“On the Record” A Forum on Electronic Media and the Preservation of News

Event Logistics

Thursday, October 23, 2008 to Friday, October 24, 2008
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
New York Public Library, Humanities and Social Sciences Library
James Simon - jsimon@crl.edu

Conference Summary and Outcomes

Conference Summary and Outcomes are now available in CRL's Winter 2008-2009 FOCUS on Global Resources newsletter


The pages of the world’s newspapers have traditionally provided a detailed record of the notable events and interests of the communities for which they were produced. Much of this “first rough draft of history” has been preserved intact for decades and even centuries in research libraries and archives. Today news is produced and delivered in digital media that are inherently dynamic and fugitive, challenging society’s ability to ensure the survival of yesterday’s reporting for future study.

“On the Record” will bring individuals from journalism and the news media, academia, business, policy research, together with those who map library strategies for collecting and preservation to explore these challenges. Participants will explore the myriad new ways in which news content is created, distributed and consumed, and engage in focused discussions to formulate innovative strategies for preservation and access to these materials.

Speaker Presentations

Speakers' PowerPoint presentations are available as PDF files below.

Debora Cheney slides

Panagiotis Ipeirotis slides

Valerie Komor slides    Valerie Komor presentation

Victoria McCargar slides

Katrina Stierholz slides

The Impact of CRL

Stories illustrating CRL’s impact on research, teaching, collection building and preservation.

Helping Libraries Deal with ‘Big’ Data

At CRL’s 2018 Global Collections Forum, Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Head of Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections at Stanford University Libraries, discussed how satellite imagery and large geospatial datasets are being used as source materials for scholars in a variety of disciplines, and the new types of library support they require.

Unique Arab Diaspora Materials Saved for Future Scholars

In FY 2018 the Middle East Materials Project (MEMP) microfilmed Arab-language publications from several diaspora communities in non-Arab countries, including the UK, Japan, the U.S., and Poland. These resources continue to affirm MEMP’s role as a provider of rare and distinctive documentation for scholars.