- The University’s collections support the core objectives of the ANU strategic plan.
- Digitisation of collections improves research and education by:
- Meeting the changing nature of research and teaching and staff and students expectations of online access. Digitisation will support and enhance the research goals of the University by providing access to digital representations of collections.
- Protecting unique and rare research material from overuse by making digital copies available. Digitisation of this material preserves rare collections by creating a digital surrogate and protects it from wear and tear while also providing digital back-up for the original physical copy.
- Creating awareness and increasing access to the University’s nationally and internationally significant collections and research outputs. Creating online access will increase discoverability and access for the unique collections and encourages use by researchers at the University and around the world. It will assist with international collaboration.
- Collections are digitised in accordance with the priorities outlined by the current Scholarly Information Services Digitisation Plan and availability of digitisation resources.
- Material which is already available online and freely accessible will not be digitised.
- Digitisation will occur in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968.
- Selection will be determined by a Steering Committee.
|Printable version (PDF)|
|Purpose||This policy outlines the University’s approach to identifying priorities for the digitisation of Australian National University (ANU) collections.|
|Topic/ SubTopic||Information Management - Library|
|Effective Date||1 May 2023|
|Next Review Date||1 May 2028|
|Responsible Officer:||University Librarian and Director, Scholarly Information Services|
|Contact Area||Library, Archives and University Records|
Copyright Act 1968
Information generated and received by ANU staff in the course of conducting business on behalf of ANU is a record and should be captured by an authorised recordkeeping system. To learn more about University records and recordkeeping practice at ANU, see ANU recordkeeping and Policy: Records and archives management.