Deputy Chair of the NLA Council, Ms Jane Hemstritch, DLIR Project Director Ms Kavinga Hubert and Assistant Director-General, IT, Mr David Wong at last night's awards ceremony.

One of the National Library of Australia's most ambitious projects - to re-engineer capacity for building, managing and providing access to digital collections - has been recognised as 2017 Project of the year.

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) last night recognised the National Library’s Digital Library Infrastructure Replacement Program (DLIR) as the best of the best. It won the AIPM’s national award for ICT and for overall Project of the Year.

The awards were accepted by the NLA’s Assistant Director-General, Information Technology, Mr David Wong, DLIR Project Leader, Ms Kavinga Hubert, and Deputy Chair of the NLA Council, Ms Jane Hemstritch.

Director-General of the National Library, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, said the awards recognised the lead taken by the Library by meeting the challenges facing a memory institution in the digital age.

“This is a huge achievement for a small organisation,” she said, “and a testament to the many people who worked directly on the program and to our entire Library community for the effort and expertise that made this happen.”

Dr Ayres said the new digital system was completed in June this year. “It came after five years of hard work, funded completely from within our existing resources and has massively increased our ability to collect digitally, and to pump out content that transforms Australians' ability to engage with our nation's past and present.

“This project has transformed how users discover, consume and engage with our vast collections. Up to 70,000 users a day enjoy our rich collections, with the volume of digital content available to the public tripling since the program began in 2012.”

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.



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