Writing a message to collect the future

Writing a message to collect the future
18 June 2010

Legal deposit is widely acknowledged as the main instrument for building up and preserving a nation's published heritage, because it is a legal requirement for new publications to be deposited with collecting institutions like libraries. Legal deposit cannot operate successfully in a country without the positive and committed participation of writers, publishers and legal deposit institutions. In a campaign to create greater awareness of the value of the legal deposit system for Australian publishers and writing community during 2009 and into 2010, the National Library of Australia has been in contact with writers’ centres and festival organisers from across the States and regions to disseminate a Legal Deposit in Australia brochure. The aim is to target and inform new and established writers of the requirements of Legal Deposit through workshops, festival displays and authors’ bags. The response from the community has been very positive resulting in 10 writers’ centres and 11 festivals receiving several thousands of brochures to distribute. To further assist publishers and writers we have recently revamped Legal Deposit pages on the National Library website. Please contact us at legaldep@nla.gov.au if you have questions or require assistance.