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Librarians are wondering about the future of newspapers and news magazines—do we continue to buy microfilm for archival purposes or look to aggregators? As the news media industry transitions to meet the future, what does this mean for libraries that provide access to newspapers? Frederic Zarndt will moderate a panel that examines shifting sands of newspaper and newsmagazine access.
Debora Cheney’s perspective is that libraries have long-provided access to back issues of newspapers and play a significant role in providing research support for these collections. Changing publishing patterns, user expectations, and library budgets and information economics have raised many questions about what role can and should libraries play in preserving today’s news content for tomorrow’s researchers. She will share her views on why libraries will need to begin to plan today for what access they will be able to provide and begin to consider trends in news publishing and distribution and changing roles and expectations for the future.