Five year plan reporting: A goal of the current Five Year Plan is to ensure that all generations of newspaper microfilm titles which ANPlan libraries hold responsibility for are catalogued onto the NBD, according to the microform cataloguing guidelines[1] developed by ANPlan libraries in 2006, with holdings attached to the correct format and generation.

The SLNSW reports an increase from 70% (last year) to 100% (this year) of all generations of microfilm catalogued according to the guidelines.

Another goal of the Five Year Plan is to ensure that all digitised newspapers are catalogued onto the NBD, according to Libraries Australia's Guidelines for Cataloguing Remote Electronic Resources.[2] The NLA reports that all completed digitised newspapers in Trove have a catalogue record of this type. Digitised newspapers which are not delivered through Trove remain largely uncatalogued on the NBD.


ANPlan meetings were held in October 2012 (in Canberra) and in March 2013 (by teleconference).

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.

Information about libraries’ role in collecting, preserving and providing access to newspapers is a component of many ANPlan libraries’ tours and education sessions. For example, ANPlan, the ANDP and Trove are covered in the free group tour offered by SLSA called SA Newspaper History. The SLV has publicised ANPlan's role in collecting, preserving and making Australian newspapers available during its onsite Newspaper learning programs and developed a Newspaper resources video which is available on the SLV Learning Youtube channel:

ANPlan librares have contributed to a range of awareness raising and information activities around Digitised newspapers on Trove. The SLSA specialist newspapers librarian conducted a one hour Trove users' workshop at the Para Hills Branch of the Salisbury Public Library attended by 40 genealogists. LTas provides information about digitised newspapers on Trove through client education sessions, such as that conducted during Family History Week and in public presentations (e.g. lunchtime talks in Allport Library sponsored by the Professional Historians Assocation). Hilary Berthon gave a presentation on the NLA's project to digitise community language newspapers at the 2012 MyLanguage conference in August.

The NLA publicises recently digitised newspaper on Trove through library networks with the other ANPlan libraries playing a crucial role in conveying this information to public libraries. Other groups targeted include history and family history organisations and the museums sector. The National Library's eNews, with a circulation of over 40,000 is also used to highlight recently digitised newspapers.

ANPlan libraries also communicate with local organisations about contributing newspaper content to Digitised newspapers on Trove. In December 2012, Karen Anderson was appointed to the newly-created position of Contributor Liaison Officer within ANPlan and provides support to contributors wishing to sponsor newspaper digitisation projects. Over 2012/13, this involved overseeing the digitisation of 209 contributed titles from 43 contributors as well as answering a growing number of public enquiries. The SLNSW provided advice and support to a range of libraries, historical societies and other organisations, some of which received funding for newspaper digitisation projects through the the SLNSW’s Country Libraries Fund grants and other local funding. The SLSA also provided information and support to two South Australian groups. The SLV has provided advice to numerous local libraries and societies on how to preserve and digitise their local newspapers.

The blog titled "SCOOP: State Library delivers the news...newspaper digitisation going viral!" was posted on the SLNSW Public Library Local History site on 28 March 2013. The SLQ writes and publishes blog stories to promote new Queensland content as released; digitised newspapers are also often referred to and linked to as sources of information in blog stories on various topics.

The ten millionth newspaper page delivered on Trove in June 2013 was publicly announced by the NLA with a media release and social media—a blog posting and activity on Facebook and Twitter. A special banner announcing the ten millionth page was placed on the NLA’s home page. Coverage ranged from an article in the The Australian, The Canberra Times and PS News to stories in the Central Western Daily newspaper in Orange and the Western Herald in Bourke among others. The Trove milestone announcement was the result of collaboration across a number of areas within the NLA, the SLNSW and Central West Libraries in Orange. Thirty thousand Australians were reached on social media and one and a half thousand people clicked through to read the blogpost in full.

ANPlan libraries have also been active in participating in events associated with Digitised newspapers on Trove organised by contributors. The NSW State Librarian, Alex Byrne and Minister for the Arts, George Souris spoke at the launch of the digitised Singleton Argus at the Singleton Public Library on 2 November 2012. Jerelynn Brown launched the first newspaper digitised with funding from the SLNSW’s Digital Excellence Program and live on Trove, the Cessnock eagle and South Maitland recorder at Cessnock City Council Library on 20 May 2013. The NLA and SLNSW attended an event on 23 May 2013 to celebrate of the completion of Goulburn Mulwaree & Upper Lachlan Shire Libraries' newspapers digitisation project to make accessible through Trove the Argyle Liberal and District Recorder (1903-1930), Goulburn Chronicle and Southern Advertiser (1860), Southern Argus (1881-1885), Taralga Echo (1924-1927), Southern Morning Herald (1920-1923), Werriwa Times and Goulburn District News (Aug-Dec 1901).

Further publicity for digitised newspapers on Trove has been through a number of newspaper articles. These have included the Forbes Advocate (27 March 2013) which was digitised through a Central West Libraries initiated project and the Narromine News (5 April 2013; about digitisation of Narromine News and Trangie Advocate). An article on ANPlan, the ANDP and the 10 millionth digitised newspaper page milestone appeared in Newspaper Works (14 June 2013), a publication of PANPA, the Newspaper Publishers' Association, and featured a contributor project in which a publisher partnered with local organisations.[3] A story about the digitisation of Meie Kodu appeared in Estonian World Review (27 April 2013).[4] An article about the digitisation of the Bunyip appeared in this newspaper on 22 May 2013.

The NLA continues to update its website with information supplied by ANPlan libraries (through the Annual Report process) and with updated documents and news items. This year, NSLA has created an ANPlan project page - which will be populated in the coming year.

The NLA and SLQ continue to receive and respond to search and rescue enquiries from members of the public. The SLQ promotes this campaign through public lectures, the Local Studies Discussion list set up to communicate with the local studies community in libraries in Queensland, and historical societies.



That the report be noted.


[2] Guidelines for cataloguing remote access electronic resources,

[3]‘Newspapers make history with 10 millionth milestone’, Newspaper Publishers’ Association PANPA, The Newspaper Works, 14 Jun. 2013,

[4] ‘Where did you buy Estonian black bread ‘must leib’ in Sydney in 1953?’ Estonian World Review, 27 Apr. 2013 Meie Kodu,