1.7 Million Newspaper Pages Now Online

Journalists, history buffs, researchers, newspaper readers, information geeks: If any of those tags describe you, you will be interested in the e-mail I received today from the Library of Congress:

Illuminated west façade view of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building at night. Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of the LOC.

Chronicling America Live-Web Demonstration: “Extra! Extra! More than 1.7 Million Pages Online” – Wed., Mar. 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Get the news of yesteryear here! Explore contemporary reports of the fight for women’s rights, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, baseball scores, earthquakes, and more! It’s the news you want and the news you need from Chronicling America, the Library of Congress gateway to America’s historic newspapers, published between 1880 and 1922. Join Library of Congress staff for a sampling of century-old headlines and articles of significant events that echo in the headlines of today.

When: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time; 1:00 Central; noon Mountain; 11:00 a.m. Pacific; and 5:00 p.m. GMT.

To attend, go to OPAL at http://www.opal-online.org/. From the Quick Links column on the left, choose Auditorium.

1. Returning OPAL participants should click on the phrase “Click here to enter the room” in the center of the screen.
2. First time participants should follow the directions highlighted in the gray rectangle in the center of the screen.
3. Type your name (no password is required) and click “Log on” to enter the online conference.

NOTE: Allow yourself time to download the small software plugin needed to participate in the conference. Depending on your network security requirements, you may need assistance from your local technical support group to download and install the plugin. Actual installation should be very quick, depending on your computer and connectivity. For a complete description of system requirements, see http://www.conference321.com/masteradmin/systemreqs.asp?id=rs1641902f62b4.

Tips for first time users can be found at http://www.opal-online.org/firsttimetips.htm.

To learn more about programs sponsored by the Library of Congress Digital Reference Section, see Virtual Programs & Services – http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/.

To learn more about Chronicling America, see http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/.

To learn more about the Library’s Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room, see http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/.

To register for an orientation to the Library’s online materials, see http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/orientation.html.


Tom Pfeifer is the managing partner and chief strategist for Consistent Voice Communications. Reach him at Tom@YourConsistentVoice.com.

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