Strategic priority 2: Make access happen

Actions in bold below will be a focus for the Library in 2016-2017.

Aspiration Actions

Transform Australian lives by connecting communities to their national collection through vibrant onsite and online programs and services, developed with strategic partners and harnessing new opportunities in the digital environment.

Collaborate with partners and the public to increase the volume and variety of digital content accessible via Trove.

Build on the continuing success of the newspaper program by partnering to digitise Australian journal content, in anticipation of and response to community needs.

Complete the digitisation of the Library’s 50,000-hour commissioned Oral History and Folklore Collection, so that this unique record of Australian life can be made available through the Library’s digital services.

Use the Library’s new digital platform to support digitisation of unique archival collections.

Progress transformation of public spaces by 2018, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Library building.

Use the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Library building to engage the Australian community with the Library’s collections and services.

Engage Australians with a national collection that records and reflects Australia’s social, cultural and intellectual diversity and invite them to share their ideas, knowledge and stories through innovative digital engagement services.

Present exhibitions and displays that attract and inspire diverse audiences, and enrich knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Library’s collections.

Partner with other collecting institutions to develop and present exhibitions that can be enjoyed by Australians in multiple locations.

Contribute and respond to Australian Curriculum content, to provide inspiring experiences for school students onsite and online, and extend the teacher professional development program.

Build respectful relationships with Indigenous communities and connect them with collections relating to their rich cultural heritage.

Source funding to establish an Indigenous Curator position to strengthen activities connecting Indigenous peoples with rare and unique collection materials relating to their history, culture and communities, and renew the framework for consultation about the use of Indigenous cultural property.

Make the Library’s collections and services more accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Provide a workplace which is a supportive environment for our Indigenous staff.

Facilitate and participate in the creation of new knowledge and works of imagination.

Sustain and expand the Library’s fellowships program, funded solely through philanthropic donations, to support in-depth research, exploration and sharing of the Library’s rich collections.

Collaborate with Australia’s leading writers and illustrators, to produce high-quality and commercially viable publications that interpret the Library’s collection and contribute to the vitality of Australian culture and history.