The National Library of Australia’s free discovery service Trove took top honours at the 2011 Australian Government’s ICT Awards announced in Sydney last night.
Trove won the 2011 Excellence in eGovernment Award as well as the Service Delivery Category Award for harnessing digital technology to improve service delivery, linking its users to millions of resources online.
The Director-General of the National Library, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the Library was honoured by the awards and paid tribute to the Trove staff who had worked on the project since it began operation last year – and the many years of planning beforehand.
‘We are delighted that Trove, which boasts content from more than 1000 libraries and other cultural institutions around Australia, has been acknowledged in this way,’ Ms Schwirtlich said.
‘We believe that a free discovery service like Trove, which allows its users to access millions of items in one go, has to be a winner. It is a vital service both for Australia and Australians and as an exemplar for the national digital economy.’
Trove takes its users straight to the source – providing access to everything from unpublished manuscripts to archived websites, maps to research papers, music to letters, newspapers to ephemera.
Ms Schwirtlich said Trove was created because the National Library recognised that today’s users wanted more than just a passive information service.
‘Trove gives them that opportunity,’ she said, ‘by allowing its users to not only uncover hard-to-find information but also for them to contribute through sharing ideas and information.’
To find out more about Trove, go to:
Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, National Library of Australia
02 6262 1704 or 0401 226 697; firstname.lastname@example.org