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Location: Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri
Do you see news archives as invaluable sources of historical reference? Are you concerned about the fragility of digital news content from the past 40 years? Are you passionate about saving this “rough first draft of history” and ready to take action? Do you enjoy working collaboratively with thought leaders and pioneers in other fields who share the same commitment to preserving born-digital news? The Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content forum brought together a group of stakeholders to help decide what tomorrow will bring for yesterday’s news. The event was held by Mizzou Advantage and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on Nov. 10-11, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri.
In today’s digital newsrooms, a software/hardware crash can wipe out decades of text, photos, videos and applications in a fraction of a second. Digital archives can easily become obsolete due to evolving formats and digital systems used by modern media, not to mention media failure, bit-rot and link-rot.
One recent survey found that most American media enterprises fail to adequately process their born-digital news content for long-term survival. This potential disappearance of news, birth announcements, obituaries and feature stories represents an impending loss of cultural heritage and identity for communities and the nation at large: a kind of Orwellian “memory hole” of our own unintentional making.
Forum attendees:
  • Engaged with top minds now working in the fields of journalism, library science, business, information technology, law, government and philanthropy.
  • Talked about the things they were most passionate about and interested in.
  • Volunteered to host small group discussions about things critical to achieving the goal of digital preservation.
  • Networked with other researchers, historians, lawyers, authors, entrepreneurs and genealogists who care about this issue.
  • Helped bridge the disconnect between the short-term goals of news producers and the long-term needs of digital preservation.
  • Developed approaches to possible partnerships between businesses and public institutions that can work for both private enterprise and the public good.
  • Shaped best practices about the formats and structures holding digital news data, enabling researchers of all kinds to examine larger and more complete corpora for data mining.

A message from Clifford Lynch, director of the Coalition for Networked Information and forum participant: 

Clifford Lynch"Past experience teaches us that news is a central part of the cultural record; it is used by an enormous range of scholarly disciplines as well as being of lasting importance to the broad public. In the digital world the nature of what constitutes news has already changed in fundamental ways, and the traditional practices for preserving news for future generations will no longer work. This is a major crisis, both for the future of scholarly work and for our ability, as a society, to maintain a rich and comprehensive view of our history."


A message from Katherine Skinner, executive director of the Educopia Institute and forum participant:

Katherine Skinner"For centuries, memory organizations have dependably acquired, provided access to and preserved print news for future researchers. As news has transitioned from print-only to multimedia, most of these preservation relationships and workflows have broken. Tomorrow’s researchers will not have access to today’s news unless we act now. Bringing stakeholders together from all angles of this problem — news publishers and press associations, technologists and researchers, libraries and archives, corporations and funding agencies — will lay a crucial foundation for resolving this information crisis."





Sunday, November 9

3-6 p.m.     Parking permits and registration materials available in RJI lobby (401 S. Ninth St. Columbia, MO, 65211).

Monday, November 10: "He who controls the present controls the past" - George Orwell, "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

8:15 a.m.    Registration and light breakfast available outside Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

9 a.m.     Welcome by Randy Picht, executive director of the Reynolds Journalism Institute, and keynote address by Clifford Lynch, director of the Coalition for Networked Information. Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

10:15 a.m.     Break.

10:30 a.m.     Imagining the future: Small group work session. Various rooms around the second floor of RJI.

Noon     Lunch. Palmer Room 100A, RJI.

1:30 p.m.     Work session re-cap: Results and reflections. Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

2 p.m.     Rocky Mountain News and Denver Public Library conversation. Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

  • Randall Roberts, former administration editor, Rocky Mountain News.
  • Jim Kroll, manager of Western History and Geneology Department, Denver Public Library.
  • James Rogers, senior special collection librarian, Denver Public Library.

3:15 p.m.     Break.

3:30-4:30 p.m.     Lightning presentations (sign up here) and interactive information collection. Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

6:30-8:30 p.m.     Cocktails, dinner and battle decks game. Elm St. Ballroom, 904 Elm St. Columbia, MO, 65201.

Tuesday, November 11: "He who controls the past controls the future" - George Orwell, "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

8:15 a.m.     Light breakfast available outside Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

9 a.m.     Check-in and reflection. Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

9:15 a.m.     Identifying partnerships and benchmarks for success: Small group work session. Various rooms around the second floor of RJI.

10:45 a.m.     Break.

