The Newspaper Archive Summit
If a newspaper goes out of business, what happens to its archives?
If a newspaper becomes available only online, what happens to yesterday's (or last year's) news?
Why should we care?
As the erosion of the traditional media economy and its concomitant decline in readership and revenues transforms one of the pillars of democratic life, a host of challenges emerge. In the past three years alone, more than 160 U.S. newspapers have stopped publishing a print edition or have quit business entirely.
These issues shaped the agenda for The Newspaper Archive Summit: Rescuing orphaned and digital content. We brought together scholars, journalists, newspaper publishers, librarians, digital archivists, and digital newspaper vendors to discuss the state of newspaper archives and the feasibility and logistics of creating and managing light and dark archives of orphaned and born digital newspapers.
- Recorded sessions
- Rescuing digital content: Notes from the Newspaper Archive Summit
- White paper suggests next steps for stakeholders
Robert (Bob) Allen is a professor at Drexel University. His recent research has focused on developing techniques to improve access to digital history. In particular, Dr. Allen has developed several novel interactive graphical timelines. He has also developed techniques for text processing and indexing of digitized historical newspapers. He has explored how techniques related to his work on digital history can be applied in eScience. Dr. Allen has prepared a comprehensive informatics textbook that is available online. Before joining Drexel, he was at the University of Maryland, a Senior Scientist at Bellcore, and a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories. His Ph.D. is in Social and Cognitive Experimental Psychology from UCSD. Dr. Allen was Editor in Chief of the ACM Transactions on Information Systems and Chair of the ACM Publications Board.
Director of Program Management for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library of Congress
Martha Anderson is Director of Program Management for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the Library of Congress. The program has developed a network of over 180 partners, nationally and internationally, to select, collect and preserve at-risk digital content. Today the program supports collaborative collection and preservation of digital content of high value for public policy decision makers as well as shared tools and services for sustaining diverse digital content for long-term access.
She serves on the Steering Committee managing the communications for the International Internet Preservation Consortium. The IIPC is an international organization of 39 national libraries and non-profit archives dedicated to collecting and archiving significant content from the Web. Prior to working with the digital preservation program, she was production coordinator for American Memory, the Library's online national digital library.
Adjunct Professor, Head, Journalism Libraries
Dorothy Carner is the head of libraries at the Missouri School of Journalism. In that role, she oversees both the Frank L. Martin Journalism Library and the Columbia Missourian Newspaper Library. For 11 years, Carner served as reference librarian and business bibliographer at the University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of Business, a top-20 business school with more than 6,000 students. She earned a master's degree in library and information sciences from the University of Texas-Austin and bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Missouri State University.
Jim Cogswell began his duties as Director of Libraries at the University of Missouri on April 15, 2002. In this capacity, he oversees all operations of the MU Libraries, consisting of eight library facilities with a total operating budget of $14.3 million; collections of over 3.4 million print volumes, access to more than forty thousand journals both online and in print; and staffing of 140 FTE permanent positions and 30 FTE student positions. Reporting directly to the University Provost, he serves on the Council of Deans and on the campus-wide Strategic Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (SPRAC).
He came to this position from the University of Minnesota/Twin-Cities, where he had served as Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development since 1996, and as Division Head for Reference and Information Services, from 1987 to 1996. His previous library positions include service at Princeton University (1978-1987) and at the University of Pennsylvania (1974-1978). He holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Bowdoin College, and a Master's degree in Library Service from Rutgers University. He also earned a post-graduate Certificate in Management from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Chris Cowan is Vice President, Publishing for ProQuest, LLC. Over the past 10 years, he has been responsible for overseeing the creation and development of ProQuest's Historical Newspaper product line and managing ProQuest Genealogy businesses, Microfilm publishing, Student Research publishing, and Archival E-commerce services for major newspaper publishers. He is engaged with acquisitions and is responsible for business development and licensing with content partners and institutions.
Before joining ProQuest in 2000, Mr. Cowan spent over 16 years in the information and publishing industry with Thomson and Cox Newspapers, business publications, and city regional magazines primarily in sales, publishing and new product development roles.
