April 21, 2011 -- On April 10-12, scholars, journalists, newspaper publishers, librarians, digital archivists and digital newspaper vendors gathered at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Missouri, for "The Newspaper Archive Summit: Rescuing orphaned and digital content (external link)," a program which set out to discuss the state of newspaper archives, including issues related to digitization of newspaper archives and preservation of born digital newspapers.
The Library of Congress co-sponsored the event with the University of Missouri Mizzou Advantage (external link). Martha Anderson, director of program management for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, provided a keynote address. Abbie Grotke, web archiving team lead, was on a panel speaking about the Library's efforts to archive newspaper websites. All presentations from the first day were recorded and are available on the conference website (external link).
A lively dinner was held Monday night, where topics such as: "In 50 years where will you find out about your community history if there is no library?" and "You are estate planning for a newspaper. Who would you identify as the guardian?" and "What are some examples of successful public-private partnerships?" were discussed in small groups designed to have a variety of stakeholders.
The summit attendees reconvened Tuesday morning for a working session; participants brainstormed about what is found in newspaper archives, and how to explore potential public-private partnerships that could generate income and incentives for digitization of newspaper archives. Plans are already in the works to hold a second summit.