The following is the Public Libraries report from the State Library of Victoria, for the Public Libraries Victoria Network meeting on 11 September and will be of interest to local history groups
Statewide Public Library Development Projects 2011–2014
DIGITISING WWI VICTORIAN NEWSPAPERS
The batch of 37 Victorian titles covering the 1914–1918 WWI period (selected in December 2011) are with the National Library of Australia for digitisation and delivery through the Trove portal. An unforeseen delay with National Library subcontractors has meant that this batch of WWI Victorian titles is only now (September 2012) starting coming online through Trove. The National Library has assured us these titles should all be available online by COB October 2012.
Work will commence with the Workgroup shortly to select the next batch of World War 1 titles to be digitised through this program.
However, all 53 titles on our original priority list of Victorian newspapers are now available online through Trove as well as the WWI years of two extra titles, the Ballarat Courier and the Warrnambool Standard.
State Library staff are progressively working on the Wikipedia articles for each newspaper (as requested by the National Library). At least eight newspaper entries are live on Wikipedia and we encourage public library staff to edit and update those entries or to work with your local historical societies or others to do so.