My week started early on Monday with a “Beyond NDNP” pre-conference at the Willard Hotel. Attended by about fifty current and former (alumni) state project staffers from around the country, this day-and-a-half gathering was funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Its purpose was to see whether those who are digitizing newspapers outside of NDNP could agree on standards and protocols, as well as explore strategies for preservation and sustainability. There was a lively discussion of standards, page vs. article-level access, costs, and funding sources. Tuesday morning’s session (which Erenst attended) focused on sustainability. I learned a great deal and will attempt to share some of that knowledge in a future post. Meanwhile, Eden Robins from the Arizona project also wrote a blog post on “Beyond NDNP’ and more, with group photo!
Today, August 29, 2014, marks the last working day of VTDNP Phase 2. Vermont now have 243,952 pages digitized and made available online on Chronicling America. We have approximately 10,000 more pages under review before being added to the website. We will be in Phase 3 starting next work day (September 2, 2014) and working towards digitizing another 100,000 pages of Vermont historic newspapers. Last but not least, we would like to thank everyone involved so far for their support and energy. Have a great Labor Day weekend!
On Tuesday, August 12, VTDNP Project Librarian, Erenst Anip and Digital Support Specialist, Karyn Norwood went to Middlebury, VT to attend a meeting of the Cultural Heritage Professional Gathering (CHPG) at the Ilsley Public Library. There, Erenst & Karyn gave a pecha-kucha format presentation (20 slides at 20 seconds each) about VTDNP and Chronicling America in front of 25 cultural heritage professionals coming from Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. In addition, Erenst & Karyn got to visit one of VTDNP’s state partner, the Ilsley Public Library, and Chris Kirby, one of our Project Management Group member.
Chronicling America has surpassed 8 million pages available!
FREELY ACCESSIBLE & SEARCHABLE are over 8 million pages (and counting) of historical American newspapers published between 1836 and 1922: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
Visit our VTDNP website to learn more about the Vermont component of Chronicling America.
One fascinating international story that is described in Vermont’s papers is the Spanish Influenza of 1918. The Middlebury Register chronicled this tragic episode in vivid detail.
As part of the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project, the Middlebury Register, one of Vermont’s longest running weekly newspapers, became available on Chronicling America in 2012. The Middlebury Register started publication in 1836 and eventually ceased publication in the 1940s. Between 1836 and 1950, it changed names 6 times. Continue reading Spanish Influenza as reported in the Middlebury Register