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Annual summary report 

Year in review: 2016

NSLA libraries are committed to achieve more through working together. Leading Collaboration, our strategic plan for 2015-2017 was released in April 2015, outlining our priorities for the next three years under two key strategies.

Strategy 1: Shared solutions

Working together maximises efficiency, innovation and sustainability, and provides better outcomes for library users.

In 2016 NSLA:

  • undertook policy, business and governance planning for a collaborative approach to legal deposit of digital materials
  • developed principles for improving discoverability of NSLA heritage collections
  • delivered digital forensics training, concentrating on digital preservation technical skills and workflow tools, to 35 staff working in preservation, collections and IT
  • completed the investigation into the requirements for digital infrastructure in support of cultural heritage collecting and access to Indigenous material by NSLA libraries and Indigenous communities
  • continued investigation into obsolete physical carriers – assessing standards, resourcing, collaborative opportunities and priorities
  • promoted collaboration in the library and GLAM sectors in Australia and New Zealand, including contributing to the development of a national GLAM digital access framework and toolkit.

Strategy 2: Communications and influence

We will use our influence to remove barriers to collecting materials and providing access to information for the community.

In 2016 NSLA:

Priorities for 2017

In 2017 we will:

  • plan technical scoping and business requirements for a collaborative approach to legal deposit of digital materials in Australia
  • increase capability across the network through training programs focussed on collection data skills, cultural competencies (tbc) and digital preservation practices
  • deliver Born Digital 2017 media campaign, raising awareness of digital preservation in daily life
  • progress digital preservation and infrastructure projects, including options for the next stages of a technical registry and obsolete physical carriers
  • deliver Right Wrongs digital production commemorating fifty years since the 1967 federal referendum on Indigenous citizenship, in partnership with the ABC and AIATSIS
  • leverage the eResources Consortium to maximise value and access to subscription databases
  • investigate mechanisms to collate usage data and the development of benchmarks to measure eBook usage
  • enhance discoverability of NSLA heritage collections through user research and a multidisciplinary solutions approach.

This report is also available in PDF.

Past reports

NSLA annual summary report 2015

NSLA annual summary report 2014

NSLA annual summary report 2013

Re-imagining Libraries summary report 2012

Re-imagining Libraries summary report 2011

Re-imagining Libraries summary report 2010

Re-imagining Libraries summary report 2009

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