11 a.m.     News executives conversation. Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

  • Andy Waters, general manager, Columbia Daily Tribune.
  • Mark Wilson, CEO and chairman, TownNews.com.
  • Tom Warhover, executive editor, Columbia Missourian.
  • Ryan Famuliner, news director, KBIA Radio.
  • Mike Meiners, director of news administration, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  • Teri Hayt, executive editor, GateHouse Media Ohio.
  • Mizell Stewart III (virtually), VP of content, The E.W. Scripps Company.

12:15 p.m.     Lunch. Palmer Room 100A, RJI.

1:45 p.m.     Work session re-cap: Results and reflections. Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

2:15 p.m.     Ben Welsh, database producer at the Los Angeles Times, presents Storytracker. Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

2:45 p.m.     Break.

3 p.m.     Closing remarks by Katherine Skinner, Educopia Institute executive director, and event reflections and evaluation. Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

3:45 p.m.     Digital news archive trivia game with prizes. Fred W. Smith Forum (room 200), RJI.

4:30-6:30 p.m.     Drinks and hors d'oeuvres at The Vault, 23 S. 8th St., Columbia, MO, 65201.

Kerry Baldwin

Serials Manager, History Colorado

Kerry Baldwin is a former library director with experience managing a wide range of formats including microfilm and serials. She has a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan. Baldwin's interest in archival work and Colorado history was first sparked during an internship with the Colorado Historical Society in college. Later, she served as a volunteer at the Stephen H. Hart Library before joining the team as serials manager. Her duties include managing the largest collection of Colorado newspapers.

Cynthia Bassett

Electronic Services Librarian, University of Missouri School of Law

Cynthia Bassett manages access to the Law Library's legal research databases. For the past several years, she has worked on creating and populating the Law School's Scholarship Repository. Bassett is the president of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries.

Lizbeth Bishoff

Consultant, The Bishoff Group

Lizbeth Bishoff has worked with librarians and other cultural heritage professionals on the development and management of digital collections for more than 15 years. As director of the Colorado Digitization Program, she initiated the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection in 2003. Bishoff has served on the faculty of several workshops funded by National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Institute of Museum and Library Services. She is also currently a trainer for the Suzuki Association of America (SAA).

Dorothy Bland

Dean, Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, University of North Texas

Dorothy M. Bland is the dean of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. She joined the faculty in 2013 and brought to the school more than 25 years of media experience including being a reporter, editor, media/marketing consultant and publisher. Prior to becoming the dean, she served for five years as the journalism division director at Florida A&M University and as a journalism professor.

Katherine Boss

Librarian for Journalism, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

Katherine Boss is the liaison to the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

Peter Broadwell

Academic Project Developer, University of California, Los Angeles Library

Peter Broadwell worked for three years as a Council on Library and Information Resources postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Library. His academic background includes studies in computer science and the digital humanities/social sciences.

Brad Buchanan

President/CEO, Newz Group

Brad Buchanan is the president and chief executive officer of Newz Group, a digital media firm, first organized in 1995. Originated from traditional press clipping services, the company has transformed itself into a digital media firm, serving publishers, press associations and information end users.

Ian Buchanan

Chief Operating Officer, Newz Group

Newz Group is a digital media firm, first organized in 1995. Originated from traditional press clipping services, the company has transformed itself into a digital media firm, serving publishers, press associations and information end users.

Dorothy Carner

Head, Journalism Libraries, University of Missouri Libraries

Dorothy Carner has been the head of the Journalism Libraries (Frank Lee Martin Memorial Journalism Library and the Columbia Missourian Library) at the University of Missouri since 2007. Previously, she was the business librarian at the University of Texas at Austin.

Debora Cheney

Associate Director for Public Services, University at Albany
Director of Public Services for University at Albany

Debora Cheneyhas worked with students, faculty, and journalists who produce and use news content. She has also written and published articles on the role libraries play in providing access to news and preserving news content.

Michael Church

Digital Projects Coordinator, Kansas Historical Society

Michael Church is a digital projects coordinator at the Kansas Historical Society and managing director of the Kansas Digital Newspapers program, the National Digital Newspaper Program grant for Kansas, and the Kansas Memory digital repository.

Jim Cogswell

Director of Libraries, University of Missouri

Jim Cogswell has served as director of libraries at the University of Missouri since 2002, overseeing all operations of the state’s flagship university library system. He has previously worked in libraries at the University of Minnesota in the Twin-Cities, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania and others.

