Communications & Media

University’s Collections secure national grant

The University of Tasmania’s Special and Rare Collections has secured a $15,000 Community Heritage Grant.

The grant will fund two projects including the digitisation of selected collections; and the purchase of archival supplies to re-house selected collections to best practise standards.

The grant was recently announced at the National Library of Australia with this year’s scheme hosting $355,560 in grants distributed to 56 community groups and organisation nationally to help in identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.

University of Tasmania Librarian Karmen Pembleton said the grant was important in supporting the effort to preserve the Library’s Special and Rare Collections.

“The grant provides the funds to help us protect our collection and make it accessible while it remains in a local context,” she said.

Working with Acrodata, a local digitisation specialist company, the digitisation component of the project will focus on two areas following recommendations made by the Preservations Needs Assessment 2016 including:

  • Digitisation of the most significant and the most at-risk collections including the Girls Industrial School Records and Miscellaneous Convict and Legal papers 1830-1860.
  • Format shifting, which includes digitisation of collections such as Dr Eric Guiler Thylacine Expedition films, the Fred Koolhof Photographic Collection and the Glass Plate Negative collection. (These collections have become inaccessible as the formats have become superseded).

Purchasing archival standard supplies will enable the Special and Rare team to update the enclosures and rehouse many of the private papers, maps, photographs to the best practise standard.

The Community Heritage Grant is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.

Published on: 03 Nov 2017 10:36am