Environment

Australians from all walks of life and diverse cultural backgrounds, and with interests ranging across family, community, professional and academic research, exhibit a great appetite for Australian stories, and especially for more digital content. They relish opportunities—in both physical and digital realms—to produce new knowledge and to learn from others, and expect their institutions to enable their research and learning.

The Library’s digital innovation makes Australian collections accessible from all corners of the world. Through Trove, we connect communities with cultural collections—both ours and our partners’—around the country. Australians use these collections to:

  • recover local history;

  • bring families together;

  • strengthen language and community;

  • open the home to new knowledge and ideas; and

  • create world-leading research.

Priorities

  • Extend national reach and engagement, increasing the number and diversity of Australians who engage with the Library’s collections.
  • Provide great onsite and digital experiences that delight, inspire and nourish Australians’ curiosity about the nation’s past, present and future.

Actions 2018-19

  • Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Library’s iconic building, engaging Australians with their national library and its potential to enrich their lives and communities.
  • Open a major exhibition, Cook and the Pacific, drawing on the Library’s collections, as well as those at other national and international institutions.
  • With the National Museum of Australia and Australian National Maritime Museum, deliver a digital platform to support access to national collections and community engagement around the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s first Pacific voyage.
  • Develop and implement a Reconciliation Action Plan, reflecting the Library’s sincere commitment to engaging respectfully with the nation’s Indigenous peoples, in spirit and in action.
  • Develop Trove and other services, supporting Australians to engage more deeply with physical and digital collections, and to create and share knowledge for the benefit of their communities.
2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
18.5 million online engagements with the Library # of online engagements with the Library^ # of online engagements with the Library^ # of online engagements with the Library^
470,000 onsite engagements with the Library # of onsite engagements with the Library^ # of onsite engagements with the Library^ # of onsite engagements with the Library^

% increase in use of the digital collection^^

% increase in use of the digital collection^^

% increase in use of the digital collection^^

% increase in use of the digital collection^^

Qualitative evaluation using case studies of the value of the collection and services

Qualitative evaluation using case studies of the value of the collection and services

Qualitative evaluation using case studies of the value of the collection and services

Qualitative evaluation using case studies of the value of the collection and services 

^ Target is equivalent to or greater than previous year. ^^ No target is set. Trend data will re ect end of year acquisition outcomes.