Guide to the Papers of Rose Holley [MSS 380]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Rose Holley
Manuscript Number MSS 380
Last Updated October 2021
Extent 1 box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Collection of papers, reports, articles on librarianship.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to the professional work of Rose Holley as a Librarian, Archivist and Curator. It contains her published articles, reports, reviews, presentations, and national frameworks and funding models she was involved with, The focus is mostly on Digital Libraries, large collaborative projects and models, and transformation of traditional library and archive services into digital models. Institutions she worked for and collaborated with include the University of Auckland, the National Library of New Zealand, the National Library of Australia, the National Archives of Australia, the University of New South Wales Canberra at ADFA, the ABC, the Australian Society of Archivists, the Australian Library and Information Association, and VALA.

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Biographical Note

Rose Holley is the Special Collections and Digital Curator at UNSW.  She was appointed to this position in August 2014 and manages the Special Collections which are located at UNSW Canberra at ADFA. Rose has held senior positions at the National Archives of Australia (Director of Software Implementation 2012-2014), the National Library of Australia (Director of Trove and the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program 2007-2012), and the University of Auckland (Manager of Digital Services and Projects 2000-2007). She has expertise in collection management, digitisation projects and innovation. She is an author for several library journals and actively contributes to library and archival professional associations and relevant committees and groups. She started her library career in the UK 30 years ago, before moving to New Zealand for ten years, and then moving to Australia after being recruited by the National Library of Australia. 


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Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: Copying of material authored by Rose Holley for private study and research is approved. 

Preferred Citation 

Papers of Rose Holley, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 380, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired in 2019, being donated by Rose Holley.


Subject Keywords




Digital libraries

National Cultural Policy


Personal Names

Rose Holley




Container List


Box 1

Strategic Reports on Digital issues at NLA, NAA, NFSA, and other GLAM's

Folder 1

Many Hands Make Light Work: Public Collaborative OCR Text Correction in Historic Australian Newspapers by Rose Holley, March 2009, National Library of Australia.  This report covers the pioneering work achieved by Rose and her team. It was the first instance of library crowdsourcing in the world and also mass scale active online engagement with library users. It illustrated the new paradigm of libraries working with their users and enabling them to edit, improve and add value to library owned content. 

How Good Can It Get? Analysing and Improving OCR Accuracy in Large Scale Historic Newspaper Digitisation Programs. October 2008. Pre-Press version, by Rose Holley

ICT Business Case: Dealing with the Digital Deluge. Exposure Draft 2009. Led by Warwick Cathro, NLA. Joint proposal to Government by NAA, NFSA and NLA for $147 million over 5 years to address shared critical issues of digital collecting, preservation, and access. If granted aim to complete by 2020. (Not approved by Government).

Executive Summary.


Strategic Directions for Digital Archiving at the NAA. 2011. by Eric Wainwright. Options for a 20 year strategy to 2031. 

Access to Digital Records Scoping Study for NAA. by Eric Wainwright and Dagmar Parer. 2012. Recommendations for addressing issues and developing forward strategy.

Dealing with the Digital Deluge- Ten Challenges for GLAM’s 2012, Holley, R.

The proposed Australian National Cultural Policy 2012- an overview for GLAM’s 2012, Holley,R.(Includes summarised responses from 200 agencies on what a National Cultural Policy should enable and resource).

The Australian National Cultural Policy released 2013: an overview of ‘Creative Australia’ for GLAM’s, 2013, Holley,R.

An Innovation Study: Challenges and Opportunities for Australia’s Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.CSIRO and Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation: 2014. Mansfield, T., Winter, C., Griffith, C., Dockerty, A., Brown, T. Sets out a vision to 2035. 

Chris Winter summary article/talk on GLAM Innovation Study, ASA Newsletter October 2015