Doug Crews

Executive Director, Missouri Press Association

Doug Crews, a 1973 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, worked for community weekly newspapers until June 1979 when he joined the Missouri Press Association as assistant director. Crews has been MPA executive director since 1990.

Dennis Crouch

Professor of Law, University of Missouri

Dennis Crouch is a law professor at the University of Missouri where he focuses on the intersections of law, technology, innovation and information.

Neeley Current

Project Manager, University of Missouri

Neeley Current is the manager of the Allen Institute and the Information Experience Lab within the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri. In these roles, sheoversees projects in information science, usability and the digital humanities.

Felicity Dykas

Head, Digital Services, University of Missouri

Felicity Dykas is the head of the Digital Services Department at the MU Libraries at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Dykas oversees the MU institutional repository, digital library and digitization work.

Eric Fair

Director of Archives and Records,Archdiocese of Saint Louis

Eric Fair is the manager for the records (inactive, permanent and historical) of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. They are responsible for capturing, cataloging and storing the records produced by the Archdiocese regardless of format. This includes publications such as the St. Louis Review and the Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese. He has over fifteen years of experience in managing records in a variety of settings, including religious, academic and government.

Ryan Famuliner

News Director, KBIA Radio

Ryan Famuliner is the news director at KBIA Radio and an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Roger Gafke

Director of Program Development, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

As director of program development at RJI, Roger Gafke builds partnerships for research projects, programs and funding from corporations, foundations, associations and individuals who share RJI's priority to advance the practice of journalism.

Brian Geiger

Director, Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research,University of California, Riverside

Brian Geiger is the director of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research at the University of California, Riverside. He manages the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC), a freely accessible collection of nearly 1 million pages of digitized California newspapers.

Martin Halbert

Dean of Libraries, University of North Texas

Dr. Martin Halbert is dean of libraries and an associate professor at the University of North Texas, as well as a nationally recognized leader in digital libraries. He currently serves as president of the MetaArchive Cooperative, a growing international digital preservation alliance of cultural memory organizations that was one of the founding partners of the U.S. National Digital Preservation Program.

Ted Han

Lead, DocumentCloud

Ted Han has been a project lead for DocumentCloud since 2011. Han has studied linguistics, written software, and enjoys making and getting things done.

Kathleen Hansen

Professor, University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Kathleen Hansen is a professor and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 1998 she published "Newspapers of Record in the Digital Age." Hansen is currently editing a special issue of the Newspaper Research Journal, which focuses on preserving news content.

Cathy Hartman

Associate Dean Of Libraries, University of North Texas

Cathy Hartman is involved in the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. She is founder of the Portal to Texas History and has a strong interest in Web archiving.

Teri Hayt

Executive Editor, GateHouse Media Ohio

Teri Hayt is the executive editor for GateHouse Ohio Media and is responsible for the news operations for three daily newspapers: The Repository, The Times-Reporter and The Independent. She also oversees two weekly suburban tabs and a monthly magazine.

Gerald Hirsch

Associate Director, The State Historical Society of Missouri

Gerald Hirsch has more than 18 years of experience working in archives and providing access to digital records.

Berkley Hudson

Associate Professor, University Of Missouri

Berkley Hudson has taught in the magazine sequence of the Missouri School of Journalism since 2003. A media historian, he earned his doctorate at the University of North Carolina, a master’s from Columbia University, and undergraduate degree from Ole Miss. For 25 years, he worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist at publications including the Los Angeles Times. He is editor-in-chief of Visual Communication Quarterly.

Anselm Huelsbergen

Technical Services Archivist, University Archives, University of Missouri

As technical services archivist at the University of Missouri, Anselm Huelsbergen selects, prepares, and maintains the institution’s administrative and historical records for research use. Though the majority of records held in the archives are paper, Huelsbergen also works with audio-visual materials, including various film and tape formats, and electronic records.

Paul Huffman

University Archivist, Lindenwood University

Paul Huffman has been the university archivist at Lindenwood for more than seven years. He is excited about the new building that the university will be moving the archives to in 2016.

Nina Johnson

Librarian, University of Missouri

Nina Johnson has been the librarian for theColumbia Missourian newspapersince 1997. Prior to that, she was a librarian at theColumbia Daily Tribune newspaper in Columbia, Missourifor five years.

