This year marks a minor milestone with the 30th anniversary of the automation of APAIS in 1978.
In a short note in the November 1974 issue of the Australian Library Journal, Jan Kenny, the Library's Principal Librarian, Bibliography, revealed that APAIS would be compiled using the same software and the Preserved Context Index System (PRECIS) adopted for the Australian National Bibliography in 1972.
Online searching, using IBM STAIRS software on AUSINET, was a considerable advance over the tedious process of scanning through multiple volumes of the APAIS monthlies and annuals (as reference librarians and researchers of a certain age recall).
Except for the launch of a full-text product in 1995, the replacement of ATMS with Inmagic DB/TextWorks software in 1998, and the cessation of the printed index volumes in 2000, APAIS has remained largely unchanged ever since.
Although the main focus of APAIS continues to be on current material, one small recent policy change has been to relax the rule that APAIS indexes only material published in the current and preceding two years.
John Myrtle, a Canberra-based volunteer, is working on a project to create index records from Terry Hogan's Index to Journal Articles on Australian History (1976) and its first supplement, Victor Crittenden and John Thawley's Index to Journal Articles on Australian History 1974-1978, which conveniently coincides with the introduction of the electronic version of APAIS.
In the meantime, a few other journals have also been added to the APAIS database.