Highlanders could have the world at their fingertips.
Researchers, historians and curious minds alike will all benefit from an upcoming community event hosted by the Berrima District Historical Society.
The talk is based around the National Library’s Trove website, and hints for using it for research.
At the group’s meeting on Thursday, February 23, presenters Jenny Higgins and Frank Mitchell will cover how best to use the resource that brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and research organisations.
The Trove Digital Library service was developed in 2008 to house the National Library of Australia’s digital collections as well as collections from a range of federal, state and local partners.
The software was developed and adapted by the National Library to deliver a digital service that would be both stable and easy to use.
Today Trove is more than a search engine. Digitised newspapers and gazettes form the largest of Trove’s collections with access provided to over 18.5 million pages from more than 1000 Australian newspapers.
Jenny Higgins, who currently works at the Australian Dictionary of Biography, worked at the National Library of Australia for 15 years, with eight years as the family history librarian.
She has been using the online Australian historic newspapers since they went live and has delivered many Trove talks at the NLA and family history societies.
Frank Mitchell, who has an historical interest in large engineering projects including railways and shipbuilding, is an experienced Trove user and keen to share his knowledge.
While easy to use, first time users often find Trove something of a challenge. Search techniques and approaches will be provided during the talk. These tips will help users to maximise the research information they find in Trove.
Members and anyone interested in learning more about Trove as a research tool are welcome to attend the meeting, which begins at 2pm, upstairs at the Historical Society’s Research Centre, Old Council Chambers building, Bowral Road, Mittagong. Call 4872 2169 for more information.