Jewish Press: 180 Years of Australian Jewish Newspaper History Going Online

Jewish Press: 180 Years of Australian Jewish Newspaper History Going Online. “A new initiative will digitize and open free digital access to 180 years of Australian Jewish newspapers, including over 200,000 pages from Jewish communities across the continent. The project is a collaboration between the National Library of Australia (NLA), the National Library of Israel (NLI), and the Australian Jewish Historical Society (AJHS).”

Canberra Times: National Library of Australia launches new and improved Trove

Canberra Times: National Library of Australia launches new and improved Trove. “Canberrans will now have access to a new and improved treasure trove of information as the National Library launched its new program on Friday. More than 3000 Australians contributed to a new and improved Trove system, which was unveiled after four years of work.”

Canberra Times: The National Library of Australia has a fascinating collection of performing arts scrapbooks now available to view online

Canberra Times: The National Library of Australia has a fascinating collection of performing arts scrapbooks now available to view online. “Eighteen scrapbooks of our theatrical past contain insights into performances by Dame Nellie Melba, concerts by the Essendon Musical Society and the acts of circus and vaudeville performers. They were compiled by a number of dedicated and, sometimes, unknown fans across the late 18th to the mid to late 20th centuries. The scrapbooks contain images, programs, advertisements, tickets, reviews and news clippings of and for a great number of theatre, vaudeville, ballet and opera performances.”

National Library of Australia: Australian Libraries Join Forces to Build National Digital Collection

National Library of Australia: Australian Libraries Join Forces to Build National Digital Collection. “Australia’s national, state and territory libraries have come together in a world-first collaboration to build a national digital collection, with the new national edeposit service (NED) launching this week. For more than 100 years, publishers have been legally required to deposit published works in Australian libraries. With the creation of NED, Australian libraries now have the digital infrastructure to preserve Australia’s documentary heritage for future generations, in the same way they always have for print.”

National Library of Australia: Australian Joint Copying Project Reimagined

National Library of Australia: Australian Joint Copying Project Reimagined. “The microfilm produced by the Australian Joint Copying Project has long been a first stop for those researching local or family history. The 10,400 microfilm reels however have been difficult to access even for those living near libraries holding the microfilm let alone those in rural areas. The content itself can often be dense and difficult to locate relevant information. The National Library of Australia has begun a new project to address these problems. Thanks to the Australian Public Service Modernisation Fund the AJCP Online Project will digitise the 7.5 million records captured on the original AJCP microfilm, delivering them online free of charge to all.”

Computerworld: National Library launches ‘enormous’ archive of Australia’s Internet

Computerworld: National Library launches ‘enormous’ archive of Australia’s Internet. “‘The Australian Web Archive [AWA] is one of the biggest in the world. And when we say big, we mean enormous,’ says director general of the National Library of Australia, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres. The new archive, which launched last week, contains around 600 terabytes of data across 9 billion records. In bookshelf terms; if the records were printed and stacked they would stretch from Canberra to Cairns.”

National Library of Australia Launches Daisy Bates Collection

The National Library of Australia: has a new Daisy Bates collection online (this links to a Facebook post.) “The controversial ethnographer Daisy Bates recorded many Aboriginal languages in the early 20th century, which would otherwise be lost today. Now her papers have been digitised and are available through the new platform Bates Online.”

OpenGov: How the National Library of Australia is preparing for the digital age

OpenGov: How the National Library of Australia is preparing for the digital age. “OpenGov caught up with David Wong, Assistant Director-General of Information Technology and CIO at the National Library of Australia, to learn about the final stages of the program to replace the digital library infrastructure, and how the Library is building on the foundations laid by the program.”

Why We Collect What We Collect: Both A National And Personal Issue (National Library of Australia)

National Library of Australia: Why We Collect What We Collect: Both A National And Personal Issue . ” During this unprecedented postal survey Australians were asked their opinion on something affecting their family, friends, work colleagues, congregations and broader communities. For some of us, it’s even more fundamental. And although the shared collecting effort hasn’t resulted in as large a collection as we were expecting, this personal aspect and the growth of social media has resulted in this being one of our most successful collecting projects in terms of public support and engagement. For example, one of our Twitter posts requesting original copies of campaign material reached over half a million people.”

National Library of Australia: Portraits Of Port Adelaide

National Library of Australia: Portraits Of Port Adelaide . “The citizens of Port Adelaide now have a stronger presence in Trove, with the addition of five digitised newspaper titles focusing on the region. Support for this digitisation was achieved through a partnership with urban development agency Renewal SA and the State Library of South Australia, bringing the total of South Australian newspapers titles in Trove to 120.”

Embracing Digital Change: Electronic Deposit 18 Months On (National Library of Australia)

National Library of Australia: Embracing Digital Change: Electronic Deposit 18 Months On. “In February 2016, near the end of a bright, hot summer, the National Library of Australia welcomed long-anticipated changes to the Copyright Act with genuine excitement. For the first time in its history, the Library could at last collect electronic publications under the legal deposit provisions of the Act. Now, some 18 months later in the midst of a foggy Canberra winter, that excitement has not abated. If anything, it has intensified as our electronic collections expand exponentially, building a rich and diverse resource for Australians now and into the future.”

National Library of Australia Puts Up a New Flickr Album of Boxing Photos

The National Library of Australia has put up a new Flickr album of boxing photos. From the home page: “Boxing photographs from the National Library’s collections showing the variations in boxing fashion from the 1870’s to the 1950’s. Including belted long johns and trunks of all kinds, dressing gowns, boots, plimsolls, sock-suspenders and of course the all-important elastic-waisted ‘boxer-shorts’ specifically developed for the sport by Jacob Golomb in 1925.”

National Library of Australia: Pacific Islands Monthly Digitised

National Library of Australia: Pacific Islands Monthly Digitised. “The National Library has recently completed the digitisation of the entire run of the Pacific Islands monthly magazine and all of the issues can be browsed or the text fully searched on Trove. The Pacific Islands monthly (PIM) was founded in Sydney by New Zealand born journalist Robert William (Robbie) Robson, who had moved to Australia during World War I. The first issue was published August 1930 and it ran until June 2000.”

Trove Stops Adding Items To Its Collections

This is so depressing. The Australia National Library’s online archive, Trove, will stop adding to its collections. “The National Library of Australia’s online archive Trove will cease to add to its collection after failing to secure dedicated funding in this week’s federal budget…. Trove was launched in 2009 and since has digitised millions of records from its own collection as well as items from state and local collections, placing them online for the public to access.”