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Conference on preservation of newspapers

From: Roy Moxham <ies>
Date: Friday, February 9, 2001
Do We Want to Keep Our Newspapers?
University of London
Institute of English Studies
School of Advanced Study
In association with the Institute of United States Studies and the
Institute of Historical Research

The de-accessioning (following microfilming) of newspapers from
research libraries in the United States, Great Britain and elsewhere
has recently received wide publicity, following Nicholson Baker's
'Deadline' in The New Yorker (24 July, 2000) and articles in The
Times, the TLS and other papers.

In response to this publicity, the British Library has suspended the
disposal of hard copies of foreign newspapers, pending an internal
appraisal of the condition of early microfilm.

This conference will review the issues involved and consider what
are the best ways forward for preserving access to the printed
record of the popular press.

Monday 12 March

4:30 pm     Registration:

5 pm        Opening Keynote Speech:
            Chair: Dr David McKitterick FBA (Wren Librarian, Trinity
            College, Cambridge)
            Nicholson Baker

6:15-7-30   Reception

Tuesday 13 March

9:30        Registration

10          Panel 1: The Journalist's and Editor's Perspectives

            Chair: Professor David Cannadine FBA (Director, IHR)
            Jim McCue (The Times)
            Lord Rees-Mogg (Former Editor, The Times)

11          Coffee

11:15       Panel 2: Librarians' Perspectives
            Chair: Professor Gary McDowell (Director, IUSS)
            Dr Karin Wittenborg (Alderman Librarian, University of
            Dr Jan Van Impe (Periodicals Librarian, University of

12:15       Lunch (own arrangements)

1:30        Panel 3: Scholars' Perspectives
            Chair: Professor Warwick Gould (Director, Institute of
            English Studies)
            Dr Robert Tombs (St John's College, Cambridge)
            Professor Ronald Schuchard (Goodrich C. White Professor,
            Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia)

2:30        Tea

2:45        Panel 4: The British Library Perspective
            Chair: Ian Willison (Institute of English Studies)
            Michael Crump

3:45        Final Round-up session
            Panel to be announced

Organisers: Dr David McKitterick F.B.A. (Wren Librarian, Trinity
College, Cambridge) and Ian Willison (Senior Research Fellow,
Institute of English Studies, University of London)

Venue: Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study,
Senate House (3rd Floor), Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU (No smoking

Whole Conference: #30; #16 Concessions and IES members
Monday 12 March only: #10; # 6 Concessions and IES members
Tuesday 13 March only: #22; #12 Concessions and IES members

Enquiries to the

    Institute of English Studies:
    +44 20 7862 8675
    Fax: +44 20 7862 8672
    ies [at] sas__ac__uk

For the latest information and updates to all Institute events see
at <URL:>

Roy Moxham
Preservation and Conservation Officer
University of London Library
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
+44 20 7862 8474
Fax: +44 20 7862 8480

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