IFLA Session Schedule

IFLA International Newspapers Conference 2014

Start Spreading the News!

FamilySearch Headquarters, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA February 4 – 5, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014 10:00 – 12:00 pm Tour of iArchive/Newspapers.com/Ancestry.com [Tentative]

3:00 – 5:00 pm Business Meeting of the IFLA Newspapers Section Standing Committee, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 15 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

All are welcome to attend the Business Meeting!


Conference Venue: Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 15 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Tuesday, February 4 – Conference Day 1  

9:00 – 9:30am Registration

9:30 – 9:45 am Welcome (Michael J. Hall, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch, Utah and Chair, IFLA Genealogy and Local History Section and Minna Kaukonen, Senior Planning Officer, National Library of Finland and Chair, IFLA Newspapers Section

9:45 – 10:15 am Keynote Speaker (David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch, Utah, USA)

10:15 – 11:00am (Can We) Start Spreading the News? Challenges and Opportunities in Using Social Media for Outreach in a Cooperative Project (Erenst Anip and Birdie MacLennan, Vermont Digital Newspaper Project, University of Vermont, USA)

11:00– 11:45am Morning break and Vendor Exhibit

11:45 – 12:15pm Use of Social Media, Such as Facebook, Twitter, News Blogs, Flicker, etc. to Expose News and Raise Awareness of News Content to Users (Chinememma Umeh, Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria)

12:15 – 12:45pm New Media in Old Media: the Nigerian Case (Idowu Adegbilero-Iwari, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria and Joy I. Ikenwe, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Nigeria)

12:45 – 2:15pm Lunch on your own  

2:15 – 2:45pm Research from Many Angles: Evaluating Usage and Impact of Digital Newspapers in the Texas Digital Newspaper Program (Ana Krahmer, University of North Texas Libraries, Texas, USA)

2:45 – 3:15pm Getting the Crowd into Obituaries: How a Unique Partnership Combined the World’s Largest Obituary Index with the Utah’s Largest Historic Newspaper Database (John Herbert, University of Utah and John Alexander, FamilySearch Utah, USA)

3:15 – 4:00pm Afternoon break, Poster Session, and Vendor Exhibit  

4:00 – 4:30pm Towards Content-Rich Digital Genealogy with Model-Oriented Approaches: Issues and Standards (Robert B. Allen, Research Center for Knowledge Communities, University of Tsukuba, Japan)

4:30 – 5:00pm The Peranakan People: A User’s Perspective in Researching a People Group (Bonny Tan, National Library Board, Singapore presenting from Saigon, Vietnam)  

5:00 – 6:30pm Special event: Tour of Family History Library, a genealogical research facility in downtown Salt Lake City. The library is operated by FamilySearch, the genealogical arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

6:30pm Dinner  


Wednesday, February 5 – Conference Day 2  

9:30 to 10:00am – Keynote Speaker (Patrick Fleming, Associate Director Operations and Services, The British Library, London UK)

10:00 – 10:30am Going Beyond Names, Dates, and Places in Family History Research: Using Newspapers to Provide the Rest of the Story (Michael J. Hall, FamilySearch, Utah, USA)

10:30 – 11:00am Newspapers: Windows into the Lives of Our Ancestors and So Much More! (Claire Brisson-Banks, Timeless Genealogies, Utah, USA)

11:00 – 12:15pm Morning Break and Poster Session

12:15 – 12:45pm Bulking Up: How Accepted Standards and Evolving Technology Advance Research in Chronicling America (Nathan Yarasavage, Georgia Higley, Deborah Thomas, The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA)

12:45 – 2:15pm Lunch on your own

2:15 – 2:45pm Social Media Spreads the News: The Rise of Citizen Journalists, the Question of Credibility and the Erasure of History (Marydee Ojala, Indiana University Purdue University, Indiana, USA)

2:45 – 3:15pm Who Uses International Newspapers? A Content Analysis of Dissertations and Theses (Mary Feeney, University of Arizona Libraries, Arizona, USA)

3:15 – 3:45pm Bringing Digital Papers into the Traditional Museum: Examining the territorial Governors Through the Arizona Digital Newspaper Program (Eden Robins and Christopher Sloan, Arizona Digital Newspaper Program Arizona, USA)

3:45 – 4:15pm What, No Backups? Preserving Hardcopies in the Digital Age (Randy Silverman, University of Utah, USA)

4:15 – 4:45pm The Use of Library Video Tutorials and YouTube as Educational and Promotional Tools about Historical Newspapers (Marek Sroka, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA)

4:45 – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks Michael J. Hall, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch and Chair, IFLA Genealogy and Local History Section and Minna Kaukonen, Senior Planning Officer, National Library of Finland and Chair, IFLA Newspapers Section