National Library staff receive the AIPM award. Image: Martin Ollman.

The National Library of Australia’s most important digital technology project in recent history has been recognised.

The Digital Library Infrastructure Replacement Program (DLIR), supports the Library to collect, manage, preserve and deliver its rich collection of books, photographs, manuscripts, oral histories, maps, newspapers and more from its collection of more than 10 million items using world-leading digital systems.

Director-General of the National Library, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, said the completion of this successful ICT program had transformed the Library’s future operating capability by providing systems capable of managing and delivering ever-increasing digital collections at scale.

“This remarkable achievement has been made possible with input and cooperation across the entire institution and with strong guidance from the Library’s Council,” Dr Ayres said. “The program was the Library’s highest strategic priority over the past five years. Firm scope control and a clear focus on the benefits the Australian public gain from online access to the national collection saw the program delivered on time and on budget, despite a tight budgetary environment.

 “DLIR ensures more efficient digital workflows and the more efficient flow of information. The program’s success future-proofs our digital collecting capabilities.”

On September 1, the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) named DLIR as the 2017 Project of the Year (ACT winner) and the 2017 ICT/Telecommunications (ACT winner).

“We have ensured that the National Library leads in today’s digital library space,” Dr Ayres said. “This allows us to collect, preserve and provide access to the knowledge, history and culture of Australia for generations to come.”

The AIPM’s National Award winners will be announced in Melbourne on 23 October, 2017.

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