It’s time to announce our 5th annual round of microfilmed newspaper digitization! As in previous years, we’re asking cultural heritage institutions in the state to nominate papers from their communities to be digitized. We’re especially interested in:
- newspapers published 1923 or later,
- newspapers that are not currently available in digital form elsewhere online, and/or
- newspapers covering underrepresented regions or communities.
If you’re interested in nominating a paper and you work at a cultural heritage institution that qualifies as a partner, here’s what to do:
- Check out our criteria for selecting newspapers, listed below.
- Verify that the newspaper you’d like to see digitized exists on microfilm. Email us (email@example.com) if you’re not sure.
- Send us an email with the name of the newspaper you would like to nominate, along with the priority years you’re interested in seeing online. Please talk briefly about how the paper and your institution meet the criteria below.
- Be prepared to talk with the local rights holder(s) to gain written permission to digitize the paper and share it online. We can give you advice on this part, if needed.
Nominations will be taken through the end of 2016. However, don’t wait! We typically get many more requests than we can accommodate. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-962-4836 with any questions. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
Criteria for Selecting Newspapers to Digitize from Microfilm
Titles to be digitized will be selected using the following criteria:
- Does the newspaper document traditionally underrepresented regions or communities?
- Does the newspaper include significant coverage of the local community?
- Does the newspaper come from an area of the state that has little representation on DigitalNC?
- Are the images of the pages on microfilm legible, or are there significant sections where it is difficult to read the text?
- Is the institution willing to obtain permission from the current publisher or rights holder(s) to digitize older issues and make them freely available online?
- Is there a demonstrated demand for online access to this paper?
- If the newspaper is digitized, will the nominating library promote the digital project through programs and announcements?