Tag Archives: National Library of Australia

Australia’s top librarian tells how the National Library fosters a culture of in-house innovation. In two words: ‘radical incrementalism’

(24 June 2019)  Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, director-general of the National Library of Australia, is the nation’s top librarian. She talks to Stephen Easton about the culture of innovation that has allowed the NLA to remain an international leader in its field for decades, relying entirely on its own in-house expertise. Read the full interview from Stephen Easton on […]


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National Library of Australia hiring Director for Overseas Collections Management & Metadata

(18 Apr 2019)  National Library of Australia requires a talented and innovative leader for its Overseas Collections and Metadata Management Branch. The role is responsible for a diverse mix of core Library programs, including the management of Library’s Asian, Pacific and overseas published collections, leadership of library standards and description practice and library management systems development […]


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Budget books $10m for National Library of Australia to put history online

(3 Apr 2019)  Revered cultural institution the National Library of Australia has scored a modest but essential $10 million seed funding in the Federal Budget to start digitising its $1.3 billion collection in earnest following the runaway success of its Trove website and database. Read the full story here.  


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The Australian Web Archive is a momentous achievement – but things will get harder from here

(14 March 2019) The National Library of Australia has just launched its Australian Web Archive – a massive, freely accessible collection of content that provides a historical record of the development of world wide web content in Australia over more than two decades. The new archive is a momentous achievement. Containing annual captures of all […]


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National Library launches ‘enormous’ archive of Australia’s Internet

(11 March 2019) The Australian Web Archive, which launched this month, is one of the biggest in the world. The new archive, which launched last week, contains around 600 terabytes of data across 9 billion records. In bookshelf terms; if the records were printed and stacked they would stretch from Canberra to Cairns. Computerworld has […]


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National Library of Australia hiring Senior Curator

(12 February 2019) The Senior Curator Maps & Research Programs Branch, leads both Maps and Fellowship Program teams, providing strategic advice and planning for development of the Library’s Maps Collection and research collaboration. We are looking for an experienced, innovative and talented Senior Curator to lead the Maps & Research Programs Branch, to manage and […]


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National Library of Australia hiring Curator of Pictures

(15 November 2018) The Curator of Pictures occupies a significant position in the Library’s special collection teams. The Curator will undertake the leadership role in Pictures Collection Development and Management, the acquisition, management and preservation of items, collections and archives, providing access to this unique, unpublished material. Applications close 2 December 2018. ALIA has the […]


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Treasuring Trove: Why Australia’s digital heritage platform is so special

(26 October 2018)  Australians have a truly unique resource in the National Library’s Trove, and it needs to be protected The National Library of Australia’s Trove brings together freely available content from libraries, museums and archives, supporting online discovery of the country’s documentary heritage. Trove is also that rare beast: a digital heritage platform with […]


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High-tech robot couriers set efficiency in motion at the National Library of Australia

(17 August 2018) Libraries are shaking off their dusty reputations with the National Library of Australia (NLA) deploying a new fleet of high-tech robots to assist staff. Each automated guided vehicle (AGV) stands around 1.5 metres and features three shelves to cart books around the library’s sprawling basement. A large proportion of the NLA’s collection […]


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Results of the Survey of Digital Legal Deposit Policies and Practices at National Libraries

(25 July 2018) In 2014 seventeen National Libraries were surveyed about their born digital news content, legal deposit policies and practices. The results of the survey were presented at the 2015 International News Media Conference hosted by the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden. Three years later, the authors expanded their team and the […]


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National Library of Australia hiring Director, Australian Collections Management

(22 March 2018) The Library requires a talented leader for its Australian Collections Management Branch, which is responsible for the selection, acquisition and control of the Australian physical and digital published collections, including books, journals, newspapers, maps, music and websites acquired through legal deposit. The branch also provides cataloguing services for original and special materials. […]


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To Be Continued

Discovering serialised fiction in Trove’s digitised newspapers (28 February 2018) Literary historian Katherine Bode describes how she and bibliographer Carol Hetherington used Trove to create a database of over 21,000 novels, novellas and short stories published in early Australian newspapers. This database enables anyone to read, explore, correct, add and export the fiction early Australians […]


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National Library Of Australia fellowships and scholarships

(19 February 2018) The National Library of Australia offers a range of Fellowships and Scholarships for established and emerging researchers, practising writers and creative artists, and younger scholars. These are designed to stimulate sustained scholarly, literary and artistic use of our collections, and promote lively interaction within the Library’s community. Fellowship benefits Through the program, […]


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National Library of Australia embraces digital future

2017 marked the conclusion of one of the National Library of Australia’s most ambitious technology overhauls (12 December 2017) This year marked the conclusion of one of the largest technology projects ever undertaken by the National Library of Australia, with the organisation completing an overhaul of its core digital library systems. Rohan Pearce writes that […]


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National Library of Australia hiring Indigenous Curator

(21 September 2017) The Curator will provide strategic advice on collection development initiatives, making collections accessible to First Nation’s people and communities, observing cultural protocols and developing the capability of other Library staff in appropriate use of Indigenous collections for publications, exhibitions, education and other public outreach activities, onsite and online. Closing date is 15 […]


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