May 20, 2022

National Library of Australia Invests in Digital Future

From CIO:

The library is expanding its online and mobile services for Australian and international users. More than 70,000 people use its Trove service each day and 22 million users were clocked up last year.

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, the NLA’s assistant director-general for resource sharing, told CIO Australia the library’s digital assets now exceed 3 petabytes. “Libraries are some of the earliest adopters of digital technology,” she said. “Preserving Australia’s national digital heritage is a core priority.”


While the NLA currently manages this data in its own data centre, it is considering options for using external cloud services in the future. However, as the custodians of a shared national digital heritage, the NLA remains mindful about privacy and security in the public cloud.

“The cloud is a metaphor that may mean different things to different people or organisations,” Dr Ayres said. “The cloud may offer cost-savings, but there are concerns about privacy or cross-border data sovereignty.”

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