On Friday 26 October, we celebrated the relaunch of Amplify, the State Library's digital oral history platform. Following a successful project funded by the State Library, Amplify can now host the audio collections of public libraries from around NSW.
Amplify delivers digitised audio materials online, paired with computer generated transcripts. Users can listen to these items online and help correct any errors they might find in the transcripts as they listen along.
State Library staff spent six months working with public library staff from Central West, Ryde, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong libraries to prepare their collections and content for the Amplify platform.
Amplify is not only a research tool but also a crowdsourcing platform that provides an important opportunity for communities to be involved in improving and enriching historical records about their local area or topics of interest, and we are delighted to now be able to extend this functionality to public libraries and their important local oral history collections.
We marked this milestone with a launch event at Orange City Library, where staff from all participating public libraries and the State Library were in attendance.
Congratulations and thank you to all staff who have been involved with the project – it has been a truly collaborative effort and the resulting collections that are now available online are testament to the hard work that has been contributed by the project team.
The State Library intends to extend this service to all public libraries across NSW from 2019 and we will provide more information to you in the coming months on how you can get involved.
Please take the opportunity to explore Amplify and listen to some wonderful stories from around the state.