Patrick Cox is the associate director with The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas of Austin. Dr. Cox has directed and participated in nationally and regionally acclaimed multimillion-dollar programs that include research, exhibits, programs, films, publications, web based information, educational materials and instruction. Administrative responsibilities include the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum in Bonham, the John Nance Garner Museum in Uvalde, and historic and site preservation and restoration projects and programs at Winedale and the Congressional and Political History Collection at the Briscoe Center.
Dr. Cox received his Ph.D. in history and his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his M.A. in History from Texas State University, formerly Southwest Texas State University. Dr. Cox is the co-author with Dr. Michael Phillips of The House Will Come to Order: The Texas House Speakers (University of Texas Press, 2010). Dr. Cox's most recent book is the critically acclaimed The First Texas News Barons (University of Texas Press, 2005). His publication, Ralph W. Yarborough: The People's Senator (University of Texas Press, 2002) was a finalist for both the Western Writers Association book awards and the Robert Kennedy Foundation book award for 2002, and received honorable mention at the Philosophical Society of Texas book awards. He is co-editor of Profiles in Power: 20th Century Texans in Washington, D.C. (University of Texas Press, 2004). He is the author of numerous articles in academic journals, magazines, newspapers and Web publications.
Dr. Cox also was curator for exhibits that featured Lyndon B. Johnson, John Nance Garner, Sam Rayburn, Henry B. Gonzalez, Jack Brooks and the ExxonMobil Historic Archive. He has participated in programs and panels at the LBJ Presidential Library, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and for the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. He has served as the project director for the Texas House Speakers Oral History Program and as an historical advisor to the Bob Bullock State of Texas History Museum. He is a contributor to History News Network, National Public Radio and to documentaries aired on National Public Television and C-Span.
Dr. Cox was selected as a Distinguished Alumni by the Texas State University College of Liberal Arts. He is a member of Who's Who in America, the Philosophical Society of Texas and is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Austin College Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies, an Advisory Director of the Molly Ivins National Journalism Prize, the Texas Observer Editorial Advisory Board, and he previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Journalism Historians Association.
Active in his community service, Dr. Cox currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the nation's largest electric cooperative, where he chairs the Governance, Bylaws and Legal Committee. He is the Immediate Past President of the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, Past President of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, and a Past President of the Wimberley Lions Club.
Charles Davis is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and the facilitator of the Media of the Future Initiative for Mizzou Advantage.
Davis' scholarly research focuses on access to governmental information and media law. He has published in law reviews and scholarly journals on issues ranging from federal and state freedom of information laws to libel law, privacy and broadcast regulation. He has earned a Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in furthering freedom of information and the University of Missouri-Columbia Provost's Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching, as well as the Faculty-Alumni Award. In 2008, Davis was named the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Teacher of the Year.
Davis has been a primary investigator for a research grant from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation for the National Freedom of Information Coalition and another from the Rockefeller Family Fund for the study of homeland security and freedom of information issues. He was a co-investigator for an award from the U.S. Department of State for a curriculum reform project for Moscow State University in Russia.
Davis worked for newspapers and as a national correspondent for Lafferty Publications, a Dublin-based news wire service for financial publications, Davis reported on banking, e-commerce and regulatory issues for seven years before leaving full-time journalism in 1993. He completed a master's degree from the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication and earned a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Florida in 1995. He received his bachelor's degree from North Georgia College.
Davis participates in numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Jim Draper is Vice President and Publisher at Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. He has been in the publishing industry for 25 years, as print publisher, digital publisher, author, editor, online developer, business-development director, and rights director. At Cengage Learning, Jim heads up Gale Digital Collections, Gale Academic Publishing, Gale World Scholar Programs, the Charles Scribner imprint, and Macmillan USA Publishing.
Jim is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a post-graduate degree in medieval languages from Oxford University. He is also a graduate of the Columbia UniversityRare Books School and the Denver Publishing Institute.
Jim is active in scholarly and bibliographical societies around the world.
Among Jim's publications at Gale are: Eighteenth Century Collections Online, British Newspapers: 1600-1900, 19th-Century U.S. Newspapers, British Literary Manuscripts Online, and Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Trans-national Archive. Jim conceptualized and launched Gale's Literature Resource Center—the foundation product in Gale's highly successful "Resource Center" line—and led efforts to migrate Gale's print-based programs to 100% digital distribution. Jim's publications, as author, include World Literature Criticism: 1500 to the Present, Black Literature Criticism, and numerous contributions to scholarly journals.
