National Library of Australia
For further details, see Australian Newspaper Plan: preserving for permanent access Annual Report 2010/11, October 2011 on this website.
The Search and Rescue campaign to find missing newspapers has resulted in a number of significant newspaper finds. Much work has been done in identifying Australian newspapers which are entirely missing or which have substantial portions missing. Australia's missing and recently found newspapers are published on this website.
The availability of digitised newspapers has increased dramatically over 2010/11, largely due to mass digitisation being conducted by the NLA through Australian newspapers on Trove. While there is strong interest from the public in accessing these newspapers, and a number have committed their organisations to contributing titles to this resource, it is of concern that there are also a number of newspaper titles which have been digitised outside this framework and may therefore not be able to accessed widely or in the long term. Titles selected for digitisation are available on the Australian Newspapers Digitisation website.
ANPlan libraries continue to explore emerging issues in the provision of permanent access to newspapers such as the collection of digital versions and the roles of digitisation and microfilming as preservation strategies.
Newspapers microfilmed by ANPlan libraries in 2010/11 are listed on this website:
Replacing unstable acetate microfilm with polyester film is one of the strategies which ANPlan libraries have been using to preserve access to their newspaper collections. Five libraries have now completed their acetate duplication programs or hold no acetate microfilm.
Most libraries report optimal environmental conditions for their printed newspapers and for their first generation newspaper microfilm. These environmental conditions are reported in the Australian Newspaper Plan: preserving for permanent access Annual Report 2010/11, October 2011 on this website.
Most hard copy Australian newspapers are accessible through the National Bibliographic Database (NBD), with detailed and up-to-date holdings information. Significant progress has been made in cataloguing newspaper microform onto the NBD according to current guidelines.
For further information about these measures, please see Australian Newspaper Plan: preserving for permanent access Annual Report 2010/11, October 2011 on this website.
ANPlan libraries are still engaging with their library networks and with the general public about missing newspapers and, increasingly, about digitised newspapers.
Last updated: 25 November 2011