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Peter McMahon, State Library of Victoria 

Tuesday 16 September 2014 – Concurrent session 2, 12:00pm to 12:25pm

Abstract

The extraordinary collections of National, State and Territory libraries across Australia and New Zealand are being made available in unprecedented ways to commemorate the First World War. The broad appeal, accessibility and sheer volume of this material has resulted in a level of community engagement unimaginable ten years ago. The commemorations have presented an ideal opportunity for libraries to invest or experiment in new platforms to display collection content, gather community contributions, and extend their reach. Rather than presenting a showcase of WWI initiatives, this paper uses WWI programs as a lens through which to examine the shifting focus and priorities of NSLA libraries.

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