Univeristy of Missouri Provost
Brian Foster joined MU as the Chief Academic Officer in August of 2005. Prior to that, he served as Provost at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. His previous academic appointments include Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Graduate Dean at Arizona State University, where he also served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology.
The first in his family to pursue a college education, Dr. Foster began his studies at Northern Illinois University where he earned his degree in History. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. His studies and research focused on the social anthropology of Southeast Asian cultures, primarily Thailand. He is fluent in Thai and German.
Foster has served as President of the Western Association of Graduate Schools, member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools, Chair of the GRE Board, member of the TOEFL Policy Council, and a member of the Executive Committees of two NASULGC Councils: the Council of Research and Graduate Education and the Council on Academic Affairs. He was Chair of the Executive Committee of the Council on Academic Affairs, NASULGC, and currently serves as an ad hoc member of that committee.
Dr. Foster and his wife Lerke Foster are parents to Catherine, who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and practices medicine in Dearborn and Tom Foster, who is a graduate of the MU School of Journalism and currently works in New York City as a magazine editor.
Provost Foster works closely with constituents both on and off campus focusing on MU's contributions to the economic development of Missouri and access to higher education for all Missourians.
LaDonna Garner is a Historic Preservationist and Certified GenealogistSM in Southeast Missouri. Board-Certified in genealogy in 2006, Garner has been researching her family history for over 20 years. She is an active volunteer of several societies including the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the St. Louis Genealogical Society, and member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
She has held various positions in promoting genealogy research and historic preservation. Recent organizational positions held are Co-Founder & Secretary of the Mt. Zion Cemetery Board, Festus, MO; Design Committee Chair of the Downtown Revitalization, St. Genevieve, MO; Fundraising Committee Co-Chair of the International Black Genealogy Summit; Roundtable Chair of the African American Special Interest Group, St. Louis Genealogical Society; and Vice-President of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society in High Ridge, MO.
She enjoys discussing genealogical and historic preservation issues. Several recent speaking engagements were held at the Family History Fair, Jefferson County Genealogical Society, MO; Family History Conference, St. Louis Genealogical Society, MO; St. Louis African American Historical and Genealogical Society, MO; Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Birmingham, AL; and International Black Genealogy Summit, Fort Wayne, IN.
Genealogical education includes the National Genealogical Society Course in American Genealogy Home Study Course, the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, the National Institute of Genealogical Research, and various conferences and lectures.
Collegiate education includes an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology, Jefferson College, Hillsboro, MO; a B.S. in Historical Preservation, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO; and currently an M.A. in Historic Preservation, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD.
Christopher Gill is the founder of Heritage Microfilm and NewspaperArchive.com. Online since 1999 NewspaperArchive.com has more than 5,000 newspaper titles indexed and now digitizes and indexes more than 4 million pages per month under contracts with hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries. His company runs the online archives of 480 institutions and has content online from more than 10 countries.
Prior to creating the world's foremost digital archiving company Mr. Gill obtained his MBA from the University of Chicago and directed advertising and product development for Gatorade Sports Beverages, Science Diet Pet Food, and a leading natural food manufacturer, Frontier Herbs.
Today Mr. Gill's companies provide content archiving services to a broad array of international libraries, newspaper chains, and increasingly provide content to the largest websites in the world including, among others, Google, Ancestry.com, Archives.com, Classmates.com, and Topix.com. In 2011 Mr. Gill's companies expect to announce signed contracts to archive the newspaper history of entire nations. His company's mission is to digitize, index, and organize the World's History – including every nation and every language on earth.
Mr. Gill's expertise is in cost effectively digitizing historical documents and monetizing that content. Many times institutions have no cost to digitize their entire microfilm archive and to have long-term online access to that content. To discuss the digital archiving of more than 1 million images you may reach Mr. Gill at email@example.com.
Abbie Grotke is the Web Archiving Team Lead in the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Library of Congress. She has been involved in digital initiatives at the Library of Congress for over 13 years, initially as an American Memory digital conversion specialist, and then as project coordinator for the digitization of the Manuscript Division's Hannah Arendt Papers. Since 2002 she has been involved in Web Archiving activities at the Library of Congress, and currently manages various Web Archive collection activities and projects. She is also co-chair of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group and has helped coordinate a number of National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) meetings which bring together various stakeholders -- including archivists, librarians, content providers, and researchers -- to discuss issues related to the preservation of born-digital public policy and news content.
