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IFLA International Newspapers Conference 2014 to be Held in Salt Lake City, Utah

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), in partnership with FamilySearch will be holding its International Newspaper Conference on February 4-5, 2014. Conference sessions will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

As shown by surveys conducted by the National Library of Australia, the California Digital Newspaper Collection, the Cambridge Public Library, and others, historical newspapers are a valuable source of historical and genealogical information for genealogists and for family and community historians.

The IFLA Newspapers Section will present sessions on the topics of marketing online newspaper content, text mining, users of newspaper content, and use of news content for research purposes. In addition, presentations will focus on the theme of Start Spreading the News.

David Rencher, CGO of FamilySearch International will be one of the key note speakers. His presentation is titled: Fold Agnostic: Genealogists Want Everything Above AND Below the Fold. His presentation will focus on learning about the demographics of the genealogical user and how genealogists can bring crowd sourcing to making newspaper collections available to everyone

Please note that this conference will be held previous to the RootsTech 2014 Family History Conference, which is help February 6-8, 2014. So make your plans to stay a little longer and enjoy all the great information presented at both conferences.

There is no charge to attend this two day conference. To register, send your contact information to Fran Jensen jensenfa@familysearch.org. Please include:

  • Your name (as you want it on the name badge)
  • Your institution
  • Your city and country

Please check the website from time to time to see updates on new classes and speakers.