The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program’s Commitment to Open Access

  • Sarah Seymore University of Oregon
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The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP) at the University of Oregon Libraries is an initiative to digitize historic and current Oregon newspapers, making them freely available to the public through a keyword-searchable online database. The ODNP is committed to open access and has included collaboration and data sharing with larger programs like the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America historic newspaper website. Since 2015, the ODNP has increased its open access mission by archiving and hosting born-digital newspaper content, as well as continuing digitization of historic newspapers from microfilm and print. This article outlines the ODNP’s past and current open access efforts, inclusion of diverse content, and open source, sustainable applications, websites, and workflows.


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Author Biography

Sarah Seymore, University of Oregon

Sarah Seymore is the Digital Collections Metadata Librarian at the University of Oregon Libraries and Program Manager of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP). She supervises non-MARC cataloging of digitized and born-digital materials for the digital collections repository, Oregon Digital, and digital scholarship projects. In her role as Program Manager of ODNP, she assists patrons with fundraising for newspaper digitization, manages the digitization workflow, and supports outreach to newspaper publishers across the state for born-digital preservation. She holds an undergraduate degree in art history, and a master’s degree in library and information science.

How to Cite
Seymore, S. (2019). The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program’s Commitment to Open Access. OLA Quarterly, 24(4), 21-27.