Environment

In an environment of increasing collection volumes, increased audience demand, constrained resources and new digital opportunities, Australia’s cultural institutions must collaborate to achieve efficiencies and create value. Infrastructure to support discovery of national collections is increasingly shared—including through Trove—leading to changing models of stewardship and responsibility for different parts of the national collection.

New research demands—especially for access to large-scale digital collections for data-intensive research—pose major challenges. Academic and collecting institutions will need to align research infrastructure planning and funding, and reshape strategic and financial partnerships.

Priorities

  • In partnership with state and territory libraries, build a comprehensive collection of Australian digital publications, sharing investment and responsibility for developing, preserving and providing access to these publications.
  • In partnership with the galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) and research sectors, expand and enhance Trove to increase Australians’ opportunities to engage with digital collections.

Actions 2018-19

As a member of National and State Libraries Australia (NSLA), implement the NSLA Strategic Plan 2018–2020 to:
  • complete and operationalise National edeposit (NED), a shared service building a national collection of digital publications;
  • focus on strategic regional relationships; and
  • build Indigenous cultural competency across NSLA libraries.

Partner with GLAM and research organisations to connect researchers to large-scale digital Australian collections, facilitating advances in our knowledge and understanding of Australia’s society, culture and economy.

Implement a governance and business model that sustains the national Trove service.
 
Demonstrate leadership in internationally recognised areas of expertise:
  • mass digitisation of textual materials;
  • collection and management of born-digital content; and
  • protocols supporting open access to publicly funded research and cultural collections.

Performance

2018-18 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22

90% of stakeholders identify the Library as a trusted collaborator

% of stakeholders that identify the Library as a trusted collaborator^

% of stakeholders that identify the Library as a trusted collaborator^

% of stakeholders that identify the Library as a trusted collaborator^

Qualitative evaluation using results of stakeholder/partner case studies or surveys

TARGET GROUP: PARTNERS FUNDED BY AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (ARC) GRANTS

Qualitative evaluation using results of stakeholder/partner case studies or surveys

Qualitative evaluation using results of stakeholder/partner case studies or surveys

Qualitative evaluation using results of stakeholder/partner case studies or surveys

^ Target is equivalent to or greater than previous year.