Guided by NSLA’s strategic plan, our work is broadly divided under the sections listed below.
See a list of the current members of NSLA groups in each library.
Australia’s National edeposit service (NED) launched in 2019. NED provides one simple deposit mechanism for publishers to meet their electronic legal deposit obligations to Australia’s national, state and territory libraries all at once. It provides more equitable access to publications across Australia according to publisher-nominated conditions.
The NED collaboration is managed by the NED Program Manager, reporting to CEOs of NSLA libraries via the NSLA office. The service is governed by a steering group and an operational group, comprising representatives from Australian NSLA libraries.
The Culturally Safe Libraries Program ran in NSLA libraries from 2018-2021 as part of a national effort to provide culturally safe public spaces, workplaces and library services in libraries for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As part of the program, nearly 2000 staff in Australian NSLA libraries completed AIATSIS Core Cultural Learning foundation training. Indigenous-led workshops were run for small groups of staff who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections. We continue to encourage the Australian GLAM sector to make use of the free, publicly available online resources that were developed alongside these.
Building cultural competency is, of course, an ongoing process. Coming out of the formal program we have:
We will continue to build relationships with First Australian communities, and modify our practices where needed to ensure that collections pertaining to those communities are described, used and shared appropriately. We are monitoring our efforts through an annual Indigenous cultural capability audit, with aggregated results published on our website.
Advisory groups are a mechanism for information-sharing and problem-solving at a strategic and policy level. They comprise representatives from each NSLA library.
Convenor: Cathy Pilgrim, Assistant Director-General, National Library of Australia
Senior staff working with collections at the strategic level meet regularly to:
Convenor: Hanlie Erasmus, Associate Director, Public Library Services, State Library of South Australia
The heads of corporate services meet as needed to:
Convenor: Margaret Warren, Director, Digital Delivery, State Library of Queensland
Copyright experts from each NSLA library work together to:
The NSLA First Nations Advisory Group (FNAG) provides leadership and guidance on matters within the NSLA program relating to First Nations visitors, staff, communities, and collections.
The group is closely connected to the NSLA Blakforce peer support network and represents that group in discussions at NSLA Board level where appropriate.
Convenor: Fiona Clarke, Assistant Director, NSLA eResources Consortium
The eResources Consortium is managed at the National Library, with representatives from each NSLA library. The Consortium works to:
NSLA is committed to sector research and partnerships. We are represented on a number of committees, panels and groups, including:
NSLA staff networks are designed for professional development; information-sharing; sharing of practical skills, methodologies and tools; and peer support. They include representatives from all NSLA libraries with an interest in the focus area.
Convenor: Louise Hunter, Lead, Indigenous Services, State Library of Queensland
NSLA and strategic liaison: Damien Webb, Manager, Indigenous Engagement, State Library of New South Wales
Blakforce is a peer network exclusively for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in NSLA libraries. It is convened and managed by network members, with administrative support from the NSLA office as needed.
Network lead: tbc
Focused on engaging under-served communities in NSLA libraries, and measuring engagement.
Network lead: Cristina Albillos, Senior Conservator, State Library of Western Australia
Staff working in conservation of physical collection items share techniques and experiences in preserving some of the more fragile or unusual items in our collections.
Network lead: Matthew Burgess, Lead Digital Archivist, State Library of New South Wales
Sharing tools and methodologies for digital preservation, storage, and emulation. The network shares digital preservation policies and processes, and engages in joint advocacy and professional development activities.
Network leads: Ania Tait, Assistant Director Education Services, Library and Archives NT and Anette Casimaty, Librarian Strategic Improvement and Client Experience, Libraries Tasmania
This network has a focus on learning programs in NSLA libraries including early years’ learning, school visits and educational resources, evaluation practices, teen programming, adult functional literacy, digital literacy, education policy and cultural safety.
Network lead: Maria Savvidis, Librarian, State Library of New South Wales
Sharing expertise on commissioning, transcribing, preserving and providing access to our contemporary and legacy oral history collections.
Network lead: Mark Stevenson, Collection Storage Coordinator, State Library of New South Wales
This group is concerned with physical collection storage, sharing practical methodologies, tips and tools.
Network lead: Carolyn Long, Head of Visitor and Information Services, State Library Victoria
Sharing approaches to providing effective library services including policies and procedures, facilities, staffing, reference services and social issues affecting libraries.