Looking forward to 2023


Looking back on 2022, each of the national, state and territory libraries of Australia and New Zealand have experienced significant disruption, including from floods, fires, and the ongoing repercussions of a global pandemic.

Despite these disruptions, staff from across each of these libraries have come together to share their knowledge, collaborate, and support each other, by participating in NSLA projects, professional networks, advisory groups, and webinars, and, in doing so, have contributed to outcomes that support all NSLA libraries. 

As the NSLA collaboration continues to grow, including welcoming back Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, the National Library of New Zealand, we are looking forward to 2023, including the significant milestone of celebrating our fifty-year anniversary as a collaboration. 

In anticipation of the coming year, we asked the NSLA Chair, Vicki McDonald, and Executive Officer, Barbara Lemon, to share with us their top pick for how collaboration across the membership of National and State Libraries Australasia could make 2023 a year to remember!

Vicki McDonald, Chair of NSLA

"Next year we'll see a new strategy and new logo launched for NSLA, marking our 50th year as a collaboration and putting a stamp on our recent incorporation as an association. I'm looking forward to seeing an ambitious program of work take shape around our strategic directions, involving collection stewardship, First Nations communities and collections, workforce development and advocacy for libraries."

Barbara Lemon, NSLA Executive Officer

"In 2023, I think we are going to see far greater visibility of NSLA's contribution to the cultural sector, with a series of professional events and resources to be shared widely. I'm particularly looking forward to working with other library sector bodies on practical projects for the benefit of the broader community, such as developing First Nations collection description guidelines, or advocating for review of copyright legislation to improve access to our documentary heritage. We have a strong history to build upon, and a new chapter to begin!"