Dr. Martin Halbert is Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor at the University of North Texas, and 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 US National Digital Preservation Program. He has a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary liberal arts from Emory University; his research examines the future of digital scholarship and research library services. He has served as principal investigator for grants and contracts totaling more than $6 M during the past six years, funding more than a dozen large scale collaborative projects among many educational institutions. Halbert has previously worked for Emory University, Rice University, UT Austin, and the IBM Corporation.
Joe Hight is The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com's director of information and development. He has been in journalism as a reporter, editor, managing editor or director for more than 30 years. He leads the News and Information Center's information-based programs, marketing and promotions, training and ethics/standards teams, internship program, and other areas involving online development. His duties includes supervision of the Research editor and her department.
Hight was involved in last year's effort that won The Oklahoman the 2009 APME Innovator of the Year Award. He also led information efforts that include the "know it" online communities and "Your Right to Know" projects, which won the national Society of Professional Journalists' "Public Service in Online Journalism" awards as well as regional, state and national First Amendment awards.
Hight served for two terms as president of the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, an international organization based at Columbia University with offices in London and Melbourne. He authored and co-authored print and online booklets and columns that are still used by the Dart Center, including "Tragedies & Journalists: A Guide for More Effective Coverage" that has been translated into three different languages and is being updated for its second edition in 2011. He also cofounded the People and the Media Program at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he was named as a "distinguished former student." He also is a past chairman of the Mid-America Press Institute and serves on the boards of it and several other journalism-related organizations, including The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.
He taught and lectured at several universities and media organizations in the United States, Australia, London and Ireland, been a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute, a panelist at the Aspen Institute and spoke at several conventions and workshops, including four straight National Writers Workshops. He also wrote several articles on writing, editing, interviewing, victims coverage and other subjects in the latest edition of "Reporting for the Media," a textbook that's used at many universities.
At The Oklahoman, he was victims team leader of the Oklahoma City bombing coverage in 1995 that won two national SPJ awards, a national Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Violence and many others.
In the community, he serves as as chairman of the University of Central Oklahoma Liberal Arts Advisory Board, board member of Sunbeam Family Services, vice president of HeartLine Oklahoma and chairman of its annual Festival of Hope, president of TOPICC, and Archdiocese representative for the Catholic Grade School Athletic Association.
He and his wife, Nan, have two children, Elena, a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, and Elyse, a junior at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City.
Professor, Journalism Studies and Director, Center on Religion & the Professions
Debra Mason brings more than 25 years of professional reporting, research, and teaching experience to her position. Her major religion and media research work includes a content audit of religion news spanning 50 years and the largest telephone survey of religion journalists. She edited the recently published Religion Reporting: A Guide to Journalism's Best Beat, and co-edited Readings in Religion as News, a collection of religion news from the colonial era to the present. Mason also serves on the editorial board and is book review editor for the Journal of Media and Religion. Mason holds a doctoral degree in mass communication from Ohio University in Athens, a master's in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago and a master's in theological studies from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Mason has received numerous grants, awards and other honors for her work. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Council for National Journalism Organizations, among many others.
Victoria McCargar is veteran journalist, archivist and digital curation consultant. Her 25-year career at the Los Angeles Times included planning and implementation of a number of newsroom computer systems, including digital asset management, pagination and archives. In the area of digital preservation she participated in the PREMIS preservation metadata project and was a researcher for the InterPARES digital preservation consortium. Specializing in news assets, she has done research into long-lived news databases for the Center for Research Libraries. Consulting clients include the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Columbia Missourian, Associated Press, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times, Tribune Co., the University of Missouri Libraries, and the Annenberg Foundation. She is currently the archivist and special collections librarian at Mount St. Mary’s College and teaches preservation management in the library and information science programs at San Jose State University and UCLA. She holds master’s degrees in library science from UCLA and journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Leigh Montgomery is Librarian for The Christian Science Monitor, the international daily news organization and multimedia website. The Monitor became the first national newspaper to move to a web-first and multiplatform publishing model all in April 2009, where she conducts and oversees research on international and U.S. news topics, as well as business, science and societal trends for the editorial staff, located in 18 national and international bureaus. She is also responsible for management of the photo and page archive for the paper, development and maintenance of its electronic and print collection, and training and coaching of the staff. Other initiatives include content creation and curation, syndication teamwork for new markets for CSM content, and social media moderation for CSMonitor.com.
