Partnership with State Library to Fund Ongoing Newspaper Digitization

$20,000 in LSTA grants earmarked for work by the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program

A new partnership between the UO Libraries’ Oregon Digital Newspaper Program and the Oregon State Library will help ensure the ongoing digital archiving and accessibility of Oregon’s journalism heritage. The arrangement will earmark $20,000 of annual funding through the State of Oregon’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Competitive Grants program for newspaper digitization at the UO Libraries.

“This is an annual commitment of funding coming to us from the LSTA funds,” said Erin Stoddart, the strategic projects and grants development librarian with UO Libraries. “Libraries applying for newspaper digitization will not have to compete with other projects in the general LSTA competitive grants. In terms of production, it affirms UO Libraries’ role as service provider for digitization and hosting the images online.”

Stoddart also explained that the new partnership will streamline the process by which partner libraries from throughout the state apply to access UO Libraries’ digitization services. The new process requires that, before submitting their LSTA applications, prospective partner libraries first consult with the UO Libraries to assess the scope of their proposed projects in light of our digitization capacity. She emphasized that, following consultation with UO Libraries' staff, the State Library's LSTA board will remain the final authority on grant-awarding decisions.

“For the upcoming year, we are hoping to handle about three projects with the $20,000 of funding," Stoddart said. "Right now, we already have nine libraries from throughout the state that are interested in applying, so it will be very competitive.”

If your library is also interested in applying for these newspaper digitization funds, please be advised that the first and necessary step is to contact Sarah Seymore, digital collections metadata librarian and ODNP project manager at  sseymore@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1872. The deadline is December 1, 2019.