Upcoming Presentation on The National Digital Newspaper Program

“The National Digital Newspaper Program”
Presentation by Deborah Thomas, Library of Congress

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library (Enter through the Thomas Cooper Library)
University of South Carolina
1322 Greene St.
Columbia, S.C.

University Libraries invites you to a special presentation by Deborah Thomas, Program Coordinator for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) at the Library of Congress. The NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is responsible for Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov), a freely searchable database of U.S. newspapers published between 1860 and 1922. Ms. Thomas will speak about the goals of this important program and its impact on preserving our nation’s cultural memory.

In 2009, the University Libraries’ Digital Collections department was awarded a $350,000 grant from NEH to establish the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (http://sc.edu/library/digital/newspaper/index.html). The goal of the project is to scan, enhance, and deliver an estimated 100,000 pages from select South Carolina newspapers to the Library of Congress by 2011. The first digitized newspaper, the Columbia Phoenix (1865-78), will be available on the Chronicling America Web site in September, 2010.  Eighteen newspapers were selected for this grant cycle, including the Reconstruction-era African American papers the Free Press and Georgetown Planet.

The event is free and open to the public.  A Q&A session on the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program will follow Thomas’ presentation.

Directions and parking information: http://www.sc.edu/library/tcllocate.html

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