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The Future of Online Newspapers, presented by Debora Cheney, The Pennsylvania State University Library


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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.

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The Future of Online Newspapers, presented by Debora Cheney, The Pennsylvania State University Library

  1. 1. Debora Cheney, Larry and Ellen Foster CommunicationsLibrarian and Head, News and Microforms Library, ThePennsylvania State University LibrariesWhat will it look like?NEWS CONTENT PRESERVATIONAND ACCESS IN THE FUTURE
  2. 2. Confusion about which way next
  3. 3. 1. Newspapers Becomes NewsContent2. News Content becomes moreviewed/observational 3. Old Media Companies compete with New companies4. Less original reported newsChanges in Content
  4. 4. 5. More Pay Walls6. Minute-by-minute newscycle7. News content will findreaders8. Monetizing newscontent Changes in Delivery and Access
  5. 5. What do these trends mean for libraries?
  6. 6. • Definition of• “news” less clear• More sources and streams for “news”• More varied “news” forms• Less able to capture/preserve all the “news”
  7. 7. What and how do we collect andpreserve today?
  8. 8. Whither microfilm?
  9. 9. Whether database aggregators?
  10. 10. Act Local—Just-in-Time
  11. 11. Think global—share collections
  12. 12. • Focused on local needs• Rely more on database aggregators• Rely more on access rather than ownership—more collection sharing• Source for access to news behind pay walls• Provide supporting news research and reference servicesNEWS COLLECTIONS OF THE FUTURE