Leigh, the Monitor's only full-time librarian, has contributed to several award-winning analytic journalism projects during her career and is active in use of computer-assisted reporting, collaborative technologies and social networking to advance journalism. Leigh also enjoys volunteering by hosting prospective librarians and Boston public school students at every opportunity to encourage careers in information professions, news librarianship and journalism. She has also launched nine librarians' careers.
Leigh joined the Monitor staff as News Researcher in 1996 after receiving a Master of Science degree in Mass Communication at Boston University's College of Communication; in 2007 becoming an adjunct professor of mass communication research at her alma mater.
She was promoted to Librarian in 1998, and is currently Chair of the News Division, Special Libraries Association, for 2011.
Remmel Nunn is vice president for new product development at the Readex division of NewsBank. He leads the strategy and acquisitions teams for the "Archive of Americana" database, which includes Early American Newspapers 1690-1922, American Ethnic Newspapers, and 20th-Century American Newspapers. He also leads the editorial team at Readex that has partnered with the Center for Research Libraries to create the ongoing World Newspaper Archive database. Prior to joining Readex, Remmel was vice president for academic library strategy at Thomson/Gale. His previous positions include Publisher at Facts on File and Publisher at the Grolier Educational Corporation. He holds an M.Phil. from Columbia University and B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University.
Stephanie Padgett brings more than 20 years of advertising and media experience to her role as assistant professor in strategic communication. She teaches classes in media planning and serves as director of media, research and operations for Mojo Ad, the student-staffed advertising agency that specializes in the Youth and Young Adult (YAYA) market.
Prior to arriving at School of Journalism, Padgett worked at Empower MediaMarketing, Cincinnati. In this role, Padgett developed and executed media plans for clients as diverse as Marion Merrel Dow, Roto-Rooter and Lens Crafters, as well as leading the agency training and research departments. She was part of the successful launch of Nicoderm and Nicorette, one of the first direct-to-consumer advertising campaigns. Padgett served as the Midwest manager for The Media Audit, a syndicated research provider based in Houston.
During the 2009-2010 academic year, Padgett served as a Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, where she studied ways for newspapers to increase their revenue from online advertising.
Padgett previously served as an adjunct professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati. She has been recognized as an industry leader by the American Academy of Advertising.
Padgett earned a bachelor of arts degree in English at the College of William and Mary.
Associate Professor, Chair, Journalism Studies
Earnest Perry is an associate professor and chair of the journalism studies emphasis area at the Missouri School of Journalism. After earning his bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University, he joined the staff of the Columbia Missourian as a city editor. While working full time at the Missourian, Perry earned master's and doctorate degrees from the School. He has published articles on history and management in several journals including American Journalism, Journalism History and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.
Perry's research interests focus on African-American press history and media management. He received a second-place award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2002 for his paper on the African-American press' negotiation for a White House correspondent.
Perry is a member of the AEJMC Research Council and has served in several leadership capacities for the American Journalism Historians Association.
Perry worked as a reporter for newspapers in Illinois, Connecticut and Texas before joining the School. He has also served as a consultant to news outlets in Texas and Missouri on issues such as newsroom management, reporting in ethnic minority communities, news writing and editing.
Caroline is licensed patent agent and is currently in her last year of law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has extensive experience in several Intellectual Property matters including but not limited to: patent infringement, litigation, offensive/defense review, patent research, prosecution matters, and prosecution of copyrights and trademarks. Caroline has worked as a patent agent for Shook, Hardy & Bacon, a law firm in Kansas City. Most recently, she has worked for Novak Druce + Quigg, on patent prosecution and litigation matters in Houston, Texas. Prior to law school, she received a masters degree in Electrical Engineering and during this time has coauthored several papers for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) on alternative power sources, high energy density sources, and optics.
Aaron Presnall is a political economist specializing in issues of banking and telecommunications regulatory transition, and the roles of information and participatory politics in regulatory outcomes. In addition to scholarly works and popular opinion pieces, he has written on the business and political environment of Europe for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and numerous private and governmental organizations in Europe and the United States.
