(January 1, 2010--June 30, 2010)
NEH Award Number: PJ-50035-08
Project Operations manager continued working 20 hours per week until the end of the employment contract period (June 30, 2010). Graduate student continued to research and prepare title essays, and create and present instructional materials.
In March we requested and were granted an extension of the grant period to December 31, 2010 and for the use of the use of grant funds to attend the PIALA conference in Micronesia. A proposal was accepted for a presentation at the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives, and Museums PIALA conference in November, entitled: (1) Library of Congress Chronicling America and the Pacific (2) Technicalities of the Library of Congress' National Digital Newspaper Project (see attached).
Microfilm produced from filming print volumes of Hilo Tribune supplied from Library of Congress were checked for density readings. This was the last title and film processed for the 2008-2010 project period.
Reimbursement of NDNP fund and transfer of digital images of Hawaiian language portions of the title Hawaiian Gazette (reel 8 1892-01-23 to 2894-12-08 Hawaiian language, reel 11 1892-01-20 to 1893-06-28 bilingual, reel 12 1891-05-02 to 1894-12-08 bilingual) to a researcher associated with the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
At the start of April 2010, we had 12 titles indexed in Chronicling America
Austin's Hawaiian weekly. 1899-06-17 1900-05-12
The Daily bulletin. 1882-02-01 1894-06-30
The Daily herald. 1886-09-01 1887-07-30
Daily Honolulu press. 1885-09-01 1886-06-03
The Democrat. 1910-10-25 1910-11-08
Evening bulletin. 1895-05-16 1897-08-31
The Hawaiian gazette. 1877-03-07 1913-12-30
The Honolulu republican. 1900-06-14 1902-01-08
The Honolulu times. 1902-10-01 1911-02-01
The Independent. 1895-06-24 1905-10-24
The Independent. 1895-05-01 1895-06-15
Saturday press. 1880-09-04 1885-08-29
and 71,457 pages invoiced by iArchives (including rescans of some out of focus pages). As of the mid-June update of Chronicling America, there were 60,989 pages from Hawaii newspapers indexed and 10 title essays available. Two additional title essays for the Daily/Evening Bulletin (one essay for both) and the Honolulu Republican have been submitted and 1 essay for the Hilo Tribune title remains to be written.
Pending final processing of images at Library of Congress and return of duplicate reels from iArchives, we anticipate closing out the page delivery component of the 2008-2010 project in early Fall 2010. We anticipate that 2 of the final 3 title essays will be included in the next quarterly update of Chronicling America, with the final essay for the Hilo Tribune to follow in the subsequent quarterly update.
In early April, we tested batch loading of newspaper PDFs to our eVols digital repository –http://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/25 that uses the DSpace platform. The process created by the library DSpace programmer was:
All metadata except for editor and publication were taken from iArchive folder/files or taken as given (e.g. language, subject). I filled in the collection as appropriate based on title.
I used a 3 step process:
1. A script crawls the folders and files, even going into the xml files, to get relevant metadata (title, issue date, volume, issue, etc) and dumps it into an excel sheet.
2. Another script crawls the folders and combines the PDF files in the issue folders and names it the same thing as the folder.
final import script uses the excel data + the combined PDF to import everything
Presentations were created and handouts distributed in the following venues:
· History Day 2010 session for DOE teachers, Sept. 2009.
· Annual Meeting of the Association of Hawaii Archivists (AHA) February 2010
· Information sessions at University of Hawaii Hilo. April 2010. LOC bookmarks were distributed at all sessions.
April 27, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii island
Attendance: 60+ students and faculty
April 28, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii island
Attendance: 10 librarians and library staff
· Volcanoes National Park's "After Dark in the Park" talk "History at Your Fingertips: Digital Hawaiian Resources" July 20, 2010 session
Approximately 30 attendees from the community
· Kapolei Public Library, Oahu, May 2010. See attached flyer distributed by Kapolei Public Library.
Attendance: 2. This session was conducted in response to interest expressed by Sheryl Lynch at Kapolei public library.
