Standards And Tools

Standards and Guidelines: an E-directory
SAGE is an online information service provided by the Collections Council of Australia to collect and assist collecting organisations to identify relevant standards and guidelines. SAGE provides a list of relevant standards and, where possible, evaluates them by providing comments on coverage, usability and relationship to other standards. SAGE operates in conjunction with the Digital Standards Bibliography, Version 3.0, providing updated information about the standards included on the Bibliography.

The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Media and Communications Law
The CMCL group is currently working with the Arts Law Centre of Australia to develop a standard donor agreement for collecting institutions, in consultation with representatives of the sector. The aim is to provide clearer rules, more certainty and best practice drafting for donor agreements, with a view to increasing the information and choices available to institutions and donors alike.

The State Library of Western Australia SLURP
SLWA is currently developing this rights management tool, which aims to provide best practice preservation and access standards. SLURP incorporates standardised metadata forms and automatic format shifting, all integrated directly into the library’s catalogue.

The National Library of Australia Catalogue
The NLA has recently incorporated an algorithm into its catalogue that automatically estimates the copyright status of works based on metadata such as the author’s death and the publication date. This information is made available to members of the public, along with a disclaimer noting the information may not be entirely accurate. This provides users with the ability to make their own copyright and risk management judgements.

Re-imagining Library Services Strategic Plan
In July 2008 National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) released this collaboratively produced document, which outlines the way member organisations can embrace new opportunities in service delivery. One of the three core strategies of the project is Accessible Content which aims to “empower everyone to find, share and create content”. Re-imagining Libraries has 10 implementation projects, including:

  • Open borders - opening up access to e-resources and services across our libraries;
  • Virtual reference - integrating virtual reference as a core function, with a new business and resourcing model;
  • Community created content - identifying and implementing a framework and tool set for everyone to create and transform online content;
  • Scaling up digitisation - demonstrating the economic benefits of mass digitisation and defining best practice in management of digital collections; and
  • Connecting and discovering content - enhancing metadata and making collection holdings more visible and linked online.
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