NLA wins at egov awards

The National Library of Australia’s project Trove won the 2011 Excellence in eGovernment Award, as well as the Service Delivery Category Award.  The Trove search engine shows how Government is harnessing digital technology to improve service delivery, linking Australians to millions of resources available online, and in Australian libraries, cultural institution and research collections.

At the touch of a button Trove allows Australians to access full text books, historic newspapers, images, music, video, maps, websites, letters, archives and more. It’s also interactive. Users join together to correct details in newspapers, tag articles and add photos using Flickr.

– Special Minister of State Gary Gray announced


Trove enhancements

Late last week, The National Library of Australia announced the release of Trove 4.0. The latest version includes a few interesting developments, which Alison Dellit explains:

  • Trove now searches across millions of articles from GALE and Informit.  These articles are found in a new zone called “journals, articles and datasets”. An example article is: Where is Osama Bin Laden? From the Gulf News in 2010. Most of these articles can be viewed online for free if your library has already purchased a subscription from GALE or Informit. Click on the article title in Trove, then look for your library name on the “online” tab. Further help is available here. We are working with vendors and libraries to further improve the quality of article links and authentication.
  • The Trove homepage has been redesigned to make it easier for us to communicate with you, and for new users to understand the benefits of Trove.

This version would not have been possible without collaboration across the library sector, particularly the support of National and State Libraries Australasia.

Information for libraries with Gale and Informit subscriptions is available here.

If you have any questions or comments on the new release, we’d love to hear them. Just use this form, and someone will get back to you. If you want a phone conversation, specify that in the message and we’ll give you a call.

We thank you for your ongoing support!

Alison Dellit

Ag/Trove Manager

You can keep up to date with the latest Trove news here.

Where to next for Trove?

Well, who better to give you the answers than Trove’s manager, Rose Holley! There are a number of new features in the works, according to her latest article over at DLib, which should further enhance the users’ experience and their ability to “find and get” the material that they’re looking for. The following is the presentation that accompanies her paper.

Goodbye gateway, hello Australia and the world

Trove continues to go from strength to strength, continually adding more items to its already 90 million plus, and encouraging further interaction – from adding comments and tagging, to discussing your findings with other users in the freshly minted Trove forum – with resources from all across Australia, as well as some from further afield. If you want to know more, have a read of Rose Holley’s article “Trove : innovation in access to information in Australia” in the latest issue of Ariadne.


Trove is the National Library’s latest ‘discovery experience’ or catalogue or search engine to various Library collections. It moved from beta to production last week and is designed to be the single user interface for Library users.

Trove brings together all the Library’s collections and a whole other suite of online resources. For information on it go to http://trove/general/about

Trove allows, nay encourages, user participation in tagging and commenting on works. See the below image for how many people have been using the Trove system (as of 11am 9 Dec.)

screenshot of Trove search interface
Most of the comments relate to the text corrections to Australian newspapers which have been a phenomenal success (see

But looking through them, there are a number of other public additions by comment or tag that enhance our catalogue records.  Subject headings as we know are pre-coordinate in that a structured set of subject headings is used when cataloguing (LCSH with Australian extensions) however tags (which are in effect subject headings) applied and hopefully used by users, are not structured (post-coordinate) . It will be interesting to see once a large number of tags are in place, which prove more useful. A good paper on post vs. pre coordinate headings is at:

All areas of the Library have received greater amounts of user feedback on the Library’s catalogue records as the catalogue has lately been exposed to search engines (leading to much greater usage) , with Trove this user interaction will no doubt increase as easy access is given to users to notify us of errors or omissions. It makes more work for us all, but improving the integrity of our data is incredibly worthwhile.