Monday, July 9, 2012

100. Newspaper Digitization Program July 13

    The Indiana State Library is moving forward with a newspaper digitization program funded by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    The ISL website has this program notice:

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Library will host a public program on Friday, July 13 featuring Ms. Deborah Thomas, the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) coordinator for the Library of Congress. Ms. Thomas will discuss the Chronicling America website and the importance of digitizing and preserving historic newspapers published in Indiana.  The presentation will take place at the State Library at 315 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, in the History Reference Room from 10:30 AM to noon (EDT).  

Indiana is one of twenty-nine states currently participating in the NDNP program. The Indiana State Library, in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society, is digitizing a selection of Indiana’s historically significant newspapers as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) NDNP grant. Newspapers digitized as part of this two-year project will be included in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov).

    Go to the ISL main page for the news release. The program has a Blog and a Wiki you can follow and looks like lots of good stuff might be happening. Wonder what part the Indiana State Government is funding?

3 comments:

  1. And I wonder who decides which newspapers are "historically significant"? Large cities almost always win out over small towns but for me the small town newspapers are far more historically significant! (Especially those in northeast Indiana!)

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  2. Good Day Becky
    Thank you for your comments. This is exactly what the NDNP advisory committee (comprised of state archivists, historians, genealogists, reference librarians, catalog librarians, historians, and academicians) was consciousness of when it first convened last year in October, 2011.

    The main question: How can this project best represent Historic Indiana from a newspaper perspective without bias due to geography, city size, politics, etc.? The answer: The fact that the committee WAS aware of the potential for such biases.
    Consequently, ten titles (along with several related titles for each of the core ten selected) were picked to provide for an excellent (and, unbiased) cross-section of historic newspaper Indiana:
    Core Newspaper Titles for the 2011-2013 Hoosier Historic Newspaper Digitization Project
    1. Jasper Weekly Courier, Jasper Indiana (Dubois County)
    2. Marshall County Republican, Plymouth Indiana (Marshall County)
    3. Marshall County Democrat, Plymouth Indiana (Marshall County)
    4. Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana (Marion County)
    5. Indiana State Sentinel, Indianapolis, Indiana (Marion County)
    6. Wabash Express, Terre Haute, Indiana (Vigo County)
    7. Randolph County Journal, Winchester, Indiana (Randolph County)
    8. Indiana American, Brookville, Indiana (Franklin County)
    9. Indianapolis Leader, Indianapolis, Indiana (Marion County)
    10. Indiana Tribüne, Indianapolis, Indiana (Marion County) German Paper
    I hope this helps! Please, feel free to contact me directly for more information. I am always happy to discuss this project.
    Chris Ittenbach, CAPM
    Indiana State Government
    Indiana State Library (Library Development Office)
    NEH-NDNP Project Manager
    315 West Ohio Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46202
    317/234-8153 (desk)
    800/451.6028
    317/232.0002 (Fax)
    cittenbach@library.in.gov

    Indiana Historic Newspaper Blog http://indiananewspapers.wordpress.com

    “Indiana history is the product of local events, and local events tend to be captured within the pages of the community newspapers. The Indiana State Library has worked tirelessly to provide Hoosiers with access to this information, traditionally on microfilm. Digitization of these newspapers is the ‘next step’ in providing 21st century access for Hoosiers to local events in Indiana history.” –Chris Ittenbach, CAPM, Indiana State Library-

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    1. Becky

      I did want to share another important aspect of the Indiana State Library / Indiana Historical Society National Digitization Newspaper Project: 2011-13. We recently received news that Indiana will be the first state to supply the Library of Congress with German-written newspapers! We just had an article published in the Publisher by the Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) discussing this accomplishment. Please find a link to this article below.

      http://www.ifoldsflip.com/title/10928

      Warm Regards,

      Chris Ittenbach, CAPM
      Indiana State Government
      Indiana State Library (Library Development Office)
      NEH-NDNP Project Manager
      315 West Ohio Street
      Indianapolis, IN 46202
      317/234-8153 (desk)
      800/451.6028
      317/232.0002 (Fax)
      cittenbach@library.in.gov

      Indiana Historic Newspaper Blog http://indiananewspapers.wordpress.com

      “Indiana history is the product of local events, and local events tend to be captured within the pages of the community newspapers. The Indiana State Library has worked tirelessly to provide Hoosiers with access to this information, traditionally on microfilm. Digitization of these newspapers is the ‘next step’ in providing 21st century access for Hoosiers to local events in Indiana history.” –Chris Ittenbach, CAPM, Indiana State Library-

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