Newspaper digitization with Library of Virginia

On-Demand Webinar

There and back again: A behind-the-scenes look with the Library of Virginia’s newspaper digitization program

State newspaper programs across the country have been gradually expanding over the last decade, building infrastructure and momentum in the important work of preserving, digitizing and providing access to historic newspaper collections. How a newspaper program is strategically built can make or break its long-term success and sustainability.

In this on-demand webinar, originally recorded on October 5, 2017,  the Director of the Library of Virginia’s Virginia Newspaper Project (VNP), Errol Somay, shares valuable lessons from its twenty-four year history, including:

  •  Strategy – considerations and advice for the long-haul
  • Funding – options for funding and sustainability
  • Digitization – standards, specifications, and choosing vendors
  • Technology – tools, platforms, and volunteers
  • Metadata – workflows, collaboration, and end-users
  • The future – predictions and ideas

VNP has served as a leading pioneer, resource, and example for state newspaper programs. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from this established program.


Errol Somay 
Director, Virginia Newspaper Project
The Library of Virginia




Joel Mills
Director, Business Development
Apex CoVantage 



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