The integration of the entire digitised collection from the Powerhouse into Trove illustrates how two of this country’s leading cultural institutions can work together to ensure all Australians have free online access to treasures from the national collections.

 Director-General of the National Library, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, welcomed the  integration of the Powerhouse collection into Trove, saying it was an excellent addition to the free discovery service which now had more than 4.5 million users annually.

 ‘Trove offers a single place where users can discover the rich wealth of information that is held in the collections of more than 1000 Australian libraries, galleries, museums, archives and universities,’ Ms Schwirtlich said.

 ‘We are delighted that the Powerhouse’s museum collection of more than 100,000 digital records has been added to this vast resource that people can use anywhere in Australia and throughout the world.’

 Director of the Powerhouse Museum, Dr Dawn Casey PSM, FAHA, said the museum was honoured to have items from its collection integrated into Trove.

 ‘This greatly enhances access for academic research and for family historians,’ Dr Casey said.

 ‘Having made the Powerhouse collection available in detail on our own website since 2006, we are excited that the National Library of Australia chose to use the Powerhouse Museum’s open public API (application programming interface) to build a technical bridge to our collection records.’

 Trove was launched last year by the National Library as a free online search service, about Australia and Australians, that allows users to find everything from books to maps to journal articles, along with millions of digitised newspaper articles, at the press of a button.

 It was honoured recently when it took top honours at the 2011 Australian Government ICT Awards for Excellence in eGovernment and Service Delivery categories.

 To find out more about Trove, go to:

 Media Contact: Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, National Library of Australia 

T: 02 6262 1704

M: 0401 226 697