Mar 21, 2016

Trove cuts

Recently it was announced that the Federal Government's efficiency dividend would be making cuts of $20 million from cultural institutions. One of the implications of these cutbacks has been to the National Library of Australia's Trove database. 

Trove allows everyone to search collections from cultural institutions across the country. They are also the largest organisation digitising collections for institutions, as well as providing grants for libraries, museums and historical societies to do the same. Trove has been seen as a world leading database which other national institutions are now trying to copy.

Trove has digitised hundreds of newspapers, maps, images as well as books and articles. It is now the first port of call for most people looking to research local or family history. Around 70,000 people use Trove everyday.

However with these cuts taking place 22 jobs at the National Library will be lost, with most of these coming from the digitisation department and Trove. This means that no new projects will be digitised for the next financial year while funding is being sought to continue to work on digitising newspapers and resources. 

What this means for us is that no new newspapers will be digitised, digitised items will take longer to get uploaded to Trove. 

If you would like to learn more, you can click on any of the following links:

If you would like to sign an online petition to help fund Trove, here are two:

But if you want to do more, contact your local member of Parliament and let them know that you would like to keep this world leading database running and to fund Trove. To see what other people are saying, search online for the hashtag #fundTrove.

Feb 25, 2016

Trove is back!

Trove is back online.

After a week of tinkering Trove 7 is now live and able to be used again. Some of the updates that have been made include the publishing of the NSW Government Gazettes from 1832-2001.

One of the big changes has been to newspaper searching. Gone is the map of where you would like to click, replaced with a narrowing search field that pops across the front of the screen. While this might take some getting used to, it allows for articles to be found faster than before.

To discover what's new click here. 

Feb 18, 2016

Trove is getting an update

Trove is changing! The National Library of Australia online resources database is getting a facelift and will get some improvements. To do this Trove will be shut down from 5pm AEDT on Monday 22 February until Thursday 25 February.

This means that Trove will not be working for a few days while the update takes place. Some of the new features that will be coming include a simplified interface to make finding items easier, customisable viewer displays to help you see items the way you want to see them and a new browse feature to netter display results.

If you are looking for help with finding resources during this time, ask the staff at any Moonee Valley Library branch to see if they have something that might help with your historical research, or you can go directly to the sites that Trove gathers it's information from.

For more information about the update to Trove visit here.

Trove logo sourced from National Library of Australia website:

Feb 12, 2016

PROV Provenance 2015 online

The Public Records Office of Victoria have released their journal Provenance online. This journal is a great resource for those who want to learn more about the history of Victoria. Some of the articles in this years edition include: 
Cover of Provenance 2015, Sourced from Public Records Office of Victoria: 
‘Doing their bit helping make Australia free’: mothers of Aboriginal diggers and the assertion of Indigenous rights
To read these articles and more click here.

Feb 1, 2016

Family History Group is Back!

Image from Sam Merrifield Collection
The Family History Group are back for 2016 and the first meeting is Tuesday 02/02/16 at the Sam Merrifield Library at 2:00pm. Join with other people from the Moonee Valley area to discuss the shared joys and problems of researching your own family history. 
So come along and bring any genealogy questions you're having trouble with to hopefully get the answer you need.