2020-2023 strategic plan


Our new strategic plan sets the direction for our program through to 2023, when NSLA will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary.

Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General of the National Library of Australia and NSLA Chair, and Vicki McDonald, State Librarian and CEO of the State Library of Queensland, and NSLA Deputy Chair, give us a short introduction to the strategic plan and priority areas of work for the next three years in the video below..


Our priorities for collaborative work:

  • shared digital systems for effective delivery of national collections and programs
  • strengthening community identity by ensuring that our collections reach and reflect the full diversity of our population
  • building cultural and intellectual capital by developing a strong evidence base for the library sector, and sharing our expertise as a trusted voice in national policy.


Shared digital systems

Strengthening community identity

Building cultural and intellectual capital


Joint solutions for online services, and shared systems for effective delivery of national collections and programs including web archives.

Greater range of access points for collections, stronger community relationships, staff trained in First Australian cultures and collections, sustainable solutions for collection care and storage.

A trusted voice in national policy, and recognition as a partner of choice in library research and advocacy efforts.


We want to capture Australia’s digital heritage before it disappears, and to make this content accessible in a consistent and engaging way.

The collections of national, state and territory libraries should reach and reflect all Australians.

We recognise that sound evidence is fundamental to good decision-making, effective advocacy, and better practice.


Build national web archiving infrastructure, enhance the National edeposit service (NED), share standards and channels for online service delivery.

Cultural training and continued work with First Australian communities, community contribution to collections, increased exposure of collections data, joint efforts in collection care and storage.

Build a strong evidence base with a range of research partners, use new mechanisms for advocacy and policy contribution.


  • Innovation: our responsibility to continually seek and share better ways of doing things
  • Resilience and sustainability: ensuring that our collections are safe, our sector is strong, and our systems and services will stand the test of time
  • Adaptability in the workforce: cultivating our skills so that we can anticipate and respond quickly to changing environments, and meet user needs.

Read the full strategic plan or download a PDF copy or one-page summary.