Friday, July 13, 2012

102. More Indiana Newspapers Being Digitized

[I had the most amazing experience at the State Library today. I attended a workshop there and the Library actually arranged for free parking in the State Garage across the street. On a Friday work day! How about that? Way to go, State Library!]

   The workshop was presented by Deborah Thomas of the Library of Congress to explain the National Digital Newspaper Program, a relatively new feature of the Chronicling America area of the LOC.
    Indiana is now one of the 28 states participating in the project. States apply for a 2-year grant worth up to 100,000 pages. The NDNP currently has about 5 million pages of free newspaper images within the 1836-1922 date range.
    Each state picks its own newspapers and date span, the LOC does the digitizing, and then adds the images to its website. The Indiana titles should be chosen this summer, and images will probably begin to appear in mid- to late-October. [Watch for an Indiana State Library press release.]
    For further information, go to the LOC website (as below), or contact the ISL Project Manager Chris Ittenbach at (317) 234-8153, or email cittenbach@library.in.gov. They also are on Facebook and Twitter, plus a Wiki and a Blog. Check it out--Indiana is moving into the mainstream!