The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) welcomes the development of a National Cultural Policy. A coherent national policy can provide the leverage and the focus that channels funding to agreed national priorities. For libraries, where our role spans many sectors, a national policy can bring together the complex parts and provide a clear statement of priority and intent. ALIA submits the following recommendations:
- Libraries and national cultural collection institutions should be recognised separately within the National Cultural Policy
- That the National Cultural Policy clearly define the way forward for national digitisation funds and projects to ensure appropriate preservation of Australian historically significant content and how they would support and link to other government initiatives such as the National Broadband Network. This could take the form of an online cultural collections strategy.
- That the National Cultural Policy clearly define the way forward for preservation of significant born-digital Australian collections and how services such as the National Library of Australia’s Trove and Pandora will be supported to preserve more online content to enable greater access in the future.
- To include an explicit goal in the National Cultural Policy in relation to preserving and ensuring ongoing access to Australia’s cultural collections in both digital and physical formats.