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NSW Public libraries local studies audit

The State Library’s Public Library Services and Library Services Divisions worked with NSW public libraries on a project to develop a shared local history strategy.

This project is in three stages:

  1. An audit of local history collections (digital, published and original) in or managed by NSW public libraries, together with an understanding of the management and services around these collections. 
  2. Development of best practice guidelines for collection development, managing collections including reformatting, providing access and service delivery.
  3. State Library of NSW and the NSW public Library network collaborate to develop a statewide strategy for local history collections, which would include pathways for referral from public libraries to State Library collections and vice versa.

This audit was completed in late 2013 and early 2014 by 116 of the 152 councils in NSW. Data from this audit is now available.

NSW public libraries local studies audit data  (Word 727KB)

The next stage in the research was for members of the Working Party for this project, and members of the Public Library Network Research Committee to participate in a focus group about the priorities for best practice guidelines for collection development, managing collections including reformatting, providing access and service delivery which emerge from this research.  These meetings have produced draft documents, which need to be further refined.

There will be opportunities for others to be involved as these guidelines are developed.

People are invited to email their comments about the results of this research to Ellen Forsyth.