A statement on the National Library’s TROVE service

A statement on the National Library’s TROVE service

A statement on the National Library’s TROVE service

March 2016

 

The Royal Historical Society (RHSQ) is concerned about the proposed change to the operating model for the National Library of Australia’s (NLA) popular TROVE service.

 

Since it was introduced in 2009, TROVE has been embraced by collecting institutions and content partners throughout Australia for providing an innovative online platform which enables researchers to easily search, discover and access material held in dispersed collections.

 

TROVE is particularly valued by Australians living in remote and regional communities, with tens of thousands of people accessing this service each day.

 

However, the NLA has advised that the impact of the Federal Government’s efficiency dividend is likely to result in changes to the TROVE service.

 

Of particular concern is that TROVE may cease aggregating content from museums and universities unless it is fully funded to do so. The cessation of aggregated content from universities and museums, if adopted, may limit the future effectiveness of this important service.

 

The RHSQ considers it vitally important for TROVE to maintain its place as an invaluable component of Australia’s research infrastructure.

 

Grant Opportunity: 2016 Community Heritage Grants

Grant Opportunity: 2016 Community Heritage Grants

The Community Heritage Grants program is federally funded, operating since 1994, which offers grants of up to $15,000 to assist in preserving cultural heritage collections of national significance. Not-for-profit organisations, such as historical societies, regional museums, public libraries and Indigenous and migrant community groups throughout Australia, are encouraged to apply. For more information on CHG see http://www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg

The round opens today and closes on 9 May 2016.