NSLA Re-imagining Libraries Strategic Plan

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					                      NSLA Re-imagining Libraries Strategic Plan


                      Project 8 : Description and
                      Cataloguing
                      PAM GATENBY, Project Leader




Libraries Australia
User Forum
November 2009
NSLA Re-Imagining Libraries
Strategic Plan
• Plan released July 2008. A collaborative
  framework for “empowering people to create,
  discover, use and transform our collections,
  content and global information resources.”
• Three strategies – One Library; Transforming
  Our Culture; Accessible Content.
• Ten projects aimed at improving information
  services and access to collections
Project 8 – Description and
Cataloguing

• Established late 2008; Led by the
  National Library (me) and sponsored by
  the Director General
• Members: state and territory libraries;
  national libraries of Australia and NZ
• Work by teleconference and wiki – one
  workshop held
RL Project 8 –Description and
Cataloguing : Objectives

• To improve access via Trove to
  Australian documentary heritage
  materials especially unique materials
  (To reveal “hidden” collections)
• To use more productive and streamlined
  ways of processing and cataloguing – to
  speed up access and reduce costs
RL Project 8 – Description and
Cataloguing : Some Issues

• It is a large and complex undertaking –
  timescale is long
• Difficult to establish size of collections
  and their state of control
• Local practices can vary considerably
RL Project 8 – Description and
Cataloguing : Some Issues (2)
• Success dependent on changing
  entrenched practices
• Technology is not the whole solution
• Commitment of senior staff time
  required
• Standards still necessary but what
  should they be?
   RL Project 8 – Description and
   Cataloguing : Action Plan

• Catalogue all Australian newspapers in
  Trove by June 2010
• Investigate conversion of lists of data for
  searching via Trove
• Compile a web guide to streamlined ways
  of describing picture collections
   RL Project 8 – Description and
   Cataloguing : Action Plan (2)
• Document data elements required in
  records for Trove search and delivery
  functionality to work
• Develop a “one library” approach to
  streamlined processing of manuscript
  collections
                      Project 8 : Description and Cataloguing


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Libraries Australia
User Forum
November 2009