18 February 2021

More Digitization?

University of Wyoming Libraries and the Wyoming State Library have partnered to launch the Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection online.

This collection of historic newspapers combines the digital holdings of both institutions with a new interface that is more robust, providing easier, customizable searches and better results. More than 800,000 pages are now available, with new content added monthly. To search the Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection, go to www.wyomingnewspapers.org.

Good for Wyoming. What about Canada? 

Sadly, I wasn't surprised to receive the following properly bureaucratic response from LAC Media Relations to a query about LAC digitization.

Over the next few years, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will continue its multi-year effort to digitize some of the most heavily used segments of its reference collection to support digital access both on-site in our new joint facility, and for our clientele outside of the National Capital Region. Collections include our finding aids, city directories, photographs, and newspapers. Material that is free from copyright restrictions is regularly added to LAC’s website, a process which will continue up to and also after the opening of our new location in downtown Ottawa.

Don't let the verbiage fool you: LAC is investing less on digitization now than it has in the past.

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