All long journeys start with the first step ... and end with the last.
After five and a half years, close to 1.3 million electronic records created, over 500,000 barcode labels applied to books, and a few remarkable discoveries, the work of the eRecords Project is completed and the State Library of New South Wales’ incomparable collection is accessible through its electronic catalogues. The eRecords have changed the way our clients find and use information in the Library’s collections and the way we work internally, helping us to rethink the way we deliver services and share the collections with the world.
The eRecords Project has also provided a strong platform for the Library’s future. The work of the eRecords Innovation Project continues as ‘business as usual’ for the Library’s services, achieving greater global exposure of the State Library’s collection through our use of social media and sharing with the world the expertise of our staff by creating and editing Wikipedia articles.
And perhaps most importantly, the eRecords Project has provided the platform for the Digital Excellence Project ... the project that will open up our extraordinary collection to the world and transform the Library into a leader in digital cultural heritage.
Leading such a project has been a career highlight for many of those involved ... thank you for sharing the journey.
Dr Jennifer M Berryman
Program Manager, eRecords Project