GRIFFITH CITY LIBRARY LOCAL STUDIES COLLECTION COMMUNITY CONSULTATION SURVEY
Griffith City Library has been successful in securing funding from the NSW Government to assist in the digitisation of priceless collections and develop a state-wide regional digitisation strategy.
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Arts Don Harwin have announced investment into 11 projects under the Regional Cultural Fund (RCF) to make it easier for museum, art and other culturally important collections to be explored and enjoyed.
“Digitisation allows people to more easily access, learn from and appreciate NSW’s invaluable cultural assets,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Important and historically-significant collections can be found all throughout the state, and now through this program, these collections can be better preserved and made more widely available to local as well as international communities.
“Educators, researchers and tourists will all benefit,” he said.
Funding secured by the Griffith City Library will go towards the digitisation of early documents relating to the development of Griffith and the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, an important addition to the state’s online heritage. The library has a treasure-trove of original material; however, access is currently limited to in-house research.
By digitising the collection, Griffith City Library will provide access to the material through its online catalogue and contribute to the collections of the State Library of NSW and National Library of Australia.
The announcement is timely as the Library undergoes a review of the Local Studies collection, including an online survey, launched this week, asking the community for its views on the future development of the collection.
Library staff are interested in hearing from survey participants what they think of the current collection, subject areas they would like included and the tools and services that would make the collection more accessible. Data gathered will help ensure the collection meets the needs of the community and is diverse and inclusive.
Griffith City Library Manager, Karen Tagliapietra, said the local studies collection should embody Griffith’s heritage and cultural identity.
“Engaging with the community is an important step in the review of the Library’s Local Studies collection. The collection is accessed by a broad cross-section of people, including historians, students and people researching their families,” Ms Tagliapietra said.
“We have many factors in play including space and the urgent need to digitise for future prosperity. It is imperative that we take a modern, sustainable view of preserving precious historical documents, many of which are unique to this area and original only copies”.
As well as the survey, a community consultation forum will be held at the Library on Thursday 30 August. Members of the community are invited to meet with Librarians and share their views of the future direction of the Local Studies collection and services.
The survey can be completed within a few minutes, is available online at www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/librarylocalstudies or via the Griffith City Library website www.wrl.nsw.gov.au.
Print copies can also be obtained from the Griffith City Library or Griffith City Council or by printing from the link above.
Any queries regarding the survey or the local studies collection and policy can be directed to Griffith City Library Local Studies Librarian Shiron Kirkman, available Wednesdays, or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org