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

What we are doing: NED launched in May 2019. The project is led by the NED Steering Group with representatives from each NSLA library. The next stage of the project, starting in late 2019, will look at future enhancements.

Indigenous cultural competency


  • 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.

What we are doing: In the first half of 2019 each library piloted Core Cultural Learning, an online course developed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), before making the course available to all staff. The project steering group will continue developing professional practice modules and national principles. Other aspects, such as local cultural context programs and embedding workplace practices, will be the responsibilities of each library.

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

Find out more about the Culturally Safe Libraries program.


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 2019 NSLA members are focused on:

  • regional relationships
  • the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

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 archives – looking at: digital collection appraisal, working with donors, and pre-ingest tools and workflows.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Storage – looking at physical collection storage.

See a list of the current members of NSLA groups in each library.