Mike Jones is a Consultant Research Archivist at the University of Melbourne's eScholarship Research Centre, a PhD Candidate with the University’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, a Research Associate at Museum Victoria, and a freelance consultant. Since 2008 he has worked as a researcher and consultant on numerous paper-based and digital archival projects, and with academics, government departments, community organisations and the GLAM sector to explore the potential of structured informatic systems to support organisational and public knowledge. His PhD research looks at the history of archives in museums, and investigates new approaches for capturing, managing and disseminating interconnected artefactual and archival collections.
In addition to his academic and professional life, Mike is a classically trained pianist who has played rock, blues, funk and other styles with various Melbourne bands; an occasional photographer of bands, people and other things that take his interest; and a DJ who has played everything from indie and electro to goth, industrial and EBM. He is currently between bands, but sometimes still DJs playing soul, funk, blues, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, and more.
December 2014 - present
Consultant Research Archivist, University of Melbourne
Research Associate, Museum Victoria
Freelance Archival Consultant
July 2008 - December 2014
Senior Research Archivist, eScholarship Research Centre, The University of Melbourne
Various research and project work, with responsibilities including:
December 2014 - present
PhD, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne
Connecting collections: investigating new approaches for capturing, managing and disseminating interconnected artefactual collections and archives at Museum Victoria. Funded by the McCoy Scholarship.*
October 2001 - September 2002
MSc (Research) - Art History, The University of Edinburgh
Impurity and Disgust: The Politics of Californian ‘Figurative Assemblage’ in the 1950s and 1960s.
1995 - 1999
Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours), The University of Melbourne
Majoring in Fine Arts/English. With honours in: Art History
* The McCoy Scholarship is part of the McCoy Project, a joint initiative between the University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria, which fosters innovative and high impact research projects that leverage the strengths of the two partners. The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria have a history of collaboration that stretches back to the mid-1850s. At the heart of this history is the remarkable and controversial Sir Frederick McCoy (1823-1899), polymath, professor and museum builder.
Lectures, training & appearances
- Panel member - Communicating your research: Reaching new and expanded audiences, Researcher@Library Week, The University of Melbourne (31 May 2017)
- Plenary panel - Data Management, Faculty of Arts PhD Intensive, The University of Melbourne (2016, 2017)
- Panel member - History in the Media, History Postgraduate Association (23 March 2017)
- Radio interview - Evenings with Melanie Tait, 936 ABC Hobart (11 March 2016)
- Guest lecturer - Documentation and Display, The University of Melbourne (2014-2017)
- Practicum mentor - Department of Information Studies, Curtin University (2016)
- Guest presenter/panel member - Social Media Masterclass, Professional Historians Association Victoria (2015)
- Developed and presented Research Data Management for the Humanities (UpSkills), The University of Melbourne (2011-2014)
- Editorial Board Member - Provenance Journal - Public Record Office Victoria (January 2018 - present)
- Co-Convenor - Victorian Branch - Australian Society of Archivists (August 2017 - present)
- Member - Executive Committee - Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (2015 - 2018)
- Committee Member - ASA 2017 National Conference Committee (2016 - 2017)
- Convenor - Victorian Branch - Australian Society of Archivists (October 2016 - August 2017)
- Ordinary Member - Victorian Branch Committee - Australian Society of Archivists (December 2014 - October 2016)
- Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (December 2013 - present)
- Australian Historical Association (April 2017 - present)
- Australian Society of Archivists (April 2014 - present)
- International Council of Museums (January 2017 - present)
- International Council on Archives (January 2014 - present)
- Museums Australia (November 2015 - present)
- International Association for Social Science and Information Science Technology (IASSIST) (May 2010 - June 2013)
Prizes & awards
- 2016 Mander Jones Award (Australian Society of Archivists) – 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, awarded to Michael Jones and Richard Vines for “Cultivating Capability: The Socio-Technical Challenges of Integrating Approaches to Records and Knowledge Management” Records Management Journal, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2016, pp. 242-258.
- 2016 Sharman Award, Australian Society of Archivists.
- 2015 Mander Jones Award (Australian Society of Archivists) – 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, awarded to Michael Jones for "Joining the Dots: Building Connections within GLAM Organizations" in Juilee Decker (ed.), Collections Care and Stewardship: Innovative Approaches for Museums, Rowman & Littlefield, Maryland and London, 2015, pp. 91-98.
- 2015 Wyselaskie Scholarship in History, awarded to the student with the best performance in the first year of the PhD.
- 2013 Mander Jones Award (Australian Society of Archivists) – Category 3: Best finding aid to an archival collection held by an Australian institution or about Australia, awarded to Rebe Taylor, with Michael Jones and Gavan McCarthy, for Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922).