One of the most important ways that the State Library collects resources for the John Oxley Library is through its legal deposit role, which requires publishers to deposit a copy of their works with the library, including electronic publications.
The legal deposit requirement applies not only to commercial publishers but to all kinds of publishers including individuals, clubs, churches, incorporated societies and so on.
State Library is always looking for simpler ways for publishers to fulfill their legal deposit obligations and recently introduced a quick and easy ‘wizard’ for the lodgment of electronic publications. Through State Library’s website and without the need for registrations or logins, publishers are now able to lodge copies of their electronic serials, newsletters or books in just 5 easy steps.
The ‘deposit wizard’ went live in mid-April and there was much excitement at State Library when we received our very first ‘wizard’ deposit! On Anzac Day, Birdlife Southern Queensland lodged the inaugural issue of Warbler, their new e-newsletter, using the new deposit wizard.
What made it even more exciting for us was that they found the deposit wizard on their own and lodged their first file without any prior contact with the Library. The wizard was designed to be used without training or intervention and this first use proved that it was simple and easy to use.
Since then, several other publishers have discovered the ease with which they can lodge their electronic legal deposit publications using the wizard at whatever time suits them.
To use the wizard go to http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/info/pw/legdep/wizard. If you would like to view the first issue of the Warbler, click here.
Karen Stone – Manager, Description Services, State Library of Queensland