Strategic plan 2018-2020 

NSLA uniquely brings together the expert knowledge and innovative capacity of Australia's leading libraries – the National Library of Australia and Australia's eight state and territory libraries. (Read more about the background to the strategic plan.)


By working together we can do more, do it more efficiently, and do it even better. NSLA will:

  • through collaboration, deliver better collections, connections, solutions and customer experiences than each library can do individually.
  • through leadership and influence, contribute to more informed public policy and greater community engagement with libraries.
  • through sharing our knowledge and expertise, increase the professional capability of our staff and build a workforce for the future.

Our shared values

In everything we do, NSLA demonstrates and values:

  • free and universal access to information
  • the power of partnership
  • high professional standards
  • transparency, honesty and openness
  • collegiality and generosity of spirit
  • commitment to public service.

Leading success

Our success relies on the quality of our people, the way we work together, and our ability to focus on what matters. NSLA will continue to explore ways to better:

  • identify, influence and respond to changes in society and our strategic and political environment
  • share information within NSLA, within member libraries and with our partners and stakeholders
  • monitor our activity, measure its impact and demonstrate the benefits to the community.

Collaboration in action

  • NSLA meetings provide a collegiate forum for robust debate on future library directions.
  • Steering and project working groups advance NSLA's work plan in priority areas.
  • Communities of practice connect like-minded professionals and facilitate information sharing.
  • The NSLA Office manages and supports effective NSLA operations.
 Our customersOur community and stakeholdersOur people and processes
OutcomeBetter collections, connections, solutions and customer experiences.Greater community engagement.
More informed public policy.
A workforce for the future.
PriorityShared and more efficient library infrastructure.Sector, policy and community leadership.Highly capable, connected and digitally literate workforce.

Priority actions are defined each year in NSLA’s annual Business Plan.

NSLA Business Plan 2018

Target audience
Our customersOur community and stakeholdersOur people and processes
OutcomeShared and more efficient library infrastructure.Sector, policy and community leadership.Capable, connected and digitally literate workforce.
Major projects
  • National edeposit (NED)
  • strategic regional relationships
  • digital economy and digital government
  • Indigenous cultural competancy
Ongoing NSLA commitments/ responsibilities
  • eResources Consortium
  • external committee relationships
  • copyright
  • response to government
  • external committee relationships
  • data and analysis
  • workforce data and analysis
Communities of practice
  • visitor experience
  • digital preservation
  • literacy and learning
  • digital archives
  • heads of corporate services
  • Indigenous
NSLA Office administration
  • NSLA program management and coordination
  • public policy and media statements
  • website maintenance

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