The closure of libraries and other community hubs during the pandemic highlights the importance of being able to access collections and resources online. Our Recollect team launched the Recollect Journey campaign in response to the GLAM sector’s evolving needs. It helps organisations reconnect with their communities, gives them the opportunity to share their collections again, and encourages community engagement even when their physical spaces are closed to the public.
Recollect gives librarians the tools to maintain their collections from home by providing digital access. Staff can work on a range of tasks including collection management, accessioning, and cataloguing. New material can also be collated to tell contemporary stories — perhaps relating to Covid-19 and how our communities worked together to “flatten the curve.” Recollect makes it easy to record and preserve this knowledge, giving people the chance to learn from it and reflect on what we could do differently.
Make it through this unsettling period by creating opportunities for your staff to upskill and manage collections online. Your team can empower communities through Recollect, guaranteeing they can engage with the past and share information that informs the future. Recollect helps protect cultural heritage and ensures future generations have access to the information it provides — knowledge which often gives deeper meaning to our society.
We can help you get your most important collections online and instantly make them accessible to your community. Your team will be able to upload content to Recollect and inspire your communities. More options become available to you the further you travel on your Recollect journey: create a unique online identity, manage a higher volume of assets, and take control of site administration.
As well as directly benefiting your community, Recollect can equip librarians with meaningful work to complete from home. Starting your Recollect Journey enriches your collections, allows you to capture and manage content, and gives you the opportunity to discuss new ideas from anywhere in the world.
Recollect is an online platform that supports digital access, discovery, engagement, management, and preservation of cultural heritage and special collections. Over the past five years Recollect has experienced steady growth within Australasia, and recently NZMS split Recollect into its own company. By “spinning out” from NZMS, Recollect can more easily raise capital and pursue overseas expansion.
While Recollect is now a separate company, it still aligns perfectly with NZMS’s mission: to offer excellent digitisation and preservation services for the protection of New Zealand’s cultural heritage. To this end, NZMS will continue to act as the Recollect New Zealand reseller and provide support to the wider Recollect Community.
Embark on your Recollect Journey by telling us about your collections and the communities you want to inspire and engage. Get started here.