Canberra, 15 March, 2016: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Museums Australia (MA) and National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) have written to Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure, asking him to extend the definition of national infrastructure to include Trove (trove.nla.gov.au), the nation’s gateway to books, photographs, newspapers, maps, historical documents and many more items.
As a consequence of the 2015 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook Statement, Trove funding has been cut back. This will result in many smaller institutions across Australia being unable to afford to add their digital collections to this national knowledge infrastructure.
ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher, Museums Australia National Director Alex Marsden and NSLA Executive Officer Kate Irvine said, “Infrastructure investment is typically directed towards roads and major construction projects but doesn’t reflect our increasingly digital world. For less than the cost of upgrading just 250 metres of highway, a $12 million injection for Trove would be a step change in the development of a platform and resources that have already proved to be of enormous value to researchers in the humanities, science and industry and which have added to Australia’s reputation for world class knowledge infrastructure overseas.”
While it began as an initiative of the National Library, over the last five years Trove has achieved the position of a national asset representing collections right across the galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) sector. As a result, 10 GLAM peak bodies have signed a statement of support for Trove.
“This is an unprecedented level of collaboration across the sector and shows the weight of support from the research, arts and general community for the Australian Government to find a creative way of funding Trove.”
The signatories to the statement are the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities (CAARA), Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), Federation of Australian Historical Societies (FAHS), International Council of Museums (ICOM), Museums Australia (MA), National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) and University Art Museums Australia (UAMA).
For more information:
ALIA Communications Manager Heather Wellard 0409 830439 firstname.lastname@example.org
ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher 0404 456749 email@example.com
Museums Australia National Director Alex Marsden 0478 881091 firstname.lastname@example.org
NSLA Executive Officer Kate Irvine 0408 991525 email@example.com
More about the GLAM peak bodies roundtable.