IFLA News Media

IFLA International News Media Conference 2016

Reviving the past and keeping up with the future – the libraries’ role in preserving and providing access to newspapers and news media

Date: April 20-22, 2016

Conference Report
Conference Programme
Publications (Papers & Slides)

Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky
IFLA News Media Section


The landscape of current news media is increasingly multifaceted, from printed newspapers, e-papers and broadcast to social media, news portals and genres evolving from day to day. This rapid change is accompanied and driven by an enormous diversification of journalism – professional vs. citizen journalism, data driven journalism, the flood of visual material, etc. These changes raise questions of quality assurance, of orientation in this vast landscape, and, for cultural heritage institutions, of selection criteria and methods for preservation and access. The conference will reflect how libraries are and should be deeply involved in these efforts and how they try to manage new media diversity in the light of their archiving and access roles.

Libraries themselves are also agents of media transformation by digitizing their historical holdings of, i.a., newspapers and journals as cultural heritage. What is the state of affairs worldwide, and how do individual projects advance best practices? What next – how can libraries cooperatively support preparation of the digital raw-material for historical research, text and data mining, other digital humanities or educational purposes? How can libraries and cultural heritage institutions communicate the educational outreach? The conference should reflect expectations and present best-practice solutions.

The main theme of the Conference

Reviving the past and keeping up with the future – the libraries’ role in preserving and providing access to newspapers and news media

has the following sub-themes – and papers chosen for presentation should address, but are not limited to:

  • Reporting the news in the digital and social media age: facts, trends, new types of journalism
  • Newspaper and digital news media archiving, preservation and access
  • E-legal deposit, agreements between libraries and publishers, webharvesting
  • Retrodigitization of historical newspapers
  • Services built on digital news(paper) collections, data curation
  • Historical Research, text and data mining, and other digital humanities projects being done on the basis of digital news(paper) collections
  • Users’ experiences with digital newspaper collections – usability expectations

Other proposals relevant to the main conference theme will also be considered.

The conference language will be English.

Important dates:

15 September 2015 Call for Papers
10 December 2015 Abstracts due

20 April 2016, 13 h Conference starts
22 April 2016, 14 h Conference ends