Re-imagining Libraries 2012-16 


In collaboration, the National, State and Territory libraries of Australia and New Zealand will lead in enabling people to access, use and share local and global knowledge and ideas.


Re-imagining Libraries 2012-2016 is NSLA’s four-year strategic plan. It is informed by our shared principles on behalf of Australians and New Zealanders:

  • People have a right to information, current and past, and to the opportunity to develop the information and digital literacy skills which are vital to leading full and successful personal and professional lives, regardless of their location.
  • People have a right to participate in the shaping of the cultural, civic and intellectual life of their community and to contribute ideas as global citizens.
  • People have a right to enjoy their documentary and cultural heritage knowing that its collection, preservation and transmission are secure.
  • People have a right to explore and engage with the world’s cultures and knowledge and to reflect on their place in the world from a position of knowledge.


The plan is made up of three strategies:


As at April 2014, there are 13 projects addressing these strategies.


Re-imagining Libraries 2012-2016 builds on and extends the strategic directions and program of work begun in 2008 with Re-imagining Libraries.

The first plan reshaped services, developed skills and capabilities, established shared strategic directions, and built a trusted framework for collaborative work. The outcomes of this plan are included in our annual summaries for 2009, 2010 and 2011, and in the position statements developed by Re-imaging Libraries projects in this period.

What is influencing our collaborative planning?

  • We are part of an increasingly joined-up digital world. There are new and emerging publishing practices and platforms; changing models for the purchase, delivery and re-use of information; new mechanisms for capturing community knowledge and sharing curatorial responsibility; and increasing pressure against duplication of services and collections.
  • Our key role in preserving culture in reusable forms is more important than ever in a world of transitory digital media, but we cannot find the solutions to contemporary challenges in isolation, as individual libraries or as an industry.
  • The central role of libraries in enabling people to learn – developing the skills to engage with knowledge and ideas and to participate actively in the digital society – is sharpening in focus.
  • Drives for greater efficiency and effectiveness across all public institutions are pushing towards increased collaboration, leading to convergence and mergers in some jurisdictions.
  • Commercial partnership arrangements, especially for digitisation and digital preservation, are challenging libraries’ principles of free access and open licensing.
  • As digital information services, libraries must respond to the rising expectations of a global cultural and commercial environment where service development is adventurous and agile.


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