Tuesday November 24, 2009

Discovery & serendipitous search

Children playing in the sand at the Mick Simmons’ Radio Club picnic, Balmoral Beach – Sam Hood (State Library of NSW)

Search the National Library of Australia’s new online catalogue and you’ll find not only books but photos, newspaper articles, journal articles and conference papers, music scores, biographies, pictures and archived web pages. It’s a holistic view of materials located in libraries, museums and archives all around Australia.

The NLA has called this new service Trove “as in ‘treasure-trove’, being a collection of valuable or delightful things. Trove is derived from the French verb trouver, meaning to find or discover. Thus, the name encapsulates the concepts of a collection, of treasured and valuable collection items and of the process of discovery” (Gateways, October 2009).

Trove provides a single point of access to places like the Australian National Bibliographic Database, the Register of Australian Archives and Manuscripts, Music Australia, Picture Australia, Australian Research Online, Australian Newspapers 1803-1954 and PANDORA (the national web archive).

Try a search on Mosman, Balmoral Beach or Clifton Gardens.

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