January 24, 2022

Australia: Queensland State Library Film Vault Preserving State’s Hidden Histories

From ABC Radio Brisbane:

Margaret Warren, the library’s acting content management director, said many are home videos shot on hand-held cameras — but most of their contents remain a secret, even to her.

“We keep them in a stable environment that stops them from deteriorating further while we work out how to get the money that’s needed to digitise them,” she told ABC Radio Brisbane.

The reels have been donated to the library from all over Queensland.


The State Library, which is government funded, estimated digitising the entire collection could cost more than $1 million.

Ms Warren said the library’s foundation was now focused on attracting donations for the Reel Rescue program to make sure more films were preserved for the future.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.