Macquarie Regional Library Service (NSW)

Regional Local Studies Strategy

RHCS conducted a review of local studies collection and access across the Macquarie Regional Library Service and of external agencies and individuals involved in the collection and preservation of local studies materials across the region. The consultation involved both survey and face-to-face meetings with key stakeholders from the library, member Councils, Councilors, and various special interest groups and individuals. The project developed a regional local studies strategy for both the library and other interested groups, organizations and individuals. All member Councils of the Macquarie Regional Library Service (Dubbo, Narromine, Warrumbungle and Wellington) have since adopted the strategy.


Clarence Regional Library Service (NSW)

Local Studies Review and Strategy

Project Description: Review local studies collection practices across the Clarence Region, including an analysis of the current practice of the library and regional history groups/organisations and individuals.

The review included:

  • Consultation with key stakeholders, including staff, Council officers, historical and family history societies, museums and the community
  • Review and benchmarking of current heritage collection practice i.e. a review of practice at other public library services
  • Review of current operational and capital investment in local studies by the region

As a result of the review a set of recommendations has been developed that forms the basis of a regional local studies strategy for both the library and other interested groups, organisations and individuals.

Project outcomes

A Local Studies Strategy that provides:

  • A common / core set of overall goals, objectives and strategies for the library‚Äôs ongoing local studies service delivery
  • A cohesive and practical local studies service delivery model that meets contemporary standards and guidelines
  • A collaborative and community approach to the ongoing collection, preservation, dissemination and promotion of the region’s history
  • Opportunities to learn and share information / knowledge


Contact: Kathryn Breward, Regional Librarian

Tel: (02) 6642 7480