Our work

Guided by NSLA’s strategic plan 2018-2020 and the 2018 business plan, the current focus for our work is on the projects and initiatives below.


Objective: To develop and deliver a National edeposit (NED) service for electronic publications, including: system requirements; and shared policies, procedures, communications, training, and ongoing management.

NED will be an online service for the deposit, archiving, management, discovery and delivery of published electronic material across Australia. It will provide an easy one-stop online deposit service for publishers; and make more publications openly and easily available for users.

What we are doing: The project is led by the NED Steering Group with representatives from each NSLA library. The system components are being developed by the National Library, and each library has a team of staff who are undertaking user acceptance testing and planning for implementation in their library. The NED service is expected to launch early next year.

Indigenous Cultural Competency (ICC)


  • To make NSLA libraries more culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and clients.
  • To make programs, services and collections that are accessible, respectful and responsive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ needs and perspectives.

ICC is an ongoing process. The work during 2018-2021 will be a catalyst for continuing development.

What we are doing: The ICC Steering Group with representatives from each NSLA library is managing the development and rollout of the program. Some parts will be developed and delivered collaboratively – including online foundation training, professional practice modules, and principles – while others, such as local cultural context programs and embedding workplace practices, will be the responsibilities of each library. The first steps are to engage a foundation course partner and draft ICC principles for NSLA libraries.


Objective: Copyright experts from each NSLA library work together to:

  • advocate on behalf of library users and libraries
  • improve and standardise the management of copyright in NSLA libraries
  • consider and respond to legislative, technological and other factors that affect copyright.

What we are doing: The group is preparing for the changes to copyright terms from 1 January 2019, as well as the future consultations flagged by the Federal Government, including flexible exceptions, orphan works and contracting out.

eResources Consortium

Objective: The purpose of the eResources Consortium is to secure access to commercial electronic resources for NSLA members. The Consortium aims to:

  • simplify and improve licencing arrangements
  • maximise efficiency, innovation and sustainability for member libraries
  • explore opportunities for making eResources more widely available to all Australians, regardless of where they live.

The Consortium is managed at the National Library.

Connecting with the sector, community and government

In 2018 NSLA members are focused on:

  • regional relationships
  • digital economy and government.

NSLA is represented on a number of committees, panels and groups, including:

Communities of practice

NSLA sponsors communities of practice (CoP) in areas of strategic importance to member libraries. Their primary purpose is to share specialist knowledge and insights, build relationships, foster innovation and develop a sense of community across the network.

CoPs have been established in the following areas:

  • Digital preservation –topics such as: code of ethics for digital preservation, digital storage, emulation, formats in NSLA collections, advocacy, professional development opportunities, policies, and digital preservation workflows.
  • Indigenous – currently linking in with the Indigenous Cultural Competency project and ATSILIRN protocols.
  • Literacy and learning – topics such as: early years’ learning, schools and education, evaluation practices, teen programming, adult functional literacy, digital literacy and eGovernment, libraries as learning organisations, education policy and cultural safety
  • Corporate services – keeping abreast of: organisation structures, risk assessment and business continuity, valuation practices and governance.
  • Visitor experience – discussions include: entry/service policies, user experience, data and analysis, engagement strategies, rostering, volunteers, online service provision, social services.
  • Digital archives – looking at: digital collection appraisal, working with donors, and pre-ingest tools and workflows.