Strategy and guidelines
The National Library of Australia’s approach to digitisation of its collections is described in its Collection Digitisation Policy. The policy outlines the Library’s strategy on managing its digital collections and providing access to them. The guiding principles for the processes involved in digitisation are also described.
Progress so far
As of June 2017, a total of 271,969 collection items (consisting of 1,859,805 images) have been digitised. This includes pictorial material, maps, printed music, manuscripts, books and serials. The table below illustrates the breakdown of the Library’s digital collections.
|Collection format||Number of items|
|Books & serials||28,025|
Items can have an equivalent number of images, for example an individual photograph consists of one image file. Other items are represented by a large number of images. For example, a piece of printed music may consist of multiple images representing individual pages, or a map may consist of several parts each represented by a separate image file.
Digitisation and Photography Branch
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: +61 (02) 6262 1514