • wikis to support collection discovery
  • collection search & discovery interfaces, e.g. visualisations, APIs

Category 4

Best publication produced by an organisation deemed eligible for Category B (Schools, Religious and Non-Profit Organisations) institutional membership of the Society. This award is for a publication produced by a smaller archives institution such as a school or religious organisation. Weighting is given to:

  • addressing unmet needs
  • appropriateness for the intended audience, and
  • adherence to high quality standards in the information presented - not necessarily in terms of ‘slick’ presentation, but, for example, a work demonstrating a thorough understanding of an archival collection and/or detailed and useful advice for users of a collection

Examples of works that might be nominated in this category include:

  • a finding aid, in paper or electronic form,
  • an exhibition guide
  • a website, or
  • a newsletter

Category 5

Best article or chapter about archives written by an Australian in an archives, library, museum or records management journal or within an anthology / monograph. Weighting is given to:

  • originality of subject or treatment of subject
  • addressing unmet needs
  • appropriateness for their intended audience
  • originality of thought, clarity of style and expression, and
  • completeness of the argument

Examples of works that might be nominated in this category include:

  • an essay in an collection of essays on archival theory
  • an article from Archives & Manuscripts or another archives/ records journal

Category 6

Best article or chapter about archives written by an Australian in a journal or newspaper or within an anthology / monograph not primarily intended for archivists or records managers. Weighting is given to similar criteria as for Category 5, in addition, weighting should be given to articles that reach an audience with strategic value to the archives profession, or to articles that reach an audience that is rarely exposed to archival thinking. Examples of works that might be nominated in this category include:

  • an article in an IT journal
  • a feature article in a newspaper, or
  • an essay in a collection not mainly about archives

Category 7

Best academic work on archives or recordkeeping produced by a student in any Australian university course. The award should be given to a work which addresses the assignment’s requirements to a high standard. Weighting is given to:

  • high quality research and analysis
  • originality of thought, clarity of style and expression, completeness of the argument, and
  • work which reflects a superior understanding of archives / recordkeeping subject matter

The work should utilise standard academic methods including citation and bibliographic references if it is appropriate to do so given the nature of the assignment. Examples of works that might be nominated in this category include:

  • an essay
  • a report
  • a tool / product, or
  • a case study

Category 8

Best publication to engage and communicate with clients or potential clients of an Australian archive or archival collection about Australia

Weighting is given to:

  • originality of subject, or treatment of subject
  • addressing unmet needs
  • appropriateness for the intended audience
  • appropriateness of design, choice of medium

Examples of works that might be nominated in this category include:

  • newsletter
  • blogs
  • wiki