Bryan Jones

Editor, Missouri Press Association

Bryan Jones joined the Missouri Press Association staff in March 2014.Previously, Jones worked for Vernon Publishing, Inc., as managing editor of The Versailles Leader-Statesman, the Morgan County Press in Stover, and the Highway Five Beacon. He had been with Vernon Publishing since 2004. Jones has a bachelor's degree in communication studies from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. His weekly editorial, “Nickels and Sense,” was recognized in 2012 by the MPA and in 2009 and 2010 by the National Newspaper Association. He published his first children’s book, “Somebody Stole My Yawn!,” in 2009. His one-act play “It All ADS up!” was a winner in the Ozark Writers’ Guild play-writing contest.

Jennifer Kirmer

Digital Archivist, Washington University, St. Louis

Jennifer Kirmer oversees the digital collections of the University Archives, as well as multiple projects centered around the archiving of born-digital materials.

Martin Klein

Programmer/Analyst, University of California, Los Angeles Library

Martin Klein recently joined the digital initiatives program at UCLA's research library. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the research library at the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he worked on time-sensitive access to archived Web resources (via the Memento protocol) and investigated reference rot in scholarly communication.

Ana Krahmer

Digital Newspaper Program Coordinator, University of North Texas Libraries

Ana Krahmer supervises all newspaper digitization activities at University of North Texas Libraries, including the Texas Digital Newspaper Program, which has digitized more than 2 million pages of newspapers, representing Texas newspapers from 1829 to the present, from multiple media formats, including microfilm, physical paper, and PDF e-print editions.

Jim Kroll

Manager of Wester History and Geneology, Denver Public Library

Jim Kroll is the manager of the Denver Public Library's Western History/Genealogy Department and the Blair/Caldwell African American Research Library.

Dylan Kuhlman

Digital Project Specialist, Kansas Historical Society

Dylan Kuhlman works at the Kansas Historic Society in Topeka, Kansas where he is the digital project specialist. In this role, he primarily works with digitized newspapers in the National Digital Newspaper Program.

Ron Larson

Serials Resources Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society

Ron Larson has been the serials resources librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society since 2010 and is responsible for managing one of the most diversified and extensive newspaper collections in the country. Prior to his current role, he was a researcher and director of information for 30 years at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times in Wisconsin. He is an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies.

Pat Lawton

Digital Projects Librarian, Catholic Research Resources Alliance, University of Notre Dame

Pat Lawton is digital projects librarian for the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA), which is a nonprofit membership alliance with a mission to provide enduring, global access to Catholic research materials in the Americas. Lawton manages the primary projects of the CRRA including the Catholic portal and the Catholic Newspapers Program.

Yvonne Leow

Knight Journalism Fellow, Stanford University

Yvonne Leow is a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and the national vice president of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Chandler Lighty

Program Manager,Hoosier State Chronicles, Indiana State Library

ChandlerLighty is program manager for Hoosier State Chronicles, Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program at the Indiana State Library. He was previously an assistant editor with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln. He has a master's in American history from Miami University.

Alison Lotto

Archives Specialist, Vision Maker Media

Allison Lotto is an archivist who is working to preserve a collection of Native American public broadcasting materials.

Clifford Lynch

Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

Clifford Lynch is the director of the Coalition for Networked Information, and also holds an appointment as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Information. He co-chairs the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information.

Roger Macdonald

Director, Television Archive, Internet Archive

Roger Macdonald’s role includes creating an open digital public library of TV news. Prior to co-founding the network devoted to global news and culture in 1999, Macdonald helped create and manage several other organizations, including the Gorbachev Foundation.

Edward McCain

Digital Curator of Journalism, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Edward McCain is the digital curator of journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and University of Missouri libraries. In this role, he leads the Journalism Digital News Archive (JDNA), a strategic change agenda addressing issues surrounding access and preservation of digital news collections.

Michael Meiners

Director News Administration, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Michael Meiners began his career as a news librarian at the Tampa Tribune in 1987, when archives were still on paper. Since then he has worked as a librarian, researcher, online producer, technology manager, and is now the news administrator at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As administrator he is also responsible for both the digital and legacy archives. Preservation is a keen interest of Meiners.

Mary Molinaro

Director, Research Data Center, University of Kentucky Libraries

Mary Molinaro is the director of the Research Data Center at University of Kentucky Libraries. Her work and research interests include digital preservation, personal digital archiving, and digital library development with a particular interest in preserving digital news content whether converted from the analog or born digital. Molinaro serves as an instructor and is on the steering committee for the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program at the Library of Congress.

