Reports - News Databases and the Preservation of Electronic News
The "State of the Art" : A Comparative Analysis of Newspaper Digitization to Date (April 2015)
Prepared in advance of the 2015 ICON Summit (see below).
Broadcast News Transcripts in Academic News Databases (June 2013)
Comparison of six academic databases regarding the extent and accessibility of broadcast transcripts for national and international news.
Survey of African online newspapers (February 2013)
Results of a survey of African newspapers distributed online, assessing the availability of current news content from Africa in electronic format for researchers at North American institutions.
Dataset - African newspaper titles studied (Excel spreadsheet)
Survey of electronic news databases subscribed by CRL member libraries (April 2012)
Updated final version.
Results of a website survey of CRL member institutions' subscriptions to commercial news databases. The spreadsheet displays 290 products and/or individual titles and the percentage of take-up by large- and small-sized institutions (determined by library materials expenditures).
Preserving News in the Digital Environment: Mapping the Newspaper Industry in Transition
This new report maps the “lifecycle” of news content and information published in newspapers and online. It provides an overview of news workflow and production systems, suggesting strategies for libraries to preserve news in electronic formats.
Outline for an Agenda for North American Libraries based on the report from the Center for Research Libraries "Preserving News in the Digital Environment."
Events, Workshops, Forums
Investing in the Persistence of News: an eDesiderata Forum
CRL's 2017 eDesiderata Forum explored "access to news in the new electronic environment." Presentation slides and a summary report are available on the event page, and suggestions how CRL may respond are described in a post on CRL's Common Knowledge blog.
Framing a Common Agenda for Newspaper Digitization and Preservation: An ICON Summit
CRL's 2015 event brought together national and academic libraries, commercial producers, and other stakeholders to consider the present state of international newspaper digitization and preservation, and to identify ways to better align future library and commercial efforts, investment and funding in these areas.
Beyond the Fold: Access to News in the Digital Era
CRL's 2013 Global Resources Roundtable on cooperative library strategies to support current publishing practices and new scholarly uses of news content (print, broadcast, and web-based).
“On the Record” : A Forum on Electronic Media and the Preservation of News
CRL’s 2008 Global Resources Network Forum on emerging challenges and cooperative action toward preservation and access to electronic news.
Collections Webinar: “News: Paper, Film, and Digital”
This 2010 event examined changes in how researchers are using paper, broadcast, and electronic news. It also assessed emerging digitization programs, and suggested strategies for “bridging the void” between microform and digital preservation.
News Digitization Programs
World Newspaper Archive
A collaborative effort of CRL member libraries and Readex to preserve and provide persistent access to historical newspapers from around the globe.
ICON list of newspaper digitization projects
A comprehensive list of digitization efforts, by country.
See also: UIUC Newspaper Database (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); NewspaperCat (University of Florida)
ICON Rights document
A draft set of recommendations for rights to be acquired a) from publishers for use in digitization, and b) in agreements for third-party distribution of a library’s microform content.