Dr. Presnall has an extensive background in project development and management and has short and long term work experience in most countries of Southeast and Central Eastern Europe. Before joining the Jefferson Institute, he served with the EastWest Institute for seven years in Prague, then in Belgrade as EastWest's Regional Director of Southeast Europe. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Virginia.
Bernard F. Reilly is President of the Center for Research Libraries, a consortium of 250 university, college and independent research libraries in the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong. Reilly was principal investigator for two digital preservation projects funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: the Political Communications Web Archiving Investigation (2002-2004) and the Auditing and Certification of Digital Archives project. Reilly recently planned and directed a two-year National Science Foundation-funded study of long-lived digital collections. He is currently at work on a study of electronic news production and distribution.
Reilly was previously Director of Research and Access at the Chicago History Museum (1997-2001), where he directed digitization and dissemination of the CHM library, archives, architecture, broadcast, and pictorial collections. Reilly was Head of the Curatorial Section in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress (1987-1997), which provided curatorial and policy support to the early development of the National Digital Library.
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, is employed by the Family History Department in Salt Lake City as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is an Accredited GenealogistCM with ICAPGenSM in Ireland research and a Certified GenealogistSM with the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. He is the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Samford University Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a BA in Family and Local History. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 1997-2000, a national genealogical society umbrella organization, a past-president of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) 1993-1995 and a Fellow of that organization. He is a fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London and is a vice-president of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). He is currently serving as the Chair of the joint Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society committee for Record Preservation and Access and serves as the Secretary for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and as trustee for the Umpstead, Jr. and Elizabeth Jemima Philpott Rencher and the Winslow Farr, Sr. Family Organizations.
James Lewis Parks Professor of Law
Professor Reuben is the co-author of one of the country’s leading ADR casebooks, Dispute Resolution & Lawyers (4th ed. 2009) (with Leonard L. Riskin, James Westbrook, Chris Guthrie, and Jennifer K. Robbennolt). His articles have appeared in the California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems (Duke), and the SMU Law Review, among others. His research emphasizes the relationship between dispute resolution and law, as well as democratic governance. He is also one of the nation’s leading authorities on confidentiality in ADR processes, and served as a Reporter for the Uniform Mediation Act, which has been adopted in several states. He is a Senior Fellow at the law school's Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, and co-director of the Center for the Study of Conflict, Law and the Media, a partnership of the Law School and the internationally regarded Missouri School of Journalism.
A lawyer and journalist, Professor Reuben covered the U.S. Supreme Court and other legal issues for the ABA Journal, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, and other publications for more than a decade. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Dispute Resolution's Magazine, a quarterly publication of the American Bar Association, from 1996-2007, and is chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Committee on Public Policy, Participation, and Democracy. He served for two years as the Associate Director of the Stanford Center for Conflict and Negotiation at Stanford University, and on the Board of Directors of the Conflict Resolution Information Project for five years. He does trainings in negotiation and conflict management, and consults with both government and private entities.
Professor Reuben's primary teaching assignments at Missouri are Negotiation, Conflict and Conflict Management, Election Law, Legislation, Local Government Law, and Administrative Law. He has also taught at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, Pepperdine Law School, Hamline Law School, Central European University in Hungary, and Johannes Kepler University in Austria.
Director of Communications, RJI
Brian Steffens is a veteran communicator with executive-level experience in newspapers, magazines, digital media, public relations and news association management. Over four decades, he’s 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.
Steffens was previously executive director of the National Newspaper Association (NNA), an industry organization of 2,000 newspapers that he led for eight years. Earlier at the Missouri School of Journalism, Steffens was associate director of the New Directions for News (NDN), a leading industry think tank.
At NNA Steffens kick-started digital offerings including a total overhaul of its website (twice), creation of an online-accessible best practices database, members-helping-members forums, industry blogs, and a weekly e-mail e-newsletter targeted for community newspaper management.
Earlier Steffens was senior vice president and editor of the Editor & Publisher Company, where he repositioned the magazine and its website, and editor of Quill magazine, published by the Society of Professional Journalists. He also worked for more than two decades in the newspaper industry, including leadership positions at the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union, Orange County (Calif.) Register, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Miami Herald and Detroit News.
