'Newspaper Digitization' talk at US Embassy Jakarta, February 2015

Recap: February Outreach in Indonesia

Last month, our project librarian, Erenst Anip, traveled to the infinitely warmer climate of Jakarta, Indonesia, where he gave two presentations regarding newspaper digitization and outreach hosted the US Embassy in Jakarta on the 18th and 19th of February.

Presenter’s view before ‘”Using Social Media for Library Outreach” talk at Universitas Indonesia in Depok on February 17.

Erenst Anip, VTDNP Project Librarian, talks about newspaper digitization in front librarians in Indonesia. The talk was hosted by the US Embassy in Jakarta.

The first talk, on the 18th, was presented to near a hundred library information science (LIS) students and faculty at the University of Indonesia, Depok campus. Here, the topic addressed was, “Using Social Media for Library Outreach.” A lively discussion ensued after the presentation, as students from LIS diploma, undergraduate, and graduate programs raised a spectrum of questions.

Librarians attending the ‘Newspaper Digitization’ presentation.


Welcome remarks and introduction from US Embassy in Jakarta official.

The second presentation (Feb. 19) was held at the US Embassy Jakarta Annex compound and attended by about forty librarians from national institutions, publishers, universities, and NGOs. The topic of this presentation was “Newspaper Digitization: Paper – Microfilm – Digital: Managing United States historic newspapers from the perspective of state projects.” In the course of the presentation and subsequent Q& A session, Erenst  was able to share his experiences working with NDNP and Chronicling America in Vermont and Hawaii, while also answering both general and more technical questions.

View the PowerPoint below:

These talks mark just the second time Chronicling America and NDNP have been presented outside of the US by state participants. Previously, in 2013, the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project was represented by our late project director, Birdie MacLennan, and Erenst at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Singapore.

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Q&A session at the newspaper digitization talk.