The . It includes more than 4 million digitised items, including books, images, music, historic newspapers and maps. Many of these online items, especially the newspapers, are valuable to genealogists and historians. As well as providing a service to people overseas, Trove has been an important educational resource for academics and rural communities in Australia. In 2014, the database’s fifth year, an estimated 70,000 people were using the website each day.
Australia Library and Information Association chief executive Sue McKarracher said Trove was a visionary move by the library and had turned into a world-class resource. “Trove isn’t just a nice thing to have, it’s not just about digital access to museum pieces or library documents, this is a fundamental piece of our national research infrastructure,” she said.
The Library’s funding comes from the Australian government. The National Library is facing $20 million in funding cuts for the next fiscal year. A leaked email message from the National Library’s director-general projected 22 jobs would be axed next financial year, with more in the future, as a result of the funding cuts. That obviously means cuts in services as well. The Trove Online Database reportedly is one of the cuts planned.
The Library staff are looking for additional funding or, if that fails, for another organization to take over the maintenance and growth of the Trove online database. Hopefully, they can find the resources.
Details may be found in an article by Georgia Hitch in the ABC Australian News web site at http://goo.gl/jT1R7i.