Organizational changes at the library

The National Library of Sweden and the Swedish National Archive of Recorded Sound and Moving Images consolidate. As the boundaries between media get erased, a new organization is needed.

Gunnar Sahlin, National Librarian
National Librarian Gunnar Sahlin. Photo by Ulf Huett Nilsson

The Swedish State has called upon the National Library to make preparations to consolidate with the Swedish National Archive of Recorded Sound and Moving Images (SLBA). The consolidation is expected to go into effect on 1 January 2009.

It feels like a natural evolution, as our respective materials have been converging over the last few decades. The world around us has changed, and the organization must adapt accordingly. Newspapers are a good example of this, says National Librarian Gunnar Sahlin, who continues:

"Nowadays a newspaper can be issued in hardcopy, online, and on radio and TV. What this means for researchers is better access and comprehensive insight into the material. We are very much looking forward to creating a structure in which two strong organizations with different competencies can work together. Key areas for development include the influx of digital material, the digitization of our collection and long-term digital archiving. These are areas that demand heavy expertise, and both national and international cooperation."

Contact person: Sara Bengtzon, e-mail: firstname.lastname@kb.se

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