ALIA National 2014 Conference, 15-19 September 2014 Melbourne : together we are stronger
This conference presentation explores how the role of libraries have long been custodians of ‘more than just books’. For NSLA libraries, the personal stories collected in our diaries, correspondence, photographs, artworks and realia are some of our most precious items. The rapid increase in digitally-created material has posed many problems, but also offered many opportunities, for libraries.
The traditional linear structure of item-donor-library is now a more complex structure, where everyone is a potential creator and curator. In recent years, libraries have been grappling to find the best and most efficient way of acquiring and preserving these new materials, from these new creators. Serena Coates will give a summary of the recent efforts by NSLA (National and State Libraries Australasia) to address the issues associated with digital collecting, and Sarah Slade will provide a summary of the efforts of NSLA’s Digital Preservation Project.