More training sessions are planned for additional locations on islands of Maui and Kauai and other locations on Oahu. An example of instructional materials is attached. Other materials may be downloaded from the Events & Happenings section of our project site: http://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/ndnp-hawaii/Home/conferences-and-workshops/
Other publicity/educational material prepared during the quarter:
· "Newspapers in Hawaii" guide, prepared by Dore Minatodani, online at: http://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/hawaiinewspapers
· "U.S. Territories in the Pacific: American Samoa," subject guide modeled after the "Topics in Chronicling America" pages, prepared by Monica Labriola. The American Samoa subject guide was prepared for use at PIALA later this year. It will be put online via the "Newspapers in Hawaii" LibGuide for Chronicling America
We have created and started to add selected images of interest from the newspapers to the library Chronicling America Flickr collection: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48937757@N07/collections/72157623751147050/
Wed 3/10/2010 8:13 AM
We received approval for 2 people to attend the piala conference in Nov. So Dore and Martha are available for workshops/presentations. We would appreciate your suggestions, and your facilitating the organization of workshops.
This is what we proposed to NEH:
1 will focus on the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as an
important source of information about the American interest in the Pacific. For
example, a search on "samoa" leads to 21,382 references in newspapers
such as the New York Tribune, San Francisco Call, Salt Lake Herald, Fort Worth
Daily Gazette, St. Paul Daily Globe, McCook Tribune (Nebraska), as well as the
Hawai'i newspapers. Searching "guam" leads to 11, 423 references,
"micronesia" leads to 275 references. These digitized articles
provide historical documentation on the extensive relationship of the US to
Pacificislands. Within these small political entities on isolated islands
throughout the Pacific Ocean, information resources are scarce. Electronic
information is thus of crucial importance to students and teachers. When PIALA
conference attendees return to their home institutions, they will use the
information from this session to introduce Chronicling America as a teaching
and learning tool in their countries. The Chronicling America site provides
access not only to information about Pacific islands and nations, but also to
whatever else that an inquiring mind would want to search.
Session 2 will focus on the technical aspects of working on the Library of Congress' NDNP and the challenges of indexing and presenting digitized information from newspapers. This session will provide a brief overview of the grant application process, a discussion of newspaper title selection, and explain how metadata is used to drive the search and retrieval system in the Chronicling America database. PIALA participants would be very interested in being guided through the technical aspects of this project. The standards and procedures established by LC would be of great interest to participants, particularly to PIALA members contributing to the Pacific Digital Library.
Chronicling America is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program. Continuing a longstanding effort by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to preserve the content of U.S. newspapers, it offers free online digital copies of selected newspapers from around the U.S. Eventually, selected papers from all states, territories and D.C., between 1836-1922 will be available.
As of June: 1,249,747 newspaper pages, from 140 newspapers, from 11 states, covering 1880-1922, are available. New content is added quarterly.
How do my students find articles on their topics?
1) Use the Search Page:
a. Select the "VIEW Newspaper Pages" icon.
b. Go to the "Enter Search" options at the bottom of the page.
c. Enter your search. Some tips:
i. Search all newspapers, rather than selecting and browsing newspapers from a particular state. Remind students that newspapers reported on stories from all over, not just their local news.
ii. Use the "exact phrase" or "within xx words of each other" searches.
d. Example: HAWAIIAN CABLE within 50 words of each other
2) Use Topic Guides:
a. Go to: http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/topics.html
b. Under each topic, students will find selected articles, plus:
i. important dates
ii. useful search terms
c. Use these dates and search terms in new searches to find more articles. Encourage your students to think of their own search terms, too.
3) Download images as JP2 or PDF files, for use in presentations.
Hawaii newspapers available as of today (9/12/2009):
· The Independent (1895-1905)
· The Daily Herald
Expected online soon:
· The Independent (1895)
· Hawaiian Gazette
Contacts at University of Hawaii Manoa Library's Hawaiian Collection:
· Joan Hori, project director, firstname.lastname@example.org
· Dore Minatodani, email@example.com
iArchives invoices through April 2010