State Library of New South Wales, based in Sydney, Australia, has selected Media Equation (me) for its innovative online digital initiative, atmitchell.com.
Media Equation will be implementing the lookat.me total system. This provides the Digital Asset Management (DAM), Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Archival Collection Management System (ACMS) solutions for the State Library of NSW. The contract includes digital asset management, web content management and operational workflows to support the Library's digital vision.
In addition, me will conduct business analysis workshops, data migration and enterprise training. me will work closely with the Library's digitisation partners to integrate offsite and onsite imaging workflows.
me is pleased to be partnering with the prestigious State Library of New South Wales.
About the State Library of New South Wales
The State Library of NSW is one of the oldest libraries in Australia, with a history tracing back to the establishment of the Australian Subscription Library in 1826. The historic Mitchell Library Reading Room opened to the public in 1910 after David Scott Mitchell bequeathed his large private collection. A new State Library building opened in Macquarie Street in 1988, and is connected to the historic Mitchell Wing below ground by a glass atrium. The Mitchell Library has become one of the world's greatest cultural institutions that is linked with most major works in print, film or radio on the Australian way of life. This is the name behind the launch of atmitchell.com which started the development of the 21st century library.
Key Statistics from the Library's 2005-06 Annual Report:
- The collections are valued at $1.9 billion
- Photographs and negatives held total 1.21 million while prints and drawings total 128,022
- 19,015 collection items received preservation treatments during the year
- Significant heritage & current pages and pictorial images digitised in 2005-06 24,087 (2004-05 22,092)
- Requests for State Library website pages grew to 31.6 million
- Heritage and current collection electronic records available now total 1.56 million
The Library is preparing a new corporate plan to 2010 which builds on its success and strategic vision. It will:
- deliver services that meet the demands and expectations of users in a dynamic and changing information environment
- build a collection management strategy for maintenance, storage and growth.
The Library aims to open up and showcase the Library's magnificent collections to the community. It will culminate in the centenary of the Mitchell Library in 2010 and will be a strategic component of atmitchell.com.Specialist services provided by the State Library include legal and health information,access to indigenous and multicultural resources and touring exhibitions.
About Media Equation
me is an innovative digital asset and archive collection management company. me has installations in many major libraries and other government bodies around the country. Every State and Federal Tourism organisation is a current me client using our online me Digital Asset Management solutions. Corporations using lookat.me include Australian Geographic, VISCOPY Ltd, Orica Limited (formerly ICI Limited), Dulux Australia, Dulux New Zealand and Selleys.
me is a Serena Partner, Adobe Developer and Microsoft Partner. me has reseller partners both in Australia and overseas.
Established over 20 years ago, me has a team of dedicated IT, Graphic Design, digitisation and imaging professionals to deliver the services for the State Library of New South Wales and several other major projects. me has developed over many years strong Associates and Strategic Alliance Partners covering Software Development, Digitisation, Graphic Design and Print.
lookat.me is a web-based digital asset and archive collection management system that helps catalogue and control archive material and digital derivatives. It is also an enterprise tool that helps organisations use their digital assets more efficiently. Client reference sites can be accessed from our websites: http://images.me.com.au and www.lookat.me.com.au.
The lookat.me system has been developed by Media Equation Pty Ltd, a Melbourne-based company. lookat.me has been in commercial use since 2000. With lookat.me, digital assets are stored and managed online. Derivatives can be viewed from the web interface or downloaded depending on permissions. lookat.me modules also provide for fulfilment options for requests such as prints and posters of images.