Amplify: How can my library get involved?

Amplify Expressions of Interest 

The latest Amplify Expression of Interest closed on 30 August 2019. Future rounds will be offered in 2020.


After a successful pilot project in partnership with selected public libraries in 2018, the State Library is now offering the use of Amplify to eligible NSW public libraries.  

By joining the Amplify platform, your library will be set up with its own presence to host your digitised oral history collections, making them available for listening and transcription to the public. As well as complimentary training, you will also receive membership to the Amplify Community of Practice, an online hub providing support, platform updates, resources, best practice advice and ongoing peer-to-peer communication in the use of Amplify.  

There will be no affiliated subscription or hosting costs to the basic level tier of Amplify for all eligible public libraries in NSW. However, participating in the Amplify platform means committing ongoing resources from your library to the creation and management of content on the site, ongoing engagement and support for your community of volunteers, actively participating in the Amplify Community of Practice and other related administrative tasks. 

New subscriptions to Amplify will be opened to eligible public libraries in NSW via staggered application rounds each year. The number of successful applicants in each round will be dependent on how many submissions we receive, as well as other factors such as, for example, the ability to group geographically situated libraries into one round to help streamlining and scheduling training. We aim to include up to 5 new public libraries for each round, with a minimum of 2 rounds per year. 

Eligibility  

In order to use the Amplify platform, your library must have digital audio materials – either digitised or born digital audio files. It will also be beneficial if you have access to digital images that can be paired with your audio collections, however this is not essential if you do not have images available. 

Using Amplify is an ongoing commitment from your library. The State Library can offer you access to the technology and technical support to use Amplify as a vehicle for transcription and community engagement, but your success in using the platform will be dependent on the ongoing resources you commit to the project. Your library will also be required to demonstrate that it has ongoing staff resources available to manage your collection content and volunteer engagement.  

For more information about eligibility and selection criteria please see our Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply 

The Amplify Expression of Interest closed on 30 August 2019. Further rounds will be offered later in 2019-20. 

If you have further questions, please contact us at pls@sl.nsw.gov.au