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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Funding Cuts to State Records

Background (Preamble):
In late 2011, the State Records Authority of New South Wales announced the closure of the city reading room effective 30 June 2012. The History Council of NSW believes that the access to records is fundamental to the study of history.

State Records has been directed, along with other state government agencies, to make substantial savings to their budgets. Over the next four years State Records is expected to save a total of $1.8 million.

State Records is one of NSW’s key cultural institutions and an invaluable research facility for any historian’s investigations into aspects of the functioning of the state, from colonial and convict history, through all the permeations of the state’s role in people’s lives.
While the History Council acknowledges the challenges faced by State Government to be fiscally responsible, the budget cuts imposed on State Records NSW has a severe impact on the accessibility of records and services.

The cuts will downgrade the archives, undermining its position as a key cultural institution, limiting access for key user groups, and hampering the organisation’s role to inform and support state government, especially in its ongoing role in the state’s Digital Archives as well as guiding digitisation of records across NSW government.

A full Executive Summary of the issue can be found at
http://historycouncilnsw.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/HCNSW-Executive-Summary-State-Records-city-office-closure-March-2012.pdf
Petition:<a href="http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-the-cuts-to-state-records-nsw-funding.html">Stop the cuts to State Records NSW funding Petition | GoPetition</a>

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