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California Newspapers Celebrated at Conference


Kevin Starr to Speak at Digital Newspaper Conference

UCR-sponsored conference on Oct. 19 will celebrate the creation of the historic collection of California newspapers.

(September 4, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Kevin Starr, former California state librarian, will be the keynote speaker at an Oct. 19 conference celebrating the creation of the California Digital Newspaper Collection. The collection is a free digital resource containing more than a half-century of California newspapers compiled by the UC Riverside Center for Bibliographical Studies and the California Newspaper Project.

The daylong event, “California Newspapers in the Digital Age: Making Our History Available, a Conference in Celebration,” is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center, 3443 Orange St., in downtown Riverside. It is sponsored by the UCR Center for Bibliographical Studies.

Conference sessions will be devoted to the importance of the newspaper as an historical source, the changing publishing environment, the implications of the electronic age for newspaper preservation, and the value of newspapers for professionals and the general public. This conference will provide publishers, journalists and scholars as well as teachers, librarians and genealogists a forum to discuss unresolved and important issues regarding access to and preservation of California newspapers.

“The history of California as preserved in its newspapers belongs to all of us and we are eager to tailor the collection to the needs of our users statewide,” said Henry Snyder, director of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research.

Issues of the Daily Alta California and the San Francisco Call are being added to the California Digital Newspaper Collection, providing a run of San Francisco newspapers from 1850 to 1910. Forthcoming titles include the Los Angeles Herald, Amador Ledger and Imperial Valley Press. As the process of developing the collection is ongoing, conference participants will have the opportunity to contribute to its creation, Snyder said.

Pre-registration is required, but attendance is free and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon cocktail reception. A few grants are available to teachers to defray the cost of a substitute. Travel grants also are available for public librarians.

Among the featured presenters are: Stephen Cullenberg, dean of UCR's College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; Henry Snyder, professor of history emeritus and director of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research; Kevin Starr, now a history professor at the University of Southern California; Thomas Lindsay, deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Bruce McPherson, former California state senator and secretary of state; Gary Kurutz, director of special collections for the California State Library; Victoria McCargar, a digital preservation/management consultant and former senior editor for technology at the Los Angeles Times; Cheryl Brown, publisher of the Black Voice News; Don Russell, publisher of the Mountain Messenger; UCR graduate students Benjamin Arai and Craig Boucher, who have worked in research and development of the California Digital Newspaper Collection; Robert Allen, associate professor in the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University; Angela Ann Dorough, history and social science coordinator for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools; Kathryn Doyle, marketing officer of the California Genealogical Society; and Joan Berman, special collections librarian at Humboldt State University.

To view the conference agenda, register for the event or apply for a grant go to the conference Web site.

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