State Library’s collections must serve multiple purposes. At any one time, through collections, State Library may support a journalist’s research, inform a small business owner or convey childhood recollections. To serve these different functions, State Library must be clear on why it collects particular material. As an organisation, State Library must be an intentional collector. For every collection management decision, it is pertinent to ask how value is being added by taking that action, whether it be acquiring a book, describing a map, digitising a photograph or exhibiting a painting.
By clearly identifying what content is important, and why it is important, State Library can resource and effectively prioritise collection management activities. Before any decision is made, it is essential to confirm the intent for each collection. The content managed by State Library falls into four broad categories: Memory Collections, Information Collections, Public Library Collections and Extraordinary Collections.
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