Kiama Library has been successful in obtaining a Public Library Infrastructure Grant through the State Library of NSW. The Grants are aimed at projects that will assist NSW councils to improve public library infrastructure, including buildings and information technology systems.
A total of $60,521 has been allocated to Kiama Library to digitise the Council Minute Books of Kiama (1859-1968), Gerringong (1871-1954) and Jamberoo (1891-1954) councils.
The Just a Minute project will also provide public access to these records via a digital asset management system (DAM) through the internet.
After the digitisation of the district’s council minutes, the preservation of these fragile books will continue to be maintained by the State Records Authority of NSW. The grant will therefore provide not only public access to these documents, but also ensure their continued physical existence.
Through the DAM, Kiama Library will also provide public access to its vault of images, oral histories and documents.
The Library already has strong links with the Kiama and Gerringong Historical Societies, and with the Kiama Family History Centre. It aims to become a local studies and family history hub where community access to these resources will facilitate further and more extensive research into the rich and unique history of our district and its people.