GLAM project update

Sue McKerracher, Australian Library and Information Association

Concurrent session 14
Thursday 16 February 2017, 11:30am - 11:55am

Abstract

Imagine the difference it would make if Australia’s arts and cultural heritage collections were all easily available online. If, simply by taking a smartphone out of their pocket, turning on their PC or swiping their tablet:

  • Artists could take inspiration from vintage designs and the works of master creators
  • Teachers could bring Australian citizenship to life through objects and stories
  • Researchers could discover the information they need to produce valuable new insights
  • Families could explore their own histories
  • Everyone, irrespective of socio-economic factors, diversity, location and disability would have the same opportunity to access collections online.

All this can be achieved through the Digital Access to Collections initiative of GLAM Peak, and work is already underway on a strategic national framework and a practical toolkit for smaller institutions.

This session will provide the inside track on a Ministry of the Arts Catalyst-funded project that is supported by the Academy of Humanities, AIATSIS, ALIA, the Council of Australian University Librarians, CSIRO, the Federation of Australian Historical Societies, Museums and Gallleries Australia, National Archives, National and State Libraries Australasia, and other associations, as well as by major national, state and territory GLAM institutions.

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