Closure of MyLanguage Website
The MyLanguage Committee has undertaken a comprehensive review of the MyLanguage website and program and decided to discontinue the service effective Friday 8 August.
The decision was made by National and State Libraries Australasia following an extensive survey of stakeholders and users which confirmed a decline in demand.
MyLanguage is a partnership project between the state and territory libraries of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria. The MyLanguage website went live in 2005 with the purpose of providing electronic resources in languages other than English to culturally and linguistically diverse communities to further expand library and complement library networks. In 2005 the website had over 2 million links to information in 62 languages; today it has now grown to over 6 million links in 67 languages.
However as the general community has become increasingly digitally literate and online resources more readily available, the demand for MyLanguage has declined. This in turn has resulted in ongoing strain upon the libraries supporting MyLanguage to continue the funding and resources to support this service.
The impact of closing the MyLanguage website is likely to be minimal.
We have commenced archival processes on the MyLanguage website, including harvesting a copy of the website for the Pandora web archive (www.pandora.nla.gov.au). The archived website is available now. The live website has been updated with information about the closure, and will be removed from public access on Friday, 8 August 2014.
For information on the alternate online service providers please visit www.mylanguage.gov.au/faq.
This is the appropriate time for you to remove any links to the MyLanguage website from your own website and any shortcuts from your public access or staff PCs. Please remove any MyLanguage promotional materials from public access and dispose of them.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and for using MyLanguage. Whilst we are ceasing this service, the libraries of the MyLanguage program will continue to develop services and programs that support our multicultural communities and the public libraries serving them.
Libraries ACT, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Queensland, State Library of South Australia, State Library of Western Australia and State Library of Victoria.