Robert W. Mong

Editor in Chief, Dallas Morning News

Robert W. Mong is editor of the South's largest newsroom. The paper has won nine Pulitzer Prizes during his time in news management.

Leigh Montgomery

Librarian, The Christian Science Monitor

Leigh Montgomery is responsible for research, data analysis, content creation, maintaining online and print resource portfolios, training journalists, digital archiving, managing projects for new content markets and preservation of news assets. Montgomery is president of the Special Libraries Association’s New England chapter.

Jennifer Nelson

Sr. Information Specialist, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Jennifer Nelson is the senior information specialist at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Prior to coming to RJI, she was the news editor of the Osceola (Iowa) Sentinel-Tribune.

Cassandra O'Neill

CEO, Wholonomy Consulting

Cassandra O'Neill founded Wholonomy Consulting to help leaders, organizations and coalitions build solutions to complex issues. She works with funders, universities, schools, nonprofits and government agencies. She loves facilitation and coaching, and teaching these skills to leaders. She has worked with more than 150 organizations since becoming a consultant.

Houria Oufkir

Freelance Journalist (Impact Presse; éclectic presse)

Houria Oufkir has a master's degree in international relations from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lyon. She is a freelance TV and Web journalist in Lyon, France (Institut national de l'Audiovisuel and L'Ecole Multimedia de Paris), and a consultant to Middle East Education Projects in Doha, Qatar. Oufkir is an experienced simultaneous translator for news, French to Arabic, Arabic to French, English to Arabic or French.

Nora Paul

Director, Minnesota Journalism Center, University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Nora Paul is director of the Minnesota Journalism Center and a long-time advocate for news archiving and research.

Mark Phillips

Assistant Dean for Digital Libraries, University of North Texas Libraries

Mark Phillips is the assistant dean for digital libraries at the University of North Texas Libraries where he oversees development and digitization activities for The Portal to Texas History and the UNT Digital Library.

Jeannette Pierce

Associate Director for Research and Information Services, MU Libraries, University of Missouri

Jeannette Pierce’s current position includes overseeing the Frank Lee Martin Journalism Library and the Missourian Library at the University of Missouri. Pierce joined the MU Libraries as associate director for research and information services in August 2013, having served previously at Loyola University (Chicago) Libraries for seven years, first as head of reference services and subsequently as director of the Klarchek Information Commons. Pierce has also served as a history and research services librarian at Johns Hopkins University and Saint Louis University.

Abigail Potter

Program Officer, Library of Congress

Abigail Potter is a program officer for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program for the Library of Congress. Potter has previously worked with National Public Radio, the University of Michigan Library, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Scott Reed

Partner Specialist, Internet Archive/Archive-It

Scott Reed is a partner specialist at the Internet Archive with Archive-It, the leading Web archiving service for collecting and accessing cultural heritage on the Web.

Ben Richardson

Student, University of Missouri

Ben Richardson is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri.

Arnie Robbins

Executive Director, American Society of News Editors

Arnie Robbins is the executive director of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE). He is also a former editor and managing editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Randall Roberts

Former Administration Editor, Rocky Mountain News

Randall Roberts was the former administration editor for the Rocky Mountain News, a daily newspaper in Denver, that closed its operation in 2009. Robert’s final duties included negotiating severance with the Guild, disposing of newsroom equipment and finding a good home for the Rocky's digital and paper archives at the Denver Public Library.

Eden Robins

News Content Program Manager, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Eden Robins is the news content program manager for Arizona State Library’s Archives and Public Records. Overseeing the Arizona Digital Newspaper Program, Robins is invested in digital news preservation. She has now taken on an expanded role in discovering and utilizing best practices for the digital preservation of various news content formats as well as coordinating with partnering institutions and communities interested in developing standardized guidelines and best practices for the digital preservation of various news content.

James Rogers

Senior Special Collection Librarian, Denver Public Library, Western History/Genealogy Department

James Rogers has five years of experience working in archives, libraries and Digital Asset Management Systems.

Cal Shepard

State Librarian, State Library of North Carolina

Cal Shepard is the state librarian of North Carolina. Prior to this she was program director of consulting services at LYRASIS and also managed the SOLINET Educational Services Program. She has served as the chief of library development at the State Library of North Carolina and has held several positions in public libraries including children’s librarian at the Nantahala Regional Library in Murphy, North Carolina.

