Australia: “Trove Online Database’s Future in Doubt Due to National Library Funding Cuts”
From ABC Australia:
The future of the Trove online database is in doubt due to funding cuts to the National Library of Australia.
- Trove digitises items like books, photos, newspapers and maps
- It currently holds over 4 million items
- The National Library is facing $20 million in funding cuts
In February it was revealed a number of national cultural institutions were looking at reducing staff numbers as they face $20 million in cuts from the Federal Government’s efficiency dividend.
Later that month, a leaked email 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.
Although Trove, which was launched in late 2009, is funded by the library’s budget, without government funding the library will not be able to update the material in the database.
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Ed. Note: With news of severe budget cuts coming to the National Library of Australia we hope that Trove is spared and a recent update to the service is not the last. It’s a “beyond superb” research tool and a wonderful example (one of the very best) of a library-built resource and software. SAVE Trove!
See Also: Australia: “Budget Cuts Will Have a ‘Grave Impact’ on the National Library, Staff Told” (February 22, 2016)
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.