ODNP had an eventful week to kick off the month of April! Both the Oregon Heritage Conference and the Oregon Library Association’s annual conference were scheduled at this time, and (with a little creative itinerary-juggling) ODNP staff were in attendance at both events.
Our Quality Control Specialist, John Taylor, started things off on Thursday morning, April 7th, with a ‘Showcase’ table session at OLA in Salem. The next day, John returned to Salem with Karen Estlund, ODNP Project Coordinator, and the two collaborated to present a talk and slide show. Geared to a specialist audience of librarians from throughout the state, Karen and John’s presentation concentrated on process and technical matters–METS, ALTO, OCR–the “nuts and bolts” of running a major digitization project in an academic library.
While they were busy in Salem, Project Manager Jason Stone was in attendance April 7-9 at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Heritage Conference. The conference was held this year in Astoria, as that historic Oregon community is celebrating its bicentennial in 2011. Jason represented ODNP in the Premier Plenary Session of “leading players on the Oregon heritage stage,” and he was also a panelist for a featured discussion, ‘Heritage Collaborations the Statewide Way.’ Even more than talking about ODNP, Jason enjoyed attending various conference sessions and listening to heritage stars from throughout the State of Oregon and beyond.
Historic Liberty Theater in downtown Astoria: the site of many OHC 2011 events. (Photo courtesy of Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce)
Karen, John and Jason came away with some new insights and fresh ideas for moving ODNP forward. Best of all, it was another great opportunity to share the news about Historic Oregon Newspapers with the professional communities of librarians and historical preservationists. We found that many were already regular visitors of our Beta site. Word is definitely getting out!
Thanks to the Oregon Library Association and Oregon Heritage Commission for inviting us to participate in these events.
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…
Last Friday, September 24th, ODNP Project Manager Jason Stone was invited to give a presentation on historic newspaper digitization and the online resources we are currently developing to the meeting of the Oregon Public Library Directors at the Oregon State Library in Salem. About 45 Library Directors from throughout the state were in attendance for Jason’s slide show and lecture. The Library Directors posed some insightful questions, offered some helpful feedback, and suggested a number of excellent local papers for future digitization.
Oregon State Library (photo from Oregon Blue Book)
Many thanks to State Librarian Jim Scheppke and his dedicated staff for helping us to get the word out about ODNP!
Oregon Digital Newspaper Program Director, Karen Estlund, visited the Astoria Public library on Saturday, February 6. The Astoria Public Library was celebrating its 118th birthday! In addition to the celebration, Karen met with the Friends of the Library and gathered some print Astorians to bring back to Eugene.