The National Library of Australia holds the greatest collection in the world of material relating to Australia and the Australian people. It ranges from the earliest European works about the Great Southern Land to the most current publications. The collection includes all formats of material, from books and newspaper to pictures, photographs, microfilm, maps, sheet music, oral history recordings, manuscript papers, ephemera and so much more!
One of the collections that require attention is ‘The Philippines Tribune’ newspaper – one of the major English daily newspapers published in the Philippines during the 1930’s. The NLA collection is the only known copy of the Newspaper in existence. The National Library of Australia understand digitising this collection to be an excellent way of preserving the content and making the material more accessible to current and future generations. Deciding to digitise, a large and very fragile collection can however, be a significant challenge.
After careful consideration, The National Library of Australia engaged DatacomIT to assist with the digitisation process, focusing on its fragility and size of the collection. DatacomIT worked closely with The National Library of Australia to provide a solution.