Progress through partnership: Celebrating fifty years of NSLA

In 2023, NSLA celebrates its 50th anniversary, marking five decades of collaboration and continuous service to the library sector in Australasia.

This long-running partnership revolutionised library services in Australia and New Zealand with its ‘big bang’ program in the early 2000s. Since then, NSLA has established countless professional networks and sector partnerships. Members have collaborated to deliver policies, guidelines, resources, and major projects including the Culturally Safe Libraries Program and the National edeposit service (NED).

What has kept this remarkable collaboration alive? And what’s next for the ten member libraries?

This panel session and preview of NSLA’s strategic plan for 2023-2026 took place in front of a live audience at State Library Victoria. It was facilitated by NSLA Chair and IFLA President-elect Vicki McDonald in conversation with:

  • Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General of the National Library of Australia
  • Rachel Esson, Te Pouhuaki National Librarian at the National Library of New Zealand/ Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa
  • Geoff Strempel, Director of the State Library of South Australia
  • Sue McKerracher, Executive Director of Libraries Tasmania.