Webinar: Re-Discover the Florida Digital Newspaper Library with April Hines, Fletcher Durant, and Chelsea Dinsmore

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Date(s) - 04/06/2021
1:00 pm CDT - 2:00 pm CDT

This one-hour presentation, offered by University of Florida librarians, will feature sections on:

  • An overview of the process and need for converting microfilm to digital
  • A history and survey of newly added papers from your region and across the state, 1870-1927
  • A tutorial on how to access these materials: searching, viewing results, saving images
  • A question and answer session

Learn what’s new with this valuable resource for librarians, teachers, historians, genealogists, and more.

The Library Services and Technology Act grant (Old News, New Readers: Making Florida Newspaper Collections Accessible through Digitization and Training) enabled the digitization of these new materials and the creation of this training session.

April Hines is the journalism and mass communications librarian for the University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries. Her research areas include library marketing and outreach and social media engagement. She has presented and published on such topics as academic librarians and personal branding and using ethnic newspapers to reach underserved communities. Hines has participated on several grant projects and is a co-author of the book Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits published by the American Library Association.

Fletcher Durant is the Director of Conservation and Preservation for the University of Florida Libraries. Prior to joining UF, he was the Preservation Archivist for NYU Libraries and an Assistant Conservator for Special Collection at the New York Public Library. He received his MSIS and CAS in the Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the University of Texas. His research interests are in sustainable preservation practices, collection assessment, and conservation decision making.

Chelsea Dinsmore joined the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries in 2004 as a documents librarian. She currently serves as the Chair of Digital Support Services for the libraries and is also the Technical Director for the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC).  Currently involved in research to improve the accessibility of digital collections by rehabilitating legacy metadata, she also prioritizes converting legacy formats, like microfilm, to extend the research potential of and access to, historically significant content. Ms. Dinsmore holds an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in History from the University of Florida.

NOTE: This webinar will be hosted by the UF Libraries on their Zoom platform. You’ll get a link to the webinar when you register, and PLAN will send you a reminder email the day before the event. If you don’t receive it, please check your spam folder.

This event is fully booked.

For FY2021-22, 70% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($220,000) is supported by federal money, and 30% of this program ($92,991) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $312,991.