IFLA News Media (Newspapers) Section Report 2014

Under a new name towards an even more digital future

The Newspapers Section has been in the process of changing its name to News Media Section. At the Salt Lake City standing committee meeting the members began to discuss changing the name and mission statement of the Section so that the name and statement would reflect new media types, and not simply focus mostly on historical newspapers.  Discussion continued in Geneva and Lyon, leading also to the revision of the Section’s mission statement.

The members of the standing committee and section have been asked their opinion after the meetings. The members have agreed, and the change was officially approved by IFLA Professional Committee in December.

Stockholm, African Game Reserve and Capetown – conference venues in 2015

Next year we are aiming at the Stockholm Midyear Conference, Pretoria Satellite Meeting and Cape Town Open Session! Welcome to join us in these events.

The Pretoria Satellite Meeting is organized in a game reserve where participants have the possibility to enjoy the real African savannah and wildlife. The theme of the Conference is Newspaper E-Publishing Trends: the Stewardship Role of Libraries (August 12-13).

Call for Papers: http://conference.ifla.org/ifla81/node/992

The Open Session Call for Papers: http://conference.ifla.org/ifla81/node/993

The Stockholm Conference (April 15 – 16) is about born digital news, web harvest of born digital news, and legal deposit of born digital news.  The News Media Section and the Audiovisual and Multimedia Section will collaborate.

Call for papers: http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/newspapers/Call_for_Papers/call_for_papers_stockholm_final.pdf

In cooperation with the IFLA News Media Section, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL, Chicago, USA) will convene a meeting of major actors in the newspaper digitization community to consider a strategic, cooperative approach to future digitization of the world’s legacy news collections. CRL is a coalition of 200+ research libraries from North America and a member of the Newspapers Section’s standing committee.  It supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Highlights of the past year

 Salt Lake City Midyear Conference

Salt Lake City conference was organized in February.  FamilySearch offered us a venue in a grand building and welcoming ambience.

Minutes from the business meeting at the conference are at http://www.ifla.org/node/8309; the presentations and papers from the conference are at http://www.ifla.org/node/8345.

Geneva Satellite Meeting

International Telecommunications Union welcomed the Section in its premises in Geneva. The organizing and managing of the conference were like Swiss clockwork.

The presentations and papers from “Digital Transformation and the Changing Role of News Media in the 21st Century” are available at http://www.ifla.org/node/8933

Lyon Open Session and business meetings

The presentations and papers of the Open Session are available at http://conference.ifla.org/past-wlic/2014//ifla80/node/388.html

The minutes of the business meetings are available at http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/newspapers/minutes/20140816-19_ifla_news_media_section_business_meeting_lyon_france.pdf

Digitisation workshops in Malaysia and India

IFLA Professional Committee approved the project proposal of the Section: to finance travel costs of digitization workshop leaders provided by the Section.

The Kuala Lumpur workshop was held in conjunction with the 2014 International Digital Library Conference in Kuala Lumpur (http://www.pnm.gov.my/idlc).  The New Delhi workshop was held in conjunction with the International Conference on the Convergence of Libraries, Archives, and Museums ICLAM 2014 (http://www.nift.ac.in/iclam-2014).

Social media presence – bloggers are sought for

Blog authors are actively sought for! Please volunteer by contacting Minna, Frederick, Cally or Mazelan.

Contacts and links are found on the Newspapers Section’s home webpage (http://www.ifla.org/newspapers).

Social media channels of the Section

Thank you all for your contribution to the work of the Section.

 Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, Christmas and New Year!


Minna Kaukonen

Chair, News Media Section

Frederick Zarndt


Cally Law and

Mazelan Anuar

Information coordinators

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