Here's an interview I recorded with their chief librarian in 2006. In it he
commits to digitizing anything we send him.

https://archive.org/details/StewartCheifet-the-InternetArchive
On 09/04/2016 6:16 PM, "Sam Wilson" <s...@samwilson.id.au> wrote:

> I don't think they'd have the resources to take on a project this big. Who
> knows though! Would certainly be cool.
>
> On 09/04/16 15:54, Leigh Blackall wrote:
>
> Doesn't Archive.org digitized for free if it's going on their site as
> Commons? They were is 2006, I know that.
> On 09/04/2016 1:46 PM, "Sam Wilson" <s...@samwilson.id.au> wrote:
>
>> The argument for Ancestry is maybe slightly stronger, I reckon, in that
>> often they're digitizing collections that are smaller and unlikely to have
>> much funding (e.g. local government areas and smaller, even single churches
>> sometimes). So it sort of makes sense to pay for that (because the
>> organisations that own the collections can't do it).
>>
>> The SLNSW, on the other hand, is a single large institution and already
>> has the skills and means to digitize. It's just a matter of money?
>>
>> Not that I know much about any of this :-) but the approach of the
>> Australian War Memorial seems pretty good: get people who want particular
>> items to pay for them to be digitized, and then make the digital files
>> available for free to everyone else. That's the sort of non-commercial
>> ethos that would be great to see within any publicly-funded institution. :)
>>
>> —Sam
>>
>> On 09/04/16 09:07, Kerry Raymond wrote:
>>
>> I’m with Andrew, it’s a both a blessing and a curse. I’ve seen the same
>> thing happen in family history. Once the records were there in physical
>> form in a distant part of the world (result: no access for most people);
>> then Ancestry came along and offered to digitise them and sell
>> subscriptions to access the data (result: access for anyone willing/able to
>> pay). For me, I find the Ancestry subscription cost reasonable for what I
>> get access to (I use it for Wikipedia research as well as family history)
>> but not everyone thinks it’s affordable.
>>
>>
>>
>> So, I think the real question with SLNSW is “at what price will it become
>> accessible?”.
>>
>>
>>
>> When the time is right, we should try to negotiate for the Wikipedia
>> Library program to get access to some subscriptions (assuming that’s the
>> model chosen – could be pay-per-view).
>>
>>
>>
>> Kerry
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* Wikimediaau-l [mailto:wikimediaau-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org
>> <wikimediaau-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org>
>> <wikimediaau-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org>] *On Behalf Of *Robert Myers
>> *Sent:* Friday, 8 April 2016 1:20 PM
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>> *Subject:* Re: [Wikimediaau-l] NSW State Library
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>>
>>
>> More of a concern, IMO
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>
>> On 8 Apr 2016, at 12:47 PM, Andrew Owens <orderinchao...@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>>
>>
>> Just noticed an article about the NSW State Library that's either an
>> opportunity or a concern...
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> http://www.itnews.com.au/news/nsw-state-library-to-turn-3bn-collection-over-to-private-sector-417974
>>
>>
>>
>> kindest regards
>>
>> Andrew
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