The Australian Newspaper Plan (ANPlan) is a collaboration established by the National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) through which the Australian national, state and territory libraries are comprehensively collecting, preserving and providing access to Australian newspapers. The National Library of Australia (NLA) coordinates the Plan. The National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) has observer status.

This report describes progress with ANPlan in 2014/15. The achievements of ANPlan are evaluated against a set of Key Indicators and the goals set out in ANPlan’s Five Year Plan, July 2010 - June 2015 (Appendix A).

Summary of Progress

Significant achievements for 2014/15 include:

  • ten significant newspaper finds (Key Indicator 1);
  • activity in the area of identifying missing newspapers, or newspapers with significant portions missing (Key Indicator 2; Five Year Plan);
  • three ‘at risk’ titles were microfilmed in South Australia thus reducing the risk of loss of these titles; (Key Indicator 4c; Five Year Plan);
  • a 33% increase in the number of digitised newspapers being made accessible on Trove (Key Indicator 5; Five Year Plan);
  • Major digitisation projects at the SLNSW (79 titles) and the State Library of Victoria (SLV) (69 titles) have contributed a total of 232 new titles to Trove this year.
  • as 2014/15 signified the end of the current Five Year Plan, a review of the ANPlan program was carried out, with members developing a new three year strategic plan focussing on collecting, preserving and accessing digital newspapers.[1]

Recommendation to NSLA

ANPlan libraries recommend that NSLA (National and State Libraries Australasia) note this annual report.

[1] Digital newspapers cover: pre-press digital files used for production of hard copy newspapers; digital editions of hard-copy newspapers; online newspapers that do not have a printed version, or no longer have a printed version.