The State Library has launched two multi-million dollar projects which will provide unprecedented, world-wide access to our state and nation’s most iconic and historically significant documents and objects.
The Library’s unrivalled collections comprise the world’s foremost archive on European exploration and settlement of Australia and the Pacific, and the Indigenous peoples of those regions. With over 5.5 million items – photographs, manuscripts, books, maps, pictures, oral histories, newspapers and artefacts – our collections continue to grow as we document life in NSW and Australia’s modern story.
The NSW Government will contribute $32.6 million over the next four years to help fast track the Library’s major digitisation program and to upgrade its digital infrastructure.
$22.4 million will fund a major digitisation program, and $10.2 million will be spent on enhancing access to the State Library's collections and services.
According to Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive:
This welcome funding will ensure the State Library becomes globally recognised as a world leading library and centre of digital excellence by making its amazing collections available to all.
Government support for these major projects builds on the $23 million funding provided over five years (2008-2013) to enable the Library to create electronic records and make its entire heritage collection searchable online by July 2013.
We will be updating these pages regularly to share key milestones and achievements as the projects progress.
A substantial amount of the work undertaken on the projects will be outsourced to local companies in the digital products and services sectors. Tenders will be posted under the e-Tenders website. Be sure to check this website regularly to see what opportunities are coming up.
Be sure to check this website regularly to see what positions are coming up.
Positions will also be advertised on JobsNSW website
The Library's digitisation strategy will help cement the Library's status as a world leading library and centre for digital excellence. Digital material will be created and preserved on a scale never before seen in Australia.
This essential project will improve discoverability on the Library's website and across the Internet, making it even easier for schools, universities, family historians, researchers and many others to find and use the Library's unique materials.