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Libraries Tasmania Selects Preservica to Safeguard Public Access to Archives Collections

Boston, MA and Oxford, UK, February 2, 2022 Preservica, a global leader in Active Digital Preservation software, has partnered with Libraries Tasmania in a multi-year contract to accept, preserve, and store digital government and non-government records.

The ability to efficiently or effectively manage the 150TB’s of digital collections manually has become difficult, placing Libraries Tasmania at risk of not meeting required standards to ensure the ongoing preservation and accessibility of its digital cultural collections.

Preservica worked with local partner Document Management Tasmania (DMTAS) on the formal tender and procurement process. The digital preservation service will be hosted on AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) region.

The Tasmanian Archives holds hundreds of thousands of items of significant historical and cultural value, in various formats, that are actively degrading. These contain content unique and integral to Tasmanian history and must adhere to industry standards and compliance requirements to support business processes for the secure capture, storage, management, identification, access, delivery and long-term preservation of its digital collections.

Our commitment is to preserve the continuing memory of Tasmania as the lead provider of history, research, and information services,” said Allegra Huxtable, Manager Government Archives & Preservation at Libraries Tasmania, Department of Education. We are thrilled to partner with Preservica to preserve archives and heritage items to fulfill our legislated role as the keeper of Tasmania’s memory, and generate opportunities for lifelong learning, and cultural inspiration available to anyone around the world.” 

The digital preservation system will form part of the State Library and Tasmanian Archives infrastructure that will support the receipt of transfers from Tasmanian State Government Agencies and non-government organizations’ of digital records in all forms, including digitised version of hardcopy records as well as unstructured and structured born digital records. 

This also includes published digital assets acquired through legal deposit or purchase (where these items are not suitable for inclusion on the National E‑Deposit System).

Public access to the Tasmanian Archives collections include government records, private records, and cultural heritage items in a large number of formats including hard copy documentary items, physical items and their digital surrogates (digitised versions), audio recordings (including analogue and born digital), Film and Video (including analogue and born digital), maps, newspapers, and photographs.

Online access to digital materials has become increasingly important for many Australian government, academic, cultural and commercial organizations. Libraries Tasmania is part of a growing community of institutions using Preservica in the region including The National Archives of Australia (NAA), The National Library of Australia (NLA), the State Library of South Australia (SLSA), Moore College and many other government, cultural, and academic institutions. 

We are delighted that Libraries Tasmania is part of a growing number of customers in our user community in Australia,” said Mike Quinn, CEO Preservica. Preservica’s preservation system is a key part of the total environment needed to provide their digital collections with the best chance of long-term survival.”

Preservica’s digital preservation and discovery solution, Starter edition is providing multi-sized archives across the region with an easy, locally hosted way to preserve important records and showcase digital collections that document Australia’s rich history, ensuring content is kept safe and usable over decades are all automatically taken care of.

See if Preservica is a fit for you. Learn more about its library and museum archive software or try Preservica for free to create, preserve and share your first digital collection in minutes. 

About Libraries Tasmania

Tasmania set up Australia’s first library in 1825 and was the first state in Australia to deliver an integrated library and archive network. Today, Libraries Tasmania delivers services from many of their sites around the state, including the three islands — King, Flinders and Bruny — as well as offering a range of online services to their members.

Libraries Tasmania provides modern library services that are accessible and inclusive. They welcome people of all ages, interests and needs, offering:

  • a broad collection of lending items 
  • online information, including databases and heritage collections 
  • research and information services 
  • free access to the internet, computers and support in their use 
  • flexible spaces for individual study, recreation and group activity 
  • a variety of programs, services and events for adults, children and young people that enable personal learning, growth and community connections. 

Through the Tasmanian Archives, Libraries Tasmania preserve Tasmania’s documentary heritage for future generations, and serve as the continuing memory of Tasmania’s government and people. They are committed to making copies of our heritage items available online, to anyone around the world.

As well as providing opportunities for lifelong learning, social interactions and cultural inspiration, our services and programs directly contribute to their state’s growth, with an estimated economic impact of over $130 million annually. 

About Preservica

With offices in Boston, Ma. and Abingdon, Oxfordshire (UK), Preservica is changing the way organizations around the world protect and future-proof critical long-term digital information. Available in the cloud (SaaS) or on-premise, our award-winning active digital preservation software has been designed from the ground-up to tackle the unique challenges of ensuring digital information remains accessible and trustworthy over decades. It’s a proven solution that’s trusted by hundreds of business, archives, libraries, museums and government organizations around the world, including the UK National Archives, Texas State Library and Archives, MoMA, Yale and HSBC. Visit: www​.pre​ser​vi​ca​.com and Twitter: @preservica

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