Publicity and Outreach Five year plan reporting:
Goal: Working through networks with public libraries to raise awareness of and knowledge about ANPlan, including how to contribute to the ANDP. Facilitating contributions from local libraries and organisations to the service, as outlined in the Contributor Guidelines and raising awareness of funding strategies that may be available for newspaper digitisation projects.
The National Library has continued to promote digitised newspapers on Trove through advice about newly digitised newspapers distributed through its monthly eNews and regular email updates to public libraries, university libraries, history groups, genealogical groups, and the museums sector. In July 2013 the 10 millionth newspaper page was added to Trove and the associated social media campaign resulted in over 1500 people clicking through to read the blogpost. (http://www.nla.gov.au/behind-the-scenes/2013/06/21/10-million-newspaper-pages-in-trove) Print media publicity included an article in the Australian on 8 July 2013 (“Nation’s digital news archives reach 10 million pages”).
In May 2014, Hilary Berthon presented a talk, 'Gathering the news: collaborations in digitising Australian newspapers' at a Newcastle Art Gallery and University of Newcastle public event called 'Read all about it: A treasure trove of historic Newcastle newspapers'. Other talks by University of Newcastle Archivist, Gionni Di Gravio, 'Only Trove will tell: Where was the Wickham corroboree ground?' and Lecturer in History, Dr Julie McIntyre, 'The treasure that is Trove: A research journey from an 'ink drawing on hairy leaves' to a short history of Newcastle's floating dock' highlighted the role that digitised newspapers on Trove is playing in transforming historical research, describing these speakers' own use of Trove to aid their research on local topics. An article in the December 2013 issue of the National Library Magazine, 'News for our Time', highlighted the role the contributor program is playing in digitising Australian newspapers.
An invitation to the public to get in touch with the NLA with information about any missing newspapers appeared in the June 2014 eNews and generated a pleasing response with several contacts leading to the location of missing newspapers. Interestingly, two NSW titles, the Alstonville and Rous Record and the Alstonville Advocate and Richmond River Advertiser, hitherto not known by the NLA or SLNSW to exist, were brought to our attention by a member of the public who had found mention of both these newspapers in other newspapers in Trove. The Alstonville Plateau Historical Society was contacted and the Conservation Officer of this Society responded with the news that it had one copy of the Alstonville Record and two copies of the Alstonville Advocate (both 8 page papers). She was able to provide a history of both papers, mentioning that the newspaper offices in Alstonville burnt down on two occasions, so these three papers are presumably quite rare. The SLSA regularly promotes the missing issues campaign throughout the year.
The SLNSW presented to librarians and local government councillors about digitised newspapers at the South West Zone meeting of the NSW Public Library Network in Griffith on 30 April. Lists of newspapers that have been digitised were prepared for the meeting. Lists of titles for the Central West Zone and North East Zone were also prepared and circulated throughout the public library network for information.
Paul Dee from the SLV gave a talk on Trove at the Stonnington History Centre, covering Trove's holdings, functionality and the process of getting papers added to it. As part of the WW1 centenary, the SLV developed a webpage which linked to articles from Trove according to geographic location, i.e. central Victoria region, Ballarat region. 'Newsworthy' workshops, open to the public, were held at the SLV, a part of which is dedicated to Trove. Several entries on the Australiana blog, 'Such was life' , featured links to Trove content.
The new Trove blog featured articles about Australian newspapers in February (A Starting Point, 25 most viewed newspaper articles of 2013) and generated some interest in the program.
SLSA continues to alert the public to its collection, producing online guides to the SA newspaper collection, and giving talks and presentations about historic newspapers to family history groups and historic societies. A recent instance of crowd sourcing took place when the Advertiser’s weekly suburban Messenger Press titles failed to arrive over two consecutive weeks, and State Library staff were canvassed to bring in copies from home. The SA Newspaper Librarian continues to come across occasional unknown titles through his Trove searches.
The State Library of Western Australia's website has a list of newspaper titles registered with the Supreme Court which may or may not have been published and a missing issues page. Family History and Battye Subject Specialists mention newspapers during their talks and presentations and ask that participants bring in any newspapers they feel may be important to the collection.