Kapena Shim

Hawai'i Specialist Librarian, University of Hawai'i Manoa

Kapena Shim is a librarian in the Hawaiian Pacific Collections Department at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are the world's largest collection of published materials about Hawai'i and the Pacific.

James Simon

Director, International Resources, Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

James Simon is director of international resources at the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago. He is also the director of the Global Resources Network, a collaborative initiative of the major North American universities and research libraries to promote the widespread availability and exchange of knowledge and source materials for international studies. Simon is responsible for the coordination of many collaborative programs at CRL, such as the World Newspaper Archive, the Digital South Asia Library, the International Coalition on Newspapers, and the Area Studies Materials projects.

Katherine Skinner

Executive Director, Educopia Institute

Dr. Katherine Skinner is the executive director of the Educopia Institute, a not-for-profit organization that hosts inter-institutional, collaborative communities and projects, through which it advances the state-of-the-art in the production, dissemination, and preservation of digital scholarship. She is a co-founder of both the MetaArchive Cooperative and the Library Publishing Coalition, two thriving communities that promote collaborative practices and the building of infrastructure and expertise within memory organizations.

Kimberly Springer

Former Library Intern, National Public Radio

Kimberly Springer's interests, work, and educational background encompass digital preservation in service to repurposing and maintaining access to intellectual property. Springer has made good use of news archives in doctoral research and studied how public radio thinks about archives during her information science master’s degree program.

Brian Steffens

Director of Communications, Reynolds Journalism Institute

Brian Steffens is a veteran communicator with executive-level experience in newspapers, magazines, digital media, public relations and news association management. Steffens led change and innovation in photojournalism, color, typography, design, packaging and editing, information graphics, new media/digital initiatives, new product development and new business models.

Ryan Thornburg

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina

Ryan Thornburg works on using digital public records to increase revenue and lower costs of explanatory and accountability journalism, especially in rural communities.

Timothy Walter

Executive Director, Catholic Press Association

The Catholic Press Association formed in 1911, serves Catholic publications, publishers and individuals working in the Catholic press by facilitating the professional, economic and spiritual growth of its members.

Tom Warhover

Executive Editor, Columbia Missourian

Tom Warhover is an associate professor and chair of the print and digital news faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism. He is the executive editor for innovation at the Columbia Missourian newspaper. Previously, he worked for The Virginian-Pilot, a newspaper serving southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

Andy Waters

General Manager, Columbia Daily Tribune/Tribune Publishing Co.

Andy Waters is the fourth-generation owner of the Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, Missouri and serves as the company's general manager.

Eric Weig

Digital Library Services Librarian, University of Kentucky

Eric Weig is digital library services librarian at the University of Kentucky Libraries. He currently leads work on design and implementation of digital preservation and access systems, including PaperVault for born-digital newspapers, for the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. He has acted as project manager for the Kentucky Virtual Library's Kentucky Digital Library Project, as well as technological project manager for the Kentucky portion of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a metadata coordinator for Digital Public Library of America's Kentucky Hub, as an adjunct instructor for the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science, and currently leads work on design and implementation of digital preservation and access systems, including PaperVault for born-digital newspapers, for the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Ben Welsh

Database Producer, Los Angeles Times

Ben Welsh is a database producer at the Los Angeles Times.

Marc Wilson

CEO and Chairman, TownNews.com

Marc Wilson is founder, CEO and chairman of TownNews.com. During his career he has worked for five bureaus of the Associated Press, and has owned, edited and published an award-winning weekly newspaper in Montana.

Carl Wingo

Technology Consultant, Missouri State Library

Carl Wingo administers grants and contracts that support library automation, technical services and digitization of historical materials.

Jennifer Younger

Executive Director, Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA)

Since 2010, Jennifer Younger has served as the executive director for the Catholic Research Resources Alliance. The mission of CRRA is to provide enduring global access to Catholic research materials. Before becoming executive director, Younger was the library director at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Frederick Zarndt

Chief Experience Officer (CXO), International Federation of LibrariesAssociations and Institutions News Media Section

Frederick Zarndt has worked with historic and contemporary newspaper, journal, magazine, book, and records digitization since computer speeds, software, technology, storage, and costs first made it practical. Zarndt has experience in every aspect of digitization projects including project requirements development, project management, conversion operations (both in-house and outsourced), acceptance testing, software development for production and delivery of digital data, and digital preservation.


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