Suggest current or historic titles to include in our project

Part of this project is to seek out NELA community newspaper titles that are not in our collection for potential acquisition. Can you think of any current or historic titles that we might not know about? Talk to us! Please comment below or contact me at [dundon@oxy.edu]. (See our growing list of titles that we do not have here).

Titles we currently hold:
Belvedere Citizen
Boulevard Sentinel
The Campus Sleuth
Community Press
Eagle Rock Advertiser
Eagle Rock Independent
Eagle Rock News-Herlad
Eagle Rock Press Advertiser
Eagle Rock Reporter
Eagle Rock Reporter and Sentinel
Eagle Rock School News
Eagle Rock Sentinel
Eagle Rock Star
Eagle’s Scream
Eastside Journal
The ERGS
The Heavy Rock
Highland Park Herald
The Highland Park Herald and Journal
Highland Park Journal
Highland Park News-Herald
Highland Park News-Herald & Journal
Highland Park Post Dispatch
Lincoln Heights Bulletin News
The Mount Washington Star-Review
The News-Herald and Journal
Northeast Newspapers Vista magazine
Northeast Sun
El Sereno Star
South Pasadena Journal
The Summit Niche
The Weekender

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Quality analysis

Today I saved a few test images of a couple of our titles to compare to microfilm at the Los Angeles Public Library. I want to see if their copies are more legible than ours, and if it would be possible to get duplicate copies if they are.

The Eagle Rock Sentinel, Volume 10 no. 10, January 14, 1915

The Eagle Rock Sentinel, Volume 10 no. 10, January 14, 1915

I have been utilizing the UC Riverside’s California Newspaper Project catalog and the Library of Congress’ U.S. Newspaper Directory to locate other institutions that may have better microfilm copies of the titles in our collection, but have discovered that few libraries collect these titles.

The Highland Park Herald, volume 1 no. 40, March 17, 1906

The Highland Park Herald, volume 1 no. 40, March 17, 1906

Copyright research

Newspaper advert copyright patent and trade mark

Newspaper advert copyright patent and trade mark

Today I found (via the U.S. Newspapers and Copyright page on the CNDC site) some amazing resources on newspaper copyright research. I plan to learn as much as I can about what is and isn’t in the public domain, and have my student worker assist me in researching the copyright status of specific newspaper titles and issues in our collection.

Copyright & the Newspaper Article. by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist

Circular 22: How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work, U.S. Copyright Office.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States. by Peter B. Hirtle at the Cornell Copyright Information Center

Establishing a selection criteria

I just read over the content selection criteria for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), which produces the Chronicling America website. I plan to use these as a guide for establishing a set of selection criteria for our larger NELA newspaper digitization efforts, but something in their criteria struck me as potentially problematic for our vision.

The criteria state “preference should be given to titles that are recognized as ‘paper of record’ at the state or county level…” I understand this approach, particularly at the national level, but doesn’t this run counter to what we are trying to do with our community newspapers of Northeast LA? Aren’t we attempting to preserve and promote access to the less-recognized histories particular to this area?

Similarly, the criteria state, “titles that provide coverage of a geographic area or a group over long time periods are preferred over short lived titles or titles with significant gaps.” Again, are we not interested precisely in the short-lived, the not-so-expertly-planned, the community-supported-and-therefore-not-necessarily-well-funded voices of NELA?

We will need to take these questions into account when we establish our own selection criteria for our long-term digitization program. For our pilot project, however, I plan to select material that truly represents our holdings, which includes long-running titles and shot-lived publications.

These technical selection criteria for microfilm are helpful too: Microfilm Selection (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Considering CONTENTdm

Thus far, today has been consumed with considering our various options for digital asset and metadata management. I created a list of pros and cons to using CONTENTdm, a digital collection management software produced by OCLC, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of our many possible points of access for digitized content (including Calisphere and WorldCat).

We have previously used CONTENTdm to push images and metadata to these access points, but for this project, we need to consider whether or not it is beneficial to use this system when we are already providing access to content via the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC), which uses Veridian. I am hoping to get feedback from others who have used this system for digital newspapers to help us in our decision making.

Here is an image from Santa Monica Public Library’s Imagine Santa Monica, a series of digital collections managed and displayed in CONTENTdm.

Santa Monica Evening Outlook, July 27, 1921
Santa Monica Bay Printing Company. Santa Monica, Calif.: L.T. Fisher : D.G. Holt,1875-
Retrieved from the Santa Monica Public Library’s digital collections: Imagine Santa Monica