Tag Archives: National Library of Australia

Critics over National Library of Australia’s decision on cease collecting material on most APAC countries

(27 May 2020)  The current crisis in relations with China has exposed the extreme delicacy and importance of Australia’s relationship with its Asian neighbours. One lesson of this crisis, highlighted by commentators across the political spectrum, is that Australia must prevent over-dependence on China by fostering closer relations with other regional neighbours, including Japan, South […]


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National Library of Australia’s collection of performing arts scrapbooks is now available online

(9 May 2020)  From National Library of Australia: Eighteen scrapbooks of our theatrical past contain insights into performances by Dame Nellie Melba, concerts by the Essendon Musical Society and the acts of circus and vaudeville performers. They were compiled by a number of dedicated and, sometimes, unknown fans across the late 18th to the mid […]


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National Library of Australia is hiring Directors (Executive Level 2)

(13 Apr 2020) From National Library of Australia: The Library is evolving to meet the demands of the 21st century, with a recent review providing a blueprint for building a modern, sustainable and high functioning organisation now complete. There are exciting opportunities available to join the Library’s small leadership team to help implement our vision […]


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Australia: future of jobs unclear under major restructure for National Library

(27 Nov 2019)  From Australia: The National Library is embarking on a major staff restructure, with the Asian Collections Reading Room set to close and overseas collecting reduced. There will be no reduction in jobs under the restructure, but Director-General of the library Marie-Louise Ayres didn’t say how many existing roles would be changed and […]


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National Library of Australia hiring Director Governance

(3 Oct 2019) The Library is seeking an experienced and driven corporate governance management professional to lead the Governance team and be part of the Corporate Group senior management team. The Corporate Group provide corporate strategy and support services that underpin the Library’s vision to connect all Australians with national collections. We are a small […]


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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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