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“On the Record” A Global Resources Forum on Electronic Media and the Preservation of News

The CRL Global Resources Network (GRN) and the New York Public Library are co-sponsoring a forum on “electronic media and the preservation of news.” The forum is open to members of CRL/GRN, the research community, the news media, publishers and other information providers. Conference details and registration are available here. Attendance for CRL members is gratis, but advance registration is still required.
The pages of the world’s newspapers have traditionally provided a detailed record of the notable events and interests of the communities for which they were produced. Much of this “first rough draft of history” has been preserved intact for decades and even centuries in research libraries and archives.   Today news is produced and delivered in digital media that are inherently dynamic and fugitive, challenging society’s ability to ensure the survival of yesterday’s reporting for future study. ”On the Record” will bring individuals from journalism and the news media, academia, business, and policy research together with library policy- and decision-makers to explore this challenge.Participants will explore the myriad ways in which news content is created, distributed and consumed today, and will engage in focused discussions to formulate innovative strategies for preserving and accessing these materials.
“On the Record” is the fourth in a series of Global Resources Forums.  Previous GRN forums were hosted by Yale University Library’s Center for International and Area Studies (on Scholarly Communications, in 2005), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (on Latin American Studies, in 2006), and Columbia University (on Human Rights Archives and Documentation, in 2007).
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of North American universities, colleges and independent research libraries. The consortium acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching.
The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a privately managed, nonprofit corporation with a public mission to provide free and open access to the accumulated wisdom of the world, without distinction as to income, religion, nationality, or other human condition.