Added on 23 April 2020

NSLALogo horizontalThe Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to welcome National and State Libraries Australia (NSLA) this week, as they become the Coalition’s newest Full Member.

As the body representing Australia’s national, state and territory libraries, NSLA has had a collaborative digital preservation focus since 2011. Maintaining an active group of digital preservation practitioners representing each of its nine member libraries, NSLA engages in collaborative project work on matters of mutual concern and provides support to its members as a professional development network.

NSLA joins the Coalition as membership in Australasia grows following the launch of a new DPC office in Melbourne. This presence in the region will enable improved access to the DPC’s program of activities for Members and digital preservation practitioners across the southern hemisphere; helping support, represent and amplify the work of a very active Australasian digital preservation community, as well as assisting institutions at all stages of digital preservation maturity.

“NSLA libraries are at varying stages in their digital preservation capability,” explains Barbara Lemon, NSLA Executive Officer. “Some are recognised leaders in the field in Australia, with well-established infrastructure, governance models and staff expertise; some are in the early stages of embedding formal digital preservation systems; and others are focused on increasing their personal and organisational capability.

“DPC membership has something for each of them: for early-stage practitioners, the training and resources will be particularly valuable. For more advanced practitioners, the value is in the opportunity to share with and learn from counterparts in other countries, and to extend networks beyond the GLAM sector. For all, the continued visibility of digital preservation as a global concern will certainly help to secure support from library leaders.”

Jaye Weatherburn, Head of Australasia and Asia-Pacific for the DPC was delighted to welcome NSLA to the Coalition saying: “We look forward to building on a history of collaboration in digital preservation with NSLA representing the priorities and needs of Australia’s national, state and territory libraries, thus ensuring that digital preservation continues to be presented as a national concern.”

As a DPC Member, NSLA also joins the newly formed Australasia Stakeholder Group, convened as part of the Coalition’s governance structure with the opening of the Melbourne Office. Following its inaugural meeting in April, the Stakeholder Group will ensure that Members in Australia, New Zealand and surrounding areas inform the development of the DPC’s program in the region and have input to the broader strategic direction of the Coalition.

The not-for-profit DPC is an international advocate for digital preservation, helping Members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance. Its vision is a secure digital legacy.

Any Australasian organization which joins the DPC through the office in Melbourne, before 31st July 2020 may benefit from an additional 10% discount (when taking out three-year Membership).

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