From Nimbin to New York: State Library takes local collection global

Thursday, 27 October 2016

The State Library of NSW has just released 75 hours of colourful interviews with Nimbin locals on the landmark Aquarius Festival of 1973 and is now calling for digital volunteers from all over the world to help transcribe them.

Using a new innovative online tool called Amplify, developed by the State Library in partnership with the New York Public Library, anyone from anywhere can now search, listen to and transcribe the State Library’s rich digitised audio collection.

“Over time Amplify will give the public unparalleled access to our extensive oral history collection containing over 13,000 hours of digital sound recordings to be explored and transcribed,” says Lucy Milne, acting NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive.

The first audio collection available on Amplify is from the State Library’s historic Rainbow Archive, which documents how the alternative lifestyle and counter-culture movement came to northern NSW in the 1970s. 

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