Queensland’s connected collections and digitisation

Queenslanders are united in an ongoing shared endeavour to capture, preserve and make accessible Queensland’s unique legacy by connecting and building relationships and information about heritage collections found throughout the State.

Any group or organisation that holds Queensland cultural heritage material is part of connected collections of Queensland memory.  This includes the following and more:

  • 319 public libraries
  • 21 Indigenous Knowledge Centres
  • 200+ historical societies and community museums
  • 80+ regional galleries
  • Schools and universities throughout Queensland
  • Community spaces
  • Business archives
  • Private collections

Cultural groups big and small, organisations and institutions hold a wide range of unique heritage collections and are stewards of the following and more:

  • Photographs
  • Objects
  • Manuscripts (letters, diaries, journals)
  • Maps and plans
  • Publications
  • Oral histories, audio, audio-visual
  • Unique books about the community

Why digitise materials?

Digitisation is at the heart of this collaborative informal network because it allows materials to be made available online at any time, in any place, thus increasing access to this truly unique heritage that belongs to the people of Queensland. State Library of Queensland encourages communities to connect and share our unique heritage in the following ways:

  • By digitising, you can make your collections discoverable and accessible throughout the world
  • By digitising using best practices and standards, you can preserve your collections for future generations
  • State Library provides the Digitisation Toolkit, to help cultural groups build capacity to digitise collections as it is not able to digitise all of the collections in the state

How to participate in sharing connected collections of Queensland memory

  • Make your collections accessible through social media and other platforms
  • Use online tools to allow people to “highlight” your collections and find out about what you have to offer to the community
  • Link your content to other collections and provide rich research opportunities
  • By making your collection discoverable and accessible, you are helping to create, build and share Queensland’s heritage
  • Digitise to international best practises to ensure long-term preservation and long-term access
  • Subscribe to the QM enewsletter to share information about your collections

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