Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research
California Newspapers in the Digital Age: Making Our History Available
A Conference in Celebration

Riverside Convention Center
3443 Orange Street
Riverside, CA 92501

Friday, October 19, 2007
9 am-5 pm

Conference Program

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This conference will celebrate the creation of the California Digital Newspaper Collection, a free digital resource containing over a half century of California newspapers, and discuss this milestone in the larger context of preserving and accessing California newspapers.

Using cutting-edge technology, the creators of the California Digital Newspaper Collection have built a database with researchers and teachers in mind. A product of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research at UC Riverside, it is an outgrowth of the California Newspaper Project. Over the past fifteen years the Center has inventoried and arranged for the preservation of some 9,000 titles published between 1846 and 2007. It has also collected and saved for posterity nearly 100,000 one-hundred-foot reels of master negative microfilm of California newspapers.

The California Digital Newspaper Collection builds on the Center's participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian; and the State of California.

Conference sessions will be devoted to the importance of the newspaper as an historical source, the changing publishing environment, the implications of the electronic age for newspaper preservation, and the value and use of newspapers for teachers, genealogists, librarians and researchers. Middle and high school teachers will learn how to use the Collection’s lesson plans and research guides to fulfill California Content Standards for Social Studies using primary documents. The creators of the database will be available throughout the day to assist guests in navigating the Collection. Currently, issues of the Daily Alta California and the San Francisco Call are being added to the California Digital Newspaper Collection, providing a run of San Francisco newspapers from 1850-1910. Forthcoming titles include the Los Angeles Herald, Amador Ledger, Imperial Valley Press, and Sacramento Union.

The geographical and chronological scope of the Collection gives researchers access to the rich record of California’s past without the inconvenience or expense of obtaining and using microfilm. This conference will provide publishers, journalists and scholars as well as teachers, librarians, and researchers the forum in which to engage in a dialogue about the important issues yet unresolved regarding the preservation of California’s newspapers. As the process of developing the Collection is ongoing, conference participants will have the opportunity to contribute to its creation. The legacy of California history preserved in its newspapers belongs to all of us and we are eager to tailor the collection to the needs of our users statewide.

Attendance is free and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon cocktail reception at no charge. However, pre-registration is required.

A limited number of grants are available to teachers to defray the cost of a substitute. Travel grants are also available for public librarians. To apply for a grant, send an e-mail with your name, title, institution and address to and type “Grants” on the subject line of your e-mail.

The conference will take place at the Riverside Convention Center in beautiful downtown Riverside. Just a short walk away, the historic Mission Inn, a 101-year-old property with Moorish architecture that originally was a private mansion, offers a taste of early California charm. A pedestrian mall lined with boutiques, antique shops and cafes connects the Mission Inn and Riverside Convention Center. In addition, the city boasts more than 20 museums and galleries, 10 golf courses (six public and four private) and a 40-acre botanical garden on the University of California, Riverside campus. Join us!

A limited number of rooms at the Mission Inn will be available at the UCR special rate of $115 per night for October 18 and 19. This rate is good for reservations made by September 18. Conference attendees making reservations at the Mission Inn should note the Center for Bibliographical Studies conference when making reservations.

Additional accommodations may be reserved at the following hotels in Riverside. We cannot guarantee rates, but please mention the UCR Center for Bibliographical Studies conference; UC rates may be honored.

Riverside Marriott (adjacent to Riverside Convention Center)
3400 Market Street
951-784-8000 or 800-228-2290

Comfort Inn Riverside (2 miles from Convention Center)
1590 University Avenue

Courtyard by Marriott (2 miles from Convention Center; next to Comfort Inn)
1510 University Avenue

Dynasty Suites
3735 Iowa Avenue, at Iowa & University (2.5 miles from Convention Center)

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