Odds ‘n’ Ends

There are a few, unrelated project updates on offer this week. Time to bring on the bullet points!

  • Last Friday, October 8th, Jason Stone presented a 50 minute workshop on ODNP at the “Teaching World History Through the Arts” conference at South Eugene High School, co-sponsored by The Oregon Council of the Social Studies and the Northwest World History Association. Not only was this another great opportunity to get the word out about digital newspapers, but we also received some truly valuable feedback on developing our resource from the professional educators who were in attendance. Thanks to Andy Demko and Shawn Daley of the OCSS for inviting us to participate.
  • We recently were able to add a new title to our list of papers being digitized for NDNP: the St. Johns Review. This is an interesting paper. It started out in 1904 as a small-town paper in what was then the incorporated city of St. Johns, Oregon. When St. Johns was annexed to Portland in 1915, the Review continued as a neighborhood paper. Impressively, the St. Johns Review continues to be published to the present day: a community paper that has outlasted many of the larger, wider-circulating, and more generously-capitalized newspapers that were started up in Oregon around the turn of the 20th century. Score one for the little guy!
  • Karen Estlund is happy to report that we are getting very close to locking in a date for our conference with a programmer from the Library of Congress. It looks like it is probably going to happen later this month! This means we should soon be able to launch the content web site and begin serving all the digitized newspapers for public access. Stay tuned…

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