Steffens served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Giles Communications of Westchester, N.Y., a leading public relations firm in the music and technology industries. Over the years, he has worked with several tech start-ups, including serving as senior vice president and editor-in-chief of NetClearly; and as an advisor for FindtheDot/Intellidot, Zinio and Newsstand. He also helped develop business strategies and marketing initiatives for the online launches of CustomDisc and Platinum Jack, and consulted on strategic partnerships for the San Francisco Examiner.
Steffens has been keynote speaker, conducted workshops or training, or consulted with journalists and publishers in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, China, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Antigua, Dominica, Barbados, Italy, Argentina, Switzerland and France.
He has been a guest lecturer at San Francisco State University; Universidad Astral in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Ohio University in Athens, Ohio; Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio; University of Dayton; Miami University at Oxford, Ohio; California State University at Long Beach; California State University at Fullerton; and Colorado State University at Ft. Collins.
Steffens has worked with the American Press Institute, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Society of Professional Journalists, Society of News Design, National Press Photographers Association, Freedom Forum and its First Amendment Center, Field Newspaper Syndicate and the Kettering Foundation.
He has judged the international Society of News Design competition and the national Sigma Delta Chi Awards as well as numerous specialty media contests.
Editor, Evansville Courier & Press
Mizell Stewart III is the editor of the Evansville Courier & Press and courierpress.com. His team is responsible for the region's leading daily newspaper and web site as well as magazines, weekly publications and programming for public television and radio. Stewart also co-chairs a team for the E.W. Scripps Co. charged with evaluating new content business models, including content syndication and archiving. He is the former managing editor of the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and the former editor of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat.
Chief of the Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress
Mark Sweeney is responsible for managing the Library's newspaper, current periodical and government document depository library collections. Physical access to the collections, including over twenty thousand newspaper titles in print, microform and digital formats, is provided through the division's Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room. Mark also served as the Library's technical liaison to NEH's United States Newspaper Program (USNP) and currently serves as program manager for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library to provide free and public access to historic American newspapers through a distributed digitization effort that centrally aggregates and serves converted newspapers through the Chronicling America Website.
Nick has spent both his academic and working career within the multi media and digital imaging sphere, working across both the Publishing and Broadcasting Industries including the BBC, ITN and The Times. Graduating from Sunderland University, UK with a degree in Photography, Video and Digital Imaging (1999) Nick spent his formative years developing his working knowledge across pioneering Medical Imaging technology and academic research working for both the National Health Service and Brunel University (London). After which he has demonstrated a proven track record in complex project management, fostering commercial partnerships and technical development Nick has successfully delivered a large number of high profile digitization initiatives and technology migrations across both the commercial and academic sector, including the digitization and delivery, of the Arts Council film collection totaling 485 films, the LBC/Independent Radio News (IRN) Digitisation Project, comprising more than 7,000 audio tapes and The NewsFilm Online collection. The NewsFilm project delivered 60,000 segmented encodings, totalling 3,000 hours and associated materials from the archives of ITN and Reuters television, which includes several key cinema newsreels, including some of the most significant events of the past century such as the Crystal Palace fire (1936) to the first interview with Nelson Mandela (1961), from the battle of Newport Bridge (1975) to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997) are all included.
Currently, Head of Digital Operations, The British Library, UK (www.bl.uk) Leading on the development and implementation of effective, large scale, processes that will underpin the Library's digital processing capability. This will deliver an integrated approach to the acquisition, ingest, preservation, description, discovery and access of digital content. Current projects Include the commercial partnership with bright solid to digitize and make available 40,000,000 pages of Newspaper content, the ingest of 1,000,000 pages of JISC Newspaper content, e journal and ebook ingest.
Nick was previously the Major Projects Manager for the National Media Museum, part of the Science Museum family, London, Bradford and York. (www.nmsi.ac.uk)
Large scale capital projects including a permanent Internet Gallery, Video Games Lounge and refurbishment projects. http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/PlanAVisit/ExploreOurGalleries/GamesLounge.aspx
Earlier Nick was Asst Director, Online projects and Services at the British Universities Film and Video Council, London UK
(BUFVC) a specialist representative body which supports the production, study and use of moving image and sound for UK higher education and research. Part-funded by HEFCE via the JISC, a large proportion of the BUFVC’s work is delivered through online services (www.bufvc.ac.uk).
