Kieran Hegarty

Kieran Hegarty is a librarian, sociologist, and critical information studies scholar.

Kieran is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre of Urban Research at RMIT University and works on the Australian Research Council-funded project Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries. Kieran’s research explores how libraries are using automated software and third-party applications to develop contemporary heritage collections. He is interested in how these methods of collecting shape how national histories and societies are imagined and understood, and particularly the gaps, silences, and omissions that are embedded in, and contested through, the use of technology.

Kieran is a 2022 Digital Humanism Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for Human Sciences) in Vienna, where he is pursuing a project that explores the ethical implications of archiving the digital traces of individuals and communities. The project will develop and test methods to incorporate data subjects’ agency into the design and use of digital information systems. You can find out more about Kieran’s research at his website ( or on Twitter @assemblingweb.

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Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries

2018 (ongoing)

The project aims to investigate the representation of histories and cultures of migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the National Library and select state library collections.