Our work

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.

National edeposit (NED)

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.

Culturally Safe 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:

  • established a First Nations Advisory Group for NSLA
  • completed an extensive Contemporary Indigenous Collections audit across four libraries
  • commenced a formal project with colleagues in ALIA, CAUL, AIATSIS and CAVAL to draft guidelines for description of Indigenous collections that can be applied sector-wide
  • organised webinars and professional development resources on the theme of culturally safe libraries.


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.

Heads of Collections

Convenor: Cathy Pilgrim, Assistant Director-General, National Library of Australia 

Senior staff working with collections at the strategic level meet regularly to:

  • share policies about collection development and major acquisitions
  • share policies, issues and information about legacy collections; access to rare collections; handling and loan of collection material; use of collections by researchers; and inclusive description of collections
  • discuss and share solutions for staffing issues, including training and succession planning
Heads of Corporate Services

Convenor: Hanlie Erasmus, Associate Director, Public Library Services, State Library of South Australia

The heads of corporate services meet as needed to:

  • share information on corporate activities and issues connected with budget, workforce, data management and business planning
  • share strategies and experiences to improve human resource management, workforce diversity, disaster planning, public relations, and government advocacy as needed.
Copyright Advisory Group

Convenor: Margaret Warren, Director, Digital Delivery, State Library of Queensland

Copyright experts from each NSLA library work together to:

  • advocate on behalf of library users and libraries
  • develop policies to improve and standardise the management of copyright in NSLA libraries
  • consider and respond to legislative, technological and other factors that affect copyright
  • advise the NSLA representative on the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC).
First Nations Advisory group

Convenor: Tim Kong, Director, Digital Experience, National Library of New Zealand

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:

  • secure sustainable access to commercial electronic resources for NSLA libraries
  • simplify and improve licensing arrangements
  • explore opportunities for making eresources more widely available across Australia.

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.


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.

Community Engagement

Network lead: Angharad Wynne-Jones, Head of Audience Engagement at State Library Victoria

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.

Digital preservation

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.

Oral history

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: TBC

This group is concerned with physical collection storage, sharing practical methodologies, tips and tools. 

Visitor experience

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. 

NSLA runs webinars addressing some of the more practical ‘how-tos’ of collection practice and policy. Webinars are designed to enable all staff in NSLA libraries – and the Australasian GLAM sector – to benefit from shared expertise without having to be part of a formal network. Recordings of past webinars can be found in the Resources section of this website.