The following paper will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly) Satellite Meeting in Lyon, France, August 13-15, 2014.
Bernard F. Reilly, Jr.
President, Center for Research Libraries
International Federation of Library Associations/WLIC 2014
Libraries invest heavily to digitize to newspapers and spend millions to purchase databases of digitized historical newspapers from commercial publishers. At the same time, they are required to make weighty decisions about the disposition of original newspaper back files, which are rapidly
disappearing. Unfortunately, these decisions are based on little hard information.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) major funding to expand its collecting and analysis of data on archived and digitized newspapers and, based on that data and analysis, to help create a common international agenda for newspaper digitization
and preservation that is rational, strategic and achievable. At the center of this effort is CRL’s recently expanded ICON database.
Direct to Full Text Paper (7 pages; PDF)
See Also: Direct to ICON Database
The database contains info about 40,361,798 issues from 172,968 publications dating from 1649–2012 (8/12/2014)