Project updates

NSLA colleagues at ALIA Online
Catching up at ALIA Online (L to R): Aileen Weir, Cathie Oats and Kevin Bradley of the National Library of Australia with NSLA Executive Officer Barbara Lemon

If the pace of the first couple of months is anything to go by, 2019 is going to be a busy year for NSLA (and that’s just how we like it!). NSLA’s business plan for 2019 continues our focus on the delivery of two major projects: the National edeposit service (NED) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Learning Project.

NED is moving into implementation with the online digital deposit platform expected to launch in the first half of the year. ALIA Online attendees got a sneak preview of the service’s capability at a session presented by Jo Ritale (State Library Victoria) and Brendan Somes (State Library of New South Wales). Jo and Brendan gave a summary of the complex challenges involved in creating a single system that can accommodate the technical and legislative requirements of nine jurisdictions. There was also a session for publishers during the conference, giving future NED users in Sydney an opportunity to find out more about how the streamlined service will help them to fulfill their legal deposit obligations. NED member libraries will continue to communicate with publishers as we move towards our launch date; keep an eye on the NED website for FAQs.

Jo Ritale introduces NED at ALIA Online
Jo Ritale introduces NED at ALIA Online

The NSLA-wide rollout of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Learning Project has begun, with pilot groups in each library starting AIATSIS’s Core Cultural Learning online course. All staff in NSLA libraries are expected to complete the course by 2021, as part of a national effort to provide culturally safe public spaces and services in libraries for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and a supportive workplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. The next phase of the project – role-specific training for information services and collection management staff based on NSLA case studies and the ATSILIRN protocols – is in development. We look forward to sharing this, and working with our colleagues around Australia in what we hope will be a first for the GLAM sector.