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Survey of public sector information management 2020/21

This survey of public sector information management is a key regulatory tool for assuring public sector information is well-managed. Key indicators provide a high-level perspective on whether information management is improving, declining, or remaining stable.
Report

Report on enhancing services to preserve new forms of scholarship

This report describes preservation activities, methods and context for the 'Enhancing Services to Preserve New Forms of Scholarship' project. Digital preservation institutions, libraries and university presses examined a variety of enhanced digital publications and identified which features can be preserved at scale using tools currently...
Guide

Our way: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols

In 2021, the National Archives of Australia announced new protocols to guide its Indigenous community engagement and records management. These protocols aim to develop a culturally competent organisation that will facilitate trust between the National Archives and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Report

New frontiers of digital access

This research report explores the development and delivery of Virtual Reading Rooms (VRRs) and Virtual Teaching Spaces (VTSs) amongst archives, special collections and museums.
Guide

Public Record Office Victoria standards framework

This guide outlines the official standards for the efficient management of public records in Victoria.
Report

Total cost of stewardship: responsible collection building in archives and special collections

This OCLC research report is a collection of resources designed to support archives and special collections in making informed, shared collection building decisions; bring together collection management and collection development considerations; and support communication between colleagues in curatorial, administrative, and technical services roles.
Report

Report of the Functional and Efficiency Review of the National Archives of Australia

The Federal Attorney-General commissioned this review of the National Archives of Australia to ensure that the institution can undertake its important role to protect, preserve and use Commonwealth information in the digital age.
Report

Management of the national collections — follow-on

The objective of this audit was to assess whether the National Library of Australia and National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) have implemented effective collection management practices.
Report

Preserve, strengthen and renew in community project report

This report synthesises the main research findings that emerged from the Preserve, Strengthen and Renew in Community (PSR) project.
Position paper

Archives and special collections linked data: navigating between notes and nodes

Libraries are in a state of moving from experimentation to production with linked data, and it is vitally important that the needs for descriptions of special collections materials are not left behind at this critical moment. This document helps to outline some of the challenges...
Report

Machine learning and libraries: a report on the state of the field

This report expertly frames machine learning and both its possibilities and its challenges. After defining machine learning and distinguishing it from the broader category of artificial intelligence (AI), the author describes the history of the use of these technologies in libraries and explores various approaches.
Report

Open content activities in libraries: same direction, different trajectories

This report synthesises findings from the 2018-19 Global Council survey on current and future planned open content activities for a global cohort of research and university libraries.
Discussion paper

Doing research differently: archiving and sharing qualitative data in studies of childhood, education and youth

This discussion paper explores directions and dilemmas in the archiving and sharing of qualitative research, taking a specific focus on studies of childhood, education and youth, predominantly from across the social sciences.
Report

2019: A year in libraries

This report provides a snapshot of the ways libraries have supported industry, health, education, communications and the arts at a national level during 2019, including celebrating the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages and the Australian Year of the Public Domain.
Report

Final report of the survey on digital preservation capacity and needs at Canadian memory institutions, 2017-18

The purpose of the survey was to provide an updated and comprehensive picture of digital preservation activities in Canada and to identify existing gaps and outstanding needs at Canadian institutions.
Video

In search of Indigenous Australian languages webinar

This webinar outlines some useful tools to apply Austlang codes to catalogue records - improving the discovery of Indigenous Australian language material.
Audio

World-first Australian website archive

The National Library of Australia has launched a searchable archive of websites allowing you to step back in time and access billions of these early sites. Included among them is a website from Prime Minister Howard and also the first versions of APO as Australian...
Journal article

Transformative praxis - building spaces for Indigenous self-determination in libraries and archives

This article explores questions regarding the development and support of Indigenous priorities and self-determination in Australian libraries and archives. It calls for greater use of Indigenous research methodologies within library and archival science in order to seek ways to decolonize and simultaneously indiginze libraries and...
Policy report

Identity of a nation: protecting the digital evidence of who we are

Like other countries, Australia is focused on protecting its critical infrastructure from cyber threats. However, there’s a serious gap in how we approach the protection of our valuable digital national identity assets.