The BUFVC prepared all content and metatdata - more than 7,000 movie and sound items - now delivered as 'Film and Sound Online' by EDINA (www.filmandsound.ac.uk). The BUFVC recently digitised 3,000 hours of selected ITN/Reuters Television content in more than 50,000 segments for Newsfilm Online (newsfilm.bufvc.ac.uk). Large-scale national services such as the Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching of British radio and television from 1995 onwards, enhanced by the BUFVC with additional information for selected programmes of educational interest. The data accumulates at a rate of 1.3 million records a year, the British Universities Newsreel Database, the Moving Image Gateway (www.bufvc.ac.uk/gateway) and the Off-Air Television Recording Back-Up Service are also in the BUFVC portfolio.
Tim P. Vos is an Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. His research areas include media history, sociology, and policy. He is co-author of Gatekeeping Theory and his work has appeared in Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Public Relations Research, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, and Journalism Studies.
Barbara Wall is Vice President/Senior Associate General Counsel of Gannett Co., Inc. where she advises Gannett's newspapers, broadcast stations and digital operations.
Ms. Wall is a graduate of University of Virginia College of Arts & Sciences and School of Law. A member of Practicing Law Institute's annual Communications Law program faculty, Wall is Past Chair of American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law, current Chair of the Newspaper Association of America's Legal Affairs Committee and serves on the boards for the Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media and Media Institute in Washington, D.C. Wall is an adjunct professor at American University and George Washington University.
News Administration Editor, Chicago Tribune
Randall Weissman is a genuine journalism "lifer." He has spent nearly 50 years in the profession, with more than 40 of those in various assignments for the Chicago Tribune. He has been a reporter, copy editor, photo editor, news editor, national editor and associate managing editor before assuming his current position. Along the way, he also served as an adjunct professor at the Medill School of Journalism.
In his four decades at the Tribune, he has seen vast changes not only in news gathering and production, but also in the form and function of "the morgue."
As News Administration Editor, the Tribune's Archive and Research staffs report up to him. One of his tasks is to find ways to preserve and then optimize the value of the Tribune's archives, including from such assets as glass negatives, original newspaper pages from the 1860s forward and unique photos from Chicago's infamous gangster era.
Digital Initiatives Executive, Gale- Cengage Learning
Kristopher Wheeler came to Gale- Cengage Learning 10 years ago, and has been a leading figure in Gale's development and outreach efforts with their Digital Archive Group. Since its creation in 2005, this group has been on the leading edge of digitization efforts, partnerships with publishers and organizations, and with faculty and scholarly needs, globally. Kristopher established the deep partnerships with major academic, scholarly, and legal groups, including the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), MOBIUS, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Cooperating Libraries in Consortium, and many more.
Kristopher has spoken on the importance, use and value of historical newspapers, in both microfilm and digital form, for a number of years, at conferences such as the American Library Association, Library Technology Conference, and AALL.
Kristopher holds a Bachelors Degree from Wayne State University in English, and an honors minor in History.
Frederick Zarndt has worked with historic and contemporary newspaper, journal, magazine, and book digitisation since computer speeds, software, technology, storage, and costs first made it practical. He has worked with the Library of Congress on its pilot implementation of the NDNP National Digital Newspaper Program (2003), with the University of Utah since the beginning of its newspaper digitisation program (2002), with the New Zealand National Library for its Papers Past and Parliamentary Papers digitisation projects (2006), with Singapore National Library Board for its historic and born digital newspapers conversion projects (2006), with the National Library of Australia and with the State Library of Victoria on the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program (2008), and with many other institutions both small and large. Frederick has experience in every aspect of digitisation projects including project requirements development, project management, conversion operations (both in-house and outsourced), acceptance testing, and software development for production and delivery of digital data.
Frederick is current chair of the IFLA Newspapers Section (the first non-librarian to serve as chair). He presently works as technical, business development, and sales consultant for Digital Divide Data (since 2008), Content Conversion Specialists (since 2005), and DL Consulting (since 2001). Previously he was President of Planman Consulting North America, a subsidiary company to Planman Technologies and Chief Technology Officer and one of the co-founders of iArchives / Footnote. Frederick has 25+ years experience in software development and is a member of ACM and IEEE and a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP). He is also a member of ALA, IFLA, and SLA. Frederick has Master's Degrees in Computer Science and Physics.
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