The Australian Libraries Collaborative Collection (TALCC)

Initiated in March 2012, the TALCC project is an agreement between NSLA libraries that enables the redistribution of low-use materials. The project aims to build on specialist collections, avoid unnecessary duplication, assemble complete runs of journals, release storage space, and enhance opportunities for collecting state or territory heritage material. Key to the project is the issue of collection storage as well as the preference of clients to access resources online.

Some, but not all, NSLA libraries withdraw selected low-use printed content that does not fit with their collection policies or client needs. This content is offered to the other member libraries through the TALCC agreement. Material not required by a NSLA library may be disposed of in a number of ways. For example, it may be offered to other libraries such as public or university libraries to fit into their subject specialisations, sold or donated to charity.

The following points clarify the purpose and nature of the TALCC program:

  • We are collaborating in the transfer of low-use print material – offering it to partner organisations and placing like materials together.
  • Working together means we avoid unnecessary duplication, free up storage space, and reduce costs.
  • We are sharing our collections by digitising our heritage and print collections, collecting born digital materials, offering remote access to digital content and lending to one another because we know our users need to be able to access content wherever and whenever they need it.
  • National, state and territory libraries are strengthening our collections for current and future generations. Contemporary, heritage and unique items are added to our collections daily.
  • We are focusing on collecting what is most important to each state or territory – as well as developing specialist collections that make a unique contribution to The Australian Libraries Collaborative Collection.