What you can do
Trove is an invaluable resource for Australia and Australians. However despite its importance, Trove is facing a funding crisis. This is why it is so important that we come together as a community to support Trove and advocate for the funding it needs to continue its work.
You can help support Trove by:
- Writing to MPs and Senators to help them understand the issues and the importance of secure, ongoing funding for this essential infrastructure.
- Encouraging other people who will be impacted and/or care about Trove’s funding to write and talk about the issue.
- Sharing local news coverage or other activities that call for ongoing funding for Trove.
- Sending media coverage you come across through to [email protected] as we will be collating the stories.
Australia’s cultural treasure Trove hangs in the balance, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 March 2023.
The treasure that is Trove: why reference librarians love it, State Library of Victoria, 15 March 2023.
How to write in support of Trove
Any letter is better than no letter! Letters can be physical or email, and you can find the contact details for your local MP, Senators and Ministers here.
The letters that have the strongest cut-through are those written from personal experience. So if you have a Trove story to tell, if Trove has been important to your work, your community or your family, please put that in.
If you are stuck, the following talking points might help:
- Explain why Trove is important to you. For example
- As a researcher, I use Trove to research changing land use patterns in WA
- As a fiction writer, Trove is a source of inspiration for me, and provides the details needed to bring my historical murder mysteries to life.
- As a member of the local historical society, we used Trove to support a recent exhibition on the history of the local school.
- As a member of the public, I used Trove to research my family.
- As a teacher I set my class an assignment using Trove to look at how writing for the media has changed in Australian over the decades.
- I am extremely concerned to read reports that Trove does not have secure, adequate funding to maintain current services and to improve and grow.
- (If you or your organisation has contributed to Trove) I/we have contributed to/volunteered for Trove over x years. I/we have done this because of the importance of Trove and its role making Australia’s culture accessible to everyone.
- Trove is an essential part of Australia’s cultural infrastructure.
- Trove needs secure and adequate funding into the future so that we don’t lose access to Australian stories.
I/we ask that you take action to secure sustainable funding for Trove, now and into the future.